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In-Company Training

A thorough programme exploring the roles and responsibilities of today's Harbour Masters
The course for you!

Whether you are an existing harbour master or perhaps looking for a shore based role, it is the perfect solution to your training needs!

About distance learning

Flexible, easily accessible, cost effective, global classroom.

Just some of the reasons why it is the best training solution for you.

In-company training for your business

Distance learning, instructor led workshops, webinars, elearning and blended delivery for corporate groups.

The Diploma for Harbour Masters part-time distance learning training course - delivered by IBC Academy and supported by the International Harbour Masters' Association

Professional Development Training Course for Harbour Masters and Marine Personnel - Programme Overview

The globally recognised Diploma for Harbour Masters distance learning course provides the marine safety and management knowledge required by harbour masters and port captains around the world, as well as their deputies and staff, as well as others with responsibility for the marine functions of a port or harbour.

This harbour master professional development training programme addresses the work of the Harbour Master and is studied by part-time distance learning with study designed to fit around busy work schedules.  The course is also ideal for anyone with an interest in preparing themselves to enter this profession, particularly seafarers. For the full list of who would benefit from this course, click here.

Also available for dedicated in-company delivery by distance learning or instructor led workshops, including individual subject modules.


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This international Harbour Master course was developed in partnership with the IHMA and the UKHMA

It's also recognised by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as a professional foundation and development distance learning course for harbour masters and their personnel. The course addresses the UK National Occupational Standards for Harbour Masters as well as the Port Marine Safety Code. The course attracts representatives from ports and maritime administrations around the world.

The course has also been recognised by the University of Middlesex (London) and successful Diploma students qualify for advanced standing entry to a MBA (Harbour Masters) which can also be completed by part-time distance learning study.

The most detailed development programme available for all involved in port marine safety management

Harbour masters, and their wider team, are uniquely responsible for managing marine safety in the port. Nowadays, the management of shipping movements within confined waters, together with vessel safety and security, are complex and demanding tasks. This requires a comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislation, risk control techniques and navigational management.
Delivered in 11 detailed study modules, this Diploma provides that knowledge. Download the Diploma for Harbour Masters course prospectus here.

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Companies whose personnel have already benefitted from the Diploma for Harbour Masters course include:

  • Transport Malta
  • Itajai Praticos
  • Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority
  • Highland Harbours
  • Isle of Man Government
  • Cowes Harbour Commissioners
  • Forth Ports
  • Port of Barcelona
  • Consorcio de Gestion del Puerto de Bahia Blanca
  • Brighton Marina Company Ltd
  • Serco Marine Services
  • Gibraltar Port Authority
  • PT Krakatan Bandar Samudera
  • Stevin Rock LLC
  • Kefalonia Marine Academy
  • Port of Salalah
  • Salcombe Harbour Authority
  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
  • North Sunderland Harbour Commissioners
  • Poole Harbour Commissioners
  • Mauritius Ports Authority
  • Port of Southampton
  • Camara Argentina de Practicaje y Pilotaje
  • Nigerian Ports Authority
  • Scarborough Borough Council
  • Caledonian Maritime Assets
  • Babcock International Group
  • Gibraltar Pilots
  • Port of Yuzhny
  • Associated British Ports
  • United Nations
  • Esnaad - Adnoc Group
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • McDermott Caspian Contractors
  • Lymington Harbour Authority
  • Porti Sea Port Corporation
  • Dock Office Fleetwood
  • Petroleum Company of Trinidad And Tobago
  • Fremantle Ports
  • JadeWeserPort
  • Environment Bay of Plenty
  • Bristol Port Company
  • Grenada Ports Authority
  • Ministry of Education (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Ports of Jersey
  • Bintulu Port Sdn
  • Royal Navy of Oman
  • Shannon Foynes Port Company
  • Royal Canadian Navy
  • Royal Australian Navy
  • Duchy of Cornwall
  • Mersey Ports
  • Port of Oslo
  • Atlantic LNG
  • Gloucester Harbour Trustees
  • Dubai Maritime City
  • St Margaret's Hope Pier Trustees
  • Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Rye Harbour Authority
  • Port of Tyne Authority
  • Port of Cork Company
  • Ports de Les Illes Balears
  • Port Autonone Internacional de Djibouti
  • Falmouth Harbour Commissioners
  • Ullapool
  • Berwick Harbour Commission
  • Londonderry Port
  • Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Supreme Petroleum Council
  • ABP Hull
  • Nakheel Dubai Waterfront
  • Woolwich Free Ferry, London
  • Jersey Harbours
  • Reed Smith
  • Government of Grenada
  • Fenland District Council
  • APM Terminals
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • General Organisation of Sea Ports, Bahrain
  • Stena Line
  • Ventspils Free Port Authority
  • Portsmouth Port Authority
  • Oman Terminal Towage Company
  • Shoreham Port Authority
  • St Maarten Ports Authority
  • Port of Waterford
  • Chichester Harbour Master Conservancy
  • Esso Norge AS
  • Maritime Administration of Taman Ports
  • Venice Pilot Authority
  • Port of Melbourne Corporation
  • Peel Ports
  • River Hamble Harbour Authority
  • Flectcher Shipping Ltd
  • National Ports Authority
  • Port Hedland Port Authority
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary (UK)
  • The Bristol Port Company
  • Royal Navy (UK)
  • Albany Port Authority
  • DP World
  • A.A. Turki Group
  • Port of London Authority
  • Curacao Ports Authority
  • Port of Portland
  • Namport
  • RasGas
  • Shetland Islands Council
  • Newhaven Port & Properties Ltd
  • Bay Ship and Boat Company
  • Ministry of Defence (UK)
  • Looe Harbour Commissioners
  • Environment Agency (UK)
  • British Waterways
  • Municipal Port Authority Den Helder
  • Port of Galveston
  • Barbados Port Inc
  • Abu Dhabi Ports Company
  • Illichivsk Sea Commercial Port
  • Port Authority of Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Milford Haven Port Authority
  • Transnet National Ports Authority of South Africa
  • Belfast Harbour Commissioners
  • Portsmouth Commercial Port
  • Port of Sillamäe (SILPORT)
  • SeaTruck Ferries
  • Eyemouth Harbour Trust
  • Petrotrin
  • Namibian Ports Authority
  • Northern Lighthouse Board
  • Dampier Port Auhtority
  • Ashdod Port
  • Broome Port Authority
  • Dart Harbour & Navigation Authority
  • Esperance Port Authority

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International Association of Ports and Harbours, International Harbour Masters Association & UK Harbour Masters Association members are entitled to a 15% reduction on this course.

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