CSSN News – September 23, 2018 – A Summary of recent problems and actions taken in Trinidad

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Chaguaramas, Trinidad

During September there have been 9 incidents reported in Trinidad, all occurring in the TTSA mooring field/anchorage. The first report, September 4, 2018, involved an occupied yacht and the thieves needed only a knife to cut the dinghy from the davits. The dinghy/outboard was recovered when the thieves abandoned it after being discovered by the victim. Reports were made to TTSA, Police and Coast Guard.

A little less than two weeks later, on September 15, 2018, 7 unoccupied yachts were burgled overnight. The thieves were well prepared and defeated locks/cables and entered the affected yachts, and targeted dinghies, outboards and tools. The security team at TTSA discovered the overnight burglaries the following morning. TTSA management informed the affected owners (all local) and immediately instituted a nighttime watch, now having 24HR coverage and the use of a tender. The next night, September 16, 2018, another dinghy/outboard was stolen, also from an unoccupied yacht. The TTSA security team became aware of the theft while it was in progress but were unable to intercept the bigger/faster boat used by the thieves. A cruiser who also saw the activity was able to contact the TTCG, and provided a description of the open fishing boat used by the thieves.

Police reports were made for all of these thefts, and a crime scene team visited to collect evidence. A police investigation is in progress.

TTSA, YSATT, and TTCG are working together to increase and improve patrols, and to streamline communications in the case of any further activity. Other marinas in the area have been informed and have taken appropriate measures.

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CSSN News – August 26, 2018 – St. Lucia – your input is needed!

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Stakeholders in St. Lucia have commissioned a survey to better understand the concerns and perceptions of yacht based visitors. This is a key step in what should become a roadmap for the future.

Since October 2017 CSSN has received 22 safety and security incident reports for St. Lucia, ranging from theft to assault, occurring in a variety of locations. This survey provides an excellent opportunity for each of us to share our thoughts as well as constructive suggestions about how to improve the safety and security as well as the overall yachting experience in St. Lucia.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, the press release follows and contains the link. It is a combination of multiple choice and write-in questions, share your important and valuable perspective.

Press Release

Date: 5th July 2018.

Title: Saint Lucia’s Department of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting is asking the international and regional Caribbean yachting community for their perceptions and feedback, via an online survey, to assist in enhancing the island’s yachting product.

News Release Body: Saint Lucia’s Department of Tourism is launching a new initiative to support the development of yacht based tourism within the island’s coastal communities. As part of that process a short survey has been developed to gain the insights and experiences of sailors that have visited the island as well as the perceptions of those who have not. The aim of the short survey is to help identify and prioritise areas that Saint Lucia’s authorities need to focus upon in order to enhance Saint Lucia as a destination for all forms of yacht based tourism.

This press release is therefore a friendly call requesting the help of as many cruisers, racers and charterers as possible to spend under ten minutes sharing their thoughts, perceptions, feedback and insights on Saint Lucia from the perspective of a yacht-based visitor. This feedback is absolutely critical for helping guide a strategy for developing coastal communities that are suitably equipped to welcome today’s international community of Caribbean sailors.

The survey can be accessed at the following link and takes approximately eight (8) minutes to complete. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SaintLuciaYachting

Thank you in advance for your contribution and we look forward to welcoming you to Saint Lucia!

2018 Hotspot locations in St Lucia
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CSSN News- May 1st, 2018 CSSN announces new Event category- Suspicious activity

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Thanks to those users who supplied constructive criticism and suggestions for improving our website and offerings. We took recent critiques of a post that had been classified as “attempted piracy” to heart, and went to work exploring alternatives and then testing them with a group of users, both new and old. Based on all the feedback we received and balanced by the technical capabilities of our website we have made some changes. We have added the category “Suspicious activity – threatening or potentially dangerous activity by others” to the main events menu for use by those making reports going forward.

Users made it quite clear that they want CSSN to collect, vet and report about suspicious activities that do not meet the threshold of attempted piracy, and that these events should be properly classified and labelled plainly. To accomplish this CSSN will consider carefully and evaluate each report, and validate/assign the event type category considering the constellation of factors that combine uniquely in each situation. We will then publish in accordance with our established processes.

