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IALA 3rd Pre-Diplomatic Conference in Istanbul Turkey from 12 to 14 March 2019 & WWA Seminar on the Safety of Navigation, 11 March 2019

National members and representatives of governments wishing to participate in the Third Preparatory Diplomatic Conference to continue the detailed reading of the draft IALA Convention that have not registered as yet are encouraged to do so, using the link: Participants can access the documents for the conference through this link:

The World-Wide Academy organizes a Seminar on the Safety of Navigation under the theme of “Effective Implementation of IALA Standards” the day before the Conference at the same venue. Registration is now available on this link: There is no fee to participate in the Seminar. Please note that separate registrations are needed for the Seminar and for the Conference.

20 – 24 May 2019 at IALA Headquarters in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

Training Seminar on the Use of the IALA Risk Management Toolbox

The seminar will provide an international overview of risk management stressing the importance of stakeholder liaison before demonstrating the value of the four IALA Risk Management Tools – IWRAP Mk 2; PAWSA, SIRA and Simulation in waterway planning. Participants will benefit from both theoretical and practical training delivered by world experts in different aspects of the toolbox.

IALA Marine Aids to Navigation Manager – Distance Learning Programme 2019

The IALA World Wide Academy offers a distance learning programme to achieve qualification as an international IALA Level 1.1 Marine Aids to Navigation Manager. The programme consists of two modules of online learning, activities, case studies and examinations in addition to a residential course at an Accredited Training Organisation at various international locations. If all three modules are completed consecutively the qualification should be achieved within a year.

The next course commences in January 2019 and registration is now available and a second course is expected to start in summer 2019. Further details are attached in the course fact sheet and registration form.

Achievements of the Academy

During the 19th IALA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea, a brochure was launched on the success story of the World-Wide Academy. It informs on the achievements of the Academy from 2012 till May 2018. This visual shows you how conducting technical missions in combination with training people lead to a significant decrease of States in Need.

2019 Level 2 technician training in Argentina


For 2019, Hidrovía S.A. Argentina, an Accredited Training Organization (ATO), will continue delivering the L2 training program with Module 3 (Lights and Marine Lanterns), in response to good acceptance of last two editions:


  • 2017 – Modules 7 and 8 Operation and Maintenance of AIS-AtoN and Racons
  • 2018 – Module 2 Power Supplies in Aids to Navigation


a new training course has been confirmed, aimed at tech personnel specialized in AtoN Lights and Marine Lanterns, covering the following subjects:


  • L2.3.1            Introduction to light and range
  • L2.3.2            Light sources
  • L2.3.3            Colour used in marine lanterns
  • L2.3.4            Light flashers and characteristics
  • L2.3.5            Lamp changers
  • L2.3.6            Self-contained (integrated power system) marine lanterns
  • L2.3.7            Rotating beacons
  • L2.3.8            Classical lenses
  • L2.3.9            Maintenance of mercury rotating optics
  • L2.3.10          Range, sector and Precision Direction lights


The 40-hour third L2 course for Technical Personnel will dictate in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in a week to define in September , with a maximum attendance of 15 persons. The cost of the course will be five hundred dollars (500 U$S).


Details on enrollment, content, activities and miscellaneous info can be requested via e-mail at: and