IMO Secretary-General Mr. Ki-Tack Lim visits IMSO

At the invitation of the IMSO Director General, Captain Moin Ahmed, His Excellency, Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) made an official visit to the IMSO Headquarters today, 10 January 2017.

The IMO Secretary General was accompanied by the Director of IMO Maritime Safety Division, Mr Ashok Mahapatra and they were welcomed by Captain Ahmed and Inmarsat senior management team.

The IMSO Director General presenting the crest to the IMO Secretary General

In all, the distinguished guests had a wide-ranging discussion on reinforcing the existing bilateral working relationship on issues of mutual interest and concern. Both the IMO Secretary-General and IMSO Director General were looking forward to work very closely and were very enthusiastic about the continued cooperation between IMO and IMSO and discussion were held to promote such cooperation.

The IMO Secretary-General also visited the Inmarsat Network Operations Centre

The IMO Secretary General having appreciated the role of IMSO in enhancing maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment, expressed his wishes to reinforce the special bond between the two organisations reflecting the mutual interests of the Member States.

Designation of Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente of Spain as Director General Emeritus of IMSO

IMSO Director General Capt Moin Ahmed (left) congratulates his predecessor Capt Esteban Pacha-Vicente (right) on his designation as Director General Emeritus of IMSO

The Assembly of the International Mobile Satellite Organization, at its Twenty-fourth Session held on London from 15 to 17 November 2016, has decided that Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente of Spain be recognized for the outstanding contribution during his eight years’ tenure as Director General of the Organization and be designated as Director General Emeritus of IMSO from 15th of April 2015.

The delegation of Spain highlighted Captain Pacha’ distinguished career and thanked the Assembly for recognizing him and also honouring Spain with this designation.

In his acceptance, Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente, thanked the Chairman of the IMSO Advisory Committee Ms Azara Prempeh of Ghana for proposing his designation and all delegations for unanimously agreeing to bestow on him such honour. He welcomed the progress made by the Assembly at this session and the new initiatives undertaken, and expressed his availability to continue supporting IMSO in the future.

Esteban Pacha-Vicente served as Chairman of the IMSO Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007, and as IMSO Director General from 2007 to 2015. He becomes the second Director General Emeritus of IMSO after Mr Jerzy Vonau of Poland was designated as such by the IMSO Assembly at its Twentieth Session in 2008.

Brazilian Ambassador for IMO and IMSO visits IMSO

The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, had the pleasure of welcoming His Excellency, the Honourable Hermano Telles Ribeiro, Ambassador of Brazil to IMO and IMSO accompanied by the Minister Counsellor Ana Paula Simoes Silva, paid a courtesy visit to the IMSO headquarters today, the 2nd November 2016.

The IMSO Director General receiving the credential of Ambassador the Honourable Hermano Telles Ribeiro

In all, the distinguished guests were looking forward to the IMSO 24th session of the assembly meeting which takes place from the 15th to 17th of November, 2016 and very enthusiastic about the future cooperation between the Brazilian authorities and IMSO and discussion were held to promote such cooperation.

The Brazilian delegation also visited the Inmarsat Network Operation Centre

Finland accepts the 2008 amendments to IMSO Convention

The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, is pleased to announce that on 30 June 2016, Finland accepted the 2008 amendments to the IMSO Convention. In this connection Finland has submitted the Instrument of acceptance to the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr Kitack Lim, as the Depositary of the IMSO Convention.

The amendments are basically related to the extension of oversight of the GMDSS to other potential satellite service providers, and the duties and responsibilities of IMSO as the LRIT Coordinator appointed by IMO.

These amendments were adopted on 2 October 2008 by the IMSO Assembly at its twentieth session held in Malta. They shall formally enter into force 120 days after receipt of Instrument of Acceptance from two-thirds of the States which were IMSO Parties at the time of adoption. However, at the time of adoption, the IMSO Assembly as an interim measure decided that these amendments should be applied provisionally from 6 October 2008, pending their formal entry into force in accordance with Article 18 of the IMSO Convention.

The Director General today reiterated his request to other Member States (who have not yet done so), to expedite the process of accepting the amendments, so as to ensure their formal entry into force. He is also carrying on with an active outreach programme to this end.

