International Association of Lighthouse Authorities

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The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) is an organization for international cooperation between navigation agencies. It was founded in 1957 as the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities , French: Association Internationale de Signalisation Maritime (AISM) and was later renamed as a loose association of the authorities responsible for the navigation marks of the member countries. It is based in Saint-Germain-en-Laye , France .

The IALA is best known for the international standardization of sea marks.

The navigation marks include:

  • The beacons and lighthouses
  • The lateral system - marking the shipping lanes
  • The cardinal system - marking dangerous areas (e.g. shallows)
  • Safe Waters Marking - Marking when the open sea is reached
  • Special markings - marking of special areas e.g. B. for water sports or marine exercises
  • Individual dangers - marking of individual danger spots for shipping

Each navigation mark used has its own characteristic color, top mark and beacon identification.


The general assembly is made up of all members . The general assembly is presided over by a president. It elects the council and, among other things, defines the guidelines for the IALA's actions. However, only the national members have the right to vote. The council administers the IALA and consists of up to 21 elected and 3 appointed persons. He appoints a general secretary who represents the IALA externally. The content work takes place in the committees .


The IALA has four membership categories:

  • National Members , these are authorities that are responsible for the navigational aids of their country or parts of it. The membership fee for 2016 is € 14,800. (77 members, as of May 2014)
  • Industrial Members , these are manufacturers, dealers and consultants in the field of navigation aids. Applications are proposed by the respective national members to the Secretary General and then presented to the Council. The membership fee for 2016 is € 6,010. (111 members, as of May 2014)
  • Associate Members , these can be ports, but also scientific organizations or service providers that deal with navigation aids. The membership fee for 2016 is € 2900. (49 members, as of May 2014)
  • Honorary Members , these are individuals, appointed by the council for life, who have rendered services to the IALA. You don't pay a membership fee. (43 members, as of May 2014)

National members

Below are the authorities or institutions that have voting rights in the General Assembly.

