IALA’s beginning of 2018 already busy

The whole team was back to the office by the beginning of January after the holiday season, IALA activities went on with the preparation of the meetings and conferences. IALA keeps a good relationship with its host city, Saint Germain en Laye and was honoured to receive the visit of the Mayor, Mr Arnaud Pericard, and Deputy Mayor, Mr Gilbert Audurier, on Tuesday the 9th of January. On Thursday the 11th of January, Mr Geert Van Cappellen, Secretary-General of PIANC came to IALA Headquarters for a brief meeting intended to strengthen the collaboration between the two organizations.

From the left to the right: Francis Zachariae (Secretary-General of IALA), Arnaud Pericard (Mayor of Saint Germain en Laye), Gilbert Audurier (Deputy Mayor of Saint Germain en Laye)

From left to right: Michael Card (Deputy Secretary-General of IALA), Francis Zachariae (Secretary-General of IALA), Geert Van Cappellen (Secretary-General of PIANC), Omar Frits Eriksson (Dean of the IALA WWA)


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.

E-Navigation Underway International Conference 2018

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

The 8th International e-Navigation Underway Conference sets sail from the 24th – 26th January 2018.

Members of IALA, The Nautical Institute, BIMCO, CIRM, IHO – automatically receive a 10% discount, just tick by the membership.

Book now: https://www.int-e-navigation.dk

This prestigious international event is packed full of distinguished speakers and a chance to network with prominent delegates in the world of e-Navigation from more than 50 countries.

The theme for the 2018 Conference will be e-Navigation: The realisation of the Maritime Service Portfolios.

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

  • Issues relating to the IMO/IHO Harmonization Group on Data Modelling (HGDM)
  • Including the 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)

Important international stakeholders will share their views and practical solutions will be demonstrated to delegates at the exhibitions area.

Please see webpage for Technical Programme for this Conference.

Technical Programme here: https://www.int-e-navigation.dk/technical-programme

You are very welcome to take part of our
NEW EXHIBITION opportunities, please visit that here:

BOOK NOW: https://www.int-e-navigation.dk

Booking includes:
• Conference Cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo and return
• Choice of accommodation
• 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 snacks

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.

  • IALA Risk Management Toolbox Seminar; South Africa – 26 February till 2 March- link to flyer
  • 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 –link to flyer
  • Spanish L1 AtoN Manager Course; Ecuador – 16 April till 10 May – link to flyer
  • 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; 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
  • Spanish L1 AtoN Manager Course; Chile – 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.

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.


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/