Francis Zachariae

IALA Secretary-General/Secrétaire Général

“With their enduring connections to the sea and mariners, the Netherlands, and the world-renowned maritime city of Rotterdam, make truly inspirational hosts for the 14th IALA Symposium.

Set against the impressive backdrop of the thriving port of Rotterdam, this Symposium will connect international experts in the operational, technical and human aspects of VTS and e-Navigation Maritime Services to clearly showcase the impact that these important areas have on enhancing maritime safety and efficiency by connectivity.

When we meet in Rotterdam, exciting developments will have taken place in VTS with the review of the IMO Guidelines coming to fruition. In e-Navigation, the Symposium, presents an excellent opportunity to highlight the tangible operational impact of the Maritime Services and how they will make a real difference to mariners and other users in their daily operational life.

We can look forward to hearing about many new developments, all using the new IALA Standards as the basis for harmonizing a rapid global growth in VTS and e-Navigation provision world-wide.

This IALA Symposium, and the Netherlands, has much to offer. Whether you are attending as a participant, speaker or exhibitor, I look forward to your active participation and to meeting you all in Rotterdam.”