Approved 23rd May 2006
Article 1. NAME
The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities, hereinafter referred to as “IALA”, formerly called the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities / Association Internationale de Signalisation Maritime, is a non-governmental organization (NGO). The term “Marine Aids to Navigation” referred to in the present Constitution should be understood to be a device, system or service, external to vessels, designed and operated to enhance safe and efficient navigation of individual vessels and/or vessel traffic.
Article 2. AIM
The aim of IALA is to foster the safe, economic and efficient movement of vessels, through improvement and harmonisation of aids to navigation worldwide and other appropriate means, for the benefit of the maritime community and the protection of the environment. IALA is secular and non-political. IALA brings together services and organisations concerned with the provision or maintenance of marine aids to navigation and allied activities, at sea and on inland waterways.
Article 3. FUNCTIONS
The aim of IALA is achieved by, among other things:
Article 4. RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS
IALA will maintain liaison and cooperate with relevant intergovernmental, international and other organisations, offering specialised advice where appropriate.
Article 5. MEMBERSHIP
5.1 Member groups
IALA comprises National members, Associate members, Industrial members and Honorary members.
5.2 Applications for membership
All applications for membership and changes in the type of membership are subject to acceptance by the Council. The Council may require an application for Industrial or Associate membership to be supported by a National Authority of the area where the applicant carries out his activities or has his principal place of business. Application for membership constitutes an agreement to pay the appropriate annual subscription as laid down from time to time.
5.3 Termination of membership
5.3.1 National and Associate membership may be terminated:
5.3.2 Industrial membership may be terminated:
Article 6. SEAT
The Headquarters and registered office of IALA is in the vicinity of Paris in Saint Germain en Laye, France. The location of the Headquarters may be changed by decision of the IALA Council. The duration of IALA is unlimited.
Article 7. GENERAL ASSEMBLY
General Assemblies of members are held at intervals not exceeding five years and, normally, concurrently with IALA Conferences. A General Assembly will be convened by order of the Council (see Article 8).
7.1 Functions of the General Assembly
The General Assembly, among other things:
7.2 Rules on participation
Members of all categories may attend General Assemblies.
7.3 Rules on voting
Article 8. COUNCIL
8.1 Election of the Council:
IALA is administered by a Council comprising up to twenty-two elected Councillors and two non-elected Councillors as follows: Elected Councillors:
The post of Councillor is honorary.
8.2 Duties of the Council:
The Council will meet regularly and at least once a year. Such meetings will be convened by the President or the Vice President, or the Secretary General, or at the request of two Councillors.
8.2.1 The Council upon election or, when necessary, will:
8.2.2 Appointment of the Secretary General
The Council will appoint a Secretary General to act as legal representative and Chief Executive of IALA. The Secretary General’s powers and responsibilities and his terms and conditions of employment will be decided by the Council. The Secretary General will be assisted in his tasks by a Permanent Secretariat.
8.2.3 Functions of the Council:
The Council, among other things:
8.3 Council meetings
A Council meeting can only be held when at least the President or the Vice President and one member of the Financial Advisory Committee are present.
8.4 Voting procedures
A Council decision can be made by a simple majority of those present at the meeting, subject to a minimum of seven votes being recorded in its favour. No Councillor may have more than one vote. In case of a tie vote, the President will have a second, and deciding, vote. The President or the Vice President may decide to carry out a postal [or electronic] vote among the Councillors.
Article 9. COMMITTEES
Committees are established by the Council to study issues such as management, operations, engineering and training associated with topics like VTS, radio aids, visual aids, and their associated technologies, support services and other relevant matters, with the aim to prepare Recommendations, Guidelines and Manuals for IALA members and submissions to other organisations. These Recommendations, Guidelines, Manuals and submissions require the approval of the Council. Committees will work under the rules stated in the “Rules of Procedure for IALA Committees” approved by the Council.
Article 10. CONFERENCES AND EXHIBITIONS
All categories of IALA members are entitled to be represented at an IALA Conference. Non-members may only participate in an IALA Conference with the approval of the Council. An exhibition of aids to navigation equipment will be organised during the Conference period. Only IALA Industrial members who have paid the equivalent of the subscriptions for the two years immediately prior to the year of the Conference plus the year of the conference will have the right to exhibit their equipment.
Article 11. FUNDING
IALA shall be funded from subscriptions, grants and gifts as generally permitted by law.
Article 12. CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION
Alterations to the Constitution can normally only be made by a two-thirds majority of National members attending a General Assembly. The Council can decide as an emergency measure to carry out a postal [or electronic] vote. Alterations to the Constitution by this method require a two-thirds majority of National members taking part in the postal vote.
Article 13. TERMINATION
The termination of IALA can be decided upon under the same conditions as required for the alterations to the Constitution. On termination, the Council is responsible for the winding up of IALA and distribution of assets to charitable or technical organisations connected with marine aids to navigation.