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11 Mar 2015 - Chris Parker Announces Weather Broadcast Schedule starting March 2015
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Chris Parker reports new and updated weather schedules:

NEW:

6:00am AST/EDT (1000 utc) on 4.045 & 8.137 USB
Antennas turned ESE from Florida
Format: Synopsis/Forecast for E Caribbean
Existing:

6:30am AST/EDT (1030 utc) to 8:00 am – on 4.045 & 8.137 USB
Antennas turned ESE from Florida
Format: Synopsis/Forecast for Bahamas
Note: this is best Net for VESSELS MOVING N from E Caribbean to Bermuda/30N

8:00am AST/EDT (1200 utc) on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB
Antennas turned NE from Florida
Format: Synopsis/Forecast for US E Coast
Note: this is best Net for VESSELS N&W of Bermuda and N of 30N.

8:30am AST/EDT (1230 utc) on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB
Antennas turned ESE from Florida
Format: Synopsis/Forecast for E Caribbean

9:00am AST/EDT (1300 utc) on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB
Antennas turned S from Florida
Format: Synopsis/Forecast for W Caribbean

25 Mar 2015 - Panama – San Blas Islands, Navigation Safety Reminder
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Potential navigation safety issues with electronic charts, night arrival and crew fatigue…

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Reports from several sources in the San Blas indicate that four yachts have been grounded there so far this year and all were total losses. The crews survived after abandoning ship with their passports, pets and little else. CSSN encourages those arriving in the San Blas archipelago to approach with care, particularly if approaching for the first time.

 

 

Several common factors seemed to create these sad situations:

1. Nighttime entry/arrival to the banks (consider remaining well off until light permits eyeball navigation)

2. Misuse of electronic navigation charts (be certain all crew

San Blas Grief Reef
Navigation Safety Reminder

understand the scale settings on echarts)

3. Sleep deprivation/crew fatigue

Any commercial chart will get you to the San Blas area, but navigation within the island chain is much more difficult. Noonsite and others have reported that the Bauhaus guides and electronic equivalent for the San Blas are considered the best available, but not perfect. Use good judgment and all navigation tools with understanding and care.

CSSN wishes you safe cruising,

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO !

20 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-15 16:00 Country Name: Dominica Location Detail: Anchorage Hotel EVENT: Assault
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DATE: 2015-03-15 16:00
Country Name: Dominica
Location Detail: Anchorage Hotel
EVENT: Assault
Stolen Items: None
SECURED: N/A
DETAILS: While on a previously paid for mooring in front of the Anchorage hotel, a yacht was approached by a small local boat whose occupant threatened them with a spear gun and then attempted to use a machete to cut their line. The yacht left the mooring . Reports were made to the police and Coast Guard.

20 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-16 02:45 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Pigeon Island EVENT: Attempted Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-16 02:45
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Pigeon Island
EVENT: Attempted Theft
Stolen Items: None – unsuccessful attempt to steal dinghy w/ outboard
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: A dinghy w/outboard (in the water) was locked to the yacht with a 6mm cable, owner investigated noise at 0245 HRS and interrupted the thief who had just finished cutting the cable with a hacksaw, the thief fled in his own dinghy. Reported to marina and coast guard.

16 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-02 12:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Lawson Rock EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-02 12:00
Country Name: Honduras
Location Detail: Lawson Rock
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: A Robertson and Caine catamaran was stolen 3 March from the Lawson Rock dock
SECURED: Not LockedStolen Yacht ROatan
DETAILS: The catamaran stolen on 3 March from Lawson Rock dock was reported to authorities and then found 1 week later abandoned/beached at Mahahual. It is not known if there was any damage to the yacht, or if anything had been stolen from the yacht.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Mar 2015 - Deterioration in United States -Venezuela  Relations Impact Cruisers – Americans now need Visa – USA declares national security emergency.
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If you are a US flagged vessel or carry a US passport and are planning to visit (even the offshore islands in an “en transito” mode) you should obtain the latest information available and make an informed choice.  All US citizens now require a visa for entry into Venezuela, and these must be obtained prior to entry.  Arrival at any port , or an encounter with any official without the appropriate visa could result in denial of entry, or possibly detention and seizure. While foreign Venezuelan consulates can provide instructions and may process visa applications, travel to Venezuela by US flagged yachts or carrying US citizens should be considered at this time to be HIGH RISK.

