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Vacancy WWA Dean

We are recruiting a new Dean for the World-Wide Academy. If you would like more details on the job offer, please e-mail us. The deadline to receive applications is set at 1 September 2024.

Intergovernmental Status is on its way!

The Convention will enter into force on 22 August 2024. The intergovernmental Organization will be created and the transition period will begin.

The first 30 States to ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation are Singapore, Norway, Japan, Malaysia, India, Panama, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea, France, Denmark, Finland, Cuba, Slovenia, Ireland, Sweden, Albania, Tunisia, Mexico,  Oman, Germany, China, Portugal, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt.

A special page dedicated to the change of status is available here.

Visits at HQ

IALA HQ had the pleasure to host 2 important visits in February. On 20 February 2024 we received Trinity House’s former (Ian McNaught) and new (Iain Lower) Deputy Master for the handover and discussion of the future of both entities. Then on 22 February 2024 we received IFAN’s new CEO Catherine Mulvihill, and Development Manager Francesca Pradelli, to discuss the strengthening of the cooperation between the WWA and IFAN.

From left to right: Ian McNaught, Francis Zachariae, Iain Lower
From left to right: Omar Eriksson, Francesca Pradelli, Catherine Mulvihill, Francis Zachariae.


The 79th session of the IALA Council meeting was successfully held from 11 to 14 December at the Headquarters in France and by video conference.

More details were given about the transition period between the entry into force of the Convention and until IALA is constituted as an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO). Key decisions for the current and transition Council were detailed, including the development of new General Regulations and Financial Regulations and new Staff Rules.

The budget for 2024 was approved.

The Council approved of the following documents:

Guideline G1180, Ed1.0 Resilient Position, Navigation, and Timing.

Revised Model Course C0103-2 Ed3.0 for VTS Supervisor training.

Guideline G1181, Ed1.0 VDES VHF Data Link (VDL) Integrity monitoring.

The Council gave approval to the election of the selection of Faro di Genova ‘Lanterna’, Italy as the Heritage Lighthouse of the year 2024. The World Marine Aids to Navigation Day 2024 main event will be organized in Italy.

The Council endorsed new members as follows:

National membership for:

  • Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Cambodia.

Industrial membership for:

  • Adolpha Maritime Group, Bahamas
  • Grupo Acquaplan, Brazil
  • Compañía Internacional de Integración Ci2 S.A, Colombia
  • India Navigations Aids, India
  • MSZ Offshore and Underwater Services LLP, India
  • AIVeNautics Corp., Republic of Korea
  • TM One, TM Technology Services SDN BHD, Malaysia
  • Integral Project IT, S. de R.L de C.V, Mexico
  • Horizonte AS, Norway
  • National Polyethylene Company-NPC Marine, Saudi Arabia
  • NCS Pte. Ltd, Singapore
  • PMS Polietilen Mamulleri San Tic. A.S, Türkiye
  • Carrocerias Mariara C.A, Venezuela
  • WAMS, Brazil
  • Liaocheng Huazhong New Material Technology Co., Ltd, People’s Republic of China.
  • PT Multiintegra, Indonesia
  • Danphone A/S, Denmark

Associate membership for:

  • Antwerp Maritime Academy, Belgium
  • Johor Port Authority, Malaysia
  • Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service, Dominican Republic
  • Mokpo National Maritime University, Republic of Korea
  • Consorcio de Gestion del Puerto de Bahia Blanca (CGPBB), Argentina
  • PT Biro Biro Klasifikat, Indonesia

The Council granted honorary membership to Phil Day (Northern Lighthouse Board), Simon Millyard (Trinity House) and Neil Trainor (Australian Maritime Safety Administration). The full report is available at .

Happy festive season!

We take this opportunity to inform you that our offices will be closed from 25 December 2023 to 1 January 2024 included.

Seminar on Marine Aids to Navigation in Buenos Aires

From 15 to 17 November, the First Latin American Seminar on Aids to Navigation was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, organised by the Academia Hidrovía de Capacitación en Ayudas a la Navegación together with the Servicio de Hidrografía Naval and IALA, with the aim of being the first regional meeting of Spanish speaking countries to inform about the General Work Plan of IALA for the next 4 years, as well as to disseminate the activities and scope of the Committees.

