The North and Central Americas States maritime industry has experienced sustained growth driven by the industrial sectors over the past decades. The maritime sector and the economy in these states are closely linked, as the economic growth in the region is predominantly driven by its position as crucial supplier of commodities. The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, warmly welcomed the representatives of the diplomatic missions from the North and Central Americas States at the IMSO annual luncheon briefing. The briefing is an important event which aims to strengthen IMSO relationship with the Member and non-member States and institutions of the region, which have also been a cornerstone for IMSO to discuss and promote matters of mutual relationship between IMSO and its stakeholders.
The luncheon briefing was attended by the representatives for Canada and the United States of America.
Captain Ahmed continues the tradition of hosting the ambassadors and representatives of all regions. He believes that the North and Central Americas Member and non-member States plays a vital role in the region. In his presentation, he further elaborated on the IMSO’s key priorities and future business plan in respect of oversight function that IMSO plays in relation to the public satellite safety and security services by mobile satellite communication systems, Inmarsat in particular and with other providers who may be Global Maritime Distress and
safety System (GMDSS) approved in the coming years; the coordination of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) System worldwide; membership issues, Sea Earth Station (SES) agreement, Acceptance of 2008 Amendments to IMSO convention, IMSO protocol on privileges and Immunities and also in its involvement with other international and regional organisations that are involved in mobile and maritime communication matters.
Dana Jongens, Safety Services Manager for Inmarsat, made a presentation providing insightful information on the future of satellite industry and their commitment toward saving life of all seafarers. She also provided information in relation to the technical and operational assessment of the FleetBroadband Maritime Safety Data Service in the GMDSS conducted by IMSO as the regulator. The representatives of the diplomatic missions were given the opportunity to visit Inmarsat’s Network Operations and Satellite Control Centre, where they had the privilege to see different satellite antenna and communication equipment used in the maritime and aviation communication, as well as networks management and control.
The diplomatic representatives were fascinated by the unique outlook of IMSO in serving matters of maritime safety and commended Captain Ahmed for the unifying role he has played in the North and Central Americas maritime community and for his passion in serving the Organization and its Member States.
Captain Moin thanked all the guess for honouring IMSO with their presence at such an important briefing and Inmarsat for their presentation. The representative of diplomatic missions and IMSO Director General were looking forward to strengthening the working relationship and were fervent about the continued cooperation between North and Central America Member States and IMSO.