E-Bulletin June 2024

Singapore ENAV-VTS Workshop

As a part of Singapore Maritime Week 2023 which ran from 24 to 30 April, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the IALA World-Wide Academy conducted an insightful workshop from 25 to 27 April on e-Navigation/Vessel Traffic Services benefiting participants from seventeen countries.

Activities in the workshop included the regulatory framework of VTS notably the new IMO Resolution A.1158(32) Guidelines for Vessel Traffic Services and the determining need for VTS.

The e-navigation framework for today and the future alongside the maritime connectivity platform were presented and discussed with participants, including S-100 and S-200 product specifications and the S-125 Interoperability testbed. Furthermore, the IALA Risk Management Toolbox was introduced to the participants with a focus on the IWRAP tool.

In addition, the workshop covered the research development and projects on e-navigation and VTS including: “Big data analytics and AI research for improving port operations and enhancing traffic safety”. “The Open Digital Incubator initiative”, and examples from Singapore: VTS and e-Navigation applications in Singapore” and Republic of Korea: “Asia Pacific WEB- Promulgation of MSI”.

Under the workshop’s human element panel, the IALA WWA presented the IALA training and certification system for both aids to navigation and VTS personnel. An enlightened discussion on stress and fatigue in VTS management and the role of AI in this regard followed.

On the occasion of this workshop, there was a buoy handover ceremony of Singapore’s donation to the Disaster Recovery Fund launched by the IALA WWA to assist Ukraine.

Mrs Kateryna Zelenko, the Ukrainian ambassador to Singapore, accepted the buoy from Mr Eng Dih Teo on behalf of MPA and Mr Francis Zachariae and Mr Omar Frits Erikson on behalf of IALA.

Special thanks were conveyed to MPA for their support of the IALA World Wide Academy, as well as to the participants and the VTS and e-navigation experts for their valuable contributions.

Thanks were also due to the various organisers and partners who made Singapore Maritime Week possible of which we at IALA were privileged to be part.

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