Piracy & Security

While these pages are grouped under “Piracy & Security”, they mainly relate to yacht security worldwide, and in some cases piracy.

Worldwide Security Incident Reports:

The Reports section below includes all reports on security incidents against yachts and cruisers reported to Noonsite (a very extensive list dating back to 2008).

In addition, each country has a related reports section (easily found via the hamburger menu) with an option to view security reports for that particular country. For example – Panama Security Reports.

These are not intended to be all-encompassing lists of all crimes against yachts in the world, however, may give you an indication of your relative safety in a particular country and need for extra precautions.

Each country also has a security section within the country profile which outlines any concerns for visiting yachts and summarises latest incident reports. For example – Grenada Profile/Security.

Worldwide Areas of Concern:

Parts of the world where caution is advised specifically to cruising yachts are detailed on this page below, with links to further information.

Piracy

No other danger has marred the beauty of cruising more than the threat of piracy, whether on the high seas or in coastal waters. Indeed it is a risk that mariners have had to confront for many thousands of years and continue to do so in certain areas of the world today. Piracy incidents on pleasure boats in recent years have been mercifully few in numbers and restricted predominantly to the Gulf of Aden region, Venezuela and offshore waters and the Philippines.

2019: Piracy Falls to Five-Year Low for Q1-Q3 (IMB)

General Security Guidelines

It is ALWAYS prudent to lock the yacht when you leave for a trip to the shore, for a visit to another yacht, or at night when sleeping. Your dinghy and outboard should be treated like you do your car. Lock both at all times with a robust chain and padlock and always raise both out of the water at night.

See the “Self-defence and Deterring Attacks” section below for more information.

Reporting an Incident

In addition to reporting an incident to Noonsite, it is also important to report to the local authorities. If they know what is happening in their jurisdictions, they can then take steps to stop the activity and to apprehend the criminals.

E-mail [email protected] with the following details when reporting an incident:

  • Date and Time of Incident
  • Country/Port
  • At Anchor/On Mooring/In Marina – co-ordinates
  • Description of Incident with as much detail as possible
  • Items stolen/damaged/other
  • Outcome
  • Did you report the incident to the local authorities?

If cruising the Caribbean, be sure to also report to our information partners the Caribbean Safety and Security Net.

General Services

Businesses

  • Dryad Maritime

    Address: United Kingdom,

    A UK maritime operations company specializing in vessel safety. Offers support to smaller vessels who wish to embark on open passages through high-risk areas.... Read More

  • EOS Risk Management

    Address: United Kingdom,

    Maritime security and crisis response company, with a large network of professional maritime security consultants and vessel protection officers with experience across the Indian Ocean,... Read More

  • MAST

    Address: Thremhall Park, Start Hill, Bishop Stortford, Herts, United Kingdom, CM22 7WE

    Security Management Company offering complete security package to yachts including anti-piracy protection.... Read More

  • Securewest International

    Address: Riverford House 43, Estover Close, Plymouth, South Coast, United Kingdom, PL6 7PL

    Risk Management company providing services to the maritime and yachting sector.... Read More

News

  • Increasing Safety at Sea for Cruisers: Worldwide DSC calling strategy for recreational vessels

    Date Published - February 25, 2016

    Realising there were countless cruisers who were not utilising the DSC capabilities of modern marine radios, Alan Riches of Brunei Radio and Terry Sparkes of... Read More

  • An Alternative to the Risks of ‘Pirate Alley’ – Updated

    Date Published - February 23, 2011

    Dockwise has advised Noonsite that the company is offering a yacht transport service from Phuket to Genoa in May 2011. Also, there are planned voyages... Read More

Self-defence and Deterring Attacks

Businesses

  • Phantom Services

    Address: Tampa Bay Area, Florida, USA,

    Seminars, classes & training focussing on yacht security.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • CSSN Precaution Resources

    The Caribbean Safety and Security Net have some useful tips and precautions on their website including ideas and suggestions for use while at anchor/moored, in... Read More

  • Guns & Cruising

    Circumnavigators SY Totem gives their thoughts on carrying guns on board.

    http://www.sailingtotem.com/2017/01/guns-and-cruising.html... Read More

  • Legal, cheap & effective deterrent for unwelcome boarders

    WASP SPRAY! You can clear into any country with it, it has an effective shooting distance of 20+ feet. We keep one can in the... Read More

  • Preventing your dinghy and outboard from being stolen

    Brutal yet practical ways of keeping your new dinghy and outboard safe from thieves.

    From the Blog of eoceanic.com.... Read More

  • Protecting yourself from boat theft

    Being the victim of boat theft is a nasty experience. YBW has 10 top tips on how to keep both your vessel and your belongings... Read More

  • Wasp spray for self-defence?

    Concerning, the effectiveness of insecticide sprays for self-defense, It looks like this may be another "urban legend". See the website Urban Legends.... Read More

Reports

  • Caribbean Cruising: Bad things do happen – what each of us can do to minimize risk

    Date Published - June 27, 2019

    (June 8, 2019) - This useful summary by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net, of reported serious incidents in the Caribbean basin this year, gives... Read More

  • Northern Red Sea Passage: Security and Other Concerns March 2017

    Date Published - July 18, 2017

    July 2017: One small, lightly crewed yacht's experience of a passage from India to the Red Sea.... Read More

  • Securing your boat from intruders

    Date Published - April 10, 2014

    These ideas for how best to keep potential thieves and attackers from getting into your boat, deter them and prevent your valuables being stolen, were... Read More

  • Protection at Anchor

    Date Published - July 04, 2012

    A few cruisers have contributed to this discussion. Please add comments (at the bottom of the report) if you have further suggestions.... Read More

  • Ideas For Deterring Pirates

    Date Published - January 11, 2012

    The following messages are the personal opinions of the contributors only and posted on Noonsite in order to reflect the range of opinions regarding this... Read More

  • Avoiding Attacks – Fit Security Hatches

    Date Published - September 05, 2011

    From Glynn Craig - 9 July 2010One reads of many cruisers being attacked whilst sleeping at an anchorage. Many years ago we fitted stainless steel... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Tobago Cays – Armed Robbery

    Date Published - August 01, 2011

    July 2, 2011, at 10:30 pm
    A cruising couple were robbed of cash at gun and knifepoint by 2 masked men, who drifted down onto the... Read More

  • Useful Precautions if Cruising in Pirate Infested Waters

    Date Published - November 25, 2010

    Following the traumatic hijacking of SY Choizil off the Tanzanian coast on October 26, 2010, Tom Sampson gives his thoughts on useful precautions if cruising... Read More

  • Anti Piracy Strategies for the Red Sea 2009

    Date Published - July 29, 2009

    Submitted by Rob and Dee Dubin of SV Ventana, who undertook a passage from Thailand to the Med, via the Red Sea, in 2009

    First make... Read More

  • Thailand to the Med – 2009

    Date Published - July 29, 2009

    Yacht Ventana made the passage from Thailand to the Med during the 2009 season. This report submitted by Rob and Dee Dubin includes anti-piracy strategies,... Read More

  • Piracy: a strategy against the worst cases

    Date Published - May 11, 2008

    I read with attention to the comments concerning piracy and weapons on board. I write to you about this with the perspective of a former... Read More

  • Break-in at Ibiza: Lessons Learnt In Security

    Date Published - August 29, 2007

    Following is a lightly edited version of an e-mail I sent to a few close friends two weeks ago after our boat was boarded by... Read More

  • Use Of Firearms To Deter Pirates

    Date Published - March 27, 2007

    Why is it that no one, in any of the accounts given on the Noonsite piracy pages, had so much as a handgun to defend... Read More

  • Practical and Legal Implications of the Carriage of Firearms

    Date Published - March 27, 2007

    Introduction

    There are many valid arguments for and against the carriage of firearms on yachts. This short article will attempt to balance some of those arguments... Read More

  • Deterring Pirates: Personal View

    Date Published - March 27, 2007

    I have never cruised offshore on a small pleasure craft for any great distance. But I have been a merchant seaman on bulk cargo and... Read More

  • Piracy & Firearms: Another View

    Date Published - March 27, 2007

    I was scanning your site, as I do often, and I noticed on the issue of piracy some short comments about using firearms to ward... Read More

News

  • Unmanned Pirate-Hunting Boats For The Future

    Date Published - December 31, 2007

    For some years now, law enforcement agencies have proposed robotic boats, or unmanned surface vessels (USVs), as a way to help deal with 21st-Century pirates... Read More

Gulf of Aden / Indian Ocean / Red Sea

Gulf of Aden / Indian Ocean Transit

The coordinated efforts of the Coalition forces and International Maritime and Political bodies have had a very dramatic effect on the levels of piracy since 2011. No pirate attacks have been reported off Somalia in 2019.

With the decrease in pirate activity over the last couple of years there has been an increase in the number of yachts making a Red Sea passage. See the latest update on vessels making this transit here.

Noonsite has received a number of reports from yachts that have transited the HRA since 2015 (see reports below) on their way to the Red Sea and Med and the Red Sea Passage Facebook Page provides an annual update of yachts that have transited. Some transit independently, others in small groups, and some with private security firms on board. The majority now make the passage without incident, however, some do encounter suspicious activity.

If you are considering making the trip north through the Red Sea to the Med, it is perhaps more apposite to consider the route a yacht might take to avoid the area of civil unrest in the area. Direct routes from the Maldives to Suakin in the Sudan and Djibouti have been made without encountering any problems and have avoided the potentially dangerous coasts of Aden and Eritrea. Djibouti is a cruising area in its own right. The West coast of Yemen, however, is considered particularly dangerous and should be avoided.

Note that the maritime authorities are more concerned with attacks on commercial shipping – attacks on pleasure craft not being a high priority, or even their responsibility. They continue to publish warnings for pleasure craft considering a GOA/Indian Ocean transit.

The HRA and MSTC:

The High Risk Area (HRA) is an area within the UKMTO designated Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA) where it is considered there is a higher risk of piracy.

See MSCHOA’s Advice for Sailing Vessels.

Following an industry revision in early 2019, the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) was reduced and new co-ordinates issued on 1 May 2019. See this report for details of the new geographical boundaries of the HRA.

The HRA and VRA are displayed on the regional UKHO Maritime Security Chart, Q6099, available from the UK Hydrographic Office (https://www.admiralty.co.uk/maritime-safety-information/security-related-information-to-mariners).

There is now a new recommended maritime security transit corridor in the Red Sea (MSTC), basically elongating the IRTC. The MSTC is comprised of the IRTC in the Gulf of Aden and the western lane of the TSS in the Red Sea. See https://combinedmaritimeforces.com/2017/09/06/guidance-on-maritime-security-transit-corridor/.

All yachts should be using it.

Registering your passage:

Two counter-piracy organizations monitor and advise shipping in the region. They are UKMTO and MSCHOA. A yacht/leisure craft that, despite the advice to stay out of the HRA decides on such a passage, is strongly recommended to register its transit with both organizations as they enter the Voluntary Reporting Area.

Details of the e-mail address, contact numbers, and forms needed to register are listed in the Counter-Piracy publication BMP4. This can be found at http://bit.ly/2ifzmAu. Annex G to BMP4 gives advice for leisure craft – including yachts.

Once registered, if you do not have a satellite tracking system such as AIS, you will need to e-mail or phone in your position each day and your progress will be monitored. UKMTO recommends the use of a satellite phone because of the poor mobile phone coverage.

