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World Marine AtoN Day

The Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company is hosting the main event for the WATON Day 2022 on 1 July 2022. The event will take place at the newly built International Congress Center, Foros Hall, in Burgas. All members are invited to join the event and register at the following address:

Chile is organizing a webinar for Spanish speaking countries at 15:00 UTC.

In parallel, everyone is invited to organize local events and/or to share photos of Marine Aids to Navigation and celebrate on the day through social media and/or local events.

Provisional Programme for the main event

10:30 – 11:00 – Welcome coffee

11:00 – 11:15 – Opening speeches:

Ms Anna Natova, Director General of Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co.)

Rear Admiral Kiril Mihaylov, Commander of the Bulgarian Navy

Mr Francis Zachariae, Secretary-General of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)

11:15 – 11:30 – Capt. Milen Todorov, Director Vessel Traffic Services Authority, BPI Co.: “Management, Information Services and Provision of Navigational Safety in the Maritime Spaces and Ports of Bulgaria – Systems, Innovation and Future”

11:30 – 11:45 – Lt Cdr Nikolay Lyaskovski, Assistant Director of Bulgarian Navy Hydrographic Service, “Opportunities for modernization of the Aids to Navigation at the Bulgarian Navy Hydrographic Service”

11:45 – 12:00 – Mr Minsu Jeon, Technical Operation Manager (IALA), on IALA activities and plans

12:00 – 12:15 – Mr Omar Eriksson, Dean of the World-wide Academy and Deputy Secretary General (IALA), on the activities of the World-wide Academy

12:15 – 12:30 – Lighthouse of the year Celebration (TBA)

12:30 – 13:00 – Еxhibition “Lighthouses and other means of navigation support on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast”

13:00 – 13:30 – Transfer from the Public Access Area of Port of Burgas to St. Anastasia Island

13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 – Tour of St. Anastasia Island, visit to St. Anastasia Island Lighthouse and the Museum

16:00 – 16:30 – Transfer from St. Anastasia Island to the Public Access Area of Port of Burgas

16:30 – 17:00 – Visit to the Coastal Center for Vessel Traffic Management and Information Services Burgas

17:00 – 19:30 – Free time

19:30 – 22:30  – Dinner, Neptun Restaurant

Airport information Hotels nearby are “Bulgaria”: and “Burgas”:

Download the WATON Day logo here.