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Diploma in Harbour Masters
Starting 9 November 2022
Delivered by digital learning over 12 months

Bruce Richardson
CEO at Sea Sense Ltd.


Before taking up his present responsibilities, Bruce served for 32 years in the Royal Navy, principally at sea, where he commanded a variety of vessels ranging from a single frigate to a flotilla of 47 ships. 

He served in three posts as a Rear Admiral before retiring in 1992. On leaving the Navy, he subsequently spent two years as Managing Director of an oil-related vessel management company based in Aberdeen, before taking up the job of Chief Harbour Master of the Port of London Authority (PLA).  In this capacity, he was responsible for all operational and navigational matters affecting the port, including pilotage, vessel traffic management, hydrography, harbour services, regulatory enforcement and emergency management.
A major contributor to the drafting of the UK Port Marine Safety Code, he was responsible for its implementation in London and for introducing its associated navigational safety management system.  He also coordinated the implementation of the International Ship and Port Security Code, and chaired the London Port Security Committee throughout his twelve years with the PLA. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) for ten years, of which he was its President from 2000 to 2006.  He also acted as the Vice Chair of the VTS Committee of the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) for 8 years.
He now manages a marine consultancy (Sea Sense Ltd) specialising in risk management.