November 28 - 30, 2018

GMDSS Task Force Meeting

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

                        user needs.


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;


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