Presentation of certificate to Director General Emeritus Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente

Mr Diko Bala, Chairman of the IMSO Assembly presenting the “Certificate of Director General Emeritus of IMSO” to Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente

The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed hosted an official ceremony to present the certificate of “Director General Emeritus of IMSO” to former Director General Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente today at the IMSO headquarters, London.

Captain Pacha-Vicente, served as Director General of IMSO from 2007 to 2015, has been awarded the prestigious IMSO recognition, for his significant contribution to the work of IMSO at the 24thSession of IMSO Assembly in November 2016. He becomes the second Director Emeritus after Mr Jerzy Vonau of Poland was designated as such by the IMSO Assembly at its 20th Session in 2008.

Captain Pacha-Vicente is a Master Mariner and holds Degrees in Nautical Sciences and Maritime Transport, in Industrial Engineering and in Public Management. After serving as Master of merchant vessels, from 1988 he has served with high level appointments within the Spanish Government, before becoming Counsellor for Transport at the Spanish Embassy in
London (2000-2007), leading the Spanish delegations at various intergovernmental meetings, many of which he Chaired before joining IMSO as the Director General.

He also served as Governor of the World Maritime University and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and Member of the International Institute of Space Law.

Among the distinguished guest, IMSO had the honour of having the company of His Excellency, Mr. Carlos Bastarreche, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Spain to IMO and Mr Diko Bala, Chairman of the IMSO Assembly and the Alternative Permanent Representative of Nigeria to IMO.

The Director General presenting the IMSO crest to the Spanish Ambassador, His Excellency, Mr. Carlos Bastarreche.

Captain Pacha-Vicente thanked the Chairman of the IMSO Advisory Committee for proposing his name for this honour and also the IMSO Assembly for conferring on him the title of the Director General Emeritus. He was particularly honoured to be presented the “Certificate of Director General Emeritus” in the presence of the Ambassador of Spain, Chairman of the Assembly, Director General and staff members of the Organisation.

Captain Pacha pictured with his wife and all invited guest

The Director General, Captain Ahmed highlighted Captain Pacha’s distinguished career, culminating his eight-year stewardship as Director General and thanked him for the legacy he left. Captain Pacha expressed his availability to continue supporting and representing IMSO in the future and wished the Directorate all the very best success.