IFAN CONTRIBUTES TO WORLD-WIDE TRAINING ACADEMY
IFAN is funding the set-up and running costs of the IALA World-Wide Academy (WWA). Previously known as the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities, IALA is a non-profit organisation founded in 1957 to collect and provide nautical expertise and advice. Today, IALA develops common best practice standards for Marine Aids to Navigation through the publication of IALA Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines.
In order to deliver the best possible education service, IALA formed the WWA in 2012 as a separate entity, delivering training and capacity building. It is dedicated to assisting national maritime authorities in sustainable development and improvement in the provision of marine aids to navigation services, including VTS. It also helps national authorities meet their states' international obligations under the UNCLOS and SOLAS conventions, for the benefit of mariners globally.
Since its establishment, the WWA has reached out to over 1000 maritime decision-makers, clarifying and underlining their coastal states' obligations to deliver marine aids to navigation services in a harmonised manner. This has been achieved through the organisation of awareness seminars, technical needs assessment missions, review missions and high-level visits to a number of developing countries.
In the past five years, the WWA has developed an internationally recognized accreditation scheme for Aids to Navigation training. As a result, there are now more than 10 accredited Aids to Navigation training organisations worldwide, with over 120 fully trained and certified Aids to Navigation managers.