A regional seminar on safety of navigation including the risk management principles was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 4 to 7 June 2013. The seminar was organized by IMO in collaboration with the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities World Wide Academy (IALA WWA) as part of the UN capacity-building “Delivering as One” initiative and hosted by the Marine Department of Thailand.
The seminar was an awareness exercise tailored for the authorities in charge of maritime safety, providing an overview of methods to improve safety of navigation and the efficiency of maritime traffic in the region. Its content was based on “IALA model course E-141/2 on Senior Management Training”. The presentation of the different topics covered the principles of aids to navigation service delivery. This focussed on the obligations placed on coastal States following the implementation of the revised SOLAS chapter V in 2002 and of more recent tools developed to assess risk associated with highly dense shipping traffic in critical waterways and to improve safety of navigation and traffic monitoring.
The seminar included country presentations through which invaluable input was provided by the participants.
As a result of the seminar, a set of ten recommendations were adopted.
The seminar was attended by 54 senior management and senior technical officials in charge of safety of navigation from Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam and Hong Kong, China.