M. Lahchen AIT BRAHIM, Director of Ports and Maritime Affairs and M. Francis ZACHARIAE, Secretary-General of IALA signing the MOU.

IALA 2nd Pre-Diplomatic Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, 7-8 February 2018.

Signature of an agreement between the Ministry of Equipment and Transport, Kingdom of Morocco and IALA on the Diplomatic Conference that will take place in Marrakesh 7-8 February 2018. The Conference will work on the Convention text that eventually will change IALA to an Intergovernmental organization. In the picture: M. Lahchen AIT BRAHIM, Director of Ports and Maritime Affairs and M. Francis ZACHARIAE, Secretary-General of IALA.

Experts on Arctic Navigation gathered for a Seminar at IALA Headquarters on 9 & 10 November 2017

Experts on Arctic Navigation gathered for a Seminar at IALA Headquarters on 9 & 10 November 2017

Taking into account the following topics:

Climate change is happening which is opening up new Polar routes and increasing summer availability.

Ice Navigation needs specialist skills to support safe passage.

Arctic tourism is increasing and this is set to continue.

Conclusions of the seminar were:

A harmonized approach should be adopted for marking polar routes and providing digital services with common standards of provision, web-based services and other means.

IALA-NET is a suitable platform for exchanging and storing historical AIS data for statistical analysis and the use of Risk Management tools.

Since connectivity is a primary enabler for development in the Arctic, the limited communication infrastructure continues to be a major challenge.

VDES-SAT could provide virtual AtoNs and other e-navigation services in the arctic. The frequency allocation needs to be supported at ITU.

A multi-system approach should be developed for resilient PNT, using a mixture of GNSS and terrestrial systems and a multi-system receiver.

There is a significant shortage of hydrographic survey data to give a comprehensive set of (simplified) ENC for Arctic voyages. Crowd sourcing of hydrographic data can give a significant contribution.

Please download the report here

L1 AtoN Manager Course in China 2017, technical visit. Click here to see what courses are scheduled for 2018.

World-Wide Academy 2018 Course Agenda

The Academy is in the process of  facilitating Level 1 AtoN Manager Courses and IALA Risk Management Toolbox training all over the world. Below you can find a list with courses and dates. As soon as the flyers are ready they will be launched on the website.

  • French L1 AtoN Manager Course Module 3 on AtoN Management; Morocco – 12 till 16 February
  • IALA Risk Management Toolbox Seminar; South Africa – 26 February till 2 March
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; South Africa – 5 till 29 March (back to back with Risk Seminar in South Africa)
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; Malaysia – 5 till 30 March
  • Spanish L1 AtoN Manager Course; Ecuador – 16 April till 10 May
  • French L1 AtoN Manager Course; Morocco – 26 March till 20 April
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course Module 3 on AtoN Management; IALA Headquarters – 9 till 13 April (part of the distance learning course)
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; South Korea – 8 till 28 July
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; India – 23 July till 17 August
  • French L1 AtoN Manager Course Module;  France – September
  • IALA Risk Management Toolbox Seminar; Japan – September
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course Module 3 on AtoN Management; IALA Headquarters – 17 till 21 September (part of the distance learning course)
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; China – 9 October till 2 November
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; Suriname – 29 October till 23 November

A delegation from the Saudi Ports Authority, headed by Director General, Administration, Mr. Musaed Bin Abdulrahman Al Drees, have visited IALA Headquarters, located in Saint Germain En Laye, France.

The Saudi Ports Authority visits IALA Headquarters

During the visit, a meeting with the IALA Secretary General Mr. Francis Zachariae was held to discuss the mutual interests and cooperation in the various fields of Aids to Navigation, including the training and subsequent qualifying of the Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) operators, Automatic Identification System (AIS), LORAN system and the possibility of upgrading it to eLoran.

The EfficienSea2 Project is holding a workshop on the Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) at the IALA Offices in St Germain en Laye, France, from 21 to 22 November, 2017.

EfficienSea2 Workshop on the Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP)

The workshop will address the implementation of the MCP with a focus on reviewing governance and business model options, identifying preferred governance and business models and a related exploitation plan for global information exchange. It is anticipated that the workshop will provide participants with a good understanding of the MCP concept and develop a forward plan for its globalisation.

EfficienSea2 Workshop on Maritime Connectivity Platform

Click here for more information.The photograph shows the Dean and participants from Australia, Canada and Estonia on the October 2017 Module 3 Course in IALA HQ.

Level 1 Distance Learning 2018

“The successful delivery of AtoN services depends upon competent and experienced personnel to implement and maintain such aids”. The next formal distance learning course based on the updated syllabus for potential AtoN managers will commence on 1 February 2018. The registration fee for Module 1 will be €1,000.  Sponsorship may be available for some participants. Click here for full details. Click here for the registration form.


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.

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/