- The Grenada Coast Guard and the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard have discussed between themselves what support they can offer and have suggested that each yacht making this passage file a float plan. (they need to know boat name, number of persons on board, brief description (monohull/catamaran, color, size), estimated departure date & time, estimated arrival date & time. The departure Coast Guard will alert their counterparts at your destination so they know to expect you.) Here is a float plan template provided by YSATT that can be downloaded, completed and then emailed to TTCG at: email@example.com
- Always remember, neither your yacht nor your possessions are worth serious injuries or worse. But you must consider that anyone willing to randomly fire at your vessel may not leave you unharmed if they are allowed to board. You must consider how and whether, and be prepared, to provide resistance to boarders as you determine to be appropriate.
- If your yacht is approached by a suspicious vessel, immediately activate DSC on your VHF and begin transmitting on VHF 16. (Trinidad/Tobago Coast Guard no longer lists channel 23 as distress contact channel)
- Preprogram your HF radio with the distress frequencies monitored by USCG and other authorities. As of August 1, 2013 the distress voice frequencies are 4125, 6215, 8291, or 12290 kHz voice. (Trinidad Tobago Coast Guard or North Post Radio (Trinidad 9YL) maintains a continuous listening watch on 2182 khz and VHF 16 for distress calls –(CSSN Verified February 2016) North Post Radio Phone 001(868) 637 9023 (CSSN Verified January 2016) * Indicate that you feel you are in danger. Call out your yacht name and your location repeatedly until you get a response. If you are traveling in a group, one of those yachts will hear you, and if you are traveling alone, it is possible that another vessel in the area will hear you and come to assist. If you have DSC activated, that signal will extend a great distance.
Telephone: 1-800-TTCG | Alternate: 1-868-634-2727 firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax 1-868-634-4944The TTCG is responsible for co-ordinating Search and Rescue operations. Vessels in distress should call or radio either the Coast Guard or North Post Radio (Trinidad 9YL) for assistance. North Post radio maintains a continuous listening watch on 2182 kHz and VHF 16 for distress calls. – – ANM 38/09 * Phone 001(868) 637 9023 (CSSN Verified January 2016)Grenada Coast Guard
Telephone: 1 473 444 1931 | FAX 1 473 444 2839
The Grenada Coast Guard is responsible for the coordination of Search and Rescue operations. MRSC Grenada is also the National Emergency Relief Organisation whose duties include the control of communications for any local major disaster.** Source: http://sarcontacts.info/ http://www.nationalsecurity.gov.tt/Divisions/Trinidad-and-Tobago-Defence-Force-TTDF http://www.tstt.co.tt/news/keeping-maritime-vigil-tstt-north-post-radio
- KNOW BEFORE YOU GO : Check the Caribbean Safety and Security Net website regularly, both for additional security tips as well as reports of piracy or attempted piracy against other yachts, and learn lessons from how others have handled a piracy situation.
- Store an electronic copy of all important materials where it can be accessed if your computer is stolen : your passports and boat documents, the contents of all wallets: credit cards (both sides), licenses, etc. and your up to date equipment list with serial numbers.
- Separate and hide valuables in multiple unpredictable areas on board, including passports and boat papers. If possible, hide a spare GPS and handheld VHF radio as well as a smart phone, tablet or laptop with all your contacts and other important information in them. Have a “sacrificial stash” to surrender.
- Don’t discuss your departure plans (time and destination) with strangers on shore. Don’t describe your yacht to strangers: current location, name, number of people on board, whether or not you are armed.
- Sail as far east of the rhumb line as possible, away from the locations of the previous reports, although that route means there are fewer other vessels to come to your aid if you need help.
- Since all the reports of boardings and attempted boardings have occurred during the day, travel at night. Some have suggested that you travel with no lights; however, that has its own inherent dangers. Your RADAR is of little use to detect these pirogues as they are usually wooden boats and will not show up on RADAR.
- Consider traveling in a group, maintaining VHF or SSB contact on a regular schedule throughout the trip. Use a VHF channel other than 16 for group check-ins, but monitor both that channel and channel 16.
- Think about a response plan before it is needed, with the emphasis on scaring away intruders (and this is certainly appropriate for yachts at anchor as well as those underway). THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PREPARATION A CRUISER CAN MAKE. Think about evasive maneuvers, first aid kit for possible injuries, response to fire aboard (e.g. gas cans hit by gunfire), where is the crew to shelter, can / should any further resistance to boarding be made (flare guns, sprays, etc.), how to initiate a distress call, use of lights and flares, and communication with other vessels and/or law enforcement authorities.
If something happens to you or your vessel make a report to the authorities and… MAKE A REPORT TO CSSN TO HELP OTHER CRUISERS WHO WILL FOLLOW. Report in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish – More coming later.The Caribbean Safety and Security Net welcomes additional suggestions: e-mail to email@example.com or use the CONTACT US page.