Originally Posted by goboatingnow
Have you links to those deliberations
That's a very good question. There are no good public discussion forums
that I am aware of for this GMDSS Modernization effort. There ought to be.
The International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety
Committee tasked its newly merged Navigation
, Communication and Search & Rescue
(NCSR) Subcommittee with a "Review and modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)", with a target completion year of 2017. NCSR sponsors an IMO/ITU Expert Group meeting once a year to work on it, and a correspondence group to develop proposals for it between IMO sessions. The correspondence group is chaired by Mr Bob Markle, the president of the US's Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM).
IMO limits distribution of its documents to member
Administrations (in the USA, US Coast Guard) and to its observer organizations. US citizens can participate in the USCG's federal advisory committee to MSC and NCSR, described and with MSC reports available here: USCG: IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)
RTCM will be discussing the modernization effort at its upcoming national meeting later this month as shown its its website. It also sponsors the National GMDSS Task Force, though most of that effort addresses the existing GMDSS rather than the modernized one. The Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services
. The GMDSS TF has a mailing list and regular meetings. TF meetings and mailings may be open to non-RTCM members but you'd have to check: email@example.com
Not sure whether there's much interest in a public forum. Also things at IMO move very slowly (NCSR for example meets only one week each year and is not expected to have much time for GMDSS).
I may have missed some links on the subject, but so far activity is pretty slow. IMO is currently working on a "high level review", looking at such matters as defining general communications
, whether four levels of priority are still needed, whether four Sea Areas are still needed, whether its implementing instrument should be a Code or something else, and whether systems should be specifically identified in regulation as they are now or whether "goal based methodologies" (i.e. standards) should be used to define GMDSS instead.
By the way, Iridium
is applying to IMO for acceptance into the current