Fiji Delegation Visits IMSO

The Director General, Captain Moin Ahmed was very pleased to host yet another delegation from a Small Island State. A delegation from Fiji comprising the CEO of the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) Mr. John Tunidau and the Fiji High Commission official Mr. Jokatama Fotu were welcomed to IMSO today.

The delegates also held lengthy discussions with IMSO’s Director General and technical officers regarding Fiji’s integration into the Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships LRIT system, acceptance by Fiji of the IMSO legal instruments and technical cooperation from IMSO.

Furthermore, as an integral part of their visit to IMSO, a tour of the Inmarsat Network Operating Centre, was arranged.

The delegation expressed its overall satisfaction with the visit and also stated that they felt privileged to have gained insight into the workings of the cutting edge satellite technologies of Inmarsat and IMSO’s role on the oversight of Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) services and the international coordination of the Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) system.

IMSO’s Membership reaches to 102 Member States with the accession by Fiji of the IMSO Convention

The IMSO Director General, Captain Moin Ahmed, is pleased to announce that Fiji has acceded to the IMSO Convention today, the 8 March 2016, reaching the total membership of the Organization to 102 Member States. The Instrument of Accession was today presented to the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr Kitack Lim, as Depositary of the IMSO Convention, by His Excellency, Mr. Jitoko Tikolevu.

Mr Lim 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 Fiji 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 communications and the LRIT systems, 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.