E-Navigation Underway International Conference 2018

The 8th International e-Navigation Underway Conference 2018 –
The realization of the Maritime Service Portfolios

The International e-Navigation Underway Conference is a global destination for discussion and debate about the many different challenges facing e-Navigation around the globe, both in its sessions and in the range of networking opportunities it affords. Featuring some of the top maritime leaders in their fields and covering a wide breadth of topics, the Conference is the place to explore new strategies, chart future technological progress.

Following the successful formula from previous years, The 8th International e-Navigation Underway Conference departs from Copenhagen on 24th January 2018 aboard the M/S Pearl Seaways and you are invited to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount of 10% for bookings before 15th November 2017. Our Organising organisations are DMA and IALA / our supporting organisations this year are IHO, BIMCO, NI, CIRM which gives you 10% discount on your conference registration. Join us now!

We depart the Copenhagen port on the 24th of January for destination Oslo in Norway and going back again to Copenhagen on the 26th January 2018. It’s a beautiful trip you don’t want to miss out on and a very special and interesting conference at sea, where you will be able to connect and experience great networking opportunities to world leaders in your field.

The conference opens by the Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Mr Andreas Nordseth and Secretary General of IALA, Francis Zachariae. They will be followed by a series of high profile speakers and experts within the area of e-Navigation.

With the approach of the planned implementation of the Maritime Service Portfolios (MSP), there will be a specific focus on the MSP at this conference.

The conference will focus on a number of themes, these being:

  • Issues relating to the IMO/IHO Harmonisation Group on Data Modelling (HGDM)
  • Including definition of MSP’s and S-100 product specifications
  • e-Navigation and autonomous operations; complementary technologies?
  • Practical solutions from testbeds
  • Infrastructure and communication means in support of e-Navigation
  • e-Navigation services in the Polar regions
  • e-Navigation and big data
  • Advances in S-mode
  • Maritime Service Portfolios (MSP)

Abstracts are now welcome! Anything e-Navigation relevant will be considered, but potential speakers are urged to aim for topics within the sub-themes mentioned above.

Important dates

Cabins are available in several categories from Balcony, Deluxe to Commodore Class with numbers limited and selling fast.
Registration includes accommodation, meals, social events and all conference sessions.

•    Conference Cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo and return

.    All standard meals and drinks
•    Entrance to the Conference Sessions and Exhibition Area
•    All Social Events – Receptions and Conference Dinners
•    Working lunches, coffee breaks, fruit and snacksAll inclusive onboard the ship!

See you on board soon!

The Secretary-General has left a message in the book of condolences at the Town Hall after the tragic death of the Mayor of Saint Germain en Laye, Mr Emmanuel LAMY


It was a shock for all in the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) to learn that the Mayor, Mr Lamy, had passed away in the middle of his important project to make Saint Germain en Laye a perfect place to live and to work. He was an excellent Mayor and a good friend of IALA. We have always felt strong support from the whole team in the “Mairie” in the spirit of M. Lamy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. M. Lamy will be deeply missed by all in IALA and our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends in this very difficult time.

C’était un choc terrible pour l’Association Internationale de Signalisation Maritime (AISM) d’apprendre le décès de Monsieur Lamy, Maire de la ville de Saint Germain en Laye au milieu de cet important chantier qu’il a entrepris de faire de cette ville un lieu unique où il fait bon vivre et travailler.  Il était un excellent Maire et un bon ami de l’AISM.  Nous avons toujours eu un appui de taille dans notre activité de la part de toute l’Equipe de la Mairie à l’image de son professionnalisme et de son enthousiasmeM. Lamy nous manquera profondément à l’AISM et toutes nos pensées et nos prières vont vers sa famille, ses collaborateurs et amis en ces moments difficiles.

Training Seminar on the use of the IALA Risk Management Toolbox

The IALA World-Wide Academy, in conjunction with China Maritime Safety Administration (China MSA), will run a training seminar on the IALA Risk Management Toolbox – IWRAP Mk2; PAWSA and Simulation – from 11 to 15 September 2017 at Jimei University, Xiamen, China.
The seminar will provide an international and regional overview of risk management stressing the importance of stakeholder liaison before demonstrating the value of the three IALA Risk Management Tools – IWRAP Mk 2; PAWSA and Simulation – to national administrations in waterway planning. Participants will benefit from both theoretical and practical training delivered by world experts in different aspects of the toolbox. More information can be found in this flyer or you can book directly via this link http://www.iala-aism.org/product/risk-seminar/

Successful two-day preparatory diplomatic conference in Paris marks progress with IGO project

On the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, IALA’s host country, a preparatory diplomatic conference took place in Paris from 18 to 19 April 2017 to consider the concrete steps needed to achieve IALA’s planned change of status to that of an intergovernmental organization (IGO).