In the event of a suspected pirate attack in the Indian Ocean, issue a distress call over VHF Channel 16, telephone UKMTO on +971 5055 23215 or +442392222060. Follow up any call with a UKMTO After Action Report.

Businesses

  • IMB Piracy Reporting Centre

    Address: ICC International Maritime Bureau, PO Box 12559, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50782

    Created in 1992, the centre is based in Kuala Lumpur and maintains a round-the-clock watch on the world’s shipping lanes, reporting pirate attacks to local... Read More

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    Address: 4, Albert Embankment, London, United Kingdom, SE17SR

    The IMO - International Maritime Organization - is the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the safety and security of navigation and to... Read More

  • Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA)

    Offers best management practice for vessel self-protection as well as group transit information in the Gulf of Aden. MSCHOA liaises with anti-piracy patrols being conducted... Read More

  • NATO Shipping Centre

    Address: Atlantic Building, Northwood Headquarters, Sandy Lane, Northwood , Middlesex, United Kingdom, HA63HP

    The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is the link between NATO and the merchant shipping community. Their website, however, does have some useful information for cruising... Read More

  • UKMTO (UK Maritime Trade Organization) (RN) Dubai

    Address: Dubai, United Kingdom,

    UKMTO Dubai coordinates the management of all merchant ship and yachts in the GOA area and northern Indian Ocean. They also administer the Voluntary Reporting... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Red Sea Passage Facebook Group

    This is a closed group for obvious reasons.

    This group has over 500 members, many of which have completed a passage of the Red Sea -... Read More

  • Tamarisk – Round the World (and through the Red Sea)

    January 2015: Passage via Saudi Arabia, Sudan and upwards through the Red Sea towards the Suez Canal.

    http://www.tamariskrtw.com/... Read More

Reports

  • Red Sea: Passage Report on a Successful Trip from SV Joana

    Date Published - July 13, 2020

    A successful passage through the Red Sea requires preparation, according to Wade Alarie, moderator of the Red Sea Passage Facebook Page who sailed the route... Read More

  • Red Sea, Eritrea, Massawa: Turkish Circumnavigators Detained by Military (April 2020)

    Date Published - June 04, 2020

    Transiting north up the Red Sea a Turkish cruising catamaran took refuge in Massawa having obtained prior permission to enter. On arrival they were boarded... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: An exciting transit with welcome support (April 2016)

    Date Published - December 14, 2018

    In April 2016 SY Sea Child sailed from the Maldive Islands into the Red Sea. This report is notable, not only for the routing they... Read More

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (June 2018)

    Date Published - July 27, 2018

    See Wade Alarie's update (Administrator for the Facebook Group RED SEA PASSAGE) at the bottom of the page - June 2018. All cruisers contemplating this... Read More

  • The Recent History of Somali Piracy

    Date Published - May 30, 2018

    Somalia has for centuries been a troublesome country and piracy in one form or another has taken place for hundreds of years. Things weren’t much... Read More

  • Entry into the Red Sea via the Gulf of Aden – Our Story 2018

    Date Published - April 15, 2018

    Checked in with UKMTO prior to departure.
    Left Cochin March 10 2018, arrived Massawa, Eritrea March 30 2018.
    Sailed, motor sailed, sailed, motor sailed, sailed. Motored 9... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: Attempted Piracy – February 2018

    Date Published - February 19, 2018

    February 2018: Further updates of suspicious activity in the same area: UKMTO-10#72 states a motor vessel was attacked and shots fired by the onboard... Read More

  • Yemen: Three Polish yachts fired upon in Red Sea

    Date Published - December 10, 2017

    A sailing yacht was attacked 20 km south-west of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah on 7 December 2017, with no harm done to vessel or... Read More

  • Northern Red Sea Passage: Security and Other Concerns March 2017

    Date Published - July 18, 2017

    July 2017: One small, lightly crewed yacht's experience of a passage from India to the Red Sea.... Read More

  • Is it safe to cross the Indian Ocean and transit the Red Sea to the Mediterranean?

    Date Published - April 19, 2017

    April 2017: Tom Sampson organised a 27 boat convoy in January 2010 through the Gulf of Aden. Since completing his circumnavigation he has kept... Read More

  • Transiting from Maldives to Djibouti in March 2017

    Date Published - April 11, 2017

    Route detail and preparation suggestions for yachts transiting from the Indian Ocean into the Red Sea.... Read More

  • Somalia – Sudan – Red Sea – Suez (October 2016)

    Date Published - November 19, 2016

    Just a quick message to report that we have safely crossed the red sea from South to North in October 2016.

    Ralf (a great German sailor... Read More

  • Family Sailing through the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (2016)

    Date Published - June 05, 2016

    We, that is Heide (44), Fritze (44) and Mina (10), decided to take a break and sail around the world in two years. The tour... Read More

  • Red Sea to the Seychelles 2015

    Date Published - July 07, 2015

    From: Jerry Standen of SV ‘Dragonfly’

    Boat Type: Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56 sailing catamaran

    Flag: Fiji

    Captain: Fiji/UK citizen

    Crew: Fiji citizen

    Passage: Hurghada Egypt to Mahe, Seychelles - via... Read More

  • Passage through the GOA and up the Red Sea: March 2015

    Date Published - April 20, 2015

    By SV Donna; 15m, 1.8m draft.

    Kris Tielemans (Belgian) & Crismae de Joseph (Filipino)

    We used Navionics charts (about 50USD) on an iPad.

    We crossed from Cochin, India... Read More

  • Maldives to the Red Sea: Travelling solo through the HRA (High Risk Area)

    Date Published - March 25, 2015

    The SV ROGUE BRIT travelled as a single sailboat from Male' in the Maldives to Platform 18N040E in the Red Sea between March 6th and... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Red Sea Passage – January 2015

    Date Published - January 22, 2015

    It is January 20, 2015, and we've just completed our 31-day passage to the top of the Red Sea, from Male (Maldives) to Eilat (Israel).... Read More

  • Red Sea: Somali Pirates Flee Captured Dhow as EU Naval Force Applies Pressure

    Date Published - April 28, 2014

    Dhow captured to use as a mother ship was freed after 2 weeks when approached by a German warship causing the pirates to flee.... Read More

  • Somalia: South African cruising couple finally FREE plus Their Account of being Held Hostage

    Date Published - July 20, 2012

    As reported by BBC News and Yahoo News

    A cruising couple held hostage for 20 months after being kidnapped by Somali pirates have been freed, Somalia's... Read More

  • Somalia: Yacht Abducted, Skipper Escapes but 2 Crew Taken Hostage

    Date Published - July 19, 2012

    Posted 9 November, 2010

    First reports about a possible yacht abduction by Somali Pirates were received 1 November. It was known that 3 crew were on... Read More

  • An Alternative to GOA and the Red Sea: Desert Sailing

    Date Published - May 07, 2012

    The following is a report from Canadian yacht Chinook, who, rather than take the dangerous route down the Red Sea and through the GOA, took... Read More

  • Indian Ocean and Red Sea Transit 2011

    Date Published - January 12, 2012

    My account of Scot Free's passage from Uligamo to Suakin in Sudan for what it's worth. "Scot Free lll" is an Australian registered 42' cutter... Read More

  • To sail the Gulf of Aden is like playing Russian Roulette

    Date Published - November 03, 2011

    (EUNAVFOR)

    Christian Colombo, a former French Navy sailor, and his wife were on their way to fulfill their dream. They were sailing to see the world... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: Hijacking of Danish Yacht ING – February 2011

    Date Published - September 07, 2011

    UPDATE

    The Johansen family and their 2 deckhands were freed after payment of a ransom, on 6 September 2011. See report here for details.

    Posted 2011-04-15

    Danish couple... Read More

  • Oman: Hijack and Murder – SV Quest

    Date Published - April 15, 2011

    SV Quest, owned by California couple Scott and Jean Adam with Phyllis Mackay and Bob Riggle of Seattle on board as crew, was hijacked Friday... Read More

  • Pirates, Costs and Baksheesh for the Red Sea Passage

    Date Published - October 08, 2010

    Dear Noonsite

    I have been receivng a number of enquiries related to the passage to the Red Sea. It seemed appropriate, therefore, to collate all the... Read More

  • Common sense practice for safe passage from Salalah to Aden

    Date Published - July 13, 2010

    From a cruiser who has done the same trip

    From Salalah, you will find many yachts on their way to the Red Sea all in the... Read More

  • Sailing Oman to Aden 2010 in a small group

    Date Published - April 23, 2010

    Joost Jager’s evaluation [BROKEN LINK] of the Super convoy he led from Salalah to Aden has inspired us to tell our own quite different story... Read More

  • Anti Piracy Strategies for the Red Sea 2009

    Date Published - July 29, 2009

    Submitted by Rob and Dee Dubin of SV Ventana, who undertook a passage from Thailand to the Med, via the Red Sea, in 2009

    First make... Read More

  • Thailand to the Med – 2009

    Date Published - July 29, 2009

    Yacht Ventana made the passage from Thailand to the Med during the 2009 season. This report submitted by Rob and Dee Dubin includes anti-piracy strategies,... Read More

  • Red Sea – Safe Haven in Yemen

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Sent by Dave Ungless, S/Y Sänna 2, UK Flag.

    Safe Haven in Yemen

    With the many piracy stories originating from the Gulf of Aden right now, I... Read More

  • Indian Ocean, Comoros Archipelago – Alarming Situation in Mayotte

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Mayotte Island is geographically part of the Comoros archipelago, a small group of islands lying between the northern tip of Madagascar and East Africa in... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden – Our Experience, August 2008

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Pirate Attacks - Gulf of Aden 19, 20 and 21 August 2008

    On our voyage from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Kantang, Thailand aboard our 36 foot sloop,... Read More

  • Transiting the Red Sea Safely

    Date Published - December 15, 2008

    Sent by Dave Ungless, S/Y Sänna 2, UK Flag.

    Safe Haven in Yemen

    With the many piracy stories originating from the Gulf of Aden right now, I... Read More

  • India to Red Sea Transit

    Date Published - August 29, 2008

    We recently completed a transit of the Red Sea and the Suez. I thought the following would be of interest.

    We sailed very close to the... Read More

  • Southerly Red Sea Passage 2007

    Date Published - June 01, 2008

    Yacht Calliope

    From the Mediterranean to Seychelles

    Autumn 2007

    Calliope felt utterly insignificant as we threaded our way anxiously through the ships being marshalled into convoys at the... Read More

  • Eastwards Across the Andaman Sea

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    We left Aden in mid-Jan and were blessed with crazy but good winds to sail up to Salalah in Oman, although we had to engine... Read More

  • Beautiful cruising along Gulf of Aden and Red Sea in 2007

    Date Published - April 22, 2008

    Now that so many bad news about piracy, terrorism and insecurity in Yemen and the Red Sea are in the paper we would like to... Read More

  • Unpleasant Encounters In The Indian Ocean

    Date Published - February 12, 2007

    To those who are preparing to cross the Indian Ocean, be careful. Here is the story of our unpleasant encounters.

