In the typical day-to-day of port management, port employees sometimes become myopic and lose sight of the big picture of port operations.  Enter the Maritime Port Manager (MPM) and Maritime Port Executive (MPE) program. The MPM and MPE programs are offered back-to-back as a combined week-long seminar that covers all aspects of port management in-depth at an intense pace. This program is structured to provide port professionals with the knowledge they need to develop their port, and a network of contacts to develop their careers. 


The Maritime Port Manager program is designed as an intensive two-day foundational seminar that covers all aspects of the port industry. The seminar is focused on how port facilities operate as integral intermodal connections in the worldwide transportation industry. It provides employees new to the industry with a comprehensive look at the fundamentals of port management, and provides industry vets with a refresher of the global transportation system. Topics covered in the MPM program include an overview of the transportation industry, current global industry trends, port governance, port finance, port operations, safety and security, and more. The program also includes a management case study that applies port fundamentals to a real-world situation. The MPM program is a pre-requisite for the Maritime Port Executive program.  Participants receive professional certification as a Maritime Port Manager (MPM) and 16 CEU credits. 


The Maritime Port Executive program is designed to build on the foundations established in the MPM program. The MPE session is a two and a half day seminar that covers the specifics of how ports and marine terminals fit into communities; waterway, road and rail access; property and risk management; logistics from the shippers perspective including care, control and custody of cargo and the pricing of transportation services; tariffs and operational documents; business development; public and media relations; and strategic/master/logistics and cargo planning. The program incorporates three case studies and is capped off by a half-day port planning exercise that incorporates all the content discussed in the MPM/MPE program. The final half-day may also include a tour of a nearby marine facility to reinforce the program’s material*. Participants receive a professional certification as a Maritime Port Executive (MPE), 4 Academic Credits, and 36 hours of CEU credits.

All participants in the MPM or MPE programs will receive a complimentary 1-year membership to the association. This membership grants access to the IAMPE’s electronic library, the IAMPE’s network of port professionals, and ongoing support from the association’s faculty regarding any of the topics covered during the course.

Those receiving the MPE certification will also receive four (4) graduate-level credits at the Loeb-Sullivan School of Business and Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy. Please contact to learn more about the IAMPE’s agreement with the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics.

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The Maritime Port Management ™, Maritime Port Executive ™, Inland Port Manager/Executive ™, Accredited Marine Port Executive ™ programs and all associated training, education and research materials are a Trademarked and are copyrighted  by the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives for specific use in the professional development of individual maritime and seaport managers and executives. The IAMPE reserves the right to license this and other associated programs to public and private organizations and associations by agreement.

*: Port tour not offered at every location. If interested, please confirm with IAMPE staff prior to registering.