Technical Cooperation Visit of Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo visited IALA Headquarters for technical cooperation with the Academy. This is part of the preparations for a technical needs assessment mission the Academy plans to conduct in September 2022. Using the nautical charts, we identified which places to focus on.
Mission to the Republic of Cape Verde
The IALA World-Wide Academy conducted a technical cooperation visit in Cape Verde which is an archipelago and island country in the central Atlantic Ocean, consisting of ten volcanic islands. Besides meeting with various stakeholders, the team met with the Minister of the Sea, Mr. Abraao Vicente, who showed strong maritime commitment.
This follow-up of a technical needs assessment mission that took place in 2016 aims at evaluating the provision of marine aids to navigation services in Cape Verde and to provide advice on the process for Vessel Traffic Service Implementation.
The timing of this mission was chosen as now the new IMO Resolution A.1158(32) Guidelines for Vessel Traffic Service can be taken in account.
The Academy has a strategy to help coastal States make informed decisions with respect to VTS through providing a framework for determining practical needs by means of risk assessment as well as offering guidance on effective implementation, governance and the training and certification of VTS professionals.
The Academy experts were also very pleased to see continuous improvements on the physical Aids to Navigation and not only in the Cape Verde main ports.
Every single fishing community along the coastline, in total 27 remote places, are provided with a single lit beacon to bring home safely all fishermen. It is often forgotten that SOLAS Chapter V applies to all classes of ships including a wooden fishing boat.
Instituto Marítimo Portuario (IMP) understands this very well and they are an example of good practice in the region.
During the visit we celebrated international women’s day. The team conducted an inspection from seaward together with Ms. Samira Semedo.
She is a pilot at Praia in Cape Verde since 2021. Before she started as pilot she served as chief officer at the merchant marine. She studied and lived for a while in Brazil where she met her husband, a chief engineer. As an important stakeholder she brought a lot of value and essential input to the technical visit.
IALA and its Academy look forward to continue our technical cooperation with the IMP.
Join the Academy “on the road” during a technical cooperation visit in the Republic of Guatemala.
PAWSA Workshop Port of Antwerp
It was a pleasure for the Academy participating as observer to the Port of Antwerp Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA). The PAWSA tool is an advanced, structured process that identifies risk factors and evaluates risk control options through expert input. The process requires a competent facilitator and the participation of professional waterway users and stakeholders. If you are interested to learn more about PAWSA then please note that a PAWSA course will start on-line in November. All information can be found via this link: https://lnkd.in/gc6r_iwh
Mission to the Republic of El Salvador
The Academy conducted a technical mission to the Republic of El Salvador. We had a meeting with the Minister of Public Works, just 29 years old; the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, a brilliant young lady, and many other stakeholders. They all showed strong commitment to improve Safety of Navigation and become part of the IALA family. Jaime Alvarez, technical officer at IALA, joined the mission as Spanish translator.
Mission to the Republic of Lebanon
The Academy conducted a technical needs assessment mission to the Republic of Lebanon and as a result of this mission the Ministry of Transport and Public Works applied for national membership to IALA. During this mission several stakeholder meetings took place and it was decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between them. This will result in better cooperation on Safety of Navigation matters and improve the Aids to Navigation and Hydrographic Service Provision. The Academy will follow-up with AtoN training and the facilitation of risk assessments in the near future.
On the road again
Since March 2020, the Academy has been affected by the Pandemic, which effectively stopped all travel activity and made it impossible to conduct technical missions. Since then, the Academy has conducted all its meetings online and came up with the so called Micro Seminars to follow up on previous Technical missions. Finally the Pandemic has loosened its grip a little bit, and the Academy can now slowly resume its travel activity.
Mission to Lebanon
The first physical mission in 2021 went to Lebanon where the Academy provides support and advice on matters relating to Aids to Navigation service provision.
Vessel traffic service
Meet VTS operator Ihab at Beirut Port. A VTS system was established in 1998, but unfortunately in 2006 , the radar towers were damaged during the war.
Initial stakeholder meeting at Beirut Port Authority. The harbourmaster informed on Aids to Navigation and the chief pilot described various challenges. A Traffic Separation Scheme is being discussed.
VTS-ENAV Symposium 2021
– the participants
After the VTS-ENAV Symposium, Academy News interviewed a few participants to learn what they took away from the Symposium.