    31 July 2005 We left Noumea... Read More

News

  • Red Sea, Eritrea, Massawa: Turkish Circumnavigators Detained by Military since April

    Date Published - June 04, 2020

    The Turkish press are reporting about a Turkish catamaran, on the homeward leg of its circumnavigation, that has been detained in Eritrea after looking for... Read More

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (October 2019)

    Date Published - October 29, 2019

    With the season for a Red Sea passage rapidly approaching, Wade Alarie - primary Admin of the private, closed Red Sea Facebook Group for the... Read More

  • Indian Ocean & Southern Red Sea: High Risk Area to be Reduced

    Date Published - March 11, 2019

    As of 1 May 2019, the coordinates of the High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean will be changed.
    ... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: The Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 seeks more liaison with cruisers

    Date Published - November 22, 2018

    January 2019: With cruisers returning to the southern Red Sea after years of avoiding the region due to the threat of piracy, the multinational... Read More

  • Indian Ocean and Red Sea Passage: Helping cruisers exchange information

    Date Published - October 18, 2018

    Bob and Alex Bechler have been sailing some 15 years with 75,000 miles logged having crossed the Pacific several times. They have created a number... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Horn of Africa: CTF 151 Report on Noonsite Community Survey Results

    Date Published - September 12, 2018

    Earlier in 2018, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, the multinational coalition responsible for counter-piracy operations around the Horn of Africa, conducted a survey with noonsite.com.... Read More

  • Somalia: EU’s Anti-Piracy Operation gets extension

    Date Published - August 20, 2018

    On July 30, the European Council decided to extend the mandate of EU NAVFOR Somalia’s operation until December 31, 2020.... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: Stricken yacht in piracy area receives naval assistance

    Date Published - May 02, 2018

    Transiting the piracy High-Risk Area in the Gulf of Aden and having exhausted their fuel and running low on food supplies, Benyleo 2, with a... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Horn of Africa: CTF 151 Liaison with the Yachting Community

    Date Published - April 12, 2018

    April 2018: This year there are a significant number of yachts that have already, or will shortly, make the passage from the Maldives or... Read More

  • Indian Ocean 2018: Threat Update and Recommendations

    Date Published - January 18, 2018

    January 2018: For those cruisers heading from SE Asia back to the Mediterranean, winds turn favorable for a passage up the Red Sea at... Read More

  • Somalia: First hijacking since the height of Somali piracy in 2012.

    Date Published - March 24, 2017

    On 13 March 2017 Somali pirates hijacked the MT ARIS 13 as it was preparing to cut through the Socotra Gap between the tip of... Read More

  • Somali piracy is down, not out

    Date Published - May 03, 2016

    May 2016: The pirates who once ruled the seas off Somalia are little more than a memory now, but while they are forgotten they... Read More

  • Somali pirates face trial over 2011 fatal yacht hijacking

    Date Published - April 03, 2016

    April 2016: Seven Somali men, accused of hijacking a French yacht in the Gulf of Aden, appeared in Paris court on Tuesday. The defendants... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: EU Naval Force Frigate Assists Yacht

    Date Published - September 22, 2014

    In the early morning of Friday 19 September, EU Naval Force frigate, ESPS Navarra, came to the assistance of a stricken yacht in the Gulf... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Doria and Frigate ESPS Navarra Assist Yacht in Distress

    Date Published - August 30, 2014

    On Tuesday 12 August, 2014, while conducting counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, the EU Naval Force flagship and Italian Navy destroyer, ITS Andrea... Read More

  • Piracy: Somali pirates on trial for hijacking French yacht in 2009

    Date Published - October 15, 2013

    Three Somali pirates on trial for the 2009 hijacking of a French yacht, which lead to skipper’s death. As reported by ybw.com

    [caption id="attachment_1317" align="alignright" width="200"]... Read More

  • Somalia: EU Naval Force Launches New Website

    Date Published - January 16, 2013

    May 2019: Keep up to date with the latest information on Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia from the The European Union Naval... Read More

  • Piracy Still a Clear and Present Danger in Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean

    Date Published - November 08, 2012

    EU NAVFOR Press Release - 7 November 2012

    European Union Naval Force Commander reminds yacht and leisure craft owners that Piracy is still a clear and... Read More

  • Sailing yachts still vulnerable to pirate attack in the Indian Ocean

    Date Published - October 05, 2012

    The advice of the Maritime Shipping Centre-Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), NATO Shipping Centre, UK Maritime, and Trade Organisation (UKMTO) and MARLO remains that sailing yachts... Read More

  • Somalia: Piracy attacks drop to zero for first full month in five years

    Date Published - August 26, 2012

    As reported by The Telegraph

    There has been no successful hijack since June 19, when a fishing dhow was seized, and no ship has been fired... Read More

  • Chandlers return to sailing after pirate horror

    Date Published - July 02, 2012

    The Telegraph has another interesting report on the Chandlers case, this time from the perspective of Rachel's brother who negotiated their release. See the article... Read More

  • EU Naval Force Delivers Blow Against Somali Pirates On Shoreline

    Date Published - June 08, 2012

    From the article posted on www.sail-world.com

    Sun, 3 Jun 2012

    For the first time in the long, sad, tragic story of Somali piracy which has virtually stopped... Read More

  • EU Extends Counter Piracy Mission Off Coast of Somalia

    Date Published - March 23, 2012

    As reported by EU NAVFOR Public Information Office

    On Friday 23 March 2012 the Council of the European Union confirmed its intention to extend the EU... Read More

  • Danger of Piracy off Somalia: ISAF Update March 2012

    Date Published - March 16, 2012

    The Warning Notice, published by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in July 2011 is still extant and will remain so until ISAF is advised otherwise... Read More

  • Year later, still no release for SA hostage couple

    Date Published - February 09, 2012

    As reported by www.thesouthafrican.com

    A fundraising event was held last week at the Bluff Yacht Club in Durban, which Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz, who were... Read More

  • Piracy fears drive yachts away from Oman and Yemen

    Date Published - December 09, 2011

    As reported by Sail-World.com

    Oman and Yemen used to greet around 200 cruising yachts a year who pass through their waters to reach the Red Sea,... Read More

  • Armed Guards to Protect UK Ships?

    Date Published - October 30, 2011

    BBC News 30 October 2011

    Ships sailing under a British flag will be able to carry armed guards to protect them from pirates, the prime minister... Read More

  • Danish Family held hostage in Somalia regret Sailing Route

    Date Published - October 27, 2011

    By JAN M. OLSEN - Associated Press

    A Danish family that was held hostage by Somali pirates for more than six months said in an interview... Read More

  • Somalia: Abducted Durban cruising couple calls family

    Date Published - October 20, 2011

    As reported by IOL News

    October 20 2011 at 09:24am

    By Rizwana Sheik Umar

    The Somali pirates holding Durban couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz hostage, allowed them... Read More

  • Pirate Kidnap Ordeal: South African Family Speaks of Anguish

    Date Published - September 24, 2011

    From Durban's East Coast Radio

    It has been a month since the family of a Durban man taken hostage by Somali pirates has spoken to him.... Read More

  • Somalia Hostages – Danish Family Free

    Date Published - September 07, 2011

    As reported by Ecoterra International

    DANISH FAMILY RESCUED FROM SOMALI PIRATES - ORDEAL FOR SEVEN DANES FINALLY OVER (ecop-marine)

    Tuesday 6 September 2011

    After an aircraft delivered the... Read More

  • Somali pirates jailed in Netherlands for Choizil hijack

    Date Published - August 15, 2011

    As reported by www.bbc.co.uk

    A Dutch court has sentenced two Somali pirates who hijacked a South African yacht last November to up to seven years in... Read More

  • New Guidelines for yachts on the passage through the southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and off Somalia

    Date Published - July 29, 2011

    Revised guidelines for Yacht Skippers considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, its approaches and the Indian Ocean north of 12 degrees south and... Read More

  • Pirate Attacks Grew 36 Percent in First Half 2011

    Date Published - July 15, 2011

    By Peter T. Leach

    The Journal of Commerce Online

    Somali pirates attack more, succeed less

    There were 36 percent more international pirate attacks in the first half of... Read More

  • Free Piracy Update Service Just Launched

    Date Published - May 11, 2011

    A free piracy news service was launched today, giving mariners, sailors, journalists and the general public up-to-the-minute news and alerts on piracy in the Indian... Read More

  • Pirate Alley and Eritrea

    Date Published - April 08, 2011

    Noonsite would like to thank Paul Jefferies of SV Damarri for this most welcome report.

    My wife and I are currently members of the Vasco da... Read More

  • EU Force: Somali pirates cannot be stopped by force

    Date Published - December 08, 2010

    As reported by the BBC

    Pirates operating off the Somali coast will not be defeated by force alone, a top European naval officer says.

    "It is arguable... Read More

  • Paul and Rachel Chandler Speaking at a Press Conference in Mogadishu

    Date Published - November 14, 2010

    As reported by the guardian.co.uk

    Speaking at a press conference at the presidential palace in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, before flying to Kenya, a thin-looking but... Read More

  • BREAKING NEWS: Paul and Rachel Chandler released by Somali pirates after 388 days

    Date Published - November 14, 2010

    PAUL AND RACHEL CHANDLER, THE RETIRED KENT COUPLE KIDNAPPED FROM THEIR YACHT BY SOMALI PIRATES MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, HAVE BEEN RELEASED, UNHARMED.

    Latest update... Read More

  • Naval Authorities invite cruising yachtsmen to Maritime Security HQ

    Date Published - September 03, 2010

    The danger of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and surrounding waters remain very high.

    The international naval authorities have issued an invitation through ISAF (the... Read More

  • Somali pirates move north towards the Red Sea – Confirmed by Cruisers

    Date Published - July 11, 2010

    Comment Received from Mark Jensen in response to this warning, who transited the Gulf of Aden in February 2010

    Sun, 11 Jul 2010

    We transited the Gulf... Read More

  • Transiting the Red Sea – a Tough Decision

    Date Published - December 15, 2008

    Sent by Dave Ungless, S/Y Sänna 2, UK Flag.

    Safe Haven in Yemen

    With the many piracy stories originating from the Gulf of Aden right now, I... Read More

  • A View on Piracy in the Indian Ocean

    Date Published - November 30, 2008

    The recent audacious hijack of a giant supertanker from Saudi Arabia by Somali pirates off the Kenyan coast has dismayed the world, carried out in... Read More

Caribbean

The Caribbean has several islands where overnight anchorages should be selected carefully.

Caribbean Cruising: Bad things do happen – what each of us can do to minimize risk
This useful summary by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net, of reported serious incidents in the Caribbean basin in 2019, gives good direction to sources of information that can help you and your crew prepare well should anything untoward happen.

Grenada/Trinidad:

Boats on passage between Grenada and Trinidad should be aware that on several occasions over the past few years vessels have been approached, boarded and robbed, and most recently shots have been fired, by pirates in the area around the Hibiscus Gas Platform.

All yachts transiting these waters should submit a float plan to the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard. See Trinidad & Tobago Security for full details.

