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Starting 17 April 2024

Delivered by digital learning over 12 months

Starting 17 April 2024

Delivered by digital learning over 12 months

The international course for Harbour Masters developed in partnership with the IHMA and the UKHMA

A thorough programme exploring the roles and responsibilities of today's Harbour Masters


If you have questions or you would like to talk to one of our Education Consultants, get in touch! Contact +44 (0) 20 8052 2710 for extra details.

Diploma in Harbour Masters

Core Modules

  • Module 1 - Role and Functions of a Harbour Master
  • Module 2  - Managing Marine Operations
  • Module 3 - Managing Harbour Staff
  • Module 4 - Finance and Asset Management
  • Module 5 - Marine Environmental Management
  • Module 6 - Managing Pilotage Services
  • Module 7 - Managing Vessel Traffic Services
  • Module 8 - Port Security and the ISPS Code
  • Module 9 - Managing Emergencies
  • Module 10 - Strategy, Marketing and Media
  • Module 11 - Managing Leisure Use in the Port

What you'll learn

  • Develop your 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 issues 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

Supported by the IHMA

Delivered in partnership between the International Harbour Masters Association and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, the course provides the marine safety and management knowledge required by harbour masters and port captains around the world, as well as their deputies and others with responsibility for the marine functions of a port or harbour. It is also ideal for anyone with an interest in preparing themselves to enter this profession, particularly seafarers.

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 Lloyd's Maritime Academy and Middlesex University.



When choosing a course provider for your harbour master training, it’s necessary to consider whether the course is connected to an actual harbour master with membership of the International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA). This aspect is important because a programme being fed into by a practising harbour master connected to the IHMA will provide greater value both in terms of course content and career opportunities. IHMA works exclusively with Lloyd's Maritime Academy to offer a programme lead by a harbour master with access to IHMA’s governing body to provide the most current advice and guidance on port operations and career development

100% Online

  • Accessible – 24/7 availability from wherever you have an internet connection
  • Flexible – take control of where, when, how and the rate at which you study
  • Professional – industry leading course directors and tutors
  • Quality – study the same course used by corporations for internal training
  • Network – with tutors and like-minded professionals from around the world. Use our online tutorial forum to ask questions and share knowledge
  • Save money – no additional travel or accommodation costs