country authority
AlgeriaAlgeria Algeria Office national de signalisation maritime
ArgentinaArgentina Argentina Seguridad Náutica Armada Argentina , Servicio de Hidrografia Naval
AustraliaAustralia Australia Australian Maritime Safety Authority
BelgiumBelgium Belgium Agency for Maritime Services and Coast, Flemish Government, Shipping Division
BeninBenin Benin Port Autonomous de Cotonou
BermudaBermuda Bermuda Department of Marine and Port Services
BrazilBrazil Brazil Centro de Sinalização Náutica e Reparos "Almirante Moraes Rego" , Base Naval do Rio de Janeiro
BulgariaBulgaria Bulgaria Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company
CameroonCameroon Cameroon Autonomous Port of Douala
CanadaCanada Canada Canadian Coast Guard / Garde côtière canadienne , Direction Navigation Systems, Marine Services
ChileChile Chile Armada de Chile , Directemar, Direccion General del Territorio Maritimo y de Marina Mercante
China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China Maritime Safety Administration, Ministry of Communications, Division of Aids to Navigation
ColombiaColombia Colombia Dirección General Maritima
Congo RepublicRepublic of the Congo Republic of the Congo Direction Générale de la Marine Marchande , Ministère des Transports et de l'Aviation Civile et de la Marine Marchande
CroatiaCroatia Croatia Plovput
CubaCuba Cuba Oficina Nacional Hidrografia y Geodesia
DenmarkDenmark Denmark Søfartsstyrelsen
DjiboutiDjibouti Djibouti Port autonomous de Djibouti
EcuadorEcuador Ecuador Instituto Oceanografico de la Armada
EgyptEgypt Egypt Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety (EAFMS), Ministry of Transport
EnglandEngland England / WalesWalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg  Trinity House Lighthouse Service
EstoniaEstonia Estonia Estonian Maritime Administration
FijiFiji Fiji Maritime Safety Authority
FinlandFinland Finland Finnish Transport Agency, Hydrography & Waterways Department
FranceFrance France Direction des Affaires maritimes , Direction générale des Infrastructures, des Transports et de la Mer , Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire
Direction des Infrastructures, de la Topographie et des Transports terrestres (New Caledonia) , Service des phares et balises
GabonGabon Gabon Service national de la signalisation maritime
GermanyGermany Germany Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping
GreeceGreece Greece Elliniko Polemiko Naftiko
Guinea-aGuinea Guinea Agence de navigation maritime , ministère des Transport
IcelandIceland Iceland Icelandic Road Administration (ICERA)
IndiaIndia India Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships
IndonesiaIndonesia Indonesia Directorate of Navigation, Directorate General of Sea Communications
IranIran Iran Ports and Maritime Organization
IraqIraq Iraq General Company for Ports of Iraq
IrelandIreland Ireland Commissioners of Irish Lights
IsraelIsrael Israel Administration of Shipping and Ports, Ministry of Transport
ItalyItaly Italy Direzione Fari e Segnalamenti del Comando Logistico della Marina Militare , Direzione Fari e Segnalamenti
Ministero dei Trasporti e della Navigazione Comando Generale del Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto (Italian Coast Guard)
Ivory CoastIvory Coast Ivory Coast Port of Autonomous d'Abidjan
JamaicaJamaica Jamaica Port Authority of Jamaica
JapanJapan Japan Kaijō Hoan-chō
KenyaKenya Kenya Kenya Ports Authority
Korea SouthSouth Korea South Korea Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries
KuwaitKuwait Kuwait Ministry of Communications
LatviaLatvia Latvia Latvian Hydrographic Service
MalaysiaMalaysia Malaysia Light Dues Board Peninsular Malaysia
MaltaMalta Malta Malta Maritime Authority
MexicoMexico Mexico Direccion General de Marina Mercante
MozambiqueMozambique Mozambique National Institute of Hydrography and Navigation
NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat
New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Maritime New Zealand
NigeriaNigeria Nigeria Nigerian Ports Authority
NorwayNorway Norway Norwegian Coastal Administration, Kystdirektoratet
OmanOman Oman Arabian Maritime and Navigation Aids Services
PanamaPanama Panama Panama Maritime Authority, General Directorate of Ports & Maritime Ancillary Industries
Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea Papua New Guinea National Maritime Safety Authority
PeruPeru Peru Director de Hidrografia y Navegacion, Marina de Guerra del Peru
PhilippinesPhilippines Philippines Philippine Coast Guard Headquarters
PolandPoland Poland Director of Aids to Navigation, Urzad Morski w Gdyni
PortugalPortugal Portugal Direcçâo de Faróis
RomaniaRomania Romania Directia Hidrografica Maritima
RussiaRussia Russia Principal Department of Navigation and Oceanography
ScotlandScotland Scotland Northern Lighthouse Board
SenegalSenegal Senegal Autonomous Port de Dakar
SingaporeSingapore Singapore Hydrographic Department, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Transnet National Ports Authority
SpainSpain Spain Puerto del Estado , Area de Ayudas a la Navegación
SwedenSweden Sweden Sjöfartsverket
TanzaniaTanzania Tanzania Tanzania Harbors Authority
ThailandThailand Thailand Royal Thai Navy
TunisiaTunisia Tunisia Service des phares et balises
TurkeyTurkey Turkey Directorate General of Coastal Safety (DGCS)
UkraineUkraine Ukraine State Hydrographic Service of Ukraine
United StatesUnited States United States US Coast Guard
UruguayUruguay Uruguay Servicio de Illuminacion y Balizamiento, Armada Nacional
VenezuelaVenezuela Venezuela Direccion de Hidrografia y Navegacion
VietnamVietnam Vietnam MSC-1

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Association Internationale de Signalisation Maritime (ed.): The big book of lighthouses . Heel Verlag, Königswinter 1998 (French: Phares du Monde . Translated by Horst-Dieter Vogt). P. 12
  2. Constitution of the IALA ( Memento of the original from September 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Overview of members ( Memento of the original from September 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ↑ List of members , as of 2018