  • AtoN Requirements and Management (ARM)
  • Engineering and Sustainability (ENG)
  • Vessel Traffic Services (VTS)
  • Digital Technologies (DTEC)

The meeting was an excellent opportunity to promote capacity building initiatives, to identify the contributions that Spanish-speaking countries can make to IALA and to share with the representatives of the Latin American organisations present the most relevant topics addressed in the IALA Committees, Workshops and, as always, to discuss and share experiences and concerns related to the work on Aids to Navigation with colleagues and peers from different countries.

The Seminar was crowned with a visit to the ARA Almirante Irízar Icebreaker, the flagship of the Argentine Navy.

Del 15 al 17 de Noviembre se desarrolló en Buenos Aires, Argentina el Primer Seminario Latinoamericano de Ayudas a la Navegación, organizado por la Academia Hidrovía de Capacitación en Ayudas a la Navegación en conjunto con el Servicio de Hidrografía Naval y la Asociación Internacional de Señalización Marítima, con el objetivo de ser el primer encuentro regional de países de habla hispana para informar acerca del Plan General de Trabajo de IALA para los próximos 4 años, como así también difundir las actividades y el alcance de los Comités de Trabajo.

  • Requisitos y Gestión de AtoN (ARM)
  • Ingeniería y Sostenibilidad (ENG)
  • Servicios de Tráfico Marítimo (VTS)
  • Tecnologías Digitales (DTEC)

El encuentro fue una excelente ocasión para potenciar las iniciativas de refuerzo de capacidades, identificar las contribuciones que pueden realizar los países de habla hispana en IALA y para compartir con los representantes de las Organizaciones presentes de Latinoamérica las temáticas más relevantes abordadas en los Comités de IALA, Workshops y, como siempre, para conversar y compartir experiencias e inquietudes vinculadas al trabajo en las Ayudas a la Navegación con colegas y pares de distintos países.

Para coronar el Seminario, se realizó la visita al Rompehielos ARA Almirante Irízar, el buque insignia de la Armada Argentina.


The Twenty-Nineth Session of the Far East Radio Navigation Service Council (FERNS 29) was held at the Huanghai Hotel in Qingdao, People’s Republic of China, from 8 to 9 November 2023, convened by Maritime Safety Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CMSA). A one-day meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) was conducted on 7th November 2023 and a technical tour to Navigation Brilliance (Qingdao) technology company focused on smart navigation will be organised on 9th November 2023.

The Chairman, Mr. Li Hongyin, Deputy Director General of China MSA, welcomed all participants to Qingdao and recalled that the 1st FERNS meeting was held in 1992 and many developments have happened since. Chayka and Loran-C have been the focus of FERNS. The most updated information related to eLoran, DLoran have been presented and also other services and systems providing back up for GNSS and resilient PNT sources as VDES R-Mode and Enhanced Radar Positioning System. High accuracy service from BeiDou based on PPP and the number of PNT projects amalgamated in the POINT and TRACE projects have also been discussed.

IALA has an observer role in FERNS and Jaime Alvarez, IALA Technical officer has participated in the meeting providing the overview of the draft guideline on resilient PNT, S-200 product specifications, the outcomes from the 20th IALA Conference and the status of the IGO project.

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.

Please note the following updates:

Registrations are no longer possible for the weekend preceding the seminar, all available places have been allocated. On the website, using the following URL: you can still book for the period from Sunday October 22, 2023 evening to Wednesday October 25, 2023 noon, as detailed below:

  • Registration for the two days of the FRESNEL 2023 seminar, Monday October 23, 2023 and Tuesday October 24, 2023;
  • Visit to the Cordouan lighthouse on Wednesday October 25, 2023 morning;
  • Accommodation at Le Sunélia campsite, in Le Verdon-sur-Mer, with breakfast, from Sunday October 22, 2023 in the early afternoon to Wednesday October 25, 2023 in the early afternoon;
  • Meals on Monday lunchtime, Tuesday lunchtime, and Tuesday evening (no support for meals on Sunday evening, Monday evening, and Wednesday lunchtime);Registration deadline: Monday October 9, 2023.

The amount of participation is €100 per person (unless otherwise specified).

Please find attached information on the procedure to follow.

Feel free to send any request to for any further information.”

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.