Businesses

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net

    The Caribbean Safety and Security Net provide information by anchorage or by island, so sailors can plan their cruising in the Caribbean with an eye... Read More

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    Address: 4, Albert Embankment, London, United Kingdom, SE17SR

    The IMO - International Maritime Organization - is the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the safety and security of navigation and to... Read More

  • NATO Shipping Centre

    Address: Atlantic Building, Northwood Headquarters, Sandy Lane, Northwood , Middlesex, United Kingdom, HA63HP

    The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is the link between NATO and the merchant shipping community. Their website, however, does have some useful information for cruising... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Caribbean Navigator

    Facebook Group supporting all cruisers who wish to share safe sailing, navigation, and boat security information for the Caribbean Sea.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/341518759227037/... Read More

  • Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

    Originating in 2006 and called the "Venezuelan Cruisers Group", it started as a means for cruisers in and around Venezuela to stay in touch and... Read More

  • CSSN Precaution Resources

    The Caribbean Safety and Security Net have some useful tips and precautions on their website including ideas and suggestions for use while at anchor/moored, in... Read More

Reports

  • Caribbean, Grenadines: Vincentian Fishermen Robbed by Armed Pirates in Waters Off Mustique

    Date Published - November 17, 2020

    Two Vincentian fishermen were robbed in offshore fishing grounds off Mustique by 10 Spanish-speaking men with AK-47 rifles.... Read More

  • Nicaragua: Continuing Piracy Threat

    Date Published - December 16, 2019

    This report from Brian Simm, planning a passage from Rio Dulce to Panama.... Read More

  • Caribbean Cruising: Bad things do happen – what each of us can do to minimize risk

    Date Published - June 27, 2019

    (June 8, 2019) - This useful summary by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net, of reported serious incidents in the Caribbean basin this year, gives... Read More

  • Trinidad & Tobago Waters – Yacht Security: How to File a Float Plan

    Date Published - April 17, 2019

    Message from YSATT: Please FILE A FLOAT PLAN with the TTCG and call North Post Radio station if you are traveling in or out of... Read More

  • Caribbean Yacht Security: St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan & Bequia

    Date Published - September 17, 2015

    Crime against yachts in SVG has been on the rise this Summer, in particular at the sleepy little island of Canouan and the popular island... Read More

  • Advice for Cruising Haiti 2015

    Date Published - May 03, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_52429" align="alignright" width="200"] Map of Haiti clearly showing Gonaives up north and Corail down south - Courtesy of Free Cruising Guides[/caption]

    http://freecruisingguides.com/

    Recently there have been... Read More

  • Honduras, Roatan: The Reality of Crime in the Islands

    Date Published - July 09, 2012

    Our thanks to Ken Carrothers, Dockmaster at Fantasy Island Marina, for his comments about crime and safety in Honduras in response to the recent attack... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Tobago Cays – Armed Robbery

    Date Published - August 01, 2011

    July 2, 2011, at 10:30 pm
    A cruising couple were robbed of cash at gun and knifepoint by 2 masked men, who drifted down onto the... Read More

  • Island Theft – Our Thoughts

    Date Published - August 14, 2009

    Thank you for your coverage of piracy. Being forewarned was very helpful in St Lucia and St Vincent where we chartered for two weeks in... Read More

  • 20+ years sailing in the Caribbean: An insiders perspective on security

    Date Published - February 28, 2009

    Wed, 25 Feb 2009

    With two recent Caribbean sailing murders, including that of Australian sailor Drew Gollan in Antigua, sailors considering a visit in their own... Read More

  • Costa Rica Pirates – Cruisers Be Aware

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    The cocaine from Colombia has been running up both coasts of Central America for years using various methods. The most common method currently appears to... Read More

  • Credit Card Fraud In Caribbean Alert (2008)

    Date Published - September 14, 2008

    Noonsite has received the following report from the skipper of a yacht currently in Antigua:

    Please be aware that we have had our credit cards duplicated... Read More

News

  • Eastern Caribbean: Single Side Band Coconut Telegraph to Resume

    Date Published - November 08, 2019

    The single side band (SSB) radio’s Coconut Telegraph will resume its cruisers’ net on November 11th. Its main objective is to share active cruiser information... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net: Call for Volunteers

    Date Published - October 27, 2019

    Help other cruisers enjoy safe cruising in the Caribbean, plus keep this incredible free resource for the cruising community alive. Volunteer for just a handful... Read More

  • Honduras, Gorda Bank: Missing Sailor

    Date Published - June 28, 2019

    (Updated July 5, 2019) - An Estonian sailor on passage from Jamaica to San Andres, Colombia has gone missing. Both of his EPIRBs were activated... Read More

  • Grenada to Trinidad: New Convoy Process Makes Passage to and from Trinidad Safer and More Fun

    Date Published - June 04, 2019

    (June 4, 2019) Chaguaramas, Trinidad, YSATT – Concerned about sailing to Trinidad? Now you can join a convoy! The Yacht Services Association of Trinidad and... Read More

  • Panama, Guna Yala, Isla Surdub (Isla Mono): New Zealand Cruising Family Attacked and Father Fatally Injured

    Date Published - May 03, 2019

    (May 6, 2019) - On May 2, 2019, the MV Aqua Lobo was attacked by masked and armed robbers while anchored off La Isla Surdub... Read More

  • Nicaragua: Pirate Attack en-route from Roatan, Honduras to Providencia, Colombia – April 2019

    Date Published - April 30, 2019

    This first-hand report from skipper Wayne Smith: We were attacked on Zeppelin on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1742 hours while sailing from Roatan, Honduras... Read More

  • Caribbean, Trinidad Hibiscus Oil Platform: Pirates fire shots at sailboat – April 2019

    Date Published - April 25, 2019

    By CSSN & YSATT

    A sail boat positioned about 15NM NE of the Hibiscus oil platform was approached by a group of eight Venezuelans in an... Read More

  • Venezuela: Closing of Sea Border Adds Risk to Southern Caribbean

    Date Published - February 22, 2019

    Published: Feb 27, 2019 03:59 PM
    Contributors: Mary Stone & Alejandro Linares

    Venezuela closes border to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.... Read More

  • British Virgin Islands: Police warn boaters about a rise in dinghy theft

    Date Published - February 15, 2019

    Police urge owners of dinghies to take the necessary precautions to secure their vessels.... Read More

  • Trinidad & Tobago: Rumours of Piracy Unfounded

    Date Published - September 07, 2018

    Informed risk awareness is always wise, but first-hand information is key.... Read More

  • The Nereid’s Rally (Caribbean to South America) cancelled after media reports about piracy

    Date Published - August 27, 2018

    An international yachting event to be hosted in Guyana has been canceled following reports in the local and international media stemming from deadly attacks on... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety & Security Net announces new Event category: Suspicious activity

    Date Published - May 30, 2018

    CSSN took recent critiques of a post that had been classified as “attempted piracy” to heart and went to work exploring alternatives and then testing... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2017 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    Date Published - March 13, 2018

    The Caribbean Safety & Security Net was started by cruisers 18 years ago. It is an all-volunteer, independent, self funded team of volunteers dedicated to... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety & Security Net Launches Zoom-Tap, Know and Go

    Date Published - January 12, 2018

    CSSN has announced a compelling new feature now active on their website Homepage – Zoom-Tap, Know & Go interactive infographics, designed to assist captains and... Read More

  • BVI: Warning about the Rise in Dinghy Thefts

    Date Published - July 23, 2017

    Official warning by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force. Boaters should be extra cautious during the summer months about securing their dinghies and outboard motors.... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2016 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    Date Published - February 23, 2017

    The Caribbean Safety & Security Net was started by cruisers 17 years ago. It is an all-volunteer, independent, self-funded team of volunteers dedicated to maintaining... Read More

  • Honduras: Three separate pirate attacks on cruising vessels in the past week

    Date Published - January 22, 2017

    (January 26, 2018) - In the past week, there have been 3 separate pirate attacks on cruising vessels in Honduran waters. All cruisers in the... Read More

  • Cyber-Crime Scams Against Yachts in the Caribbean – CSSN Special Report

    Date Published - February 17, 2016

    During 2015, CSSN received reports of internet scammers who were preying on cruisers by intercepting marina reservations and bookings communications and luring cruisers to the... Read More

  • Caribbean Yacht Security: New protocols and arrangements for your safety when transiting near Trinidad and Tobago

    Date Published - February 13, 2016

    Following the boarding of two yachts on two separate occasions in December on passage from Grenada to Trinidad, the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and... Read More

  • Reports of Piracy in the Caribbean – The OCC working to combat this threat

    Date Published - January 02, 2016

    Two incidents of piracy have been reported in the closing days of 2015 in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The Ocean... Read More

  • Caribbean Yacht Security: St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan & Bequia

    Date Published - September 17, 2015

    Crime against yachts in SVG has been on the rise this Summer, in particular at the sleepy little island of Canouan and the popular island... Read More

  • Advice for Cruising Haiti

    Date Published - May 03, 2015

    The Windward Passage is undoubtedly the easiest, quickest and safest way into the Caribbean Sea. If you are headed to the Caribbean and use the... Read More

  • Panama, Balboa, Taboga Island South: Cruising yacht at anchor attacked by armed gunmen – March 2014

    Date Published - April 24, 2014

    This nasty incident occurred over a month ago, on March 15th, 2014, however, it’s taken some time to get the facts clear and verified before... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) make reporting incidents simpler

    Date Published - April 22, 2014

    An important website change means that cruisers now have an easy online form to fill in, making reporting of security incidents in the Caribbean quicker... Read More

  • Caribbean: Saint Lucia Police report improved yacht security

    Date Published - April 08, 2014

    Action is being taken to strategically respond to and deter would be perpetrators along the Western coast of Saint Lucia. As reported by the RSLPF.... Read More

  • Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

    Date Published - February 07, 2014

    This group has really grown over the past several years, and many well-respected professionals in the boating industry are members. The group has proven very... Read More

  • Saint Lucia yacht murder: Roger Pratt’s killers ’caused brain damage with their fists’

    Date Published - January 24, 2014

    Retired British businessman knocked unconscious and left to drown after robbers attacked boat in Vieux Fort. Report by The Telegraph.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia: TV Interview with Margaret Pratt, wife of murdered British yachtsman

    Date Published - January 21, 2014

    Wife of murdered British yachtsman Roger Pratt has corrected facts about the attack, as reported in the UK media.
    ... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: British Skipper dies in Armed Robbery

    Date Published - January 19, 2014

    A British cruiser has died trying to protect his wife from armed boarders whilst at anchor in Vieux Fort, Friday 17 January.
    ... Read More

  • Caribbean: St Vincent Coast Guard Security Advice to Yacht Owners

    Date Published - November 28, 2013

    Whilst this advice dates from 2008, it still stands today, not only for St. Vincent but for all the Caribbean islands.... Read More

  • Caribbean Security for Cruisers: Everyone’s Concern, Everyone’s Responsibility

    Date Published - November 01, 2013

    This report by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN), helping cruisers enjoy safer cruising in the Caribbean.... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Union Island: Violent attack on cruising boat

    Date Published - October 08, 2013

    At approximately 20:45 on October 3rd, SY Rainbow anchored off Frigate Island, adjacent to Union Island, SVG, was boarded by machete-wielding men who violently attacked... Read More

  • Honduras, Catarasca Lagoon: Single Handed Cruiser Loses Boat to Pirates

    Date Published - August 08, 2012

    Cliff Vaughs of S/V Amistad, who has sailed Central American waters for 20 years, was boarded by pirates on July 30th, 2012, when in trouble... Read More

  • Caribbean, Bequia: Coastguard now patrolling at night

    Date Published - November 23, 2011

    As reported today by I-Witness News

    KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The local Coast Guard last week began nightly patrols in Bequia in response to a recent... Read More

  • Rio Dulce: heading for safer waters

    Date Published - February 20, 2009

    Appalled by the tragic killing and robberies occurring last year in the magnificent waterways of the Rio Dulce in Guatemala, local businesses have been taking... Read More

Venezuela

Cruising here needs to be approached with careful planning.

In recent years, Venezuela has seen a decline in the number of visiting yachts due to the steadily deteriorating safety situation. In certain areas (in particular Margarita and Testigos) there have been an increasing number of muggings, robberies and even knife attacks reported by visiting sailors, which have caused many to avoid this beautiful country and change their cruising plans for elsewhere.

