Message from the Secretary-General

In 10 weeks from now the magnificent “Songdo ConvensiA” international convention centre of Incheon will open its doors to the 19th IALA Conference. Members who wish to attend should register online as soon as possible ( The closing date for pre-registration at a discounted rate is 13 May.

The Conference, which will officially open on Monday 28 May and hold its closing session on Saturday 2 June, will be preceded by a one-day forum on maritime management quality, moderated by the Dean of the IALA World-Wide Academy. Attendance is free of charge but places are limited to 70 participants, so interested members should not delay applying and can view the programme and access registration online (

The chosen theme of the Conference, “A new era for marine aids to navigation in a connected world”, is bound to focus minds sharply on the challenges posed by the exponential growth of digitalization. Several Technical Sessions have been programmed to stimulate discussion on digital communication and information management, industry innovation, and risk management. These topics will also be much in evidence at the Exhibition organized under the auspices of IALA’s Industrial Members’ Committee.

The World Lighthouse Heritage Exhibition will be a unique feature of Incheon 2018 and remind delegates of the importance of the rich history of lighthouses and the vital maritime safety role they continue to play in the provision of marine aids to navigation around the world.

Our Korean hosts meanwhile have not left a stone unturned to ensure the success of what promises to be a memorable 19th IALA Conference. Participants can find online the latest update about the programme and also much practical information that will make their stay not only comfortable but also a wonderful experience:

Incheon is Korea’s ultra-modern, maritime gateway. It offers an exciting mix of innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, traditional culture, and great opportunities for seaside relaxation and discovery of the exotic natural environment of surrounding islands.

Together with our Korean hosts, I look forward to welcoming members and partners at Incheon 2018.

Please see below information provided by Korea about the organisation of the conference:


Korea has been preparing to welcome the world, with February 16 marking 100 days until the start of the 19th IALA Conference 2018. Here are several things to know about the Conference:

Pre-Conference Forum


  • Date & Time: May 26, 2018 / 10:30-17:30
  • Venue: Room 116, Songdo ConvensiA
  • Participants: 70 registrants from 30 countries
  • Language: English
  • Theme: The Quality of Maritime Management – Development of the Quality of Coastal States’ Maritime Management

 Forum Registration

The Pre-Conference Forum will be free of charge. There is a limit of 70 participants. Registration is via the Pre-Conference Forum on-line registration system ( Lunch and coffee break will be provided.


※ For more details, please refer to the official website at

Don’t miss Fascinating Experiences!!!

19th IALA Conference provides Partner Persons who completed the registration procedure with a variety of Partner Programmes to feel and experience Korean Cultures.

 Korean Cultural Insight Tour: Get the Sense of Korea

Gwangmyeong Cave > National Museum of Korea > Bongwonsa Temple > Hongik University Mural Street

You may experience both Korea’s natural landscape, history and trends through this tour. Wine cave and Golden Waterfall in Gwangmyeong Cave which is the best cave theme park in Korea have a lot worth travelling. At National Museum of Korea, you will discover 220,000 cultural assets and exhibitions related to Korea and Asia, and confirm the tradition of Korean Buddhism for over 1000 years in Bongwon Temple as well. Also hope you do not miss the opportunity to experience a unique and culture in “Hongik University Street”, which is famous as artistic street scenery.

Incheon City Tour: Discover Incheon!

Songdo Central Park (Water Taxi) > The IFEZ (Incheon Free Economic Zone) PR Center (G-Tower) > NC Cube Canal Walk > Michuhol Traditional Food Culture Center > Hyundai Premium Outlets

With an international airport and seaport, Incheon, only an hour from Seoul, is the main gateway of Korea. Incheon Songdo Central Park is Korea’s first seawater park, and a famous attraction in Songdo. You may enjoy riding water taxis and a scenic view in there. Besides, the IFEZ (Incheon Free Economic Zone) PR Center is one of the landmark buildings in Songdo, most famous for its Sky Garden which is open to visitors in the day. Additionally, Michuhol Traditional Food Culture Center preserves and develops Korean cuisine. Making healthy food with fresh and in-season ingredients is a major objective of the Center. What’s more, NC Cube Canal Walk and Hyundai Premium Outlet are two of the largest shopping mall in Korea. Through Incheon City Tour, you may experience a various attraction of beautiful architectures and cultural sight in Incheon.

