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Diploma for Harbour Masters

Professional development distance learning course for those involved in port marine safety, operations and management

Starts 12 November 2019

Delivered by tutored distance learning

Diploma for Harbour Masters

This course is the leading professional development training programme on managing ports in today’s global economy. Since 1999 the Diploma has been recognised as a foremost qualification for port managers, as well as being used by many governments, port companies and terminal operators as part of their own internal training programmes.

Managing a safe and secure port or harbour today demands detailed specialist knowledge. This Diploma provides that knowledge.
When: 12th November 2019
Where: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Diploma, supported by the International Harbour Masters' Association
Duration: 12 months
Ideal for:

  • Existing Harbour Masters and Port Captains seeking to update and consolidate their knowledge
  • Deputy/Assistant Harbour Masters preparing to progress their careers
  • Pilots and VTS Operators, Managers and Supervisors seeking wider education
  • Harbour personnel including Marine Officers and Operations Managers who want to increase their knowledge
  • New entrants and marine operations apprentices seeking subject knowledge
  • Seafarers wishing to develop a career in port marine safety management
  • Maritime professionals looking to study marine safety management

 Course Modules | Courses Fees | About Online Learning


  • Role and Functions of a Harbour Master
  • Managing Marine Operations
  • Managing Harbour Staff
  • Finance and Asset Management
  • Marine Environmental Management
  • Managing Pilotage Services
  • Managing Vessel Traffic Services
  • Port Security and the ISPS Code
  • Managing Emergencies
  • Strategy, Marketing and Media
  • Managing Leisure Use in the Port

Download the full course syllabus to find out more about each module and what you will learn on the course.

The course modules are certainly of huge value in terms of the breadth of topic and detail covered and have been of great assistance in my appointment as Queen’s Harbour Master for Gibraltar. I would recommend it to any aspiring Harbour Master.

Lt Cdr N J Chapman RN, Queen’s Harbour Master, HM Naval Base, Gibraltar

Course Director

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Captain Kevin Richardson AFNI

Kevin has over 40 years operational experience in the marine industry both ashore and afloat. Actual president of the International Harbour Masters Association (IHMA), Kevin holds a Master Mariner (Class 1) Foreign Going Certificate of Competency, National Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), Level 5 Oil Spill Management qualification, a GMDSSS Certificate and is a qualified ISO BS EN 9002 auditor. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and member of the UKTI Port Advisory Group - a government sponsored focus group supporting the UK’s ports industry.

Kevin is joined by a host of expert authors, you can read more here.

This course is the best out there in the profession and the nearest the industry has to offer to a CoC. A fantastic commentary on the duties and standards of a Harbour Master.

David Collins, Deputy Harbour Master, ABP Barrow

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MBA (Harbour Masters) - Diploma Continuation

The Diploma in Harbour Masters has been academically assessed to provide 60 credits of prior learning accreditation towards a unique MBA delivered in partnership between IBC Academy and Middlesex University.


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Developed in partnership with the IHMA & 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.

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