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Venezuelan Rescue & Maritime Safety Organisation

By doina — last modified Mar 01, 2004 01:22 PM

Published: 2004-03-01 13:22:39
Topics: Piracy
Countries: Brazil , Colombia , French Guiana , Guyana , Suriname , Venezuela

ONSA A.C. (The Venezuealan National Rescue and Maritime Safety Organization) is a national voluntary and civil organization which publishes a Boater's Risk Zone Map of dangerous areas. Visit http://www.onsa.org.ve/enindex.shtml# for the link.

In case of an emergency, yachts can activate a private emergency comunication Net for Venezuela & the Caribbean, via email sar@onsa.org.ve which is attended by many voluntary and governmental entities related to Maritime Search & Rescue Operations in the region. This email will activate an alarm in over more than 20 related organizations Caribbeanwide that will open a MSAR mission on your call.

VHF Channel 16 for maritime emergencies: Some times this channel is NOT the STBY channel of some areas or marinas, particularly in the Eastern regions of Venezuela [i.e. Puerto La Cruz]. The coastal radio stations are working only from 8am to 5pm weekdays and from 8am to 7pm weekends; unless private / marinas radios stations upon request.

Eastern Region Marinas Channel VHF 71; Central Region Marinas Channel VHF 68

VHF Channel 78 International: This Channel is a duplex channel on the international radio mode. The antennas and the system is mostly supported by the voluntary Corps of MSAR called CASMAR VENEZUELA. Can be contacted by this channel mostly on weekends.

Officially, there is the RESCUE CENTER COORDINATOR MAIQUETÍA that can be contacted by phone: +58 - 212 - 355 1518, 355 1920. It should have an operational VHF comunication radio on channel 16 but for now is not confirmed. The Venezuelan COAST GUARD should be on VHF radio channel 16 and HF radio on frequency 2182.0 (no english speaking operator reported). The PORT OF CAPTAIN OFFICE should be on VHF Channel 16, not all are 24 hours confirmed. On HF SSB frequencies Venezuelan marinas tune to: 2638.0 , 2738.0 & 8291.0

ONSA receives from time to time reports of Piracy / Armed Robbery on yachts, anchored at night near fishermen's areas. Mostly this reports are related to drunk or drugged fishermens looking for money and/or personal belongings like towels, shirts, etc. In case of an attack, you should contact immediately the nearest PORT OF CAPTAIN and the National Investigative Police Corp (CICPC), to declare the incident. ONSA can also help & recommend further actions; contact them on securite@onsa.org.ve or info@onsa.org.ve

More information is available on their website (mostly in Spanish), http://www.onsa.org.ve/

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