Director General’s message

Moin Ahmed, Director General

Welcome to the website of the International Mobile Satellite Organisation (IMSO), which aims to provide relevant information concerning the Organization for Member State delegations, satellite communication providers in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Data Centres and stakeholders participating in Long-Range Identification and Tracking of ships (LRIT), and for the general public. 

IMSO is the intergovernmental organization charged with the mandate to oversee the performance of all components and the availability of the mobile satellite communication systems recognized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for their use in the GMDSS.

IMSO is also responsible for ensuring the performance of the LRIT system, which is developed jointly by IMO and IMSO. Both systems are heavily dependent on availability of robust, resilient and reliable mobile satellite communication systems.

IMSO has today evolved noticeably from the days when 26 Governments gathered together at a diplomatic conference in 1976 to adopt the international Convention on the establishment of the International Maritime Satellite Organisation at the old IMO Headquarters in Piccadilly. Their vision and ultimate objective was to remove limits at sea for seafarers and give them access to the satellite-based communication technologies to enhance safety of life at sea and to prosper the shipping industry.

Our vision and aim have not changed since those days, but we have now grown into a large Organization with a membership of 104 States. One of our objectives is to keep growing, and we actively work on enlarging the membership of the Organization, as we strive to increase public safety across the world.

In 2014, I was honoured to be elected Director-General by the 23rd session of the IMSO Assembly and grateful to be able to lead this organisation to further improve public safety. I am also pleased to announce my recent re-election and re-appointment for an additional term of 4 years, as decided by the 25th Assembly of IMSO in October 2018.