These documents provide detailed, in depth information on an aspect of a specific subject, indicating options, best practices and suggestions for implementation. IALA Guidelines relate to planning, operating and managing aids to navigation.

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These documents represent the highest level of IALA documentation (they would relate to a 'standard' in an intergovernmental organisation). Recommendations provide direction to IALA members on uniform procedures and processes that will facilitate IALA objectives. IALA recommendations contain information on how members should plan, operate and manage Aids to Navigation. Recommendations may reference relevant International Standards and IALA Guidelines.

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Model courses

The IALA World-Wide Academy publishes three categories of model course for VTS personnel; Aids to Navigation Managers and Aids to Navigation Technicians.

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Reports and Proceedings

This catalogue includes reports from recent workshops. This section will be periodically updated as new workshops, seminars and other events occur. If there is a report that is not included in this catalogue please notify IALA on the following address:

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These documents give a detailed overview of a specific topic. Currently this includes: NAVGUIDE; VTS Manual; and Preservation Manual. The NAVGUIDE covers all aspects of Aids to Navigation (AtoN) and is updated every four years at each IALA Conference. The VTS Manual covers all aspects of Vessel Traffic Services and is updated every four years at each Symposium.

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Other Publications

From time to time, IALA produces documents that do not fall into the categories of Recommendation, Guideline or Manual. These documents are published as Other Documents and include the IALA Maritime Radio Communications Plan, the IALA World Wide Radionavigation Plan and a brochure on VTS operator fatigue.

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World VTS Guide

This publication exists only electronically on a "pdf format" on the website: World VTS Guide. The aim of the Guide is to provide on an international basis, shipmasters and other interested parties information necessary for navigating in a VTS area. It is a free service to the end user (primarily shipmasters).

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The IALA Bulletin is published quarterly by IALA, in March, June, September and December of each year. Subscriptions are valid for one year and always start with the first issue published that year. The cost of a yearly subscription is 54 euros for IALA members, 81 euros for subscription agencies and 108 euros for individuals or organisations outside IALA. Contact IALA for subscription details. Single issues and supplements are also available.

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