Further, it was also made clear that you not only want the information, you want to see it on our very popular and easy to use interactive maps, but in a way that differentiates suspicious activity from other piracy events. To that end you will now see Suspicious activity events on the dedicated piracy (and all other interactive maps), but designated by the color yellow marker to make it easier to identify this subset on the spectrum of piracy activity and facilitate risk assessment and planning.

Additionally, we reviewed all of the previously classified Attempted piracy events and decided to re-categorize 2 of them. The recent event off Trinidad that brought this issue to the forefront, and one older event from 2017, also off Trinidad. We have updated these records event type and in accordance with their new category they now appear as yellow markers on the maps, making them easy to identify and distinguish.

Our mission and values remain unchanged – CSSN informs, captains decide.
We continue to welcome your feedback, contact us.

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CSSN News April 28, 2018 – SSCA Trans-Atlantic HF Net is operational

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CSSN is proud to announce that our longtime partner the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has added to their sponsorship of HF nets for the cruising community. The daily “KPK” net on 8104 kHz at 0815 Atlantic Standard Time, managed by Glenn Tuttle, continues to provide much appreciated assistance to the cruising community in the Caribbean, the Bahamas and along the US coast with the assistance of land station KJM.

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CSSN is Proud to partner with SSCA and KPK (SSB 8104 12:15 Daily)

They have added an evening Trans-Atlantic Cruisers HF net, frequency 12350 kHz, to support those yachts making transatlantic passages. This valuable resource operates at 2130 UTC (1730 Eastern Daylight Time). Four US based FCC Coastal Maritime Stations support this effort.

The net controllers are:
Chris Parker, Coastal license WCY, Lakeland, FL;
Dick Giddings, Coastal license KNC, Dover, NC;
Jim West, Coastal license KJM, Ellijay, GA;
Glenn Tuttle, Coastal license KPK, Punta Gorda, FL (Net Manager)

The purpose of this new net (and the daily “KPK” net) is to pass emergency and priority traffic as well as traffic related to safety and security but focused on vessels making long ocean passages.

This net can assist with radio checks, float plans, telephone contact with family & friends, boat to boat relays, access to medical or mechanical professionals, Internet searches, or any other assistance that they can provide.

They have coordinated their efforts with the afternoon Doo Dah Net, managed by Dick Giddings, to include check-ins for the Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net. The Doo Dah Net is considered a follow-up net to the Cruiseheimers morning Net, passing traffic to cruisers from family members, and taking position reports from vessels on passage and recently arrived.

The Doo Dah Net begins daily at 2100 UTC (1700 Eastern Daylight Time) on 8152 kHz. The Doo Dah Net will continue the same way it has always been run by with the exception of now welcoming any vessel wishing to check into the Trans-Atlantic Cruisers’ Net. Any vessel needing specialized help, like a phone patch, internet search, etc., can be taken to 8104 kHz to allow the Doo Dah Net to continue uninterrupted.

At approximately 2130 UTC (1730 Eastern Daylight Time), or upon the conclusion of the Doo Dah Net, the Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net will become operational on 12350 kHz. The net controller(s) will monitor this frequency until approximately 2200 UTC (1800 Eastern Daylight Time) when Chris Parker, WCY comes on with his regularly scheduled weather broadcast.

All involved collectively anticipate that this new net will serve the needs of the cruising community more effectively. As before, all vessels are welcome to utilize these nets and relays are always welcomed.

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April 17, 2018 – We can, and will, do better

Recently CSSN published a firsthand report about events reported to us that occurred on a passage from Trinidad to Grenada. The captain that submitted the report used our online form and chose from the options there – Attempted Piracy. The report was vetted and then published, and accurately described what occurred.

A few readers contacted us concerned that the categorization of the events did not meet the specific definition of the existing category “Attempted Piracy”. And they were right.

So we will make some changes after considering a broad range of possibilities, including those that some readers have thoughtfully suggested, balanced by the technical realities of our website, and the resources of our all-volunteer team.

We appreciate constructive input and look forward to improving our service to the cruising community. Stay tuned, and Know Before You Go !
Kim White

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