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Ratification of the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation
On 9 March 2021, Singapore ratified the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation. It is the first country to do so shortly after it signed the Convention on 1 March 2021.
Singapore is a member of IALA since 1966 and they were elected to be part of the Council in 2018. Singapore is long standing member continuously involved in the work of IALA and is also a generous sponsor of the World-Wide Academy. They will be host country to the 15th Symposium in 2024.
Communication from the Depositary (France)
On 21 April 2021, a diplomatic note was sent from the French government to 190 ambassadors around the world to invite them to sign the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation.
Please find below communication from the Depositary about the opening for signature of the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation:
Please find below the certified versions of the Convention in the official languages:
|French version||English version||Spanish version|
|Russian version||Arabic version||Chinese version|
Signing of the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation
On 14 June 2021, Issamary Sanchez Ortega, Ambassador of Panama to France has signed the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation.
Panama has a long-standing relationship with IALA since 1999 when they first joined. considering the high importance of the maritime area covered by the country and that an IALA membership and cooperation would be valued assets. As one of the world’s major flag states, responsible for a large percentage of the world’s commercial shipping they are also primary user of IALA-developed services. In 2015, they hosted a Safety of Navigation Seminar on Hydrography and Aids to Navigation services, the first one delivered to a Competent Authority of a Single State, delivered by the Worldwide Academy with the participation of the IHO. The objective was to enhance the awareness and competency of managers and officers responsible for the safety of navigation in Panama and update participants on the latest developments relating to hydrography and Aids to Navigation (AtoN). In 2016, they also hosted a IALA World-Wide Academy Risk Management Toolbox Seminar with a worldwide participation. They are strongly supportive to the change of status and are preparing to ratify the Convention soon.
On 8 June 2021, Mr Teemu Tanner, Ambassador of Finland to France has signed the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation.
Finland has been a member of IALA since 1959. They were first Elected to Council in 1994 by the 7th General Assembly in Honolulu, the United States, and then constantly re-elected. Finland has been very supportive to the work of IALA . They are very active in the legal advisory panel and particularly from the beginning of the diplomatic process. They are also active in the Technical committees and they are part of the IMC.
On 2 June 2021, Mr José Manuel Albares Bueno, Ambassador of Spain to France has signed the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation.
Spain has been a member since the inception of IALA in 1957. Their 1st election to Council was in 1994 by the 7th General Assembly in Honolulu, Hawaii and they have been constantly re-elected since. Strongly supportive, they have hosted many IALA events: seminars, Council meetings and the 18th IALA Conference in conjunction with the 12th General Assembly which adopted the Resolution on the Change of Status. They hosted the 1st edition of the World Marine Aids to Navigation Day in Palma de Mallorca on 1st July 2019. Spain is also highly involved in the translation of IALA documentation. They play a major role for the IALA World-Wide Academy with Spanish speaking countries which includes the implementation of the IALA Model Courses in Spanish.
On 5 May 2021, Mr Michael Starbaek Christensen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to France has signed the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation.
Denmark joined IALA from the inception of the organization in 1957 and immediately became one the most active members, at the forefront of many initiatives and projects. It was depositary of the “Agreement on the implementation of the Maritime Buoyage System A” which was signed in Copenhagen on 16 March 1977. During the drafting process, they have played a major role in the Technical Committee on the “Unification of the Buoyage Systems”. Their first election to Council was in 1980 and they have always been reelected since then. Denmark has hosted several IALA Meetings ENAV and VTS committee, LAP and Council. The IALA Council has also appointed two Secretary-Generals from Denmark since 1994.
On 15 April 2021, Mr Yoo Dae-jong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to France has signed the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation.
The Republic of Korea joined IALA in 1962. They have a seat at the Council since their first election at the 10th General Assembly on May 27, 2006 in Shanghai, China. They have hosted the 19th IALA conference in 2018 and they now hold the IALA Presidency for the period 2018-2022. With four Associate and nine Industrial members, they are one of the most active countries in the committees work. They are also an important sponsor to the World-Wide Academy since 2015.
On Monday 22 March 2021, Ms Oda Helen Sletnes, Ambassador of Norway to France has signed the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation.
Norway has been a member of IALA since the inception of the association in 1957. They were first elected as council member at the 6th General Assembly in Veldhoven, The Netherlands in 1990 and they have always been re-elected since. Norway has been very active and supportive through their participation in IALA activities and technical committees. They hosted the VTS Symposium in Bergen in 2008.
On Tuesday 16 March 2021 Malaysia signed the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation.
Malaysia was represented by Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Minister of Transport as signatory to the Convention. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of the Ambassador of France to Malaysia, His Excellency Roland Galharague, members of the Light Dues Board as well as MOT top management. Also present were His Excellency Serge Segura, Ambassador for Special Representative for Maritime Negotiations, Mr. Jean-Marc Séré-Charlet, Deputy Director of United Nations, International Organizations, Human Rights and Francophony, France as well as Mr. Francis Zachariae, Secretary General of IALA and also the Malaysian Embassy in France, which participated virtually. See the video of the ceremony here.
