Harbour Masters require a variety of skills as well as specialised knowledge and understanding. Traditionally Harbour Masters have a marine background and have usually served in a senior capacity at sea. Many have a STCW Master’s certificate of competency and many have served as master of a ship. Further, Harbour Masters may also develop skills around the management of personnel, environmental management, business development and others as part of their continuous professional development.
Harbour Masters will also be involved in monitoring the training and qualifications of their employees and other service providers in the port, and play a vital role in developing the next generation of port professionals including their deputies.