CSSN encourages all US citizens currently in Venezuela, and any with assets there (boats, homes, businesses) to pay very close attention to the developing situation there. Historically,  response to this type of action by the US has been swift, but often poorly or inappropriately targeted. Cruisers and their boats could become the target for any local official hoping to improve their own standing in the Maduro regime. If you are a US citizen currently in Venezuela, it would be prudent to have a plan in place to depart on short notice.

US Announces New Executive Order Sanctions on Venezuela — Declares “National Emergency”

Monday 9 March 2015, United States President Obama issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela. Declaring any country a threat to national security is the first step in starting a U.S. sanctions program. The same process has been followed with countries such as Iran and Syria, U.S. officials said.

Link to full article

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/us-usa-venezuela-idUSKBN0M51NS20150309

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/article13087994.html

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/09/fact-sheet-venezuela-executive-order

Venezuela Responds:

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela will respond shortly to new U.S moves to declare it a national security threat and sanction seven prominent officials, its foreign minister said on Monday. “We will soon make public Venezuela’s response to these declarations,” Delcy Rodriguez told reporters, declining to give further details.

Link to full article

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/us-usa-venezuela-minister-idUSKBN0M51QO20150309

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/09/venezuela-recalls-top-envoy-washington-us-sanctions

11 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-06 02:00 Country Name: SVG Location Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel) EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-06 02:00
Country Name: SVG
Location Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: $400.00 in cash
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: Boat was locked, but left a window open. An intruder entered overnight thru the open window, then rummaged thru a money clip and purse and took $400 cash while crew slept unaware on a windy, noisy night. Reported to the police.

10 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2014-12-07 02:00 Country Name: Dominican Republic Location Detail: Boca Chica EVENT: Robbery
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DATE: 2014-12-07 02:00
Country Name: Dominican Republic
Location Detail: Boca Chica
EVENT: Robbery
Stolen Items: cash
SECURED: Unknown
DETAILS: At 0200 hrs the only cruising yacht at Marina ZarPar (mooring) was boarded by 2 individuals with knives. They threatened the crew and demanded cash, which they took, leaving the crew uninjured before jumping overboard to escape. Radio calls to the CG and Marina went unanswered. A report was made to the marina the next day.

10 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2014-12-11 01:30 Country Name: Dominican Republic Location Detail: Boca Chica EVENT: Attempted Robbery
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DATE: 2014-12-11 01:30
Country Name: Dominican Republic
Location Detail: Boca Chica
EVENT: Attempted Robbery
Stolen Items: none -unsuccessful (attempted) armed robberyi
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: At 0130 hrs 3 swimmers were heard boarding an occupied vessel on a Marina ZarPar mooring. The crew immediately secured the companionway, were prepared with a machete and were able to repel the boarders when they broke in thru the companionway and threatened with knives. Boarders jumped over and swam away. Boat alarms sounded and police were summoned. 1 individual was detained but then released. No injuries were reported. Marina ZarPar management reports that a radio has now been provided to security staff and night patrols stepped up. (see prior incident 7 December 2014)

09 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-06 02:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Vieux Fort EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-06 02:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Vieux Fort
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: 75 HP Yamaha engine
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: 75 HP Yamaha that was arc welded to the stern of a fishing boat was cut from the boat (causing damage ) and stolen overnight. Cruisers are not alone in dealing with dinghy/engine theft, this was most certainly a planned theft. The victim made reports to the local Vieux Fort police, and to the local newspaper.

For further information see the link http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/vieux-fort-fisherman-boat-engine-stolen/

08 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-03-02 22:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Reduit Beach EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-03-02 22:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Reduit Beach
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Yamaha 4HP outboard
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: Sometime between 2000 & 2200hrs, a dinghy secured to a tree on Reduit Beach had the lock /cable that secured the outboard to the dinghy cut. the 4 HP outboard was stolen. Reports to the police and Rodney Bay Marina were made.

05 Mar 2015 - DATE: 2015-02-18 21:07 Country Name: Dominican Republic Location Detail: Luperon EVENT: Burglary
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DATE: 2015-02-18 21:07
Country Name: Dominican Republic
Location Detail: Luperon
EVENT: Burglary
Stolen Items: All tools being used for repairs. Along with small solar panels and anything else of perceived value including the new wiring loom being cut out.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: The vessel was boarded twice possibly three times over a few of days. Other local sailors did not think it important to make a report to your site. However I let anyone know who would listen just as a warning, I wish I had been aware of your site before now. Thank you for your time running your site. Not reported to authorities.

