Course Director Announced for Diploma in Superyacht Refit

May 21, 2015

Here at the Maritime Training Academy we are pleased to announce that Ian Hornsby, Director of Hub Ware Ltd has been chosen to become the new Course Director for the Diploma in Superyacht Refit, commencing 1st October.

Ian who originally trained in naval architecture later steered his career towards captaining yachts around the world. After fifteen years in command and managing several new builds and refits for private owners, he founded Hub Ware Ltd (formerly Techman) in 1998. Hub Ware Ltd now provides software and support to yachts from 30 to 130 metres and is present on board yachts from all of today’s quality shipyards. Ian’s inspiration has helped to steer the evolution of onboard ‘vessel management systems’, and he is now innovating the shoreside processes that help shipyards, managers, crew and owners to organise their new builds, refits and customer care. Recent missions include helping ICOMIA to define a standard format for refit work lists, and helping several very large yachts projects to meet their documentation challenges. Ian now divides his time between the Techman customer base and developing new products for mobility, collaboration and business efficiency.

Ian says “A yacht gets built just once… but it will go through many refits during its operational life. Understanding the whole refit process helps captains, crews and managers to optimize value for the owner, and this Diploma aims to provide the skills you need to achieve exactly that. The modules will both broaden your technical knowledge, and increase awareness of the vital multi-way dialogue needed to successfully run such complex projects. Good luck, as you extend your career in yachting”.

Gemma Humphreys of the Maritime Training Academy says “It’s fantastic to have Ian onboard with us as Course Director for our upcoming Diploma in Superyacht Refit. As an existing author with the Academy, we’ve known Ian for some time and we value his expertise greatly. He’s an excellent choice and we’re thrilled he’s accepted the role.”

The Diploma in Superyacht Refit commences 1st October and enrolment’s now open. Delivered through distance learning, the course consists of 10 modules, to provide you with an excellent understanding of each stage of the refit process, leaving you better prepared for the unexpected.

Whether this is your first time managing a refit project or you already have some experience under your belt, this course will provide you with the essential knowledge necessary to successfully run a refit project, no matter how big or small.

For more information on the Diploma in Superyacht Refit please contact Gemma Humphreys on

+44(0)1252 739771 or by email at