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 .