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Diploma for Harbour Masters

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

Starts: 27th April 2017

With increasing complexity and demands placed on the role of managing shipping movements within confined port approaches and terminal areas, together with general vessel safety and security, the Harbour Master or Port Captain role requires a comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislation, risk control techniques and navigational management processes.

Managing a safe and secure port or harbour today demands detailed specialist knowledge. This Diploma provides that knowledge.

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Participants on the programme will: 

  • Develop their knowledge of the full scope of the Harbour Master and marine safety management role
  • Study the management of safe navigation and the provision of pilotage and vessel traffic services
  • Investigate important issues related to managing the marine environment
  • Examine the key issue of port security, emergency planning and incident response
  • Explore the role of the Harbour Master in relation to the supervision of recreational leisure activities
  • Study important management roles in personnel management, finance management, strategic planning
    and public relations.

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Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Diploma, supported by the International Harbour Masters' Association
Start date: 27th April 2017
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 12 months
Fees: £3199 / US$4479 + VAT if applicable. 10% discount for early enrolment. Take a closer look at fees
15% discount for IAPH, IHMA and UKHMA members

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

  • 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
kevin richardson

Captain Kevin Richardson AFNI

Kevin has over 40 years operational experience in the marine industry both ashore and afloat. 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, a past President of the UK Harbour Masters’ Association and a current Vice President of the International Harbour Masters’ Association. He is also a 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.


Delivered by online tutored distance learning, this programme allows you to study and gain knowledge without disrupting your normal work

You will have access to all course materials, expert tutorial support and peer networking using our online learning management system.

Each module ends with an online test so you can check your understanding of the content.

More about our distance learning

Distance learning, face-to-face workshops, webinars, elearning and blended delivery to match your requirements

We welcome companies placing individual students or groups on any of our publicly advertised distance learning courses, or for larger corporate groups we will deliver to your individual requirements, including instructor lead training, blended delivery solutions, customised assessments, flexible time-scales and dedicated support for learning and development managers.

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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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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.

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.

Ready to apply?

Do not delay your application – you may qualify for an early enrolment discount, and some courses have a maximum number of participants. Our online application form securely accepts payment by credit card in either £, $ or €, or we will invoice you or your employer for payment by bank transfer.

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