IMSO Formally Kick-Starts The Second Phase of the Evaluation of Iridium as a Potential Provider of the GMDSS Satellite Services

The IMSO Director General, Captain Moin Ahmed, officially kick-started the second phase of the evaluation of Iridium to become a potential GMDSS satellite services provider. The first preparation for the stage of the evaluation was started in 2014 where IMSO undertook the evaluation of the Iridium mobile satellite communications system for its use in the GMDSS and reported to the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR 3) in 2015. The Director General welcomed the Iridium representatives, which was led by Mr. Brian Pemberton and two members of the Group of Experts, for the kick-start meeting at the IMSO Headquarters on 17 May. 2017

The Director General, Iridium representatives’ and Group of Experts gathered together at a working session

The Director General appointed a Group of Experts to take part in the second phase of the assessment. An agreement was formalized with Iridium Satellite PLC to verify the outstanding requirements as identified by NCSR 3 on the technical and operational evaluation of the Iridium mobile satellite system.

The IMSO Directorate, the Group of Experts and Iridium conducted their first meeting today to officially start the evaluation and introduce the Group of Experts to discuss and agree on issues relating to the method of verification and confirmation of the remaining requirements as listed in the NCSR 3/WP.5 Annex 1. Under the supervision of the IMSO Director General, the Group of Experts will organize and report on their work via their Project Coordinator, Mr. Kim Fisher.

The Iridium network is comprised of low-earth orbit (LEO): satellites that span the entire globe, including covering the polar regions. The unique constellation and features of Iridium satellites makes the company a potential future provider of maritime safety communications in the GMDSS.

IMSO Director General has aimed to present the evaluation report for consideration by the NCSR 5 to be held in February 2018. The scope of the technical and operational evaluation will be to assess compliance with the set of criteria set out in IMO Resolution A 1001 (25). The IMO Sub-Committee on NCSR-5 would be expected to consider the report submitted by IMSO and, if satisfied, propose to MSC to recognize the work that Iridium has undertaken to demonstrate the functionality required for providing GMDSS services.

Indonesian Ambassador to UK visits IMSO

The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, had the pleasure of welcoming the Indonesian delegation led by His Excellency, Dr. Rizal Sukma, Ambassador of Indonesia to the United Kingdom and the Permanent Representative of Indonesia to IMO, who paid a courtesy visit to the IMSO headquarters today, 12 April 2017.

The Director General presenting the IMSO crest to the Ambassador Rizal Sukma

Presentations were made by IMSO Director General and Mr John Dodd, Director Safety Services Maritime of Inmarsat and the distinguished guests had a wide-ranging discussion on reinforcing the existing bilateral working relationship on issues of mutual interest and concerns and on the status of acceptance of the various IMSO legal instruments.

The Indonesian delegation also visited the Inmarsat Satellite Network Operation Centre

Both the Indonesian Ambassador and IMSO Director General were looking forward to work very closely and were very enthusiastic about the continued cooperation between Indonesia and IMSO and discussion were held to promote such cooperation. The Ambassador was impressed by the perspective of IMSO in serving matters of maritime safety and congratulated the Director General for his efforts.

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.

Variety of Delegates Visit IMSO

IMSO Director General Captain Moin Ahmed was pleased to receive, this week, a number of delegates, visiting IMSO office in London, ahead of upcoming 24th Session of IMSO Assembly, 15-17 November 2016.

The visitors included delegates from Algeria, Belize, Ecuador, Islamic Republic of Iran, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka.

The guests attended a presentation on IMSO activities and were given a tour of the Inmarsat’s Network Operation’s Centre (NOC), where they were briefed on the practical application of GMDSS technology including a variety of Ship-Earth-Stations (SES) terminals and Inmarsat’s latest 6th generation satellites.

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.