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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:

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

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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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