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Diploma for Harbour Masters

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

Starts 26 April 2021

Delivered by tutored distance learning

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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: 26 April 2021
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

100% Online - Learn from wherever you are!

At Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, lifelong learning is a concept that we’re passionate about and for this reason, we make it as accessible and flexible for our students.

Online learning puts you in control of your learning – especially suitable for all of us in the maritime industry where we often spend time away from home. With our courses you are free to study when, where and how you choose, and in the style and the speed that is right for you. Early morning, in a work break, late at night - it is entirely up to you so you can fit your education around your work and/or family commitments.

So what’s stopping you? Get in touch today and find out how we can help provide you with a timely career boost.


  • 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.

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.

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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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Recognised by the UK MCA as a professional foundation and development distance learning course for Harbour Masters and their personnel

"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


Recognised by IHMA and UKHMA


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Members of the IAPH are eligible for a 15% discount on the fees for this 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

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Seafarers can get a 15% discount on all LMA diplomas through the Marine Society.

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