IALA was initially known as the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities but is now known as the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities. It is a non-profit international association that provides nautical expertise and advice worldwide.
It encourages members to work together to match aids to navigation worldwide and to ensure that movement of vessels are safe and cost-effective, while simultaneously protecting the environment. To ensure seamless and smooth operations at such a large scale, IALA establishes committees consisting of experts from across the globe.
These committees work together to develop recommendations regarding technologies and best practices. One of the major game-changing projects or proposals of IALA is the IALA Maritime Buoyage System, which has been adopted by all major maritime nations across the world.
The aim of this system is to help mariners, navigating anywhere in the world, check position and make changes, if needed, to avoid hazards and danger without fear of ambiguity. The system has seen changes over time as a result of innovation and advancement of technology. One of the recent changes has been the inclusion of aids to navigation for improving navigational safety.
The system includes a unified marking arrangement, which, for simplicity, has been divided into two regions. Region A includes part of the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, Europe, some parts of Asia, the Middle East, Australia, parts of the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand. Region B includes North, Central and South America; Japan; North and South Korea and the Philippines.
Development of a uniform system of buoyage worldwide was of high priority for safe navigation at sea. In this, buoys and beacons were indispensable in guiding mariners at sea. While there is not much difference between both regions when it comes to marks signalling danger and other information, the colour and meaning of lateral marks is reversed across regions.
This Zoe training course will empower you with detailed information and knowledge about the IALA Maritime Buoyage System. The experience and knowledge gained through this course will help you assist your organisation in completely understanding and adhering to the information and guidance provided by the Maritime Buoyage System for its own safety and well-being.
This course will also help you understand the minutest yet most important details of the buoyage system to make optimal use of this helpful service to marine organisations. Furthermore, this course will provide you the necessary exposure, confidence and experience to partake in activities of IALA, including innovation, critical decision making, suggestions, etc., thus providing you more avenues for career progression and development beyond one’s organisation.
The main objective of this course is to empower marine professionals with—
- in-depth knowledge and information about IALA and the IALA Maritime Buoyage System
- extreme clarity of the objectives and activities of IALA and its benefit to marine organisations
- the required knowledge and experience to play an important role in driving one’s organisation to follow the guidelines, practices and indications of the IALA Maritime Buoyage System
- the adequate confidence and skill to innovate and provide ideas and suggestions to develop the system with new changes and technological evolution
- the necessary authority and exposure to partake in introducing critical guidelines and practices at an organisational level and play a significant role in aligning operations and navigational activity of the organisation to the requirements set out by IALA for its maritime buoyage system
- the required confidence, skill, capability and exposure to be part of the committees responsible for ensuring smooth navigation and seamless operation of the system
- the required ability and platform to contribute to one’s industry and ensure safety in movement at sea for all mariners
Like all Zoe Talent Solutions training courses, this course can be customised to best suit the training audience. Audio-visual presentations and lectures form part of the theoretical training aspect of the course.
Practical training entails mock drills, identification of signals, samples of buoys and marks, etc. Furthermore, group activities and role-plays help trainees interact with each other and to hold their interests through the training program. The trainer also encourages trainees to ask questions and pose real-life difficulties they face at their work place and helps apply these to the training information and knowledge delivered.
This course follows Zoe Talent Solutions’ unique and successful Do–Review–Learn–Apply Model.
Marine organisations whose employees attend this course will benefit in the following ways:
- Well-informed and trained employees who thoroughly understand the IALA Maritime Buoyage System
- Better adherence to the conventions, guidelines and rules of the buoyage system because of increased understanding of staff/employees
- Regular internal audits at reduced or no additional costs to ensure compliance and adherence
- Greater protection against risks/dangers caused by lack of navigation information
- Increased credibility because of greater alertness and awareness of danger signs
- Significant contributor to the marine industry by being part of and playing a huge role in seamless marine navigation worldwide
Marine professionals undertaking this course will benefit in the following ways:
- Thorough understanding and knowledge of the IALA Maritime Buoyage System
- Increased skill and capability to partake in important and critical navigation activities at sea for one’s organisation
- Greater understanding and experience to correctly interpret different signs and signals provided to mariners at sea
- Enhanced decision-making abilities to make correct and informed decisions to avoid dangers on seeing relevant marks
- More protection against risks and danger because of awareness and experience to take necessary action in time
- Increased skill and capability to be part of the IALA committees committed to ensuring safety of mariners at sea, thus broadening one’s professional sphere, fostering expedited growth and progression
Who Should Attend
- Senior managers and other critical decision makers of marine organisations responsible for passing timely and quick decisions with regard to follow-up actions to certain marks and signals
- Electrical officers, captains, chief engineers and other top officials at sea who are important parts of the decision-making process in case of danger
- Other crew members of ships who perform different activities at sea and who can and are supposed to note signs and signals at sea
- Offshore marine office staff responsible for providing support and intelligence when needed
- Port authorities and other support staff responsible for ensuring smooth sailing and transportation of cargo across waters
- Coast guards and other marine security officers responsible for safety along coasts and mid-sea
The course will cover the following topics necessary to thoroughly understand the Marine Navigation and IALA Maritime Buoyage System:
Module 1 – Overview of IALA
- The IALA Maritime Buoyage System
- Regions A and B
Module 2 – Applicability of the Maritime Buoyage System
- Lateral limits of navigable channels
- Natural dangers and other obstructions (wrecks, etc.)
- Landfall, course to steer, etc.
- New dangers
Module 3 – Committees under IALA and their purpose
- ENAV – e-Navigation
- ARM – Aid to navigation requirements and management
- ENG – Engineering and sustainability
- VTS – Vessel traffic services
Module 4 – Different Aids to Navigation
Module 5 – Types of Marks for Vessel Pilotage
- Lateral marks
- Cardinal marks
- Isolated danger marks
- Safe water marks
- Special marks
- Emergency wreck marking buoy
Module 6 – Characteristics of Identification of Marks
- By night: colour and rhythm of light or illumination enhancement
- By day: colour, shape, top-mark, and/or light (colour and rhythm)
- By electronic (digital) symbology: as a complement to physical marks
- By electronic (digital) symbology alone
Module 7 – Types of Buoys
- Anchorage buoys
- Cautionary buoys
- Control buoys
- Hazard buoys
- Emergency wreck buoys
- Information buoys
- Mooring buoys
- Cardinal buoys
- Lateral buoys
- Weather buoys
- Swimming buoys, etc.
Module 8 – Types of Light Patterns and their Significance
- Quick flashing
- Very quick flashing
- Intercepted quick flashing
- Group flashing
- Long flashing