The government proposes the creation of the International Organization for Aids to Maritime Navigation
September 22, 2022the government has submitted to Parliament its bill aimed at ratifying and applying at national level the convention relating to the International Organization for Maritime Aids to Navigation.
At its General Assembly in 2014, the International Association of Maritime Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) decided to change its status to that of an official international organization.
IALA has indicated that moving from its status as a French association governed by private law to that of an international organization would strengthen the weight of its recommendations. This change of status requires a convention that the States will ratify according to their own national procedures. Finland signed the convention on June 8, 2021 and the law will establish provisions for the ratification of the convention.
IALA aims to improve transport safety and harmonize maritime aids to navigation. It publishes recommendations, instructions and manuals on aids to navigation. In Finland, IALA instructions apply to beaconing of waterways, for example. Finland considers its membership important, as it means opportunities to influence the preparation of recommendations and guidelines.
IALA was founded in 1957 and Finland joined in 1959. Finland’s main representative is the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency.
A referral debate will take place on the proposal that the Government is now submitting to Parliament. The timetable for the debate will be published on the Parliament’s website (forthcoming plenary sessions). After the referral debate, the proposal will be forwarded to the Committee on Transport and Communications. Once the report of the commission is ready, the question will be discussed again in plenary session.
So far, the Convention has been ratified or accepted by nine States. The Convention will enter into force on the ninetieth day after thirty States have ratified, accepted or approved it. In Finland, separate provisions on the entry into force of the law will be enacted by decree. The act would enter into force at the same time as the international convention.
Source: Ministry of Transport and Communications