A message from the Director General

I am deeply honoured to have been elected Director General of this important Organization and I am very much looking forward to addressing the challenges ahead. I am equally grateful to join a team of experts who have at heart the safety and security of seafarers, thereby fulfilling IMSO’s core mission. IMSO’s vital role in the functioning of both the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system is a true recognition of its expertise, which makes IMSO a key strategic partner of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) and world shipping. Reliable, modern satellite communication is an essential component of all maritime transportation today and IMSO is pioneering in assisting the maritime sector to make the most of the life enhancing, and indeed lifesaving, opportunities for seafarers that this technology provides. With today’s ever changing technology and regulatory requirements, IMSO must equip itself with capability to navigate these challenges successfully and with that aim in mind, I plan to concentrate on several overarching objectives:

• Modernization and efficient performance of the Directorate;
• Promoting and focusing on IMSO’s core mission and vital role;
• Developing effective partnerships for capacity building.

Transparency, accountability, integrity and neutrality will guide my work with all relevant parties and the decision-making process will be driven by the priorities of the Member States. Based on trust and openness but also close cooperation and support, I will ensure IMSO continues strengthening its crucial role and credibility within the satellite and shipping industry.