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IALA Level 1.1 Manager Course in China

The World-Wide Academy visited Shanghai as a part of the IALA level 1.1 AtoN Manager training in China which has come to a conclusion. 17 participants from 10 countries, including China, were hosted by the China MSA to follow the IALA AtoN manager training.
The Shanghai program included visits to the Wudong VTS Center, Shanghai Chart Center, China Maritime Museum, and Shanghai AtoN division, with a special focus on the most recent buoy tender ship. This was a great opportunity for participants to ask questions and exchange practices with China MSA.

Bicentenary of the Fresnel Lens

The Phares de France Association, supported by the French State Secretariat for the Sea, and in collaboration with the International Association for Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), is organizing on October 23 and 24, 2023 in Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France, a closing seminar for the celebration events of the bicentenary of the lighting on July 25, 1823 of the first stepped lens by Augustin Fresnel at the Cordouan Lighthouse.

Download the brochure here FR/EN

Detailled arrangements of the event

Détails de l’organisation de l’évènement

Webinar “Fresnel lens lights the world up

Watch online apply the code 5*e9j#%p to view the video. Select the language directly on the video.

You can also register for the following 2 webinars, which will be translated live into English, by clicking on the conference title.

Tuesday 29 August 2023 from 2pm to 4pm CEST

“Current uses, developments and original applications of Fresnel lenses in the 21st century”.

Wednesday 11 October 2023 from 2pm to 4pm CEST

“Evolution of Fresnel glass to the present day”.

WWA mission in Albania

Watch the video of the mission conducted by the World-Wide Academy in Albania.

Council 78

The newly elected council members for the period 2023-2027 met for the 78th session of the council on 3 June 2023. At this session, they elected the president from Brazil, the vice-president for India. They also elected the Treasurer, Captain Ian McNaught.

The Council elected the Finance and Audit Committee, which consists of:

  • Captain Ian McNaught (Treasurer), Trinity House, UK;
  • The Council member from Federal Waterways and Shipping Agency, Germany;
  • The Council member from Direction des Affaires Maritime, France;
  • The Council member from Light Dues Board Peninsular Malaysia; and
  • The Council member from General Director of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine Chilean Navy, Directemar.

The Council approved the proposal to rename the ENAV committee as the DTEC committee.

The Council approved the Committee work programme for the period 2023-2027.

The Council decided to re-appoint Christina Schneider of the Federal Shipping and Waterways Authority of Germany Chair of the Legal Advisory Panel, with Henning Osnes Teigene of the Norwegian Coastal Administration remaining the Vice Chair.

The Council appointed the Committee Chair and Vice Chairs as follows:

  • Aids to Navigation Requirements and Management Committee (ARM):
    • Chair: Mr. R David Lewald, US Coast Guard
    • Vice Chair: Ms. Natasha McMahon, Canadian Coast Guard
  • Engineering and Sustainability Committee (ENG):
    • Chair: Mr. Alwyn Williams, GLA Research and Development, UK and Ireland
    • Vice Chair: Mr. Michel Cousquer, Cerema, France
  • Digital Technologies Committee (DTEC):
    • Chair: Mr. Hideki Noguchi, Japan Coast Guard
    • Vice Chair: Mr. Jorge Arroyo, US Coast Guard
  • Vessel Traffic Services Committee (VTS):
    • Chair: Ms. Monica Sundklev, Swedish Transport Agency
    • Vice Chair: Mr. Dirk Eckhoff, Federal Waterways and Shipping Authority.

20th IALA Conference Conclusions

The very intense week of 120 presentations during the technical sessions resulted in the following conclusions:

  • Sustainability and its link to the UN SDGs is of increasing importance and IALA is duty bound to raise the profile of this area in the committees.  Members should continue to innovate sustainable approaches by recognizing, developing and reviewing the whole lifecycle of AtoN services.
  • In addition to GNSS, various space and terrestrial technologies are able to provide PNT and integrity information to the maritime user. IALA should continue to facilitate collaboration and standardisation taking a holistic approach to achieve resilient PNT. 
  • To achieve digital transformation in the S-100 domain, the importance of collaboration and continued dialogue between IHO, IALA and other domain controllers is necessary. IALA should stand ready to assist coastal authorities with their transition to S-100 related products.
  • Autonomy is a driver to leverage the development of digital products. AtoN has a role in support of autonomous vessels and technology needs to be standardized to meet the future requirements of all vessels.
  • The IALA Risk Toolbox has proven benefits for members but should be enhanced to cover all ships on all voyages. The IALA Toolbox forms an essential part of assessment of risk and their mitigation requirements. Simulation techniques provide for a comprehensive assessment of mitigation measures.
  • IALA should encourage members to collaborate and have proper structures and procedures in place in order to prevent, identify, deal with and recover effectively from cyber security events. IALA has a role in supporting dissemination of lessons learnt in order to increase resilience against these threats.
  • VTS technology needs to take into account human factors with increased digitalization, including AI in VTS.
  • IALA acknowledges that virtual tools and the use of e-learning contributes to flexible, efficient and sustainable training. In addition, IALA recognizes its role in promoting the use of language testing tools to improve the communication capabilities of VTS operators.
  • Physical AtoN remains important to the mariner. IALA members should continue to pursue emerging technologies and approaches such as big data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), machine vision technology and drones to make their services more effective and meet the future needs of the mariner.