CSSN Note: Reporting is important to other cruisers and law enforcement, who would like to have information about crime against yachts in the Caribbean so they can factor the information into their risk assessments. Also if it is not reported to authorities, it is as if it didn’t happen. No resources can ever be applied, because there is no data upon which to base resource allocation by law enforcement. Reporting helps us all. If you can offer ways for CSSN to make reporting more, better or different, please contact us!

27 Feb 2015 - CSSN UPDATE: St. Lucia – IGY RODNEY BAY MARINA RESPONDS TO NEGATIVE SECURITY REPORTS ON THE ISLAND
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IGY RODNEY BAY MARINA RESPONDS TO NEGATIVE SECURITY REPORTS ON THE ISLAND

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According to Marina Manager Simon Bryan, “IGY Rodney Bay Marina in St Lucia has taken proactive measures following a spate of incidents over the last six months which includes partnering with Guardsman St. Lucia Ltd to provide their security services.”

The marina is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for visiting yachtsmen.  This is underlined by the decision to choose Guardsman as their security contractor as they are considered the most professional security contractor in St Lucia with a reputation for high standards. The importance of providing a secure environment, where people can relax is a key priority for their management team, headed by the General Manager Simon Bryan. Of particular significance is the introduction of maritime patrols at night in the marina and the inner lagoon, as well as a canine patrol in the shipyard, extra guards at night and a security hut placed at the end of the main dock.”

Please do not hesitate to contact Simon directly at for not only bookings, but also any queries that you may have.

For the complete press release, click here.

To visit the Marina website click here.

CSSN Note: We wish all marinas would take active steps to insure security.  We realize it is an ongoing  cycle of escalating countermeasures to stay one step ahead of the criminals. Sustaining vigilance is always a challenge. For  previous posts see below :

New Security Measures at Rodney Bay Marina
Special Report On St Lucia:
Cruiser Meeting
Recent Report:
13 Feb 2015 - CSSN Safety News – Kidde Recalls Disposable Plastic Fire Extinguishers Due to Failure to Discharge
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If you have one of these on board you may be interested in this. 

Kidde Recalls Disposable Plastic Fire Extinguishers Due to Failure to Discharge

kiddeRecall Summary

Name of product:

Kidde plastic valve disposable fire extinguishers

Hazard:

A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury.

Click here for recall notice.

11 Feb 2015 - DATE: 2014-12-15 01:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2014-12-15 01:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: 15 HP Yamaha Enduro Outboard Engine
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: Wile crew was off island, Yacht stored in yard for antifouling 27 November 2014. Returned to Rodney Bay Marina Yard a about 8.20pm on 3rd Feb 2015. No guard at the main yard gate. Pedestrian gate was wide open. Once onboard it was clear the outboard was missing, and the dinghy was hanging differently. The motor was affixed to the dinghy with a strong stainless steel padlock through the aluminum engine mounting tightener. Additionally, a steel antitheft cable was looped through the motor lifting handle and affixed to yacht with an additional padlock. The tightener padlock was missing. A piece of sheared aluminum tightener was in the dinghy. Padlock on the steel cable was mangled, but not defeated, so cable was cut. This theft would have taken time and been noisy. After searching, we found a guard with a dog, who asked us if the engine in the guard hut was ours. It was not (A Tohatsu). The guard said that they had interrupted a burglary and that engine had been left under a boat. Judging by green algae growing in the water which collected as a result of motor being removed, the theft had taken place some time ago, Date of incident is approximate. Reported to Marina and Police.

08 Feb 2015 - UPDATE: DATE: 2015-02-01 10:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce EVENT: Robbery
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UPDATE: DATE: 2015-02-01 10:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce EVENT: Robbery

CSSN Sources in Rio Dulce, Honduras report that upon arriving in port, the vessel was immediately hauled out, the crew left the country two days later, so no “horse’s mouth” report is available.

Sources who did talk directly with the owners, said that the launcha which carried the attackers approached and asked for gasoline.  When the launcha came alongside, the three men jumped aboard, with a gun, and proceeded to quickly take all the items mentioned – phones, computers, jewelry, cash, etc.  They were not interested in removing any marine electronics.  There were four people aboard the sail boat – the owners and a couple of friends.

Previous Post: Click Here

 

07 Feb 2015 - DATE: 2015-02-01 10:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce EVENT: Robbery
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DATE: 2015-02-01 10:00
Country Name: Honduras
Location Detail: Underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce
EVENT: Robbery
Stolen Items: The robbers took the outboard motor, the computer, the iPhone, money, jewelry etc. They were unhurried.
SECURED: N/A
DETAILS: Yacht was robbed by three armed men in an open launch 15 miles off shore opposite Puerto Cortez, Honduras, while underway Vessels vhf radio was not working. Nobody was physically hurt. Reported to the authorities at Livingston.

