Caribbean: St Vincent Coast Guard Security Advice to Yacht Owners
Advice to Yacht Owners and Operators
· Do not encourage Strangers on your yacht.
· When in a foreign port seek advice of officials (customs, immigration and police) as to ship chandlers and water taxi operators.
· Have them recommend or verify persons you intend to do business with such as water taxi operators etc.
· Do not expose expensive items such as cameras etc.
· Secure small boats and outboard engines onboard overnight.
· Remove access ladders when not in immediate use.
· Keep all doors, hatches and port holes secured.
· Keep a security watch while underway or if at anchor in a lonely and secluded area.
· Introduce yourself to other yacht owners when at anchor – this will assist them in identifying strangers should they board your vessel.
· If you are leaving your boat let other yacht owners in your vicinity know.
· Install audible access alarms.
· Keep deck lights on in the night.
· Do not anchor in dark, lonely and secluded areas.
· Report your arrival to Customs when in a country’s territorial waters.
· Know the local Coastguard contact telephone number.
· Know the local Police contact telephone number.
· Use only certified water taxi operators, avoid freelancers.
· Do not keep large sums of cash on board.
BE PART OF WATERWAY WATCH
What to do -
Observe and report:
You know what is normal and what’s not. NEVER approach someone who may present a risk to you personally
- Provide details and descriptions of: Individuals; Vessel or vessels; Activity
- Take notes
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- Anyone loitering near a boat or waterfront facility without apparent reason or purpose.
- Anyone trying to forcibly access a boat or waterfront facility.
- Any suspicious person trying to rent a boat but obviously unfamiliar with boating.
- Any person who appears to be “casing” a boat or waterfront facility.
- Anyone photographing or sketching or videotaping waterfront facilities without apparent purpose.
- Anyone who appears too eager to use boating “lingo”.
- Boaters who appear under the control of another party.
- Boaters or others on the waterfront who seem to make an obvious effort to avoid contact with others.
- Boats with unusual or obviously inappropriate modifications.
- Cargo loads that maybe explosives, chemical containers or weapons.
- Any boater dumping liquid or solid materials or any other unusual objects overboard.
- Any activity that to you appears out of the ordinary.
Call the Police / Coast Guard number when you observe suspicious activity
Tell others about Waterway Watch.
SEE SOMETHING? DO THIS
IF IT IS AN EMERGENCY –
IF IT IS AN EMERGENCY –
CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY
Take notes – who, what, where, when
Take photographs if you can do so safely
Report what you have seen to
Police emergency 911 / 999
Coast Guard Operations: Tel: 457 4578 / 457 4554
Fax: 457 4586
Produced by The St Vincent & Grenadines Coast Guard Service