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The 14th IALA Symposium is postponed

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and IALA regrettably announce that the 14th IALA Symposium and all activities planned for 24 – 29 May 2020 will unfortunately have to be postponed. As a result, we have started looking for an alternative date sometime in the first six months of 2021. As soon as we have found a new date, we will of course announce it. The organizing committee will separately inform all sponsors/exhibitors of the symposium and participants who have already registered about refunding arrangements.

Thank you for your interest in the 14th IALA Symposium and for intending to be our guest.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – IALA Precautionary Measures

The IALA Secretariat has been closely monitoring developments of the impact of COVID-19 at local and global levels and has followed the advice provided by the World Health Organization, the Government of France, other Governments and actions taken by sister organizations. Based on available facts and in consultation with relevant stakeholders, the following precautionary measures have been implemented to avoid further transmission of the virus in our domain.

Previously announced:

  • VTS-48 in Saint Germain en Laye, 02-06 March 2020 – cancelled
  • ENAV-25 in Saint Germain en Laye, 16-20 March 2020 – cancelled

New initiatives:

  • Heritage Seminar in Salvador, Brazil, 25-26 April 2020 – postponed
  • ENG-11 in Salvador, Brazil, 27 April to 01 May 2020 – cancelled
  • Joint IALA-IHO S-100/S-200 Workshop in Norway, 08-12 June 2020 – postponed

Furthermore, the IALA office in Saint Germain en Laye will be physically closed in the period 16‑30 March 2020, however the Secretariat will continue to function, as the staff will be working from home, attending to e-mails, mobile telephones and responding to the main telephone number +33 1 34 51 70 01. The staff of the IALA World-Wide Academy has decided to cancel its physical meetings and travel arrangements in the period 16 March to 13 April 2020.

To minimize the impact on the committee work programme and advance work on important work items, the Secretariat is prepared to facilitate online meetings as requested by chairs and vicechairs. Requests should be sent to

In the latter half of 2020, meetings are expected to take place as planned. ENG-12 is expected to be moved to Salvador, Brazil together with the Heritage Seminar. Also, the Joint IALA-IHO S-100/S-200 Workshop is expected to take place in Norway in the latter half of 2020.

The Secretariat will continue to monitor developments, updating our website with any further news that may affect members and our operations. Decisions on further postponement or cancellation of events will be taken on a case by case basis.

Francis Zachariae,

Updated 16th March 2020

IALA-IHO Joint Workshop on S-100/200 Development and Portrayal

IALA and IHO in association with the Norwegian Coastal Administration are hosting a technical Workshop on S-100/200 development and portrayal, to be held in the Scandic Parken hotel, Aalesund, Norway on 8 – 12 June 2020. EVENT POSTPONED

A flyer will be available soon.

Heritage Seminar

The 4th Heritage Seminar ‘The Challenge of Change’ will be held in the city of Salvador, Brazil at the CEMCOHA. EVENT POSTPONED

Farol de Santo Antonio da Barra. Photo by Tunisio Alves Filho

Council70 – Documents approved

Here is the list of documents approved at last council meeting. They are now downloadable from the Guidance Documents section of the website:



Port Traffic Signals (Ed. 1.2)


The Implementation of Vessel Traffic Services (Ed. 3.0)


Sustainability in the Provision of Marine Aids to Navigation (Ed. 2.0)


Responsible Design, Operation and Maintenance on the provision of Marine AtoN (Ed. 1.0)


Provision of Maritime Services in the context of e-navigation in the domain of IALA (Ed. 1.0)



Determination of required luminous intensity for marine signal lights (Ed. 1.0)


VTS Training for Deck Officers (Ed. 1.0)


Establishment of Vessel Traffic Services (Ed. 1.0)


Maintenance of AtoN Structures (Ed.1.0) – revokes Guidelines G1007 and G1076


SBAS Maritime Service (Ed. 1.0)


Template for the review of emerging technologies for possible use by IALA members (Ed. 1.0)

Model Course

Level 1.1 Marine Aids to Navigation Management Course (Ed.3.1)

IALA supports the IMO World Maritime Day on the theme Empowering Women in the Maritime Community

The 47th session of the VTS Committee meeting is held at HQ this week and IALA wishes to put light on the women in maritime attending the committee. This VTS committee is chaired by Ms Monica Sundklev and working groups chairs comprise women as well.

Happy World Maritime Day 2019!

L’AISM soutient la journée mondiale de la mer organisée par l’OMI sur le thème de l’égalité des sexes et l’autonomisation des femmes.

La 47ème session de la commission VTS se tient au siège cette semaine et l’AISM souhaite mettre en avant les femmes du secteur maritime qui sont présentes. Cette commission VTS est présidée par Mme Monica Sundklev et la présidence des groupes de travail comprend également des femmes.

Joyeuse journée mondiale de la mer 2019 !

AtoN Manager Courses in Spanish language in Colombia

During the IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Event in Cartagena, IALA signed an Agreement with the Escuela Naval Almirante Padilla (ENAP) Colombia on Aids to Navigation Managers training. This is an important development as it is the first Accredited Training Organisation in Spanish language for the region. The first Level 1 AtoN Manager Course is scheduled to take place next year. ENAP will also host the Training Seminar on the Use of the IALA Risk Management Toolbox in November this year. It is a great pleasure to work with such a professional organisation and motivated team. Watch the video provided by ENAP.


IALA Conferences 2022 and 2026

Here are the dates and locations of future IALA Conferences : 2022 in Brazil and 2026 in India!

Group photo at the IALA Conference 2018 in Republic of Korea.