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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:

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

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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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