It is not so much the number of attacks that cause concern, but the violent nature of these attacks. However, it is important to remember that with a coastline of nearly 1800 miles and 100’s of offshore islands, Venezuela is a vast cruising area, and whilst there are some parts that should perhaps still be avoided or at least approached with care, there are other areas that are safe to cruise where sailors do not encounter any problems.

A number of cruisers have reported visiting Los Roques over the last couple of years and have had no problems with the authorities.

For more information see Venezuela Security.

Businesses

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    Address: 4, Albert Embankment, London, United Kingdom, SE17SR

    The IMO - International Maritime Organization - is the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the safety and security of navigation and to... Read More

  • ONSA – For Maritime Safety in Venezuela

    Organización Nacional de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima de los espacios Acuáticos. A non-governmental national organization for search and rescue and maritime safety in the aquatic spaces... Read More

Reports

  • Venezuela: 2011 Safety and Security Incidents

    Date Published - April 19, 2011

    These reports are taken from http://www.wifiguy.co.cc/security.html [BROKEN LINK], a website run by Robert Williams who works with cruisers and was previously based in Venezuela. Robert is... Read More

  • Venezuela: 2010 Safety and Security Incidents

    Date Published - April 19, 2011

    These reports are taken from [BROKENLINK]http://www.wifiguy.co.cc/security.html, a website run by Robert Williams who is based in Venezuela and works with cruisers. Although Robert will be... Read More

News

  • Venezuela Pirate Attack: First Person report from Victims SY Explorer

    Date Published - November 19, 2013

    On Wednesday 13 November SY Explorer, on passage from Trinidad to Puerto La Cruz, was boarded by pirates 5nm from the Venezuelan coastline on approaching... Read More

  • Venezuela: Yacht boarded by armed pirates whilst en-route from Trinidad to Puerto La Cruz

    Date Published - November 16, 2013

    On passage from Trinidad, yacht Explorer was boarded by pirates 5nm from the Venezuelan coastline on Wednesday 13 November. Yachts planning a similar passage should... Read More

  • Venezuela, Orinoco Delta: Two Dutch Cruising Boats Suffer Armed Robbery

    Date Published - June 15, 2012

    Update: Posted 21 March 2013

    You might be interested in the following information we got from friends as a follow up on us being attacked in... Read More

  • Venezuela: Caution if Sailing Between Los Testigos and Porlamar, Isla Margarita

    Date Published - November 03, 2010

    Posted 23 October 2010

    Cruising yacht "Boldly Go", crewed by Ellen Birrell and Jim Hutchins, were attacked by pirates on 15 October 2010 at approximately N011... Read More

  • Recent Spate of Attacks on Cruising Yachts in Venezuela

    Date Published - July 15, 2008

    The recent spate of attacks on cruising yachts in Venezuela has caused alarm among many sailors planning to visit that country. Over the last two... Read More

Southeast Asia

The incidence rate of piracy in SE Asia remains low. The IMB cautioned that while the frequency of attacks has declined off Sabah, Malaysia after local authorities increased patrols, the threat still exists, and two kidnappings (from merchant vessels) have occurred in the region so far in 2019.

Philippines:

Both the US and the UK governments have advised against all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago due to the high risk of kidnapping of international travelers and the increased threat of maritime kidnappings against small boats.

There are persistent rumors about the danger of pirates in the south of Mindanao and the Sulu Sea and yachts generally avoid this area. General advice seems to be to stay away from the Southern PI, including South Palawan and be careful heading between PI and Malaysia.

A well-known marina on Samal Island near Davao in the southern Philippines was stormed by armed men in September 2015 and four yachties were kidnapped. Two of the captives were executed and two were released.

A German cruising couple were abducted by the same terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf, in Sulu from their yacht in November 2016. Jurgen and his partner, Sabine Merz, were attacked resulting in Sabine being killed and Jurgen taken hostage for ransom demands. Jurgen was held for 3 months and executed in February 2017 when the ransom demands were not met.

For more details see the Philippines Security section.

Businesses

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    Address: 4, Albert Embankment, London, United Kingdom, SE17SR

    The IMO - International Maritime Organization - is the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the safety and security of navigation and to... Read More

  • NATO Shipping Centre

    Address: Atlantic Building, Northwood Headquarters, Sandy Lane, Northwood , Middlesex, United Kingdom, HA63HP

    The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is the link between NATO and the merchant shipping community. Their website, however, does have some useful information for cruising... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Malaysian Waters: Royal Malaysian Navy Marine Emergency Response/SOS/Incident Reporting app

    Download K3M from your app store – unfortunately, the registration process is only presented in Bahasa Malaysia but if you can get past this and... Read More

Reports

  • Malaysia: Sailing through Eastern Sabah and Borneo with a military escort (2018)

    Date Published - January 13, 2019

    The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) provide an extraordinary level of support to boats transiting the waters around Eastern Sabah and Borneo. This report by... Read More

  • Philippines, Palawan: Warning about Kidnapping Danger in the Tagbita Bay Area

    Date Published - February 23, 2017

    A disturbing new threat to sailing boats cruising Palawan emerged in 2015. See later comments from cruisers cruising Palawan further down the report.... Read More

  • Philippines, Samal Island: Cruisers Abducted from Ocean View Resort Marina – Some Good News

    Date Published - September 18, 2016

    Four cruisers were abducted the night of the 21st September, 2015, from the upscale Ocean View Resort Marina near Davao City, off the southern Philippine... Read More

  • World-Wide Piracy: Indonesia Heads the Piracy Stakes

    Date Published - April 27, 2014

    The latest information on the world-wide piracy situation from the International Maritime Bureau.... Read More

  • Cruising SE Asia – Security Tips

    Date Published - January 01, 2012

    Our thanks to JJ Nicole of SY Calypso Magic for sharing these excellent cruising security tips.

    In all my cruising, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, PNG, Indonesia, Singapore,... Read More

News

  • Philippines: Piracy Warning

    Date Published - October 30, 2018

    Philippine Coast Guard warn that the Abu Sayyaf Group are planning to target foreign vessels passing through Sabah.... Read More

  • ReCAAP: Piracy Hits Decadal Lows in Asia

    Date Published - October 15, 2018

    Piracy in Asia has fallen to decadal lows, according to the latest numbers from regional reporting center ReCAAP. The number of actual reported incidents between... Read More

  • Philippine Forces Hunt Terrorists at Sea

    Date Published - August 02, 2017

    As fighting between terrorists and government forces in Mindanao continues, the Philippine government has rolled out countermeasures to prevent the escape of members of the... Read More

  • Malaysia: Working towards improved security for yachts

    Date Published - July 09, 2017

    The Royal Malaysian Navy has released what could be a very useful app for cruising yachts in this region.... Read More

  • Philippines: Major blow to the Abu Sayyaf as leader killed

    Date Published - April 27, 2017

    Muammar Askali, the Abu Sayyaf Group leader blamed for the “long-range pirate attacks” against German cruising couple Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen and the Ocean... Read More

  • Philippines: German cruiser kidnapped last November executed – ransom unpaid

    Date Published - March 03, 2017

    Media outlets and social media have reported that the German cruising yachtsman, Jurgen Kantner, kidnapped November 2016 from his yacht in Sulu in the southwestern... Read More

  • Philippines, Sulu: German cruiser kidnapped and wife killed

    Date Published - November 07, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_4691" align="alignright" width="150"] Philippine military released a photo of the couple's yacht, Rock all (Philippine military)[/caption]

    Sulu residents found a dead woman in an abandoned... Read More

  • Philippines, Samal Island: Cruisers Abducted from Ocean View Resort Marina – Some Good News

    Date Published - September 18, 2016

    Four cruisers were abducted the night of the 21st September, 2015, from the upscale Ocean View Resort Marina near Davao City, off the southern Philippine... Read More

  • Philippines: Abducted Cruiser Brutally Murdered

    Date Published - April 24, 2016

    Canadian John Risdel, abducted from the Holiday Oceanview Resort on Samal Island 7 months ago, has been killed at the hands of his captors hours... Read More

  • Indonesia: Crew kidnapped after yacht was hijacked in Strait of Lombok – or were they?

    Date Published - November 06, 2015

    The yacht "Faraway" was reported hijacked to the Indonesian police on October 28, 2015, in the Bali island area. News reports at the time stated... Read More

  • Maritime crime incidents across Southeast Asia at highest level in years

    Date Published - October 29, 2015

    Dryad Maritime (UK maritime intelligence company), released their third-quarter trends and analysis of global maritime crime showing a stark rise of 38% of incidents across... Read More

  • Maritime Crime in Southeast Asia sees a 22% increase in first half of 2015

    Date Published - July 08, 2015

    Today, Dryad Maritime, the UK’s leading maritime intelligence and operations company, has released its analysis of worldwide reported incidents of piracy and crime against mariners... Read More

  • Philippines, Palawan, Rio Tubbataha: German couple abducted from yacht

    Date Published - May 12, 2014

    Reports about this abduction which occurred in April are mixed, however, the main facts as we have interpreted them are outlined below.... Read More

  • U S Coastguard Helping Asian Countries Against Piracy

    Date Published - May 25, 2008

    Neighboring countries working together in Asia have reduced serious maritime piracy incidents but the concept needs to be expanded, according to experts at the first... Read More

South Pacific

Papua New Guinea

Cruising this country requires careful research before deciding which areas to cruise and there are definitely more populated areas and some island groups that should be avoided. However, it’s still possible to enjoy safe cruising here if you pick your route carefully.

See the PNG Security section for more details.

Businesses

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    Address: 4, Albert Embankment, London, United Kingdom, SE17SR

    The IMO - International Maritime Organization - is the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the safety and security of navigation and to... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

    Originating in 2006 and called the "Venezuelan Cruisers Group", it started as a means for cruisers in and around Venezuela to stay in touch and... Read More

Reports

  • Solomons and Papua New Guinea – Security Considerations 2017

    Date Published - February 09, 2018

    One of the biggest concerns we had when leaving Vanuatu and heading to the Solomons was security. We’d heard stories about items being stolen from... Read More

News

  • Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

    Date Published - February 07, 2014

    This group has really grown over the past several years, and many well-respected professionals in the boating industry are members. The group has proven very... Read More

Mediterranean

Turkey requires caution principally in the big cities and towns and areas of public interest/public gatherings. Due to the ongoing conflict in Syria, the areas bordering Syria and Iraq should not be visited. See Turkey Security for more details.

The Migrant Crisis, once most prevalent in the Eastern Mediterranean, has now encompassed the Western Mediterranean Sea particularly between Morocco and Spain. Full details of the current situation including a list of emergency numbers to call if a migrant boat is spotted can be found at this updated report – Mediterranean Cruising Update Regarding the Migrant Crisis.

