IALA is a non-profit, international technical association.
Established in 1957, it enables marine aids to navigation authorities, manufacturers, consultants, and, scientific and training institutes from all parts of the world to exchange and compare their experiences, achievements, and technical and operational policies via participation in IALA Technical Committees. The Committees work to create IALA Recommendations and Guidelines which are recognised worldwide as the international standards for the implementation and operation of aids to navigation. These standards help to ensure that the movements of vessels are safe, expeditious, cost effective and harmless to the environment.
IALA’s scope and expertise extends to e-Navigation and Vessel Traffic Services.
The IALA World-Wide Academy is an established arm of IALA and has responsibility for training and capacity building.