05 Feb 2015 - DATE: 2015-02-05 01:00 Country Name: Guadeloupe Location Detail: Marina Bas du Fort EVENT: Attempted Theft
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DATE: 2015-02-05 01:00
Country Name: Guadeloupe
Location Detail: Marina Bas du Fort
EVENT: Attempted Theft
Stolen Items: None, failed
SECURED: N/A
DETAILS: We were Stern-to at pier 6 in Marina Bas-du-Fort (just outside of marina office with large magnetically looked security gates). Someone stepped aboard and lifted up a loose water hose lying on the deck. We pounded hard on one of the main hatches and the person dropped the water hose and ran away. The whole incidence was over very quickly, ca 10 seconds. The Marina’s 24/7 emergency number was called. They spoke poor English and told us to talk with the Marina staff when the office opens the next morning. The Marina told us that they are not responsible for the security and refer to the local police. Reported to Marina.

03 Feb 2015 - Special Analysis for Grenada from the CSSN Database
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Special Analysis for Grenada from the CSSN Database

Since Grenada was reported as the number 2 HOTspot in the Caribbean Basin during 2014, CSSN is publishing this special analysis to round out the suite of special analysis reports for the top 3 HOTspots : St Lucia, Grenada and St Martin (Dutch and French).

 

 

Here is what CSSN Users see for 2014 when they look at the CSSN hotspot map for the Caribbean Basin:

 

2014 Hotspots Total Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grenada shows up as the second hottest HOTspot for 2014.

Grenada is highlighted below:

Grenada Hotspot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the graph that shows all reported Grenada 2014 incidents. All the reports were for non violent incident types.

granada Graph 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CSSN is aware that Grenada is likely under reported (as is the entire Caribbean). We heard bits and pieces of reports about theft particularly to yachts left unattended in anchorages while crew were away for extended periods of time. Many of those incidents were not reported so we could not include them in our database.
In future, we anticipate better reporting of incidents using our new online reporting form that makes reporting easy and accurate and accessible from the CSSN homepage.
FOR ANALYTICAL TYPES:
Anyone can see 2014 HOTspot data by going to http://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/ and clicking on HOTspots for 2014 or 2015 so far. For law enforcement or our more analytical users, all kinds of analyses are available with just a few clicks using filters.
01 Feb 2015 - CSSN UPDATE: New Security Protocols, Equipment and Personnel in St Lucia, Rodney Bay Marina (RBM)
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CSSN Sources in Rodney Bay Marina (RBM), St Lucia report increased security arrangements by marina management. There have been increasing incident reports in St Lucia, which have prompted action.

The marina manager recently returned to RBM following  Christmas break and is aware of the various security breaches, within the marina.

 

 

Here are the Specifics:

  1. The number of security guards has been significantly increased; and night patrols within the Security Guardmarina have been stepped up making the land border more secure.
  2. The main security gate has been inoperative since the beginning of November. It is Security Gaitanticipated that within the near future security technicians will convert the mechanism from “punch card” to ” smart card”. There is a security guard, at the  gate, 24/7.
  3. The waterway, which joins the Cut (the access channel into the marina from Rodney Bay Anchorage) and the Inner Lagoon, which runs N-S along the western aspect of the marina, will be Infrared_DM-PIR-7100AVFlmonitored. At least one Infra-red camera will be installed at the junction of “E” and “F” docks, which run along the waterway, with fibre-optic cable linking the camera to an observation room. Movement along the water channel after dark will be observed live and recorded. Any suspicious activity will be reported to the security guards, who will be required to investigate.
See previous posts:
 Special Report On St Lucia:
Cruiser Meeting
Recent Report:
CSSN Note: We hope these measures will be sustainable and reduce or eliminate the crime against yachts in RMB . We know that given enough time and opportunity, criminals can eventually defeat most countermeasures. Sustainable effort  (and expense) is required to stay one step ahead on the vessel or onshore.
01 Feb 2015 - DATE: 2015-01-23 20:30 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Roatan West End EVENT: Burglary
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DATE: 2015-01-23 20:30
Country Name: Honduras
Location Detail: Roatan West End
EVENT: Burglary
Stolen Items: A small amount of cash
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: While the owners were off the boat onshore for dinner unknown invader(s) boarded the boat, pried open a hatch and stole a small amount of cash. The boat was locked and there was damage to the hatch through which the invader(s) entered and another hatch which they were unable to open. There were no witnesses and no one was injured. Reported on NW Caribbean Net (0800 CST, 1400 UTC, 6209 USB alt 6212 & 6516)