Businesses

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    Address: 4, Albert Embankment, London, United Kingdom, SE17SR

    The IMO - International Maritime Organization - is the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the safety and security of navigation and to... Read More

  • NATO Shipping Centre

    Address: Atlantic Building, Northwood Headquarters, Sandy Lane, Northwood , Middlesex, United Kingdom, HA63HP

    The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is the link between NATO and the merchant shipping community. Their website, however, does have some useful information for cruising... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

    Originating in 2006 and called the "Venezuelan Cruisers Group", it started as a means for cruisers in and around Venezuela to stay in touch and... Read More

  • Southern Mediterranean: North African migrant emergency means cruisers should be vigilant

    The governor of Sicily has declared a state of

    [caption id="attachment_50165" align="alignright" width="200"] Migrant Map: © www.bbc.co.uk[/caption]

    emergency because of the large numbers of migrants it is... Read More

Reports

  • Refugees/Immigrants – People Smuggling in the Mediterranean could be the Tip of the Iceberg

    Date Published - May 21, 2015

    It is only a matter of time before we start to see crime and piracy off the North African coast in the form of attacks... Read More

  • Break-in at Ibiza: Lessons Learnt In Security

    Date Published - August 29, 2007

    Following is a lightly edited version of an e-mail I sent to a few close friends two weeks ago after our boat was boarded by... Read More

News

  • Mediterranean Cruising Update – regarding the migrant crisis

    Date Published - June 17, 2019

    (Originally published April 1, 2019 - updated June 17, 2019) - The migrant crisis, once most prevalent in the Eastern Mediterranean, has now encompassed the... Read More

  • Eastern Mediterranean Cruising Update – regarding the migrant crisis

    Date Published - May 16, 2016

    The Cruising Association has issued an Eastern Mediterranean overview and urges sailors not to be deterred from these waters by increasing terrorist threats and the... Read More

  • Refugees/Immigrants – People Smuggling in the Mediterranean could be the Tip of the Iceberg

    Date Published - May 21, 2015

    It is only a matter of time before we start to see crime and piracy off the North African coast in the form of attacks... Read More

  • Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

    Date Published - February 07, 2014

    This group has really grown over the past several years, and many well-respected professionals in the boating industry are members. The group has proven very... Read More

Convoys

Gulf of Aden Convoys

Yacht convoys are now believed to be a bad idea. They are unwieldy to manage and pose a more visible and attractive target to pirates. The military presence in the area (two different missions, one managed by NATO and one by the EU) discourage anything more than a couple or three boats traveling “together”.

Tom Sampson, who organized a 27 boat convoy in January 2010 through GOA, comments;

“The need for a convoy as an added form of security against piracy attacks is questionable. When the convoy of 2010 became so large (never intended) then it was hoped that coalition forces might offer some assistance – which they did not. I would not advocate the use of a large convoy and a convoy of any size would not provide security against pirates. However, it would offer mutual support between those in the convoy but this, of course, would apply to any passage of any duration”.

Roger Hill of SY Equanimity organized a 3 boat convoy with a security team onboard each boat from the Maldives to Sudan in April 2015. Read his report here.

Useful Resources

  • Indonesia to Australia

    Cruising in Company: Page on the Sail Indonesia website where boats returning from Indonesia to Australia can post their details if they wish to meet... Read More

Reports

  • SE Asia to the Med in Convoy through the Gulf of Aden 2015

    Date Published - April 16, 2015

    We just completed a long trip from Male, Maldives to Port Suakin, Sudan in a 3-boat convoy. This is not a casual trip and needs... Read More

  • Treat with Extreme Caution – Convoys & Rallies through the Indian Ocean

    Date Published - September 21, 2011

    Sent to noonsite by Tom Sampson of SY Katanne (www.katanne.co.uk)

    TREAT WITH EXTREME CAUTION - CONVOYS AND RALLIES THROUGH THE INDIAN OCEAN

    In 2010 I organized and... Read More

  • Notes on the Organisation of a Convoy

    Date Published - August 01, 2011

    These notes were originally prepared by Tom Sampson of SY Katanne following a super-convoy he organized from Salalah to Aden in January 2010. The piracy... Read More

  • Convoys in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea

    Date Published - July 29, 2011

    Tom Sampson, who organised a 27 boat convoy in January 2010 through GOA, sent noonsite the following comment following publication of ISAF's June 2011 Guidelines... Read More

  • Common sense practice for safe passage from Salalah to Aden

    Date Published - July 13, 2010

    From a cruiser who has done the same trip

    From Salalah, you will find many yachts on their way to the Red Sea all in the... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden Super Convoy – March 2010

    Date Published - July 13, 2010

    Gulf of Aden Super Convoy – updated

    Received from Joost Jager on 3rd January 2010

    How to go through the Gulf of Aden to the Med as... Read More

  • Sailing Oman to Aden 2010 in a small group

    Date Published - April 23, 2010

    Joost Jager’s evaluation [BROKEN LINK] of the Super convoy he led from Salalah to Aden has inspired us to tell our own quite different story... Read More

  • Super Convoy March 2010 Evaluation

    Date Published - April 23, 2010

    Report by Joost Jager

    Earlier this year I posted a report on noonsite announcing that a super convoy would most likely be formed for the passage... Read More

  • Convoys As Protection: Do They Work?

    Date Published - July 10, 2006

    QUESTION: Is there data indicating a protective effect from convoy formation? I agree with your apparent decision that firearms are not a good idea. Is... Read More

Africa

Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea are rising against all vessels. Nigeria alone accounts for about 25 percent of all worldwide attacks so far in 2019. The IMB recommends – “All waters in/off Nigeria remain risky. Vessels are advised to be vigilant, as many incidents may have gone unreported”.

Cruisers planning to visit Madagascar and the Mozambique channel are being advised to be extremely cautious in 2020 following an increase in a number of issues of concern to cruisers. Terrorist activities are increasing and the Bazurto Archipelago, once considered a safe haven for yachts on passage south, should now be avoided. Find out more at this report.

Reports

  • Mozambique Security Update

    Date Published - January 20, 2020

    Cruisers planning to visit Mozambique and passage the Mozambique channel are being advised to be extremely cautious according to experienced South African cruiser Des Cason.... Read More

  • The Gambia: Beware of Pirates Near Banjul

    Date Published - August 08, 2011

    Caution, pirates might try to board your vessel when approaching the deep water buoy outside the port of Banjul, The Gambia.... Read More

  • Pirates Desert Malacca Straits for African Waters

    Date Published - June 05, 2008

    It's not just in Somalian waters where long range cruisers must be concerned about piracy. Piracy has now become so rampant in Nigerian waters on... Read More

News

  • Pirate attacks worsen in Gulf of Guinea

    Date Published - April 29, 2018

    April 2018: A surge in armed attacks against ships around West Africa is pushing up global levels of piracy and armed robbery at sea,... Read More

  • Piracy attacks in East and West Africa dominate IMB’s world report

    Date Published - January 25, 2012

    As reported by www.defpro.news

    Pirate attacks against vessels in East and West Africa accounted for the majority of world attacks in 2011, signaling a rising trend,... Read More

  • West Africa: Copycat Piracy Cause for Concern

    Date Published - September 08, 2011

    As reported by Des Ryan of www.Sail-World.com

    One of the joys of sailing is the freedom to go where you want when you want. While all... Read More

Businesses

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net

    The Caribbean Safety and Security Net provide information by anchorage or by island, so sailors can plan their cruising in the Caribbean with an eye... Read More

  • Dryad Maritime

    Address: United Kingdom,

    A UK maritime operations company specializing in vessel safety. Offers support to smaller vessels who wish to embark on open passages through high-risk areas.... Read More

  • EOS Risk Management

    Address: United Kingdom,

    Maritime security and crisis response company, with a large network of professional maritime security consultants and vessel protection officers with experience across the Indian Ocean,... Read More

  • IMB Piracy Reporting Centre

    Address: ICC International Maritime Bureau, PO Box 12559, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50782

    Created in 1992, the centre is based in Kuala Lumpur and maintains a round-the-clock watch on the world’s shipping lanes, reporting pirate attacks to local... Read More

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    Address: 4, Albert Embankment, London, United Kingdom, SE17SR

    The IMO - International Maritime Organization - is the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the safety and security of navigation and to... Read More

  • Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA)

    Offers best management practice for vessel self-protection as well as group transit information in the Gulf of Aden. MSCHOA liaises with anti-piracy patrols being conducted... Read More

  • MAST

    Address: Thremhall Park, Start Hill, Bishop Stortford, Herts, United Kingdom, CM22 7WE

    Security Management Company offering complete security package to yachts including anti-piracy protection.... Read More

  • NATO Shipping Centre

    Address: Atlantic Building, Northwood Headquarters, Sandy Lane, Northwood , Middlesex, United Kingdom, HA63HP

    The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is the link between NATO and the merchant shipping community. Their website, however, does have some useful information for cruising... Read More

  • ONSA – For Maritime Safety in Venezuela

    Organización Nacional de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima de los espacios Acuáticos. A non-governmental national organization for search and rescue and maritime safety in the aquatic spaces... Read More

  • Phantom Services

    Address: Tampa Bay Area, Florida, USA,

    Seminars, classes & training focussing on yacht security.... Read More

  • Securewest International

    Address: Riverford House 43, Estover Close, Plymouth, South Coast, United Kingdom, PL6 7PL

    Risk Management company providing services to the maritime and yachting sector.... Read More

  • UKMTO (UK Maritime Trade Organization) (RN) Dubai

    Address: Dubai, United Kingdom,

    UKMTO Dubai coordinates the management of all merchant ship and yachts in the GOA area and northern Indian Ocean. They also administer the Voluntary Reporting... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Caribbean Navigator

    Facebook Group supporting all cruisers who wish to share safe sailing, navigation, and boat security information for the Caribbean Sea.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/341518759227037/... Read More

  • Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

    Originating in 2006 and called the "Venezuelan Cruisers Group", it started as a means for cruisers in and around Venezuela to stay in touch and... Read More

  • CSSN Precaution Resources

    The Caribbean Safety and Security Net have some useful tips and precautions on their website including ideas and suggestions for use while at anchor/moored, in... Read More

  • Guns & Cruising

    Circumnavigators SY Totem gives their thoughts on carrying guns on board.

    http://www.sailingtotem.com/2017/01/guns-and-cruising.html... Read More

  • Indonesia to Australia

    Cruising in Company: Page on the Sail Indonesia website where boats returning from Indonesia to Australia can post their details if they wish to meet... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, manage this group dedicated to assisting Search and Rescue Authorities in... Read More

  • Legal, cheap & effective deterrent for unwelcome boarders

    WASP SPRAY! You can clear into any country with it, it has an effective shooting distance of 20+ feet. We keep one can in the... Read More

  • Malaysian Waters: Royal Malaysian Navy Marine Emergency Response/SOS/Incident Reporting app

    Download K3M from your app store – unfortunately, the registration process is only presented in Bahasa Malaysia but if you can get past this and... Read More

  • Preventing your dinghy and outboard from being stolen

    Brutal yet practical ways of keeping your new dinghy and outboard safe from thieves.

    From the Blog of eoceanic.com.... Read More

  • Protecting yourself from boat theft

    Being the victim of boat theft is a nasty experience. YBW has 10 top tips on how to keep both your vessel and your belongings... Read More

  • Red Sea Passage Facebook Group

    This is a closed group for obvious reasons.

    This group has over 500 members, many of which have completed a passage of the Red Sea -... Read More

  • Southern Mediterranean: North African migrant emergency means cruisers should be vigilant

    The governor of Sicily has declared a state of

    [caption id="attachment_50165" align="alignright" width="200"] Migrant Map: © www.bbc.co.uk[/caption]

    emergency because of the large numbers of migrants it is... Read More

  • Tamarisk – Round the World (and through the Red Sea)

    January 2015: Passage via Saudi Arabia, Sudan and upwards through the Red Sea towards the Suez Canal.

    http://www.tamariskrtw.com/... Read More

  • Wasp spray for self-defence?

