Author: Capt. Pierre Deseck, Msc, FNI
Hon. Prof. School of Navigation

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IALA Buoyage Systems

 

As a lecturer at the High School of Navigation in Antwerp, I have for many years been charged with the course on 'Aids to Navigation' and I felt the necessity to write a book on the subject.

The book deals with all the subjects which are closely connected with the IALA  International buoyage systems. Private systems, which may be encountered in some waters are consequently not dealt with.

Chapter 1 gives a general view of most current official and private hydrographic publications. The following chapters allow the reader to use them practically.

Although most hydrographic publications give nearly the same information, there are sometimes differences in their composition or lay-out. Therefor, the lists of lights and the extracts from the marine charts are, as often as possible, compared to one another.

Often, the way buoys and beacons are represented in some manuals_ and sailing directions, do not correspond to the way they really look. To give the reader a true image as to how the sea and landmarks look in reality, the book is illustrated with a large number of coloured drawings and pictures. Whenever it was possible, the representation of the mark on the marine chart is given next to the picture.

Chapter 10 deals with the IALA buoyage systems which can be encoun­tered Region “A” and Region “B” of the maritime waters of the world. Unfortunately there are still some differences between the IALA Buoyage systems used in Region A and in Region B. This book emphasizes on these differences and aims at making very clear how the seafarer should act when encountering navigational marks in either region.

As a lecturer at the High School of Navigation in Antwerp, I have for many years been charged with the course on 'Aids to Navigation' and I felt the necessity to write a book on the subject.

The book deals with all the subjects which are closely connected with the IALA  International buoyage systems. Private systems, which may be encountered in some waters are consequently not dealt with.

Chapter 1 gives a general view of most current official and private hydrographic publications. The following chapters allow the reader to use them practically.

Although most hydrographic publications give nearly the same information, there are sometimes differences in their composition or lay-out. Therefor, the lists of lights and the extracts from the marine charts are, as often as possible, compared to one another.

Often, the way buoys and beacons are represented in some manuals_ and sailing directions, do not correspond to the way they really look. To give the reader a true image as to how the sea and landmarks look in reality, the book is illustrated with a large number of coloured drawings and pictures. Whenever it was possible, the representation of the mark on the marine chart is given next to the picture.

Chapter 10 deals with the IALA buoyage systems which can be encoun­tered Region “A” and Region “B” of the maritime waters of the world. Unfortunately there are still some differences between the IALA Buoyage systems used in Region A and in Region B. This book emphasizes on these differences and aims at making very clear how the seafarer should act when encountering navigational marks in either region.

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