The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved
signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Aids to Navigation (AtoNs)
between the Directorate General of Lighthouses & Lightships (DGLL),
Ministry of Shipping, Government of India and the Department of Shipping,
Government of Bangladesh.
The MoU envisages cooperation between Bangladesh and India in extending advice
on light houses and beacons, Vessel Traffic service and chain of automatic
India has also agreed to impart training as per International Association
of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) training module
to AtoN Managers and Technicians for Bangladesh.
The MoU will enable both the countries to collaborate in the areas
including provide advice on Aids toNavigation,(AtoN), Provide academic
interaction by imparting training to AtoN personnel and provide necessary
cooperation in organizing workshops andconferences for enhancement of skills in
The MoU will also help in greater cooperation in capacity building in the
field of AtoN training in the South Asian region. This will give a boost to
imparting training on the management of marine aids to navigation based on IALA
Model Course E-141/1 and accordingly facilitate the delivery of a professional
training course as per the IALA guidelines.
As per International Maritime Organisationís (IMOís) requirement,
authorities in various countries, provide appropriate Aids to Navigation in
their waters as per international recommendations and guidelines.
Marine aids to navigation such as lighthouses, beacons, DGPS, navigational
and mooring buoys are operated to enhance the safe and efficient navigation of
vessels and/or vessel traffic.
Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships establishes and maintains
Aids to Navigation in India, for safe navigation in Indian waters. DGLL having
expertise in lighthouse engineering maintains large inventory of Aids to
navigation which includes 193 lighthouses, 64 Racons, 22 Deep Sea lighted
buoys, 23 DGPS stations, 01 Lightship, 04 tender vessels, National AlS Network,
Vessel Traffic Service in Gulf of Kutch.
IALA is the international body coordinating and harmonizing the use of all
Aids to Navigation. India represented through DGLL, is a member of IALA
As a step towards regional cooperation, India and Bangladesh have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on AtoN.
As per the MoU, the DGLL on behalf of Ministry of Shipping, Government of
India shall advise its counterpart Department of Shipping, Ministry of
Shipping, Bangladesh on AtoNs including Vessel Traffic Service, Chain of
Automatic Identification System.
In order to train AtoN personnel of Bangladesh, DGLL shall organize
training as per IALA training module to AtoN Managers and Technicians, organize
Workshops/Conferences. This will help in capacity building of Bangladesh AtoN