Chaired by His Excellency, Mr Serge Ségura, French Ambassador of the Oceans, the Conference developed a Roadmap towards a Diplomatic Conference to adopt a new treaty instrument. As stipulated by the IALA General Assembly, in its resolution of 27 May 2014, the envisaged “IALA Convention” will be open for signature by all United Nations member States.

The large attendance at the Paris conference set the scene for two days of active participation by 173 high-level delegates representing 56 countries from around the world where IALA has National Members (IALA has 84 National Members at present). The programme was designed to allow for an open exchange of views and comments on various aspects pertaining to the transition of IALA as an Association under French law to effective IGO status.

Delegates were provided with information about the substantive work already done by the Council and its subsidiary bodies on the legal and financial framework for the future IGO, including the background and structure of the draft IALA Convention and the draft General Regulations. In addition, international legal experts provided an insight into the processes involved in preparing for and convening a Diplomatic Conference.

A special session on cooperation with other international organizations benefited from presentations by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and IHO Secretary-General Robert Ward. Both emphasized the importance of the IALA-IHO-IMO ‘trinity of excellence’.

A follow-up preparatory diplomatic conference is planned for early 2018 (details to be confirmed) with the aim to commence consideration of the provisions of the draft IALA Convention and the draft General Regulations. Members can access all the relevant background information, briefings, reports and input papers on the dedicated web site http://www.iala-aism.org/meetings/1-7/

"The successful delivery of AtoN services depends upon competent and experienced personnel to implement and maintain such aids". The next formal distance learning course for potential AtoN managers will commence in June 2017.

Level One Distance Learning

“The successful delivery of AtoN services depends upon competent and experienced personnel to implement and maintain such aids”. The next formal distance learning course for potential AtoN managers will commence in June 2017. The registration fee for modules 1 and 2 will be €1,000.  Click here for full details

This picture is taken during a Level 1 Course in China.

Level 1 AtoN Distance Learning Course, Module 3 on AtoN Management

The Academy and other Accredited Training Organisations will deliver one-week module 3 AtoN Management courses annually.

In IALA Headquarters :

  • from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th April 2017
  • from Monday 16th to Friday 20th October 2017

In the Canadian Coast Guard College in Halifax Nova Scotia :

  •  from Monday 5th June to Friday 9th June 2017

For more information open this flyer.

International e-Navigation Underway Conference 2017

The seventh e-Navigation Underway International Conference was held from 31st January to 2nd February, 2017 on board the DFDS ferry M/S PEARL SEAWAYS, during which time she sailed from Copenhagen to Oslo and then returned to Copenhagen. The theme for the conference was e-Navigation: A Showcase of Progress and Trends. The conference was attended by 154 delegates, representing 28 countries and 8 International Organisations. The associated exhibition attracted 11 exhibitors, displaying the latest developments in e-navigation. The report is available here. Please also see the dedicated webpage here.

IALA & The city of Saint-Germain-en-Laye


The city of Saint-Germain-en-Laye kindly hosted a presentation on “European GNSS Activities in Maritime to support Safety of Navigation – EGNOS and Galileo” during the 63rd Council Meeting of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), Thursday 15 December. On this occasion, IALA offered a Crystal Award to the Mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, represented by Mr Audurier (deputy mayor), in appreciation of the continuous support to IALA. On the picture, from left to right: Mr Francis Zachariae (IALA Secretary-General), Mr Gilbert Audurier (Deputy Mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye), Mr Alberto Fernandez-Wyttenbach (Market Innovation Officer of European GNSS Agency-GSA).

13th International VTS Symposium


The 13th IALA VTS (Vessel Traffic Services) Symposium was held 8-12 August in Kuala Lumpur hosted by the Marine Department Malaysia. The theme was Sustainable Safe Navigation and it attracted more than 300 participants and 24 exhibitors of VTS equipment from all over the world. On the picture you can see the Director-General of the Marine Department Malaysia Dato’ Baharin Bin Dato’ Abdul Hamid, IMO Secretary-General Mr. Kitack Lim, Deputy Minister Datuk Ab. Aziz Kaprawi, IALA Secretary-General Mr. Francis Zachariae and the Chairman of the organizing committee Captain Mohamad Halim Bin Ahmed opening the Symposium. https://www.vts-symposium2016.my/