IALA Risk Management Training

Introduction to the IALA Risk Management training programmes

The IALA World-Wide Academy, offers a series of online training courses in the use of the IALA Risk Management Toolbox. This training is intended for those with responsibility for ensuring the provision of appropriate and evidence backed safety of navigation risk management as required by SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 12 and 13.

Training is available through the IALA World-Wide Academy at venues world-wide and by means of distance learning.

Each course commences with a mandatory module on the concepts of and obligations for risk management along with background information and practical presentations on the use of each of the IALA risk management tools.

Following this, participants can elect to take further follow up courses in the use of one or more of the IALA risk management tools.

The course is facilitated by international experts in the field of risk management and is a blend of online learning and interactive tutorials.

Introduction to the IALA Risk Management Toolbox

This mandatory module will familiarise participants with the concepts of and international obligations for risk management along with an introduction to the capabilities of each risk management tool.

This mandatory module of the course is of two weeks duration by means of guided online leaning.

Module fee

The fee for this mandatory module is €500

Risk Assessment using SIRA

The Simplified IALA Risk Assessment (SIRA) method is a basic method for identifying the risk control measures needed to prevent undesired scenarios from occurring, due to hazards within the waterway.  The SIRA method can be used by all coastal States to implement their obligations under SOLAS Chapter V, Regulations 1, 12 and 13, which requires the contracting governments to provide Aids to Navigation and Vessel Traffic Services in a manner consistent with the volume of traffic and/or the degree of risk.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the SIRA method
  • Explain the principles of the SIRA method
  • Explain the aim of each step of the SIRA method
  • Identify the resources the competent authority in your State would need to conduct the SIRA method
  • Recall the tasks to be carried out in each step of the SIRA method
  • Implement the SIRA method in a range of scenarios

Module fee

The fee for this optional module is €500

Risk Assessment using IWRAP Mk2

The module is designed to provide participants with a strong working knowledge of IWRAP Mk2 and its purpose, principles and requirements as well as its contribution to assessing the volume of traffic and/or degree of risk.

A suitable unlocked Microsoft Windows equipped computer is required to operate the IWRAP Mk2 software. The software does not yet operate on Apple systems.

The course covers the following topics:

Development and principles of IWRAP MK2

  • Explain the concepts which are used in IWRAP MK2: leg, number of grounding candidates, causation factor value, waypoint, lateral distribution, mean, standard deviation, normal distribution, uniform distribution, types of collisions, types of groundings, causation reduction factors, traffic volume adjustment factor, blind navigation.
  • Describe the ‘basic algorithm’ used in IWRAP MK2, which is: probability of collisions or groundings (λCol or λGrnd) = geometric number of collision or grounding candidates (NG) x causation factor value (PC).
  • Describe how the ‘basic algorithm’ in IWRAP MK2 relates to the ‘risk formula,’ which is: risk (R) = probability (P) x consequence (C).
  • Identify the resources needed to calculate the probability of collisions and groundings using IWRAP MK2.
  • Implement the six main steps to calculate the probability of collisions and groundings in IWRAP MK2.
  • Describe the types of collisions and groundings which are assessed in IWRAP MK2.

Creation of an IWRAP MK2 model using AIS data

  • Set up the workspace for creating a model
  • Create the model and the likelihood of collisions and groundings
  • Conduct what-if analyses

Safety of navigation case study

  • Apply the principles of IWRAP MK2 to calculate the likelihood of collisions and groundings in a defined waterway
  • Apply IWRAP Mk2 skills to calculate the likelihood of collisions and groundings in the waterway
  • Conduct what-if analyses

Module fee

The fee for this optional module is €1,000 which includes a trial licence of the IWRAP Mk2 software.

Conducting a PAWSA workshop

The module is designed to provide participants with a strong working knowledge of PAWSA and its purpose, principles and requirements as well as its contribution to assessing the volume of traffic and/or degree of risk.

The course covers the following topics:

Development and Principles of PAWSA

  • State the development of PAWSA
  • Describe the benefits of PAWSA
  • Explain the concept of the Delphi method
  • Identify the requirements for conducting a PAWSA

Explanation of the purpose, implementation, use and interpretation of the results of each PAWSA workbook

  • Book 1 – Team expertise
  • Book 2 – Risk factor rating
  • Book 3 – Baseline risk levels
  • Book 4 – Mitigation effectiveness
  • Book 5 – Additional mitigations

Module fee

The fee for this optional module is €1,000