31 Jan 2015 - DATE: 2014-12-20 00:00 Country Name: Colombia Location Detail: Rosarios Islands Isla Grande EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2014-12-20 00:00
Country Name: Colombia
Location Detail: Rosarios Islands Isla Grande
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Yamaha outboard 15 HP stolen from the dinghy while the dinghy was hoisted alongside the boat. The motor was not locked but it was attached to the dinghy.
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: The theft occurred while anchored in the lovely Rosario islands. The dinghy was hoisted. The motor was attached to the dinghy. Probably In the middle of the night someone came alongside and removed the outboard. Crew never awoke and had no idea that this was happening. Alcohol was not a factor. The boat is a S/V with husband and wife, and two children on board. Reported to Police.

31 Jan 2015 - 2014 Year End Report – Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN)
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CSSN Year End Summary of Crime against Yachts in the Caribbean – 2014

 

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30 Jan 2015 - Special Analysis for St. Martin (Dutch and French) from the CSSN Database
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AnalysisSpecial Analysis for St. Martin (Dutch and French) from the CSSN Database

Two recent onshore incidents in St Martin (French) have called attention to what seems to be an increasing rate of incident reports . Both incidents happened to Cruisers while onshore at shore side restaurants. Both were grab and run type of incidents. While CSSN does not record onshore incidents in our database, we do record the crimes against yachts; and in 2014 St Martin was the third hottest HOTspot in the Caribbean, according to our reports. We have noticed that sometimes when crime onshore involving cruisers increases, the probability of that crime spilling over to yachts seems to increase. This special report will hopefully support each captain’s risk assessment when considering a visit to St Martin.
Click Here  – to see first incident detail.
Click Here –  to see second incident detail.
As can be seen from the overall HOTspot map for 2014 St Martin is one of the top three HOTspots for 2014.  Here is what CSSN Users see for 2014 when they look at the CSSN hotspot map for the Caribbean Basin:
2014 Hotspots Total Map
St Martin shows up as the third hottest HOTspot for 2014.
St Martin is highlighted below:
St Martin HOTspot
Below is the graph that shows all St Martin 2014 incident reports, first for Dutch and French combined, then for each separately. All the reports were for non violent incident types.
St Martin Combined Dutch and French Graph 2014
St Martin Dutch Graph 2014
St Martin French Graph 2014
FOR ANALYTICAL TYPES:
Anyone can see 2014 HOTspot data by going to http://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/ and clicking on HOTspots for 2014 or 2015 so far. For law enforcement or our more analytical users, all kinds of analyses are available with just a few clicks using filters.
30 Jan 2015 - Shoreside – Another Attempted Grab and Run – St Martin, Marigot
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Shoreside – Another Attempted Grab and Run – St Martin, Marigot

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2015-01-29 14:00

First hand report :

We had just left a restaurant after dining for lunch in a well populated restaurant area across the road from the ferry service outside Marina Fort Louis. We were eyed by two black Antilles young men aged approx 18 – 20 both were clean shaven and well dressed. One approached on foot and grabbed the necklace with the gold charm from the front of my neck, I tried to grab it back and told him he wasn’t having it, but only managed to hold onto the gold chain. The gold yacht charm fell to the ground and he picked it up and walked to a little foot scooter he had parked with his mate who was on a small push bicycle. They then rode off. We reported to the Gendarmerie who advised us this was the third reported incident of this type to tourist in the same area.

28 Jan 2015 - Crime against cruisers ashore still exists – a CSSN Friendly Reminder
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Crime against cruisers ashore still exists – a CSSN Friendly Reminder

While CSSN does not report  crime against cruisers ashore to our database, we still receive reports from time to time. A couple of incidents caught our attention this month

Marigot
St Martin Marigot

One was an attempted grab and run incident in St Martin (French) Marigot 2015-01-27 16:25, where a cruiser was enjoying time in a shore-side restaurant when a man grabbed the gold chain from his neck and attempted to flee. While the attempt was confronted and stopped, this type of incident is common everywhere in the world, and can easily ramp up to violence. (Source: First hand report from the Victim) Click Here for More.

 

The other incident was a reported gang rape of a crew member ashore in Antigua

Antigua
Antigua

in December 2014. Click here for more from original news article.  Source: Antigua Cruisers Group Facebook Groups, 03 January 2015)

While, each Captain deploys the  countermeasures  needed to secure the vessel and crew, shore side situational awareness is sometimes needed if the perceived risk is sufficient.

