News2014-07-27 Seismic survey ship operating north of Aruba/Curacao – 27 July 2014
All ships transiting north of Curacao and Aruba are advised that the seismic survey ship POLAR DUKE will be conducting surveys in the area until 15 September 2014. The towed array is very large – 12 streamers 9000 meters long, and 900 meters wide. It is advised to give a wide berth of 8 NM astern, 2 NM ahead and 3 NM abeam as maneuverability of this ship is limited. For a real time position of the Polar Duke click (here).2014-07-26 Venezuela closes ports/marinas to vessels from Curacao and Aruba – 26 July, 2014
The Port Captain of Puerto Cabello, VZ has communicated that ” receiving vessels from Aruba and Curacao is now strictly prohibited .” There is no further detail available at this time, so it is not clear if this applies to all vessels arriving from, or those flagged in Aruba and Curacao, or both. CSSN hopes that more information will become available, and we will post it when it is. If you are planning to visit Venezuela, or to transit Venezuelan waters please follow this situation closely. Subscribe to CSSN Alerts to get latest news and reports.2014-07-15 Chris Parker announces a REVISED broadcast schedule
In order to complete major enhancements to my SSB installation and relocate office space... Beginning Monday, July 8, 2014 I will work the following reduced schedule for July and August: DAYS: CLOSED on Tuesdays / Thursdays / Saturdays / Sundays (unless Tropical weather threatens, in which case I'll conduct normal operations on these days - to the extent necessary to address Tropical weather). OPEN on Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays, on the following schedule: SSB Voice Nets (and simultaneous Internet Webcasts): 4045 USB at 6:30am AST/EDT (1030 utc) 8137 USB at 7:00am (or a few minutes after) AST/EDT (1100 utc) 8104 USB at 8:30am (or a few minutes after) AST/EDT (1230 utc) 12350 USB at 9:15am AST/EDT (1315 utc) Regional Daily Email forecasts: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (additional days as necessary if Tropical weather threatens). I'll try to email forecasts earlier - for the past couple months I have devoted several "normal working hours" most weekdays to preparing for planned improvements. Going forward, I should be able to devote most of my attention to weather duties on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. Custom email and phone-in forecasts: available 7 days/week after 10am, but prefer Monday, Wednesday, Friday. More details on service improvements in the coming months...thank you for your support!...Chris. http://www.mwxc.com/2014-07-03 Alert ! – 2 New Incident Reports – St Lucia
St. Lucia – Two incidents …
Rodney Bay Reduit Beach
2 teak chairs stolen from aft deck
Locked, Not Locked
Owners discovered that thieves had boarded and stolen 2 teak deck chairs from the aft deck overnight. All hatches and doors were locked and no attempt seemed to have been made to enter the boat. Another boat in Rodney Bay was also boarded the same night (not locked) and thieves were interrupted but were able to steal a purse containing cash,credit cards,passports, and a camera. Both incidents were reported to the local police.
Rodney Bay Reduit Beach
Money, passports, credit cards, camera.
Crew was awakened at about 2 AM when intruder was attempting to steal a computer. Captain yelled and the man jumped overboard and swam to a dinghy piloted by an accomplice waiting nearby. The thief shouted death threats while swimming away with a purse containing cash,passports,credit cards and a camera. Another boat in Rodney Bay was also boarded by thieves the same night. Both incidents were reported to the local police.
2014-06-30 Reporting an incident just got even easier !
Reporting an incident just got even easier ! We have made some significant improvements to the online incident reporting form – you can check out the revised form by clicking here, or by clicking the Report and Incident icon found on the CSSN Home page and throughout the CSSN site. Let us know what you think, send feedback about the new form by clicking here.2014-06-12 Boat Watch – S/V KOULA – Update
Vessel KOULA, I have been in contact with and will arrive in red frog marina tomorrow morning. Dan Olsen Red Frog Marina
U.S COAST GUARD MIAMI, FL RECEIVED A REPORT OF AN OVERDUE 44FT CATAMARAN
SAILING VESSEL NAMED “KOULA” (DL1442AJ) ON A VOYAGE FROM SANTA MARTA, COLUMBIA TO BOCA DEL TORO, PANAMA. VESSEL HAS 05 POB BY THE NAME OF
ROBIN SUTHERLAND (MASTER), KIMBERLY BAGE, JOHN SOUTH, MICHAEL MARTIN AND KATHLEEN ANN SMITH.
ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT WHEN TRANSITTING THE AREA, ASSIST WITH COMMUNICATIONS IF POSSIBLE
AND REPORT ALL SIGHTINGS TO U.S. COAST GUARD RCC MIAMI, FL TELEPHONE 305-415-6800 OR VIA EMAIL:.
Demonstrations have occurred throughout Venezuela since mid-February. Demonstrations and counter-demonstrations are expected to continue, and the majority of protests are not advertised in advance. Since February 2014, there have been at least 42 fatalities in connection with demonstrations, counter-demonstrations, and measures taken by the security forces.
Violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital, Caracas, and in the interior. … there were 24,763 homicides in Venezuela in 2013. Kidnappings are also a serious concern throughout the country. In 2013, 625 kidnappings were reported to the authorities.
For more detailed information on staying safe in Venezuela, please see the State Department’s Country Specific Information. For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ internet website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.