Ms. Giovanna Lenny Vidal, Charge d'Affaires, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and IMSO Director General Capt. Moin Ahmed to deposit the instrument of accession to the Convention.

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The IMSO Convention was adopted by IMO in 1976 to establish and oversee satellite communications for shipping, specifically those used in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

As well as overseeing satellite communications under the GMDSS, IMSO has also been appointed by IMO to audit and review the performance of the international system for the Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT).

Currently IMSOhas more than 100 Member States.