CSSN Note: Consider checking online local new agencies before you visit a country to determine if vigilance ashore would be wise. Sailors ashore have been occasional victims for centuries.

 

28 Jan 2015 - Shoreside – Attempted Grab and Run – St Martin, Marigot
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While a cruiser was seated at a sidewalk cafe in Marigot, a young (18-25) black male approached from behind and attempted to rip a gold chain from the neck. He made three attempts, breaking the chain and ripping the cruiser’s shirt, then fled without the chain when victim  stood and turned to confront him.

CSSN Note: Sometimes confrontation works… and when it does it can feel empowering; but this could have also ended badly.

 

24 Jan 2015 - DATE: 2015-01-02 02:00 Country Name: Guadeloupe Location Detail: Point a Pitre EVENT: Attempted Theft
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DATE: 2015-01-02 02:00
Country Name: Guadeloupe
Location Detail: Point a Pitre
EVENT: Attempted Theft
Stolen Items: None, attempted to steal locked paddle board
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: Woke up about 2 am to the sound of pounding on the deck. Got up and observed man climbing over locked gate on guest dock at Bas du Fort marina. As he walked away he kept looking back at me. My boat was stern to the dock in first position inside gate. Reported to marina staff in the morning and they said they had no security guards because they would not be allowed to do anything except call police.

22 Jan 2015 - Correction to Email Alert Graphics – Special Analysis For St Lucia From CSSN Database
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It seems our graphics were fouled on the Email Alert Format –  Special Analysis For St Lucia From CSSN Database.

Our intensive graphics overwhelmed the Email Alert Format and did not display properly on the Email Alert System

Please accept our apology. We are diagnosing the issue and hope to have a fix soon.

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22 Jan 2015 - Special Analysis For St Lucia From CSSN Database
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AnalysisBecause of the interest in St. Lucia Incidents, CSSN has prepared a special analysis for St Lucia from our database.

We hope it will be of some use to interests in St Lucia and those who plan to visit soon.

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Here is what CSSN Users see for 2014 when they look at the CSSN hotspot map for the Caribbean Basin:
2014 Hotspots Total Map
St. Lucia stands out as one of the hottest of the hotspots for 2014.
This is the CSSN all reported incident map for 2015 so far: (Only 22 Days)
2015 Hotspots total so far
St Lucia is leading the Hotspot list so far this year with 5 out of 6 incidents reported.
This is the CSSN  summary graph for St Lucia reported incidents 2014:
St Lucia 2014 Graph

Most crime reported in St. Lucia is non violent except for one assault.
Here is what 2015 looks like so far for St Lucia:
St Lucia 2015 Graph

 St Lucia is leading off this year with 5 out of 6 reports of crime against yachts in less than an month.
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FOR ANALYTICAL TYPES:
Anyone can see 2014 hotspot data by going to http://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/ and clicking on Hotspots for 2014 or 2015 so far. For law enforcement or our more analytical users, all kinds of analyses are available with just a few clicks using filters.

 

21 Jan 2015 - St. Lucia, Rodney Bay Area: Cruisers Hold VHF Forum on Security
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Security ShirtThe St Lucia Cruisers VHF Network controller reports that following the recent spate of break-ins and robberies, within the marina, a Forum was conducted over the imagesVHF Net, 19 January 2015.  Several recommendations were made, during that 35 minute broadcast:

These are highlights only see links below for full summary and response from Rodney Bay Marina Management

  1. Tighten Security at main dock security gate. Require ID, Sign In Out and escort by Captain of Vessel to be visited
  2. Establish Security Team at MAIN Gate.
  3. Ban Martinique Ferries from C to G Dock Enclosure. Relocate ferry landing to J dock. Relocate Customs Shack accordingly to be outside IWW.
  4. Initiate patrols by cruisers within marina in conjunction with but separate from Guardsman Patrols
  5. Install infra-red powered camera at the west end of the Main Dock, between E and F Docks, such that movement of vessels up and down that waterway can be ACTIVELY monitored.rassemblement
  6. Hold general meeting with interested cruisers, Marina Management, Police and Security Contractor to work out upgraded security protocols.

Text of letter to Rodney Bay Marina Management: Click Here

Text of Rodney Bay Marina Management Response: Click Here

 

21 Jan 2015 - UPDATE – FINAL: BOAT WATCH: S/V Pelengina II found
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Received the following from RCC Curacao.

Please cancel the watch for the S/V Pelengina II.
Received the following from RCC Curacao.

