About IALA




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.


“Successful voyages, sustainable planet.”


The term ‘Marine Aid to Navigation ‘ means a device, system, or service, external to a vessel,  designed and operated to enhance safe and efficient navigation of all vessels and/or vessel traffic.

The organisation shall have a consultative, recommendatory, and technical nature.


Goal 1 (G1)

Marine Aids to Navigation are developed and harmonised through international cooperation and the provision of standards.

Goal 2 (G2)

All coastal states have contributed to a sustainable and efficient global network of Marine Aids to Navigation through capacity building and the sharing of expertise.

To obtain the full IALA Strategic Vision, Goals and Priorities please click here.

Position on the Development of Aids to Navigation Services

The Strategic Vision is a high level document to guide the work of the Association over a period of four years or more. At a more technical and shorter term level, the “Position on the Development of Aids to Navigation Services” describes IALA’s position on specific aspects of marine aids to navigation development. This document is kept in review by the Policy Advisory Panel and the Council at intervals of 12 months.

Please download the IALA Position Document on the Development of Marine AtoN Services 2019

Please download the Current drivers and trends ed1.2 

IALA technical documents catalogue

The technical documents catalogues contain all the available publications and documents. Please download Technical documents Catalogue  

Support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

IALA recommends that National members and other Marine Aids to Navigation authorities responsible for the provision of Marine Aids to Navigation endeavour to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement formal systems to protect the marine environment and promote sustainability to minimise their impact on the world’s resources.