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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.

This training, implemented by the International Maritime Organisation, responds to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5 on gender equality).

The IMO has developed long-standing partnerships to provide specific, high-level and easily accessible training courses for women in the maritime sector in developing countries.

Over the years, IPER has created a favourable context and environment for capacity building and career development in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes.

Each year, in partnership with HAROPA-Port of Le Havre, two intensive two-week seminars are organised by IPER for professionals from maritime and port authorities in developing countries. These seminars aim to improve the management and operational efficiency of their ports.

Planning 2023

20th Women in Port Management seminar: realization from 12 to 23 june 2023

Séminaire OMI des femmes

Downlad the circular letter french or english version.

37th mixed Anglophone and Francophone seminar: held in Le Havre from 11 September to 13 October 2023

Download the Circular Letter on french or english version.

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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.

Séminaire OMI des femmes

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. 

Planning: the 37th edition of the seminar is scheduled from September 11 to October 13, 2023

Circular letter

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