“Hereby an update concerning S/V Pelengina II (Long Overdue)

On January 18th 2015, S/V Pelengina II found (Derelict) within
territorial waters of Honduras. Vessel has been towed towards
port. Person on board still unaccounted for. Assumption is he
fell overboard,  between 17th and 21st  December 2014, North
of ABC-Islands.

Previous CSSN Posts:

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21 Jan 2015 - DATE: 2015-01-09 02:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina EVENT: Burglary
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DATE: 2015-01-09 02:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina
EVENT: Burglary
Stolen Items: Various items had been removed from the locked yacht.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: The owners had been away from the yacht for ten days; and, noted the break-in, when they returned,

21 Jan 2015 - DATE: 2015-01-17 03:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-01-17 03:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Dinghy Caribe model L10 with outboard motor Yamaha 15HP.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: The dinghy, with attached outboard, had been secured with steel cable and padlock. The motor was secure with a steel outboard lock system. Also an extra cable was installed between the motor and the primary lock. Dinghy, cable and padlock had all been removed, before dawn on Saturday 17th. Police, Port Captain, Marina, Local VHF Net informed.

21 Jan 2015 - DATE: 2015-01-16 02:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Inner Lagoon EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-01-16 02:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Inner Lagoon
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Dinghy
SECURED: Unknown
DETAILS: dinghy stolen from a yacht in the inner Lagoon on Friday 16th. No details available, at this time.

21 Jan 2015 - DATE: 2015-01-17 21:30 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Reduit Beach EVENT: Burglary
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DATE: 2015-01-17 21:30
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Reduit Beach
EVENT: Burglary
Stolen Items: Several pieces of electronic equipment were stolen
SECURED: Unknown
DETAILS: A break-in while the crew was ashore.

21 Jan 2015 - St Lucia – Four More Incidents (that we know of)
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St Lucia – Four More Incidents (that we know of)

Please report here if you know of incidents we have missed!Submit Report

 

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DATE: 2015-01-09 02:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina
EVENT: Burglary
Stolen Items: Various items had been removed from the locked yacht.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: The owners had been away from the yacht for ten days; and, noted the break-in, when they returned.

 

 

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DATE: 2015-01-17 03:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Dinghy Caribe model L10 with outboard motor Yamaha 15HP.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: The dinghy, with attached outboard, had been secured with steel cable and padlock. The motor was secure with a steel outboard lock system. Also an extra cable was installed between the motor and the primary lock. Dinghy, cable and padlock had all been removed, before dawn on Saturday 17th. Police, Port Captain, Marina, Local VHF Net informed.

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DATE: 2015-01-16 02:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Inner Lagoon
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Dinghy
SECURED: Unknown
DETAILS: dinghy stolen from a yacht in the inner Lagoon on Friday 16th. No details available, at this time.

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DATE: 2015-01-17 21:30
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Reduit Beach
EVENT: Burglary
Stolen Items: Several pieces of electronic equipment were stolen
SECURED: Unknown
DETAILS: A break-in while the crew was ashore.

 

 

17 Jan 2015 - DATE: 2015-01-17 01:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-01-17 01:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: 2 x Montagu Paratrooper Pro folding bikes, black. 18″ &20″ folding bike frames. These bikes would stand out as they are brand new and have a frame shape that would be easily recognizable.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: We were preparing for day out with bikes left locked to a cleat from previous evening, on the dock right beside the boat. Next morning both bikes were stolen and the cut lock was left hanging on the cleat. We also heard from Marina staff that during the previous night, a dinghy was stolen from a dock on the opposite side of the main Marina Boardwalk. A valuable lesson learned – to keep everything on the boat till we need it. Reported to Marina Staff.

15 Jan 2015 - UPDATE: BOAT WATCH: S/V Pelengina II – Vessel is still overdue – Curacao to Martinique
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Boat WatchUPDATE: Vessel still overdue. No results from search to date.

