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The Task Force is open to membership and participation by all interested parties. There are currently in excess of 4000 members representing government agencies, vessel owners and operators, manufacturers, service agents, trade associations, labor unions, training institutions, and recreational boating enthusiasts. Members are invited to attend meetings or contribute to agenda issues through email contributions. Members are kept advised through distribution of the Summary Record of meetings which also serves as a Newsletter for those who are unable to attend meetings. Most communication with members is by email and internet access. Task Force documents and significant correspondence are placed on the Coast Guard Maritime Telecommunication section of this website (click on GMDSS, then on GMDSS Task Force).

Task Force Meeting Schedule

The Task Force currently meets four times each year. The summer and winter meetings are held in the Washington area at the RTCM Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia (see The spring and fall meetings are held during the annual meetings of the RTCM and the NMEA respectively. Task Force participation is open to all interested parties. Anyone desiring to be placed on distribution for Task Force material should contact the Task Force Director, Captain Jack Fuechsel, USCG (Ret.) by email at or by phone at 703-963-3747.

Upcoming Task Force Meetings

  • The next meeting of the GMDSS Task Force is a Special meeting in New Orleans on 30 November during the WorkBoat Show 29 November - 1 December 2017. This meeting in in Room 203 of the Convention Center beginning at 9:30 am. There is no fee to attend the Task Force meeting and guests are welcome, Attendees at the Task Force meeting will be eligible for complimentary registration for the WorkBoat Show, click here to see the agenda.
  • The next regular meeting of the Task Force will be at the RTCM Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia on Thursday 11 January 2018.