WATON Day 2020
Not even the pandemic of COVID-19 could stop the celebration of the World Marine Aids to Navigation (WAtoN) Day 2020, which was celebrated virtually through social media. The engagement by members and the wider maritime community across the world was outstanding. Whether it was through companies, organizations or individuals, images of Marine Aids to Navigation ‘at work’ flowed through all social media for some 48 hours as all time zones participated in this unique event. In accordance with the decision of the General Assembly, taken at its 13th Session in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 29th May 2018 and published as Resolution A13.04, the objectives of the WAtoN Day are:
- To promote greater awareness of IALA by bringing to the attention of the wider public the role of IALA and the significance of its technical work in enhancing the safety of navigation world-wide.
- To improve the society’s perception of AtoN as modern, technologically advanced marine aids which, alongside traditional lighthouses, embrace the latest digital developments and support new developments in all fields, including VTS.
The obvious enthusiasm and remarkable success of the day were truly appreciated and IALA wishes to thank all those who contributed to make it such a brilliant event.