CSSN News  Bad things do happen, and what each of us can do to minimize risk – June 8, 2019

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Thankfully, relatively few violent and serious incidents were experienced by yachts in the Caribbean basin and reported to CSSN in 2018. Although it is not yet midyear, 2019 is looking quite different and more typical.  Year-to-date Panama has had 2 armed boardings plus 1 attempted, with injuries to crew and the most recent case resulted in the tragic death of the captain.   While Panamanian police were quick to arrest and charge 3 individuals in the latest case, little confirmed information about what occurred has been made public, and no arrests were made in the 2 earlier cases. Yachts transiting Nicaragua and the Trinidad/Grenada passage have also experienced serious piracy/piracy attempts.

Each of these low probability but high impact events left many wondering what could be done to prevent them, or avoid/minimize the risk of a repeat, or simply achieve a better outcome.  The short answer – have a well thought out and agreed to plan that everyone on board understands and is prepared to implement. Being prepared and early warning and communications are key, and all benefit from a fact based understanding of what has happened in the past.  Utilize CSSN resources to first understand the specifics that are known about previous events, and consider then how to apply your own risk profile, tolerance and crew/yacht capabilities.

CSSN has compiled Precautions lists from many experienced cruisers, often victims themselves.  These resources are organized into 3 major groups: General Precautions, for use everywhere at anchor or ashore, Piracy Precautions specific to Central America (2 different types), and Piracy Precautions specific to the Trinidad/Grenada passage. Much of the information presented in each of these piracy protocols can be applied anywhere. All have been recently updated with important new information.

The updates for the Trinidad/Grenada passage reflect the leadership and teamwork between stakeholders and officials in Trinidad who stepped up immediately to the recent problem there and have put escorted convoys in place to manage and mitigate risk for this relatively short passage.  Links and Information about this new and valuable process are included in our update.

For remote or offshore areas, hard decisions must be made about routing and about response – acceptance of risk/loss of possessions made, and/or hardened security including impenetrable cabins.  No plan is perfect, but every captain/crew should carefully consider a range of possible responses.  The best predictor of a best possible outcome is having a well thought out, agreed upon, and then executed plan among the entire crew. CSSN’s suite of Precaution resources are provided as a tool for use by the community.

As always, we welcome your feedback. With your input CSSN informs, captains decide. Know Before You Go !

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CSSN News – Escorted convoys now available for Trinidad/Grenada passage  – June 8, 2019

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A recent attempt at piracy between Trinidad and Grenada has brought out the best in officials and stakeholders in Trinidad.  Demonstrating their commitment to the yachting and cruising community’s safety and security they responded quickly and effectively.  Organized escorted convoys with the Trinidad/Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) along with radio monitoring by North Post Radio (NPR) for groups of 8-10 yachts wishing to make this passage are now available.  Additional convoys are currently being organized after a few trial groups worked with stakeholders and officials to fine tune the process.  Any yachts wishing to participate can initiate the process by utilizing this online form.   Yachts that transit individually are reminded the TTCG advises you file a float plan, receive their most up-to-date routing advice, and use normal lighting at all times, and AIS when possible.

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DATE: 2019-06-03 01:00 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Linton Bay EVENT: Theft

 

DATE: 2019-06-03 01:00
Country Name: Panama
Location Detail: Linton Bay
EVENT: Theft
HAND: 1
Stolen Items: Highfield dinghy / Yamaha 15HP outboard
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: An in-the-water and not locked dinghy was stolen overnight, The owners found the cut painter the next morning. A police report was made. The dinghy was found nearby, minus the outboard engine (which had been locked to the dinghy).

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CSSN News – June 2, 2019 Problems in Grenada

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CSSN News – June 2, 2019 Problems in Grenada

CSSN recently reported 2 events in Grenada, a theft of an unlocked dinghy/outboard while the owner was onboard, and the burglary of an unoccupied yacht. Both reports have now been updated.

It has become clear that these reports were just the tip of an iceberg, and that approximately 10+ yachts have been burglarized/vandalized in a similar manner in the southern bays of Grenada in the last month or so. Stakeholders when asked, reluctantly confirmed the overall number but were unable to provide much detail. Certainly, some of the victimized boats were unoccupied (absentee owners) and some under guardianage.

Significant damage beyond gaining entry to the locked yachts, including inflation and slashing of a life raft occurred. The extent of stolen items is undetermined. An “emergency” meeting with the Coast Guard was expected to be scheduled, in the next 4-5 days.

FACTS MATTER. Failure to make reports to CSSN about this growing, escalating known problem (or any problem in any anchorage) in a timely way unnecessarily exposes others to this risk. Reporting to CSSN and to local officials keeps everyone informed of the facts, and ultimately, all of our community safer. Anyone with knowledge about an event can make a report, and it’s easy with CSSN online incident reporting.

CSSN NOTE: If you were a victim, or have specific knowledge or details about any of these events, please contact CSSN. Our community depends on reports. Your privacy is assured.

 

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DATE: 2019-05-26 13:00 Country Name: St. Martin (French) Location Detail: Marigot Bay EVENT: Theft

 

DATE: 2019-05-26 13:00
Country Name: St. Martin (French)
Location Detail: Marigot Bay
EVENT: Theft
HAND: 1
Stolen Items: Tools and hypalon dinghy patch kit
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: After arrival around midday, owners took their dinghy to the Marigot dock, where they secured it carefully (dinghy and engine well locked). When they returned 2 hours later, they found that the unlocked seat compartment and bow locker had both been rummaged, and tools and a dinghy repair kit had been stolen. A report was made on the local VHF net. Another dinghy at the same dock was also similarly rummaged, but nothing was taken.

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