All vessels in the vicinity of the ABC islands are requested to keep a sharp lookout and report and sightings to the Dutch Coast Guard, Curacao.
Please contact rcc. 0r +5999 463-7700/7620/7622 with any info.
  Coast guard Curacao conducted an extensive search for this vessel. MRCC Fort de France also conducted search in their area with no results. Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica and Puerto Rico did conduct search in their ports and area, but with no result. Based on time and drift, it is possible that this vessel is now drifting in Nicaragua/ RCC Honduras/ MRCC Costa Rica/ Panama Search and Rescue area. ( Vessel was last seen 17 December ’14 North East of the Island of Bonaire). We request port check and if possible a search for this vessel. Previous CSSN Post: Click Here   05 Jan 2015 - BOAT WATCH: S/V Pelengina II – Vessel is long overdue – Curacao to Martinique
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We have been asked by the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard for
assistance in locating the S/V Pelengina II. She is a Grand
Soleil 40 Race white hull with blue stripes, white sails and
measures 12.3 m x 3.8 m x 2.4 m.
Vessel Comms VHF. Last known position 12-17.68N 068-09.3W
on 17th of December 2014. 1 POB Gerrit Van Wingerden 57 yrs old.
Vessel left Curacao on December 16, 2014 for Martinique. Vessel
spotted near Bonaire December 17, 2014. Vessel is long overdue.
Boat WatchPlease contact rcc. 0r +5999 463-7700/7620/7622
with any info.

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03 Jan 2015 - The Christmas Caribbean Rally (CCR) – Caribbean Safety and Security Net, Extends a Warm Tropical Welcome to the CCR Arrivals to the Caribbean
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CCRLogo_1-295x300CSSN – Caribbean Safety and Security Net, extends a warm welcome to the 10 boats in the CCR Rally who left from  Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote and after sailing across the Atlantic approximately 2850nm and spending 2-3 weeks at sea, all crew now arriving are warmly welcomed into Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua, the renowned sailing capital of the Caribbean.

If you know a newly arrived CCR cruiser or are one, go to the CSSN home page (click here) to get  almost 10 years of cruisers reports about safety and security in the Caribbean. One click gets the 2014 hot spots and the 2015 hot spots so far. Plus an incident report form and a link to subscribe to our email alerts.

We know each captain uses their own experience and training to assess safety and security risks, which is why we offer extensive information about precautions and incidents of crime against yachts in the Caribbean Islands to factor into your own risk decisions.

To all CRC arrivals, we hope you will use our site (click here) to get the information you need to “Know Before You Go” as you enjoy the Caribbean. Welcome from the all-volunteer CSSN – and safe cruising!

Additional CCR information:


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Each boat entered into the Christmas Caribbean Rally will have blogging & tracking facilities onboard. MailaSail are providing the CCR fleet with the blogging technology to upload their blogs and photos at sea. You will be able to read all about their adventures here starting from Lanzarote all the way through to their arrival in Antigua.

Click on Image to Left to follow the fleet.

For more information about the CCR, Click Here.

 

03 Jan 2015 - DATE: 2015-01-02 12:00 Country Name: Curacao Location Detail: Spanish Water EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2015-01-02 12:00
Country Name: Curacao
Location Detail: Spanish Water
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: 9 ft AB dinghy with 15 hp mercury outboard
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: Dinghy stolen from Asiento Sail Club. Locked with 10 mm stainless steel chain. Not known how lock or chain was defeated. Name of dinghy was in Blue letters TT/ (boat name withheld for privacy reasons) Reported to Police, Coast Guard, Local VHF Net

28 Dec 2014 - DATE: 2014-12-18 03:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: St Lucia Marigot EVENT: Attempted Robbery
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DATE: 2014-12-18 03:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: St Lucia Marigot
EVENT: Attempted Robbery
Stolen Items: None
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: After 600 € had already been stolen from the boat on the evening before while crew was ashore, the crew tried to lock as many hatches and doors as possible. Only two hatches on the deck of two cabins had been left open, but secured with some ropes. At 3.00 am in the morning, footsteps were heard on the deck and some of the crew woke up and started to check the boat. One saw a man just stepping down from the catamaran into a little wooden boat with rows and started to shout loudly at him. Soon the whole crew was awoke and two crew members went after the man and stopped him. Man said he was just a fisherman and jumped off the boat to flee in the jungle at the shore. Two crew members took the “machete” from his boat and tried to take his boat away from him to show it to the police, but he went back in the water and grabbed his boat. He also tried to grab the “machete”, but it was already gone.

28 Dec 2014 - DATE: 2014-12-17 20:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: St Lucia Marigot EVENT: Theft
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DATE: 2014-12-17 20:00
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: St Lucia Marigot
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Thieves stole 600 € from two wallets in the cabins.
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: Boat was locked, only one hatch in the front could not be securely locked. At least two people boarded the boat swimming while crew was ashore for dinner. They got in through the unlocked hatch, closed it again, looked in all cabins and nearly all closets, took the towels from crew to dry themselves, took 600 € from two wallets, opened other hatches to flee. Did not take cameras and i-pad. Probably were disturbed by crew coming back.