Bahrain-based Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS) has underlined its commitment to boosting safe navigation in the Middle East Gulf by launching an Accredited Training Course (ATO) in partnership with the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).
The ATO accreditation was awarded after a rigorous process undertaken by Trinity House (TH) under an existing agreement between IALA and TH for training audits.
The IALA Marine Aids to Navigation Training Courses have been designed to generate a common approach to Aids to Navigation (AtoN) training and achieve a high standard approach to its implementation. The courses are delivered according to the IALA World-Wide Academy (WWA) model course syllabus.
Government and semi-government departments within the Gulf Cooperation Council member states will be targeted for the courses, which will start once the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has eased off.
The initial delivery will be IALA Level 2 Marine Aids to Navigation Technician courses providing a framework for the training and education of personnel tasked with conducting the installation, servicing, maintenance or replacement of marine aids to navigation and their components.
Subsequently, MENAS will deliver the IALA Level 1 Marine Aids to Navigation Manager course, providing a framework for the training and education of professionals involved in the strategic and operational management of AtoN services. This course covers the fundamental principles of effective AtoN management, with a significant emphasis on the implementation of the IALA standards, to enable coastal states to have suitably qualified professionals to effectively discharge their obligations under the SOLAS Convention.
MENAS, which is a subsidiary of the London-based International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN), welcomed the move.
Mahdi Al Mosawi, General Manager for MENAS, stressed: “We’re delighted to have developed a course to help provide a universal approach to ensure thorough training and standards are maintained globally.”
Peter Stanley, CEO of IFAN, said: “The IALA Marine Aids to Navigation Training Courses will help to keep safety at the forefront. It’s taken a long time to come to fruition, but we’re thrilled that we’re now able to support training for safer seas.”