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IALA World-Wide Academy

Education & Training

Risk Management

The IALA World-Wide Academy, offers online training modules on the use of the IALA Risk Management Toolbox, which was endorsed by the IMO via SN.1/Circ.296 in December 2010.

This training is intended for those responsible for ensuring the provision of appropriate and evidence based 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 module involves case studies, small-group discussions with international experts, individual topic investigation and hands-on exercises, ensure that you gain an operational knowledge of waterway risk management.

The Risk Management Programme is modular in nature. Participants will be required to undertake the introductory module (M0) on the concepts and obligations of risk management, and the capabilities of each risk management tool, before moving on to the more advanced modules. Following this introductory module (M0), participants can elect to take the advanced courses on the use of one or more of the IALA risk management tools.

Read more about each module by following these links:

M0 – Introduction to the IALA Risk Management Toolbox
M1 – Risk Assessment using SIRA
M2 – Risk Assessment using IWRAP Mk2
M2.1-IWRAP Mk2 Expert/superuser
M3 – Conducting PAWSA Workshops

M0 – Introduction to
the IALA Risk Management Toolbox

Practical knowledge of the concepts and international obligations of maritime risk management is needed to provide appropriate and evidence based safety of navigation risk management as required by SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 12 and 13. Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the responsibilities of Contracting Governments which are outlined in SOLAS Chapter V Regulations 12 &13.
  • Discuss the main steps of the risk management process.
  • Explain the importance of identifying, involving and monitoring stakeholders throughout a waterway risk assessment.
  • Discuss the basic risk formula: Risk = Probability x Consequence.
  • Discuss basic principles of each tool in the IALA risk management toolbox.
  • Select an appropriate tool to manage the risks in maritime navigation within your waterways.
  • Explain how the IALA risk management toolbox can assist Contracting Governments to meet their obligations outlined in SOLAS Chapter V Regulations 12 and 13.
  • List the key concepts in the procurement process.

The fee for this basic module is €500

M1 – Risk Assessment using SIRA

The Simplified IALA Risk Assessment (SIRA) method is a basic, structured method that identifies hazards, and undesired scenarios in a given waterway. This leads to a qualitative estimate of the level of risk and the identification of potential risk control options to reduce such risk to acceptable levels. This method applies available information about the waterway to develop a structured MS Excel™‐ workbook during a one-two day workshop with professional waterway users.

Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose of the SIRA method.
  • Apply 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 will need to conduct the SIRA method.
  • Identify the tasks to be carried out in each step of the SIRA method.
  • Apply the SIRA method in a range of scenarios.
  • Report on the risk assessment process.

The fee for this module is €500.

Read more about the course in the SIRA course outline.

M2 – Risk Assessment using IWRAP Mk2

IWRAP MK II is an advanced probabilistic method for quantifying and evaluating the annual probability of collisions, groundings and allisions within a waterway. IWRAP is also used to simulate changes to the waterway and evaluate the effects of these changes. This method requires terrestrial AIS data or a combination of terrestrial and satellite AIS data, bathymetric data, and historical incident statistics about the waterway. IWRAP MK II is a computer program that operates on unlocked Microsoft Windows equipped computers; the software does not yet operate on Apple systems.

Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose of IWRAP MK II.
  • Apply the principles of IWRAP MK II to estimate the annual probabilities of collisions, groundings and allisions in real-world scenarios.
  • Simulate changes to the waterway and evaluate the effects of these changes.
  • Report on the risk assessment process.

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

Read more about the course in the IWRAP Mk2 course outline.

M2.1 – IWRAP Mk2 Expert/superuser

This module is for those who have concluded Module 0 and Module 2 and have been using IWRAP Mk2 actively for some time. You will meet with other advanced users to discuss how to do smart modeling of challenging problems and you will have access to the software developer(s) for asking questions of the inner workings of IWRAP Mk2.

Participants need to have concluded Module 2 Risk Assessment using IWRAP Mk2 and have used IWRAP actively for some time.

The fee for this module is 1.000€

M3 – Preparing for a PAWSA workshop

The Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) tool is an advanced, structured process that identifies risk factors and evaluates risk control options through expert input. The process applies available information about the waterway to develop a series of MS Excel™‐ workbooks during a structured two-day workshop. The process requires a competent facilitator and the participation of professional waterway users and stakeholders. Stakeholders are included in the process to ensure that important environmental, public safety, and economic consequences are given appropriate attention as risk interventions are selected. The theoretical concept underlying the PAWSA process is the proven systematic decision making ‘Delphi’ method of converting the opinions of experts with local knowledge into quantified results.

Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of the Delphi method.
  • Identify the requirements for conducting a PAWSA workshop.
  • Explain of the purpose of each PAWSA workbook.
  • Use and interpret the results of each PAWSA workbook.

The fee for this module is €1,000


Training options matrix

(Sligthly out of date – needs updating)

The IALA Risk Management Toolbox training is delivered in a modular concept allowing you be be trained in the tools that you seek to use. Click here to view the training options matrix.