WHAT: Special meeting of the Task Force which concentrates on
implementation of the International Global Maritime Distress and
Safety System (GMDSS) to better inform attendees at the annual
WorkBoat Show and listen to a local operators outline their
experiences with the use of radio systems in the Gulf of Mexico. We
will also seek recommendations for improvements to better satisfy
WHERE: Room 203 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans,
Louisiana. Same building at the WorkBoat Show. There is no fee to
attend this meeting or to join the Task Force.
WHEN: 9:30-12:30, Thursday, 30 November 2017, this is the middle day of
the 3 day WorkBoat Show 29 November through 1 December 2017.
WHO: All members of the GMDSS Task Force including prospective members
and all maritime affiliated persons including operators of fishing
vessels, commercial ships, recreational vessels, communications and
electronics personnel and government representatives.
AGENDA: Coast Guard Search and Rescue – How you can assist in a rescue
Coast Guard Communications – Rescue 21, satellite, High Frequency
Federal Communications Commission – New Rules, Local Problems?
Training and Licensing of GMDSS Operators and Maintainers
Why DSC Radios require registration for MMSI Number
Why DSC Radios require connection to a GPS Receiver
Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) using the same MMSI numbers
Task Force Advocates Carriage of Satellite Beacons by vessels offshore
Why VHF-DSC Handhelds with Integral GPS are good for R/Vs
How to make the best use of smart phones in calling for assistance
Highlights from IMO Communications, Search & Rescue Committee
GMDSS Modernization changes expected, Iridium Satellite System
National Marine Fisheries Service and the Vessel Monitoring System
Broadcasts of Marine Safety Information, Weather broadcasts
NMEA Vessel Network Wiring Standards including new One Net.
THE TASK The GMDSS Task Force was commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard to
FORCE assist the private sector in preparing for the then forthcoming new
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. Now that GMDSS is fully
Implemented for the large ships, the Task Force concentrates on small
Commercial vessels and the largely unregulated recreational vessels.
Task Force members include vessel operators, manufacturers, service
agents, training institutions and government authorities;