At EEP 19 the need for changing the term Buoyant Beacon was raised.
EEP19/output/1 section 14.2 refers:
14.2 Proposed change of definition
It was suggested that, arising from the recent workshop in Brest, the description of buoyant beacon is out-dated and that the term now in common use is articulated beacon. The Committee agreed that this term be changed in the dictionary, as follows:
The term Buoyant beacon should be changed to Articulated beacon
Note 1 should be replaced with the following text:
The terms resilient beacon, buoyant beacon and elastic beacon have been used with this meaning, but their continued use is not recommended.
It was also noted that in the definition there is mention of a light being fitted to such a beacon, which is not necessarily the case.
Original version of this term was:
A floating mark secured to a sinker, either directly through a joint or by a cable that is held in tension by the buoyancy of the mark. The buoyancy chamber is normally below the surface of the sea.
The terms resilient beacon and elastic beacon have been used with this meaning, but their continued use is not recommended.
When the connection to the sinker is by a universal joint and the aid carries a light, the term articulated light is sometimes used. This usage is deprecated.
Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)
Category:IALA Dictionary 1970-89 Edition
Engineering, Environment and Preservation Committee (IALA now named ENG)
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM