The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ports and Maritime Organisation of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mr Mohammad Saeidnejad and his delegation was warmly welcomed to IMSO today by the Director General Captain Moin Ahmed together with the representatives of Inmarsat.
A tour of the Inmarsat Network Operation Centre was met with a lot of positivity and interest. Mr Mohammad Saeidnejad reiterated his country’s commitment to better relations with the international maritime fraternity.
The Director General of IMSO Captain Moin Ahmed, was honoured by a visit to IMSO today, by His Excellency Mr. Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda. The Prime Minister was accompanied by His Excellency the Ambassador Mr Dwight C.R. Gardiner – Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London.
During his hour long visit, the Prime Minister also had discussion with the Executive Vice-President of INMARSAT Ltd. Ms Alison Horrocks. A guided tour of the Inmarsat Network Operations Centre (NOC) facilities was included in the visit’s schedule and was very well received.
The visit was timely and amidst the diplomatic formalities accorded the gravitas of the visitor, proceeded with a friendly and relaxed air throughout.
The Director General of IMSO, in acting upon the mandate established at The IMO Maritime Safety Committee, ninety-fourth session in November 2014, at which it was agreed that IMSO should undertake the technical and operational evaluation of the Iridium mobile satellite system to assess its compliance with the relevant criteria for recognition as a GMDSS provider, convened a meeting of the Group of Experts on the 11 and 12 November, 2015. This meeting was held at the IMO Headquarters in London, with the primary purpose being to review and finalise the group’s assessment report in readiness for imminent submission to the 3rd Session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication and Search and Rescue (NCSR).
The assessment report would present technical and operational aspects, and is a culmination of several meeting of the group of experts, exchanges of correspondence, and two site visits to IRIDIUM, in the past several months.
The IMSO Director General, Captain Moin Ahmed, announced that Ecuador has acceded to the IMSO Convention today, 11 November 2015, bringing the total membership to 101 Member States. The Instrument of Accession was today presented to the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr Koji Sekimizu, as Depositary of the IMSO Convention, by His Excellency Mr Carlos Abad Ortiz, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United Kingdom.
Mr Sekimizu congratulated IMSO on reaching this important milestone, reiterating the important work of IMSO in the field of safety of navigation through efficient maritime communications.
Captain Ahmed formally welcomed Ecuador to the membership of IMSO, expressing his satisfaction for the increased interest of non-member States, which are considering or in the process of joining IMSO, in the activities of the Organization. He stressed on the importance of IMSO Convention, which ensures fair and equitable internationally accepted regulations for the satellite communication system, is at the forefront of maritime safety.
Captain Ahmed continues to promote the values of IMSO and to encourage both Member and non-member States to be actively involved in the activities of the Organization.
The IMSO Director General has attended a contingency exercise which took place at Inmarsat’s Operational Backup Centre (OBC) facility at Burum in the Netherlands on 10th of November 2015. The Atlantic Ocean Region West (AOR-W) exercise was performed in order to exercise the staff, communications and decision-making at that emergency standby facility.
The Seventh Tripartite Meeting of the Heads of the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT IGO), the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), took place on 20 October 2015 in Paris, France. Hosted by Mr Christian Roisse, Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO, the meeting was attended by Mr Jose Toscano, ITSO Director General and CEO and Captain Moin Ahmed, IMSO Director General.
Previous meetings have taken place yearly since January 2008, hosted in turn by each organisation. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the organisations in 2009, in which it was agreed inter alia that they would explore areas where the three organisations could usefully co-operate, save resources and contribute to the development of the satellite industry.
Issues of common interest were discussed, related to their supervisory role and the activities of the companies each organisation oversees, respectively Eutelsat S.A., Inmarsat Ltd. and Intelsat Ltd. Mr Michel Azibert, Deputy CEO of Eutelsat S.A. was invited by the Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO to make a presentation of the company’s activities, its views on the role of the intergovernmental satellite organisations and to provide an overview of the current market situation and its prospective evolution. Mr Azibert paid tribute to the relationship which existed between EUTELSAT IGO and Eutelsat S.A. and expressed his pride in the role that EUTELSAT IGO played in preserving the Organisation’s legacy in a fair and efficient manner and that such resources are kept out of harm’s way.
The Heads of the three organisations reviewed developments since their last meeting, in particular in relation to their role in the activities of the International Telecommunications Union regarding the regulatory regime applicable to satellite and the preparatory process for WRC-15 & WRC-19 and in raising awareness of satellite as a tool for digital inclusion. They also discussed the co-operation between their organisations in supporting the activities of other intergovernmental organisations and private stakeholders within the satellite sector.
At the conclusion of their discussions, the Heads of the three organisations signed a Joint Declaration on the importance of satellite technology for sustainable development and disaster management.
It was agreed that the Heads of the three organisations would continue to meet on an annual basis, and, under the terms of the MoU, to explore areas where they might usefully co-ordinate their activities.
About EUTELSAT IGO: EUTELSAT IGO (The European Telecommunications Satellites Organization) is an Intergovernmental Organization established by an International Treaty. After a period (1985-2001) during which the Organization had operational activities in outer space to the level where it became one of the leading world satellite operators, the organisation was transformed and its operational activities, assets and related liabilities were transferred to the company Eutelsat S.A., operating under French law. Since 2001, EUTELSAT IGO, based in Paris, France and comprising 49 Member States, has a twofold role in maintaining the rights to use radiofrequencies and orbital locations which were assigned collectively to the Member States by the ITU before restructuring and monitors the operations of the company Eutelsat S.A., in particular to ensure that the Basic Principles defined in the Treaty are observed. For more information, visit http://www.eutelsatigo.int.
About IMSO: IMSO (The International Mobile Satellite Organization) is the intergovernmental organisation which oversees certain public satellite safety and security communication services provided via the Inmarsat satellites and also co-ordinates the Long Range Identification and Tracking of ships (LRIT). IMSO is established under the provisions of the Convention on the International Mobile Satellite Organization which also defines the public services, such as satellite services for the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS), which is subject to international oversight. Headquartered in London, UK, IMSO currently has 100 Member States. For more information, visit http://www.imso.org.
About ITSO: ITSO (International Telecommunications Satellite Organization) is an Intergovernmental Organization with the mission to ensure that Intelsat, Ltd. provides public telecommunications services, including voice, data and video, on a global and non-discriminatory basis. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. ITSO currently has 149 Member States. For more information, visit http://www.itso.int.
The IMSO Director General presents his compliments and has the pleasure to advise IMSO Member States, Observers and other interested parties that he has participated in a number of high level diplomatic visits, since his appointment on 15 April 2015.
On 15 April 2015, the Director General hosted a welcome reception to which the Ambassadors and/or High Commissioners and Permanent Representatives to IMO of each IMSO Member State were invited together with other important guests such as representatives of Inmarsat.
The Director General has subsequently hosted visits by a number of Ministers, Ambassadors and High Commissioners as reported in the following paragraphs. Such visits are aimed at sharing information on the role of IMSO in relation to the oversight of certain public satellite safety and security services provided by mobile satellite communication systems, particularly Inmarsat; the role of IMSO as Coordinator of the Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) System to ensure the operation of the international LRIT system worldwide; and issues of mutual cooperation between Member States and the Organization.
When possible, the opportunity was taken to introduce representatives of Inmarsat to discuss matters of mutual interest and to tour the Inmarsat Satellite Control Centre.
Visit of the Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran On 29 April 2015, the Director General received a visit from H.E. Mr Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzadeh, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, London, accompanied by Mrs Mandana Mansoorian, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMO and Mr Seyed Ali Mousavi, Legal Advisor and Liaison Officer to IMO.
Visit of the Minister of Climate Change of Vanuatu On 15 May 2015, the Director General received a visit from the Minister of Climate Change of Vanuatu, the Hon. Mr. James Bule, accompanied by Political Adviser, Mr. Noel Lango and the Permanent Representative of Vanuatu to IMO, Mr Laurent Parente.
Visit by the High Commissioner of Cameroon On 30 July 2015, the Director General received a visit from the High Commissioner of Cameroon, His Excellency Mr Nkwelle Ekaney.
Visit by the Minister (Commercial) of the Sri Lanka High Commission On 20 August 2015, the Director General received a visit from the Minister (Commercial) of the Sri Lanka High Commission, Mr. Nimal Karunatilake.
Visit by the Ambassador of Turkey On 8 September 2015, the Director General received a visit from the Ambassador of Turkey, His Excellency Mr Abdurrahman Bilgiç, accompanied by First Secretary Mrs Nermin Köşker.
The new IMSO Director General, Captain Moin Ahmed, who was appointed by the IMSO Assembly at its Twenty-Third Session held in November 2014, has today taken up his new post.
Captain Ahmed has written to all IMSO Member States, Observer States and international organizations expressing his appreciation for their support and said “to serve the satellite communications world is a privilege, a pleasure and an honour which I cherish very much. I am determined to put every effort into responding to Member States, industry and others’ expectations in a manner which will ensure fairness, justice and objectivity and I assure you I will always serve well the best interests of the Organization. Let us all work together to create a better satellite communications world to match the objectives of the public services. Taking this opportunity, I would like to seek your continuous kind support and cooperation for the years to come in my new assignment from today.”
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