The 20th IALA Conference held in Brazil was very successful!

After a full week of seminars, technical sessions, exhibitions and more, the 20th IALA Conference held in Rio de Janeiro came to an end on Saturday 3 June. All the delegates could benefited from the knowledge and expertise shared through the week and looked forward to continuing the good cooperation in the coming years .


Heritage Seminar

IALA, in cooperation with Marinha Do Brasil, Diretoria de Hidrografía e Navegação, Centro de Auxílios Navegação Almirante Moraes Rego, will be organizing the 4th Heritage Seminar, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 27 and 28 May, prior to the 20th IALA Conference. The Seminar will take place over one and a half days and will include technical presentations on various relevant aspects related to lighthouse heritage and culture. There will be a technical visit to “Santa Cruz” Lighthouse, which is located on “Santa Cruz” Fortress – a historic monument that guards the entrance to Guanabara Bay.

The seminar objetives to share information on Lightouse heritage best practices to all IALA members, maritime authorities, marine Aids to Navigation service providers, universities, scientific bodies as well as to other consultants and AtoN stakeholders.

The distance from the Conference venue to “Santa Cruz” Lighthouse is 55km and it is one hour bus trip to get there.

The Lighthouse of Santa Cruz was established in 1839, inside the Fortress of Santa Cruz da Barra, which is a unique historic site in Brazil, with foundation stone putted in the year 1555 and walls built with stones cut and laid by hand, in an area of more than 7 thousand square meters.

In the fortress there is a collection composed of 45 cannons from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a chapel dating from 1612, with an image of Santa Bárbara from the 18th century.

Its location is privileged, limiting the entrance channel of Guanabara Bay to the East, which provides a view of the two main cities that border Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro and Niterói, as well as the external and internal part of the bay and the “Sugar Loaf” straight ahead, on the other side of the narrow canal.

The 4th IALA Heritage Seminar aims to promote:

 An understanding that heritage and culture are themselves a vital ingredient of sustainability;

 Increases interest in the heritage issues dealt with within the ENG committee;

 Sharing of knowledge and best practices;

 Lessons identified from international experiences;

 Recognition that the significance of historical lighthouses extends beyond their navigational and architectural value and encompasses maritime culture, history, social history and environmental aspects (as set out in the Incheon Convention);

 Recognition that there is great value in documenting, researching, interpreting, and opening up heritage lighthouses for the benefit and inspiration of future generations; and

 Provide assistance for developing nations through education, training, technology and capacity building.

Please register as soon as possible here


19 – 23 June 2023
IALA HQ, Saint Germain En Laye, France

About the course

Understanding procurement terminology, principles and processes is essential knowledge for those procuring AtoN goods and services. AtoN professionals are not necessarily procurement experts and do not need to be, but a good understanding of procurement best practices can be extremely useful to help navigate potential procurement issues. 

This course forms the full IALA Procurement course, incorporating the content of both the IALA Principles of Procurement and Managing the Procurement Process courses.

This course is open to all students irrespective of previous procurement experience but would be particularly suited to AtoN managers, those providing AtoN administration support and AtoN suppliers.

Benefits of participation 

How do I write a business case to purchase a new AtoN?  What should I include in a specification to ensure my new AtoN is fit for purpose?  How do I choose a supplier from a selection of tender submissions? 

The course will provide practical examples of AtoN procurement, and students will learn skills and be given practical tools that they can apply in their everyday work to assist with these typical procurement questions. 


Participants are awarded a certificate of successful completion of the course. 



The 49th session of PAP was held in person between 7 – 9 March 2023. This was last PAP meeting for the work period of 2018 to 2023 and the last meeting for Simon Millyard and Phil Day to whom we said farewell as they will not reconduct their position as chairs for next work period.

Key outcomes included:

  • The draft 2023 – 2027 Work Programme.
  • A draft input to IMO regarding IALAs activities regarding MASS.
  • A draft proposal on an IALA workshop on MASS.
  • A proposal for changing the name of the ENAV Committee to the Digital Technology (DTec) Committee

The PAP was also updated on many items including:

  • IALAs involvement in the review of the STCW Code
  • The AIS document review
  • S-200 development
  • Maritime Resource Name (MRN)