DMZ Tour: Pray for Peace

The 3rd Tunnel > Dorasan Station > Dora Observatory > Unification Village > Imjingak Pyeongwha Nuri Park > Myeongdong

For foreigners, DMZ has been the most popular tourist spot in Korea. The purpose of the zone is to prevent the recurrence of war between North and South Korea. The highlight of the route is to explore a tunnel dug by North Korea. The tunnel was discovered by South Army as the third one among four tunnels, hence named it “The Third Tunnel”. Through this programme, you may also visit Dorasan Station which is located in the northernmost part of South Korea. What’s more, Dora Observatory, Unification Village, and Imjingak Pyeongwha Nuri Park which are all the significant symbol of peace in Korea.

Seoul City Tour: Modern and Traditional Coexisted in Seoul

Gyeongbokgung Palace > Namsangol Hanok Village > N Seoul Tower > Gwangjang Market

Seoul, the capital of Korea, is the heart of Korea’s culture with over 600 years of history. It is home to many old historic sites like Gyeongbokgung Palaces, and places of traditional culture like Namsangol Hanok Village. Participants can enjoy a quick travel back in time as well as a leisurely walk through the calm and soothing atmosphere.

In addition, Seoul is a modern metropolis full of surprises. Boarding the top of N Seoul Tower, you may enjoy the outstanding panoramic views of Seoul. If you wonder how the ordinary citizens living in this rapidly developing city, Gwangjang Market must not be missed. Authentic Korean Street Food, traditional catering culture, and modern business mode, everything is merged here.

Easy Access from Anywhere in the World!


Don’t miss Pre-Registration!

The 19th IALA Conference recommends taking advantage of Pre-Registration for discounted rates.

Pre-Registration will close on May 13, 2018.

Category Pre-Registration

(1 Feb – 13 May, 2018)

Onsite Registration

(26 May – 2 June, 2018)

Full Conference Standard Fee 1,850 € 1,950 €
Partner Person 270 € 290 €
1 Day Full Conference Fee 550 € 600 €
Full Conference IALA Honorary Member 950 € 980 €
Full Conference Sister Organisation*

*Up to two delegates

1,700 € 1,800 €
Pre-Conference Forum Free N/A
Conference Dinner (Additional Ticket) 80 € 90 €
Gala Dinner (Additional Ticket) 80 € 90 €


The limit of the registration fee by credit cards is 3,000 €. If the registration payment exceeds the limit, kindly contact the 19th IALA
Conference Secretariat (

The registration for Pre-Conference Forum is free of charge, and it is recommended that you register for the forum as early as possible since it is limited to 70 attendees.

What’s New?

2nd IALA Pre-Diplomatic Conference 

The 2nd IALA Preparatory Diplomatic Conference took place from 7-8 February 2018 in Le Palais des Congres at the Mogador Place AGDAL Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco. The host organization for the 19th IALA Conference had a booth to promote the upcoming IALA Conference at the 2nd IALA Pre-Diplomatic Conference. The host organization showed various promotional videos on the 19th IALA Conference and the host city, Incheon. Visitors to the promotional booth also were presented a gift of Korean traditional lucky bag. The host organization hopes such promotional activities will help increase the Conference registration. “We have in mind that your interest and support leads to the success of the 19th IALA Conference.”, a host organization officer said. “We’ll give our best effort to make the 19th IALA Conference a best and prestigious event for the international Aids to Navigation community.”

1st Advisory Committee

MOF(Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries) held its first Advisory Committee meeting of the 19th IALA Conference 2018 in Seoul on 1st February. At the meeting, OH, Woon-yul, the Director General for Maritime Affairs and Safety Policy Bureau, presided over the advisory meeting. It has been established to function as a think-tank for the Conference preparation and work at its direction and also to provide advice on matters pertinent to the Conference. At the meeting, the Committee made recommendations concerning the Conference programme development including specific or general aspects of the Conference and resource allocation as well as Industrial Exhibition and World Lighthouse Heritage Exhibition.

e-Nav Underway International 2018

he 8th e-Navigation Underway International Conference 2018 was held from 24th to 26th January 2018 on board the DFDS ferry M/S PEARL SEAWAYS, during which time she sailed from Copenhagen to Oslo and then returned to Copenhagen. Insung PARK, on behalf of the Conference host organization, announced that the preparation for the 19th IALA Conference is under smooth sailing and introduced a variety of key events such as World Lighthouse Heritage Exhibition and Industrial Exhibition as well as the benefit of Early Bird Registration to participate in order to promote the success of the Conference. In addition to that, he asked that the IALA Conference still needs full supports and interests from all the relevant maritime communities and international bodies to lead it successfully and to contribute to innovation of Marine Aids to Navigation all over the world.

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