In order to make sure that the Aids to Navigation in Malaysia are up to global standards, Malaysia through its Light Dues Board has been a member of IALA since 1962 and later appointed IALA Council Member in 2000 and serving until today.
Malaysia played a significant role to the Convention, as the text of the Convention was authenticated in Kuala Lumpur during the IALA Diplomatic Conference which was held from 25 to 28 February 2020.
On Monday 1 March 2021, Mr Zainal Arif Mantaha, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to France has signed the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation.
On Wednesday 24 February 2021, Mr Pieter de Gooijer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to France signed the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation. The Netherlands was part of the Founding fathers and have always been part of the Council, formerly called Executive Committee at the inception of IALA. They actually took part in the informal meeting organized in 1926 by France during the International Navigation Congress held in Cairo to discuss the need for co-operation in the field of aids to navigation. It was during that meeting that France and the Netherlands reached an agreement on the ways and means to achieve such co-operation.
The ceremony for the first signing of the convention by the French minister of the sea and the opening to signature of the convention was held on the 27th of January 2021 in France, host country of the organization.
See the speech from the Secretary-General here.
Voir le discours du secrétaire général ici.
Adoption of the Kuala Lumpur Convention at the Diplomatic Conference held from 25 to 28 February.
Please see the White Book here.
Please download here the Invitation letter to National members and Points of contact for the 2nd Preparatory Diplomatic Conference held in Marrakesh, Kingdom of Morocco on 7-8 February 2018.
1st Preparatory Diplomatic Conference held in Paris, France, April 18-19, 2017. Please download here the agreed roadmap in 3 languages:
In accordance with the Draft Convention text (see below) Article 6.7 Council has approved the Draft General Regulations and Draft Financial Regulations:
Letters about the pre-diplomatic conference to be held in Paris, 18-19 April 2017 are sent to all IALA National Members. Please see below the letters and explanatory note in 3 languages.
The information paper on Change of Status of IALA from NGO to IGO was submitted to IMO 29th General Assembly. It was noted by the assembly without comments.
The General Assembly Resolution directed Council to prepare IALA for a change of status. At its December meeting IALA Council established a Working Group for that purpose.
The new Change of Status Working Group will deliver a high level action plan for the transition of IALA to an IGO and will also finalise IALA’s version of the required Convention text.
The Working Group will meet at least twice yearly, with the first meeting taking place in Madrid on April 9-10, 2015. Assistance will be provided to the Working Group by the Legal Advisory Panel and the Strategy Group.
The Government of France has commenced diplomatic activities and will continue to work closely with Council and the Working Group.
27 May 2014
The IALA General Assembly debated the issue of a change of status for IALA at its General Assembly meeting today.
Forty National Members were in attendance (from a possible 77), and robust discussion took place.
Some National Members remained concerned about the identification of risks and their potential impact, whilst others expressed the view that the time is right to move this initiative forward whilst recognising that risk is always associated with change.
National Members were asked to approve a Resolution, which amongst other things directs Council to further consider the preparation of IALA for a change of status. The Resolution was passed by 29 votes to 11. Council will give further consideration to this important project at its meeting later this year.
The full report of the General Assembly is available here.
28 April 2014
The IALA General Assembly will determine whether IALA should direct its efforts towards achieving International Intergovernmental Organisation status at its meeting in A Coruna, Spain, next month. The General Assembly will consider a Resolution on this issue at its first session on 27 May 2014.
The current draft text of the International Agreement and the text of the IALA information Brochure are available via the links provided in the text below.
19 March 2014
Thirty six participants from 16 countries attended the second extraordinary Legal Advisory Panel meeting at IALA Headquarters last week. The group completed the tasks set by Council (see Roadmap and Explanation) by finalising proposed changes to the IALA Constitution, creating a Project Risk Register for the Change of Status Project and developing a draft General Assembly Resolution.
The group also identified additional benefits that may arise as a result of the change of status. These documents will be forwarded to Council for out of session approval or noting, following which they will be used to prepare an information package to be sent to all National Members before the General Assembly.
The Report of the meeting is available here. Further consideration of the draft International Agreement (the latest version is here) will take place after the General Assembly meeting in A Coruna in May 2014.
06 February 2014
IALA National Members are invited to the second extraordinary Legal Advisory Panel meeting, 12-13 March 2014 at IALA Headquarters. This meeting will consider three issues related to the change of status project – the IALA Constitution, risk assessment and text for a Resolution for General Assembly to support this change. The meeting will also provide for working groups to consider matters relevant to the success of this project. Please see the LAP Ex2 Agenda for further details.
Council remains committed to a change of status for IALA and provided further direction to LAP in regard to matters that will required consideration prior to the General Assembly meeting in May 2014. Please see item 11.1 of the Council 56 Report.
05 September 2013
IALA National Members have been invited to an Extraordinary meeting of the Legal Advisory Panel to work on the text of the International Agreement. Please see the LAP Meeting details. All National members are encouraged to comment on the draft International agreement by 27 September, and to attend the meeting in Copenhagen.
The brochure explaining the benefits of a change of status for IALA can be accessed by clicking here