    Concerning, the effectiveness of insecticide sprays for self-defense, It looks like this may be another "urban legend". See the website Urban Legends.... Read More

Reports

  • St. Martin, Marigot Bay: Night Boarding and Burglary – January 2021

    Date Published - January 11, 2021

    A catamaran was boarded in the early hours of the morning while the crew were asleep and burgled. ... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net Annual Report 2019: Reported Yacht Crime in the Caribbean

    Date Published - December 30, 2020

    CSSN have published their annual report for 2019, a year which reflects the highest number of reported crimes against yachts in the Caribbean, up substantially... Read More

  • Caribbean, Grenadines: Vincentian Fishermen Robbed by Armed Pirates in Waters Off Mustique

    Date Published - November 17, 2020

    Two Vincentian fishermen were robbed in offshore fishing grounds off Mustique by 10 Spanish-speaking men with AK-47 rifles.... Read More

  • Grenada, Carriacou, Tyrrel Bay: Dinghy Theft – November 2020

    Date Published - November 11, 2020

    Overnight a dinghy, chained on deck, was stolen from an anchored yacht.... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Tahiti, Papeete Marina: Attempted Theft – September 2020

    Date Published - September 26, 2020

    In the middle of the night a boat in the marina was boarded and an attempt was made to steal a folding bicycle stored on... Read More

  • Atlantic Spain, Gulf of Cadiz: German Cruising Boat Pursued by Pirates

    Date Published - September 22, 2020

    On route from Faro, Portugal to Gibraltar last week, a German Lagoon 42 was pursued by masked men in 2 RIBs who tried to board... Read More

  • Curaçao, Spanish Water Anchorage: Outboard Theft – September 2020

    Date Published - September 17, 2020

    Dinghy and outboard thieves operate throughout the Caribbean and theft reports continue to come in from Curacao. This report by CSSN.... Read More

  • Antigua, English Harbor: Outboard Theft

    Date Published - September 07, 2020

    Dinghy and outboard thefts are common in the Caribbean. Here CSSN report on theft in English Harbor.... Read More

  • SVG, Young Island: Boardings and Thefts on Multiple Boats – August 2020

    Date Published - August 25, 2020

    On the same night in August multiple boats were boarded and some burgled. This report from CSSN.... Read More

  • Cuba, Marina Hemingway: Burglary of unoccupied yacht – July 2020

    Date Published - July 30, 2020

    A yacht left in Cuba with a "minder" was burgled while berthed in Marina Hemingway.... Read More

  • Martinique, St. Anne: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – July 2020

    Date Published - July 15, 2020

    A locked dinghy and outboard were stolen from the St. Anne dinghy dock. This report from CSSN.... Read More

  • Red Sea: Passage Report on a Successful Trip from SV Joana

    Date Published - July 13, 2020

    A successful passage through the Red Sea requires preparation, according to Wade Alarie, moderator of the Red Sea Passage Facebook Page who sailed the route... Read More

  • SVG, Union, Clifton Harbor: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – July 2020

    Date Published - July 06, 2020

    A dinghy with outboard on davits was stolen overnight from a yacht.... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Yacht Burgled – June 2020

    Date Published - June 22, 2020

    During daylight hours between 10:15 and 11:30 AM an unlocked cruising catamaran on a private 2 yacht floating dock along the mangroves south of the... Read More

  • Indonesia, South Sumatra: Australian single-hander boarded by pirates and robbed at gunpoint – May 2020

    Date Published - June 20, 2020

    An Australian single-hander has been rescued after being robbed by pirates on speed boats off the coast of south Sumatra while on passage from Australia... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – June 2020

    Date Published - June 10, 2020

    A cable-locked dingy and outboard were stolen from a boat overnight. This report by CSSN.... Read More

  • Red Sea, Eritrea, Massawa: Turkish Circumnavigators Detained by Military (April 2020)

    Date Published - June 04, 2020

    Transiting north up the Red Sea a Turkish cruising catamaran took refuge in Massawa having obtained prior permission to enter. On arrival they were boarded... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Yacht Burgled – March 2020

    Date Published - May 21, 2020

    This is the 6th reported security incident against yachts in Luperon, DR since the end of 2019.... Read More

  • USVI, St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie: Yacht Theft – April 2020

    Date Published - April 30, 2020

    A yachts was stolen from Lindbergh Bay and later discovered "crashed" in Frenchtown. This report by CSSN.... Read More

  • USVI, St. Croix, Christiansted: Yacht Theft – April 2020

    Date Published - April 20, 2020

    An unoccupied yacht was stolen from its mooring and later recovered. Report by CSSN.... Read More

  • Colombia, Bahia de Barbacoas: Armed Break-in, Assault and Robbery – March 2020

    Date Published - April 16, 2020

    A lone yacht at anchor was boarded at night by armed men who assaulted the crew and stole their dinghy and outboard along with some... Read More

  • On Passage from Argentina to Brazil: Pursuit and Attempted Collision

    Date Published - April 10, 2020

    Swiss yacht "Sutitude" describe a distressing experience en-route from Argentina to Itajai, Brazil last month, when they were pursued by a boat for several hours... Read More

  • Grenada, Carriacou, Tyrrel Bay: Unoccupied Yacht Burgled – April 2020

    Date Published - March 31, 2020

    An unoccupied yacht was burgled right down to the winches! Report by CSSN.... Read More

  • BVI, Jost van Dyke, White Bay: Burglary – March 2020

    Date Published - March 25, 2020

    Unlocked charter yacht burgled while guests ashore. Report from CSSN.... Read More

  • Belize, Dangriga: Burgled While Asleep – March 2020

    Date Published - March 20, 2020

    While the crew were asleep, a yacht was burgled. Report by CSSN.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Armed Boarding and Assault – February 2020

    Date Published - March 13, 2020

    Reported second hand to CSSN, a solo sailor was badly hurt when boarded by armed men anchored near Anse Chastenet.... Read More

  • Guadeloupe, Marina Bas du Fort: Locked Bikes Stolen from Pontoon – March 2020

    Date Published - March 10, 2020

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2020-03-03 04:00LOCATION: Guadeloupe (France) – Guadeloupe – Marina Bas du FortEVENT: TheftHAND: 1STOLEN ITEMS: BicyclesSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: At 0400 HRS four (4) thieves entered the marina, the first... Read More

  • Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia: Armed Boarding and Robbery – January 2020

    Date Published - March 04, 2020

    After arrival in the Cape Verdes and visiting the ports of Sal and Boa Vista, this cruising catamaran arrived late in the day at Praia,... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Boarded while Ashore – February 2020

    Date Published - February 28, 2020

    An unlocked yacht was boarded while the owners were ashore and ransacked. Report from CSSN.... Read More

  • Panama, Bocas del Toro: Burglary – February 2020

    Date Published - February 25, 2020

    An unoccupied yacht was burgled. This report from CSSN.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Pigeon Island: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – January 2020

    Date Published - February 08, 2020

    An in-the-water but secured dinghy with outboard was stolen overnight, and another yacht in the same bay suffered the same fate on the same night.... Read More

  • Anguilla, Road Bay: Break-in and Burglary – January 2020

    Date Published - January 22, 2020

    Reported by CSSN: While the owners were ashore for dinner a locked yacht was broken into and burgled.... Read More

  • Papua New Guinea, Bougainville Island, Torokina: Armed Robbery and Piracy – October 2019

    Date Published - January 21, 2020

    This incident has only just been reported to Noonsite by the victim. On route from the Shortland Islands to Kavieng Scott Skinner had to stop... Read More

  • Grenada, Clarkes Court Bay Marina: Theft from Yacht during Storage Period – June 2019 to January 2020

    Date Published - January 21, 2020

    Reported by CSSN: A yacht stored on the hard for 6 months had its watermaker stolen.... Read More

  • Mozambique Security Update

    Date Published - January 20, 2020

    Cruisers planning to visit Mozambique and passage the Mozambique channel are being advised to be extremely cautious according to experienced South African cruiser Des Cason.... Read More

  • St. Martin Lagoon (French side): Dinghy Theft from Dinghy Dock – January 2020

    Date Published - January 16, 2020

    This report from CSSN - a dinghy locked with its outboard was stolen from the TOBY dinghy dock. The outboard was better secured and not... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Burglary – December 2019

    Date Published - January 08, 2020

    Following a year of no security issues in Luperon, a visiting yacht was burgled at night while the crew were ashore.... Read More

  • USA, California, San Diego,Bravo Dock for Dingies: Attempted Outboard Theft – December 2019

    Date Published - December 26, 2019

    Dinghy and outboard thefts have been reported in the past in San Diego and it appears this is still an on-going problem. Be sure to... Read More

  • Nicaragua: Continuing Piracy Threat

    Date Published - December 16, 2019

    This report from Brian Simm, planning a passage from Rio Dulce to Panama.... Read More

  • Mexico, Baja California Sur, Turtle Bay: Outboard Theft – December 2019

    Date Published - December 10, 2019

    This report was noted in Cruising Compass - an extract has been taken from Sailing Yahtzee's blog.... Read More

  • Guatemala, Livingston: Outboard Theft – November 2019

    Date Published - November 21, 2019

    Overnight during November, two cruising yachts suffered outboard engine theft off Livingston. As reported by CSSN.... Read More

  • St. Lucia, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – November 2019

    Date Published - November 17, 2019

    A cruiser’s locked dinghy was stolen from the Gros Islet jetty during the Friday night street party. As reported by CSSN.... Read More

  • Panama, Bahia Nombre de Dios: Armed Assault and Robbery – November 2019

    Date Published - November 12, 2019

    Yachts on passage between Linton Bay and the San Blas sometimes take refuge in this bay, but yachts must be careful and seriously consider the... Read More

  • Panama, Bahia Nombre de Dios: Armed Boarding, Assault and Robbery – November 2019

    Date Published - November 06, 2019

    Yachts on passage between Linton Bay and the San Blas sometimes take refuge in this bay, but yachts must be careful and seriously consider the... Read More

  • Indonesia, West Kalimantan, Pontianak: Outboard Theft – October 2019

    Date Published - October 31, 2019

    Pontianak is the capital of West Kalimantan and is a convenient provisioning stop between Kumai in South Kalimantan and the Anambas. If you do stop... Read More

  • St. Martin, Grand Case: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – October 2019

    Date Published - October 30, 2019

    An in-the water but cable locked dinghy and outboard was stolen overnight. As reported by CSSN.... Read More

  • Guatemala, Rio Dulce, Shell Bay: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – October 2019

    Date Published - October 15, 2019

    A secured dinghy and outboard were stolen overnight from an anchored yacht.... Read More

  • Grenada, Prickly Bay: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – September 2019

    Date Published - September 27, 2019

    A locked dinghy and outboard stolen from the Prickly Bay Marina dinghy dock.... Read More

  • St. Martin Lagoon (French side): Dinghy and Outboard Theft – September 2019

    Date Published - September 26, 2019

    As reported by CSSN:Date: 2019-09-25 01:00Country Name: St. Martin (French)Location Detail: LagoonEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: dinghy / 30 HP 2S outboardSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: Overnight an... Read More

  • Grenada Offshore: Fishing Boat Boarded and Robbed by Pirates – September 2019

    Date Published - September 15, 2019

    On the usual north-south track for island hopping yachts, just 42nm west of the northern coast of Grenada, a fishing boat was boarded by Spanish-speaking... Read More

