any technical and operational measures and recommendations on the worldwide implementation of maritime search and rescue, performance standards, maintenance requirements and relevant procedures for radiocommunication equipment, and operational communications related to safety or maritime security including Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR),
Additional details regarding the Sub-Committee's work program can be found in its Terms of Reference document.
The United States is represented on the COMSAR Sub-Committee by the Coast Guard. The Head of Delegation for COMSAR is the Coast Guard's Office of Communication System Chief, CAPT David Dermanelian. CAPT Dermanelian is supported by the Alternate Head of Delegation, Mr. Joe Hersey, the Administrative Program Manager, Mr. Russell Levin, and the various delegation advisors.
Next Session: 17th Session of the COMSAR Sub-Committee (COMSAR 17)
The U.S. delegation holds a public meeting several weeks prior to departing for the IMO meeting. The purpose of the public meeting
is to provide an opportunity for the public to interface with the Coast Guard on the U.S. position for each agenda item. Members of the public
interested in attending must contact the meeting coordinator at least 7 days prior to the meeting. The basic meeting details are below however, additional
details can be provided by contacting the meeting coordinator.
December 20, 2012; January 10, 2013
Offices of the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM)
At the end of each COMSAR meeting, a final report is prepared for submission to the Maritime Safety Committee. The final report provides a record of the issues discussed and actions taken by the Sub-Committee. The final reports of the most recent COMSAR meetings are provided for your reference.
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