The Maritime Training Academy is 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 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”.

The Diploma in Superyacht Refit provides an excellent understanding of each stage of the refit process, which will best prepare you for what to expect whilst in the yard. It’s designed develop and deepen a student’s refit management skills, enabling them to conduct and complete a refit project with efficiency and success. Consisting of 10 modules, the syllabus includes basic law and contract law, project management and documentation along with other essential topics such as change orders, refit process, accountancy and project completion.

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.

More information on the Diploma in Superyacht Refit can be found at

Alternatively, for further enquiries please contact Gemma Humphreys direct at


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