A new convention transforming IALA from an NGO to an IGO has been adopted at a diplomatic conference hosted by Malaysia. Around 200 delegates from more than 50 countries participated.
“We need an international organisation that takes on the challenge of paving the way for digital navigation in a broad sense. We are lacking standards for exchange of data and for cyber security in the systems. With a transformation of IALA to an IGO, we hope to be able to create momentum on this very important topic. That is a strong reason for Denmark’s active involvement in the work for adoption of the convention,” says Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Andreas Nordseth.
IALA has been an NGO since 1957 and been the focal point for agreements on standards for aids to navigation. Buoys being red on port side and green on starboard side is one example of an agreement made through IALA – simple in nature but very important to safety.
The convention will enter into force when 30 states have ratified. The ratification process is expected to start later this year coordinated by France.