Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
At the 74th session of the IALA Council in December, as part of a policy to support the vital work of IALA members around the world, issue was approved of two recommendations, twelve guidelines and three model courses.
Here below the documents are listed and may be downloaded at no charge:
Revised R0139 The Marking of Man-made Offshore Structures Ed3.0.
Revised R0126 The Use of AIS in Marine Aids to Navigation Ed2.0.
Revised G1078 The Use of AtoN in the Design of Fairways & Channels Ed2.0.
Revised G1054 Preparing for an IMO Audit on Aids to Navigation Service Delivery Ed2.0.
Revised G1128 The Specification of e-Navigation Technical Services Ed1.3.
New G1162 The Marking of Offshore Man-made structures Ed1.0.
New G1163 The Marking of Breakwaters and barriers Ed1.0.
New G1164 Management of Maritime Resource Name Organization Identifiers Ed1.0.
Revised G1065 AtoN Signal Light Beam Vertical Divergence Ed4.1.
New G1165 Sustainable Structural Design of Marine Aids to Navigation Ed1.0
Revised G1014 Accreditation of VTS Training Organizations and Approval to Deliver IALA VTS Model Courses Ed4.0.
Revised G1110 Use of Decision Support Tools for VTS personnel Ed2.0.
New G1166 VTS in Inland Waters Ed1.0.
New G1167 VTS Management Ed1.0.
Model Course C2001-8 L2 Module 1.13 Maintenance of Steel Buoys Ed3.0.
Model Course C2001-9 L2 Module 1.14 Power Sources on Buoys Ed3.0.
See here: Model Course C2007-1 L2 Module 7.1&2 Racons Ed3.0.
Other IALA publications
Members may wish to be rediscover The IALA VTS Manual issued in 2021
The VTS Manual has been a signature document and information source for Governments, Competent Authorities, VTS Authorities, mariners and allied services since first published in 1993. The Manual is a product of collaboration by the world’s leading experts through the VTS Committee, which has the primary oversight for its compilation and editing.
The membership of IALA represents most of the world’s leading national maritime authorities whose delegates are widely experienced VTS professionals.
The IALA VTS Committee is also supported through participation from relevant international sister organizations. This ensures that the Committee is able to speak with international authority on VTS matters and, importantly, to develop new procedures to meet the emerging needs for modern traffic management and to enhance maritime safety.
The 41-page A4 Manual is available to download at no cost here:
In addition Members may wish to be aware of The IALA Navguide:
The IALA Marine Aids to Navigation Manual, otherwise known as The Navguide has been a signature document and information source for IALA members and users for many years. The 2018 edition of the Guide continues this proud tradition and sees it updated with the latest information and developments in the field of Marine Aids to Navigation technology and application.
The Guide is a product of four years’ collaboration by the world’s leading experts on Marine Aids to Navigation, produced by the four primary Committees at IALA, Aton Requirements and Management (ARM); Aton Engineering and Sustainability (ENG); e-navigation (ENAV) and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS). The ARM Committee has the primary oversight for the document’s editing and production.
The Guide plays an important role within the IALA information suite and is regarded as a primary source of information for Marine Aids to Navigation practitioners around the world, along with IALA Standards, Recommendations, Guidelines, Manuals and other publications.
This publication at 184-pages is also available at no charge here:
Captain Allan Gray our former President, now at the Port of Halifax, was in Rotterdam recently for the World Hydrogen Summit and the Smart Digital Ports Conference in mid-May.
While there he managed to meet IHMA Project Officer, Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel, to exchange pleasantries and to discuss the standardization of terms and so forth and other port-related matters of mutual interest.
Allan sends good wishes to all at IHMA, trusting that we are safe and well and regrets that, sadly, he will not be able to meet us at the IHMA Congress in Kuala Lumpur next month.
Zero emission ferries and vessels are one step closer to being a reality, as Maritime Minister Robert Courts on 24 May confirmed £12 million funding to accelerate the research and development of zero emission maritime technologies.
Now in its second round, the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC*) was born out of the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan to tackle carbon emissions. The latest funding cements the UK’s position as world leaders in clean maritime technologies and supports the creation of thousands of skilled jobs across the UK.
The CMDC is one of the first initiatives from UK SHORE, a new unit launched to make the maritime sector greener. Dedicated to creating a world free from shipping emissions, UK SHORE will work with industry to tackle numerous shipping emission challenges.