IMSO bids farewell to the outgoing IMO Secretary-General Mr Koji Sekimizu

Mr Koji Sekimuzu is presented with a gift by Mr Moin Ahmed with Mr Esteban Pacha present

The Director General of IMSO – Captain Moin Ahmed alongside the former Director General of IMSO – Captain Esteban Pacha, staff members of IMSO and a representative from Inmarsat, were most honoured by a visit to IMSO today from the outgoing IMO Secretary-General, Mr Koji Sekimuzu.

During the hour long programme, the Secretary-General also visited Inmarsat’s Network Operation Centre (NOC). Inmarsat’s Chairman – Mr Andy Sukawaty, Chief Executive Officer – Mr Rupert Pierce as well as Board Member – Mr Hamadoun Touré, paid their respect to the Secretary-General and extended their good wishes to him as his tenure of office comes to an end this year.

The Secretary-General with the Director General met by Inmarsat Board members during the NOC visit

The Director General in his address thanked Mr Sekimuzu for the years of enabling a fruitful collaboration between the two Organisations.

In his acknowledgement, Mr Sekimuzu emphasised the importance and relevance of IMSO to the marine fraternity, by stating that “shipping needs the continuous good work of this Organisation”.

The visit ended with a cordial farewell reception as is befitting of a highly respected luminary of the international Organisation in the UK.

The Ambassador of the Philippines and the Chairman of the IMSO assembly pays a visit to IMSO

His Excellency Mr Enrique Manalo, the Ambassador of the Philippines to the United Kingdom and also the Chairman of the IMSO Assembly, was warmly welcomed at IMSO on Thursday 10 November 2015, by the IMSO Director General Captain Moin Ahmed.

Although it was a pretty informal affair, the Ambassador expressed satisfaction with the further insight he had gained into the workings of IMSO, from conversations with the Director General.

The honourable guest expressed his good wishes to IMSO, and stated that he was in no doubt that it would continue to thrive under the current leadership.

The Director General of Mozambique Maritime Administration pays a visit to IMSO

IMSO Director General Captain Moin Ahmed with the Mozambique National Maritime Authority (INAMAR) Director General Mr Carlos Xavier Isidoro and his delegation

The Director General of IMSO Captain Moin Ahmed warmly welcomed a delegation from Mozambique to IMSO, today. He considers a visit such as this to be a useful forum for discussing issues of mutual co-operation between a Member State and his Organization.

At this visit, the Director General focussed in some detail IMSO’s business plan in respect of oversight function with respect to some of the public satellite safety and security services by mobile satellite communication systems, Inmarsat in particular; the coordination of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) System worldwide; and also in its involvement with other international organisations that are involved in mobile and maritime communication matters.

The visit of Mr Isidoro and the members of his delegation manifests the interest of Mozambique maritime administration on the GMDSS and LRIT systems. They considered it as a further consolidation of the good partnership and relationship they share with IMSO.

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the IMO and the Head of the Mongolian Maritime Administration pays a visit to IMSO

The Director General of IMSO Captain Moin Ahmed welcomed the Deputy Permanent Representative of Mongolia to IMO Mr Gankhuyag Soonom and the Director of the Mongolian Maritime Administration Mr Enkhbaatar Khuushaan to IMSO today.

At this visit, the Director General focussed in details to the IMSO business plan in respect of its oversight function of the public satellite safety and security services by mobile satellite communication systems, Inmarsat in particular; the Coordination of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) System worldwide.

A further highlight to the visit was a guided tour of the Inmarsat Network Operations Centre (NOC).

The Mongolian delegation courteously extended its government’s appreciation to IMSO for this kind gesture of co-operation.

CEO of Australian Maritime Safety Authority Visits IMSO

Mr Mick Kinley in deep conversation with Mr. Moin Ahmed

The Director General of IMSO Captain Moin Ahmed welcomed the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Mr. Mick Kinley and his delegation to IMSO today.

The distinguished guests held riveting discussions with the Director General and thanked him for the elucidation they received of IMSO’s work.

A guided tour of the Inmarsat Network Operations Centre (NOC) facilities followed.

It was a congenial visit, with emphasis placed throughout on the importance of mutually nurturing a long and fruitful engagement between IMSO and AMSA.

The Iranian Delegation led by the CEO of the Ports and Maritime Organisation pays a visit to IMSO

Mr Mohammad Saeidnejad is presented with the IMSO crest by Captain Ahmed

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 delegation from Iran listening intently to a presenter during a tour of the Inmarsat Network Operations Centre

Bangladesh Minister of Shipping pays a visit to IMSO

The Minister being presented with the IMSO crest by IMSO Director General in presence of the Inmarsat representative

The Director General of IMSO Captain Moin Ahmed, was honoured by a visit to IMSO today, from His Excellency Mr. Shajahan Khan M.P, the Bangladeshi Minister of Shipping.

A guided tour to the Network Operations Centre (NOC) for the Minister was facilitated by the Inmarsat representative.

It was a warm and friendly visit, and the Minister was effusive in his praise for IMSO and Inmarsat in their collaborative input to global mobile communication issues.

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda His Excellency Mr Gaston Browne pays a visit to IMSO

The Prime Minister being presented with the IMSO crest by IMSO Director General

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.

H.E. the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda tours the INMARSAT Network Operations Centre

IMSO group of experts meets to present the technical operational assessment of Iridium as a potential provider of Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS)

IMSO Director-General, Captain Moin Ahmed in session with the Group of Experts, at the IMO Headquarters on November 11 and 12, 2015.

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.

IMSO’s membership reaches 101 Member States with the accession of Ecuador to the IMSO Convention

From left to right: Mr Koji Sekimizu, IMO Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Carlos Abad Ortiz, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United Kingdom, Captain Moin Ahmed, IMSO Director General, Captain José Díaz Acosta, Alternate Permanent Representative of Ecuador to IMO on the occasion of the deposit by Ecuador of the Instrument of Accession to the IMSO Convention at IMO Headquarters on 11 November

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.