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Caribbean Safety and Security Online User Survey: Results now published

By Sue Richards — last modified Apr 10, 2013 01:05 PM
Nearly 300 cruisers gave their feedback via the survey, to ensure this vital service continues.

Published: 2013-04-10 00:00:00
Topics: Communications , Piracy & Security
Countries: Anguilla , Antigua & Barbuda , Aruba , Bahamas , Barbados , Bermuda , Bonaire , British Virgin Islands , Cuba , Curacao , Dominica , Dominican Republic , Grenada , Haiti , Jamaica , Puerto Rico , Saba , Sint Maarten , Spanish Virgin Islands , St Barts , St Kitts & Nevis , St Lucia , St Martin , St Vincent & the Grenadines , Statia , Trinidad & Tobago , Turks & Caicos , US Virgin Islands

The Caribbean Safety and Security net is a voice and web resource for cruisers and the marine community that was started 17 years ago and has been “staffed” by many dedicated volunteers over the course of it history. It is open to anyone who has HF (SSB) radio capability, or access to the internet.

It has adapted and evolved over the years in content and format as new needs became apparent, and new technology opened up new communications channels. CSSN remains dedicated to maintaining a centralized data source, collecting and disseminating accurate current and historic information about safety and security issues that affect yachts, allowing everyone to make informed decisions about their cruising destinations in the Caribbean.

In addition to reporting and logging incidents, the voice Net provides relays on emergency and priority messages from friends and family, boat watches for vessels missing or overdue, warnings of navigational hazards both natural and manmade, sources for medical services, and, as time allows, information on a variety of other topics, such as customs and immigration procedures and fees, other nets, sources of weather information, etc.

CSSN Survey

The team at CSSN designed a simple survey about CSSN voice and website services and usage so they can best evaluate what they are doing, how they are doing it, and what they might do to improve the value they bring to the cruising community.

CSSN Survey Results

During the survey period February 1 to March 15, there were 271 responses to the survey representing 47countries. The write in comments made it clear CSSN needs to reach out to those planning or newly arrived in the basin, but also that a centralized source for safety and security information is valued, and used, but not as much over HF radio now that wifi/internet are generally available.

To read the results go to this link:

CSSN Voice Net

For those of you new to the region, CSSN has a voice net that meets daily at 1215 UTC (0815 AST) on 8104.0 kHz upper side band, for 5-10 minutes, just prior to Chris Parker’s 0830 AST weather forecast broadcast.  Every Sunday there is a weekly recap.

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Over 200 boats and 1200 people take part in the ARC every year
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