Slovak Republic Ambassador visits IMSO

His Excellency Mr Ľubomír Rehák, and First Secretary at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, Mr Ratislav Gabriel were the distinguished guests today, of IMSO Director General.

The honourable guest was also accompanied on a tour of the Inmarsat Network Operations Centre, which he appreciated.

Discussion took place on a broad range of issues from technical matters to the status of acceptance of the various IMSO legal instruments, by the Slovak Republic. The Ambassador was impressed by perspective of IMSO in serving matters of maritime safety and congratulated the Director General for his efforts.

8th Eutelsat IGO-IMSO-ITSO Tripartite meeting held in London

The eighth tripartite meeting of the heads of the European Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (EUTELSAT IGO), the International Mobile Satellite Organisation (IMSO), and the International Telecommunications Organisation (ITSO), took place today, at the IMO Headquarters building in London.

Captain Moin Ahmed, the Director General of IMSO, was the host of this year’s meeting. In attendance were Mr Christian Roisse, the Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO, Mr Jose Toscano, the Director General of ITSO. Mr Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President of Inmarsat Global Ltd. attended the meeting as an invited guest.

The meeting was held in accordance with the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the three organisations in 2009, whereby areas of mutual collaboration and co-operation were explored and discussed.

Each of the Heads made a presentation on their Organisation’s activities and also with regard to their oversight role of their respective satellite service providers. Mr. Broadhurst made a presentation on behalf of the Inmarsat highlighting the company’s activities and developments.

As this was the last tripartite meeting with the current Heads of EUTELSAT IGO and ITSO, the Director General of IMSO took this opportunity to formally bid them both farewell, after expressing his gratitude for their solidarity and cooperation, during their tenure in office.

The Meeting successfully concluded with the signing of the Joint Declaration by the three Heads, and a Press Release was issued.

Nigerian delegation visits IMSO

The Director General of IMSO – Captain Moin Ahmed, welcomed the Nigerian delegation, to IMSO, today. The delegation was led by the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) – Dr. Dakuku Peterside, who was accompaniedinter alia by the Alternate Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the IMO – Mr Dikko Bala, and the Technical Adviser at the Nigeria High Commission – Mr Anas Suleiman.

Dr Peterside had stated elsewhere that “collaboration with various stakeholders across the globe is fundamental to unlocking the maritime opportunities in Nigeria.” This is in similar spirit to which the Director General of IMSO hosts these kind of visits, as he considers them to be useful forums for discussing issues of mutual co-operation between a Member State and IMSO.

As is now practically routine, a tour of the Inmarsat Network Operations Centre (NOC), was an integral part of the visit. It was very well received by the delegation.

The CEO of NIMASA, stated that he “was pleased to have a solid relationship with this Organisation, for the enhancement of safety and communications, specifically in transportation and maritime industry”.

Romanian delegation visits IMSO

The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, today had the pleasure of welcoming a representative of the Romanian Aeronautical, Maritime and satellite Unit, and of the Romanian Maritime Training Centre, to IMSO.

The visit included the now customary tour of Inmarsat’s Network Operations Centre (NOC).

In all, the distinguished guests were very enthusiastic about the future cooperation between the Romanian authorities and IMSO and discussion were held to promote such cooperation.

Bangladesh High Commissioner visits IMSO

The outgoing Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Md. Abdul Hannan and his spouse Dr. Shelina Afroza, PhD (Former Secretary to the Bangladesh Government), were today, the distinguished guests of IMSO Director General, Mr Moin Ahmed. Inmarsat Vice President Mr. Peter Broadhurst was also in attendance.

The honourable guests also enjoyed a tour of the Inmarsat Network Operations Centre, as well.

The High Commissioner, stated that he was particularly happy to visit IMSO, which he considered a ‘cutting edge’ Organisation, and wished the Director General and his Directorate, well.

Inmarsat Vice President Captain Mary McMillan visits IMSO

The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, was most pleased to welcome the Vice President, Safety and Operational Services at Inmarsat Aviation Captain Mary McMillan to IMSO today.

Even though it was a whistle-stop visit, Captain McMillan was warmly met by the Director General and all staff at the Directorate. She expressed her satisfaction with the discussions that took place and was enthusiastic about the benefits to be had in the joining of forces in the maritime and aviation spaces, to serve in the wider interests of world safety.