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IMO course "Women in port management" - Le Havre, France

Are you a professional woman of a Port and / or Maritime Authority of a member country of the International Maritime Organization? This information on the IMO port management and operations courses, organized by IPER in partnership with HAROPA-Port du Havre, is for you.

As part of the International Maritime Organization’s ongoing and increasing efforts to support United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5, IMO’s gender programme has developed long-standing partnerships to provide gender-specific training for maritime women, by facilitating access to high-level technical training for women in the maritime sector in developing countries; and creating the environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes.

Planning 2021

The English-speaking seminar and the French-speaking seminar are scheduled from 7 to 18 june 2021.


Lectures are delivered on a variety of port matters including, port organization and challenges, port technology and information system, security, marketing, tariffs and logistics as well as facilitation of maritime traffic, ship/port interface and concession contracts. Visits are usually organized to the Port of Le Havre and the Port of Rouen, enabling the participants to experience for themselves the day-to-day operations of a port, with a view to applying this knowledge back in their respective countries.

A growing demand for the course

The demand for these courses has continued to grow substantially over the past three years. On average, IMO sponsors 40 trainees per year. In 2018, 21 trainees were sponsored from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo and Tunisia for the French speaking course; and 27 trainees from Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Mauritius, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Sudan, Uganda and Viet Nam for the English speaking course.

Séminaires OMI "La gestion portuaire au féminin" - 2019


Flavia Amoasi

Flavia Amoasi
Senior Marketing and Corporate Affairs Officer - Ghana

"Growing up in the Port City of Tema, I've always been fascinated by port activities. I fondly remember my first boat ride and tour of the port at age 15."

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Darlin Gaitan

Darlin Gaitan
Port State Control Officer Grade III - Belize

"I got involved in the maritime sector because of my love for the sea and the natural environment. i am now a Port State Control Officer."

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Engy Mahmoud

Engy Mahmoud Helmy Awad
Financial Specialist - Egypt

"Born in Alexandria, I developed my passion for maritime at an early age - craving to influence decision making for a well-developed Egyptian maritime transport sector."

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IMO advanced course "Port Operations and Management" - Le Havre

Are you an executive of a Port and / or Maritime Authority of a member country of the International Maritime Organization? If you are interested in a 5-week advanced course on port operations and management, this information is for you.

Planning 2021

Through a 33 year-partnership with the Institut Portuaire d'Enseignement et de Recherche (IPER) and the Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH), a 5-week course on port operations and management aimed at high-level officials and decision-makers from maritime and/or port authorities and/or administrations of developing countries, takes place every year at IPER, Le Havre, France.


The course, which is mainly sponsored by IMO, the French port Administration and the Port and Maritime Union of Le Havre, gathers 20 participants from Anglophone and Francophone countries (10 in each group), and provides them with knowledge to improve management and operational efficiency of their ports. The lectures are delivered in both English and French on a variety of port matters, including shipping and port economy, port organization, ship call operations and management, port security, port technology and information systems, port works and maintenance, port marketing and port environment. 

The next course will be held following this schedule :

  • 1st session : from 1 to 5 February 2021
  • 2nd session : from 15 to 19 February 2021
  • 3rd session : from 8 to 12 March 2021
  • 4th session : from 22 to 26 March 2021
  • 5th session : from 12 to 16 April 2021

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33e édition de la formation OMI sur la gestion portuaire
IMO advanced course "Port Operations and Management" - 2019
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