  • SVG, Union, Clifton Harbor: Burglary – September 2019

    Date Published - September 05, 2019

    A locked charter yacht was burgled when the crew were ashore - as reported by CSSN.... Read More

  • Grenada, St. Georges, Outer Harbor: Night Boarding and Burglary – September 2019

    Date Published - September 03, 2019

    At night while the crew was sleeping an unlocked catamaran was boarded and a number of items from inside the vessel were stolen. As reported... Read More

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ottley Hall: Burgled while on the Hard – July 2019

    Date Published - August 30, 2019

    A yacht was broken into on the hard and ransacked/burgled while its owner was off the Island. Reported by CSSN.... Read More

  • Grenada, Clarkes Court Bay, Lower Woburn: Fuel Siphoned at Woburn Dock – August 2019

    Date Published - August 24, 2019

    Both dinghies at the Woburn dock and dinghies alongside yachts in the bay are having their outboard fuel siphoned and stolen.... Read More

  • Dominica, Prince Rupert Bay: Dinghy Vandalised at PAYS Dock – August 2019

    Date Published - August 22, 2019

    Having left their dinghy at the PAYS dinghy dock for 3 hours, the owners returned to find it had been vandalized, but not stolen. ... Read More

  • Italy, Porto di Loano: Bicycle Theft in Marina – August 2019

    Date Published - August 21, 2019

    After spending two years in Marina di Loano preparing for their circumnavigation, this crew had their two folding bikes stolen just days before departure.... Read More

  • Marshall Islands, Majuro: Attempted Burglary – August 2019

    Date Published - August 20, 2019

    Spending the summer in the Marshalls, this sailboat had got used to sleeping with their hatches open. Waking one night they disturbed an intruder in... Read More

  • SVG, Bequia, Princess Margaret Beach: Boarding and Attempted Theft while Ashore – August 2019

    Date Published - August 20, 2019

    Yachts anchored close to Princess Margaret Beach continue to be boarded by swimmers intent on theft. These victims had locked their main hatch but not... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – August 2019

    Date Published - August 18, 2019

    This cruisers' hardware was stolen while they were sitting in the lit cockpit. A search the next day retrieved the dinghy and after offering a... Read More

  • Grenada, St. Georges, Inner Lagoon: Armed Boarding and Burglary – August 2019

    Date Published - August 15, 2019

    A cruiser was asleep in his bed at a private dock in the inner lagoon when he was awakened by an intruder holding a fishing... Read More

  • USVI, St. Croix, Christiansted: Night boarding and theft at public pier – August 2019

    Date Published - August 12, 2019

    An unlocked catamaran berthed at the public pier in Christiansted was boarded at night by an intruder who escaped with just some cash. As reported... Read More

  • Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Arrecife: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – July 2019

    Date Published - July 31, 2019

    A yacht at anchor in Arrecife harbour had its tender and outboard stolen overnight. First hand report.... Read More

  • Martinique, St. Pierre: Dinghy and Outboard Stolen from Davits – July 2019

    Date Published - July 29, 2019

    Determined thieves stole a secured and locked dinghy that was raised on davits overnight and the attached outboard while the owners slept. As reported by... Read More

  • Bonaire, Kralendijk: Dinghy Theft – July 2019

    Date Published - July 27, 2019

    A dinghy and outboard were stolen from the Budget Marine dinghy dock, but both were later recovered minus the fuel tank. This report from CSSN.... Read More

  • Puerto Rico, Puerto Real: Boat in marina burgled while owners away – July 2019

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    While the boat owners were away from their vessel for 4 days, secured in Marina Pescaderia, it was broken into and ransacked. This report by... Read More

  • SVG, Bequia, Princess Margaret Beach: Boarding and Theft while Ashore – July 2019

    Date Published - July 21, 2019

    While the owners were ashore for dinner an unlocked yacht was boarded and burgled.... Read More

  • Grenada, Hog Island: Problems with break-ins continue – July 2019

    Date Published - July 20, 2019

    Problems with break-ins continue in Grenada. This report by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net.... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay to San Blas: Armed Robbery at Bahia Nombre de Dios – July 2019

    Date Published - July 15, 2019

    On passage from Linton Bay to the San Blas, a cruising boat with engine trouble stopped over at Bahia Nombre de Dios for the night.... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay: Armed Robbery – July 2019

    Date Published - July 15, 2019

    Five armed men rob a boat at anchor off the marina, as reported by CSSN.... Read More

  • SVG, Canouan, L’Ance Guyac: Night Boarding and Attempted Theft – July 2019

    Date Published - July 07, 2019

    This catamaran did everything right, raising and securing their dinghy overnight, which prevented a theft - as reported to CSSN.... Read More

  • St. Martin, Chicken Island: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – July 2019

    Date Published - July 05, 2019

    A locked (but left in the water) dinghy and outboard were stolen overnight from a yacht at anchor - reported to CSSN.... Read More

  • SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel): Night Boarding and Attempted Break-in – July 2019

    Date Published - July 05, 2019

    A yacht at anchor in this well-known trouble spot was boarded at night and a thief attempted to break into the locked yacht while the... Read More

  • SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel): Night Boarding and Theft – July 2019

    Date Published - July 02, 2019

    An unlocked catamaran with 11 persons onboard was boarded and burgled overnight while owners and guests were sleeping. ... Read More

  • Martinique, Grand Anse D’Arlet: Night time burglary of unlocked yacht – June 2019

    Date Published - June 30, 2019

    CSSN reports on a burglary from an unlocked yacht while the owner was sleeping.... Read More

  • Honduras, NE of Gorda Bank and E of Guanaja: Suspicious Activity – June 2019

    Date Published - June 30, 2019

    A sailing vessel en route from Providencia, Columbia to the Bay Islands, Honduras reported to the CSSN about being approached by suspicious vessels.... Read More

  • Honduras, NE of Gorda Bank: Suspicious Activity – June 2019

    Date Published - June 28, 2019

    A monohull transiting from Providencia, Colombia to the Bay Islands, Honduras was approached by a white pilothouse fishing vessel and followed. Reported to CSSN.... Read More

  • Caribbean Cruising: Bad things do happen – what each of us can do to minimize risk

    Date Published - June 27, 2019

    (June 8, 2019) - This useful summary by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net, of reported serious incidents in the Caribbean basin this year, gives... Read More

  • SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel): Night Boarding and Burlgary – June 2019

    Date Published - June 27, 2019

    (Incident: June 13, 2019) - As reported by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net: Boardings and burglaries continue to occur in Charlestown Bay, Canouan. Be... Read More

  • Panama, Bocas del Toro: Night time break-in and burglary – May 2019

    Date Published - May 22, 2019

    CSSN report on a break-in and burglary while the owners were asleep on board.... Read More

  • SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel): Night Boarding and Attempted Break-in – May 2019

    Date Published - May 22, 2019

    CSSN report on an attempted break-in at this anchorage which suffers persistent but unresolved problems.... Read More

  • Italy, Sicily, Siracusa: Night boarding and theft – May 2019

    Date Published - May 09, 2019

    A yacht docked in the main port of Siracusa, Sicily, reported having two items stolen from the deck of their boat on the night of... Read More

  • Panama, Guna Yala, Isla Surdub (Isla Mono): New Zealand Cruising Family Attacked and Father Fatally Injured – May 2019

    Date Published - May 06, 2019

    (May 6, 2019) – On May 2, 2019, the MV Aqua Lobo was attacked by masked and armed robbers while anchored off La Isla Surdub... Read More

  • Martinique, Anse a l’ Anne: Theft of Locked Outboard – March 2019

    Date Published - April 28, 2019

    By CSSN — Mar 29, 2019

    Theft of a locked outboard which on a dinghy which was locked onto davits on a yacht.... Read More

  • St Lucia, Rodney Bay Gros Islet: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – March 2019

    Date Published - April 28, 2019

    An in the water, but locked dinghy, complete with its outboard, was stolen overnight while the owners slept.... Read More

  • Martinique, Le Marin: Theft of Locked Dinghy and Outboard from the Marina – April 2019

    Date Published - April 28, 2019

    By CSSN — last modified Apr 12, 2019

    A dinghy with a 30hp outboard, both of which were locked, was stolen while locked and chained... Read More

  • Puerto Rico, Vieques Esperanza: Theft of Outboard – April 2019

    Date Published - April 28, 2019

    Apr 12, 2019

    Determined theft of an outboard which was locked to the dinghy (also locked) from the Esperanza community dock.... Read More

  • Panama, Bocas del Toro: Theft of Dinghy and Outboard – April 2019

    Date Published - April 28, 2019

    By CSSN — Apr 12, 2019

    A locked dinghy was stolen overnight from the floating dock in the boatyard.... Read More

  • USVI, St. John, Coral Bay: Dinghy and Outboard Stolen – April 2019

    Date Published - April 25, 2019

    CSSN reports a locked dinghy and outboard were stolen from the dinghy dock in Coral Bay.... Read More

  • Nicaragua: Pirate Attack en-route from Roatan, Honduras to Providencia, Colombia – April 2019

    Date Published - April 18, 2019

    This first-hand report from skipper Wayne Smith.... Read More

  • Caribbean, Trinidad Hibiscus Oil Platform: Pirates fire shots at sailboat – April 2019

    Date Published - April 17, 2019

    A sailboat positioned about 15 nm NE of the Hibiscus oil platform was approached by a group of 8 Venezuelans in an attempted piracy attack.... Read More

  • Trinidad & Tobago Waters – Yacht Security: How to File a Float Plan

    Date Published - April 17, 2019

    Message from YSATT: Please FILE A FLOAT PLAN with the TTCG and call North Post Radio station if you are traveling in or out of... Read More

  • Honduras, Roatan North Coast: Burgled while Diving – March 2019

    Date Published - March 30, 2019

    This report from CSSN, theft from an unlocked boat while the owners went diving.... Read More

  • Martinique, St Anne: Theft of Locked Outboard and Dinghy – March 2019

    Date Published - March 16, 2019

    By Val Ellis — Mar 16, 2019

    Both the locked dinghy and its outboard were stolen from outside a restaurant... Read More

  • Martinique, Le Marin: Theft of Dinghy hoist and a Grill – February 2019

    Date Published - March 16, 2019

    By CSSN — Mar 16, 2019

    While owners were away, a dinghy hoist/tackle and a Magma grill were stolen from an unlocked cockpit locker.... Read More

  • Martinique, Le Marin: Theft of Two Locked Outboards – February 2019

    Date Published - March 16, 2019

    By CSSN — Mar 16, 2019

    Two outboards were stolen from an unoccupied yacht while it was berthed at a pontoon at the Carenantilles Shipyard.... Read More

  • Sint Maarten, Simpson Bay: Theft of Unlocked RIB and outboard – February 2019

    Date Published - March 16, 2019

    An unlocked sailing school RIB with its outboard was stolen from the Yacht Club dock.... Read More

  • Grenada: Suspicious Activity Offshore – February 2019

    Date Published - March 16, 2019

    By CSSN — Mar 16, 2019

    A boat displaying flashing blue and red lights and no AIS identity made several attempts to intercept a yacht 38... Read More

  • Panama, Portobello: Theft of Outboard Engine – March 2019

    Date Published - March 16, 2019

    An unmanned yacht was broken into and an outboard engine which was locked inside was stolen.... Read More

  • Antigua and Barbuda, Jolly Harbor: Theft of Unlocked Dinghy and Outboard – February 2019

    Date Published - March 16, 2019

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2019-02-22 11:00

    Country Name: Antigua/Barbuda

    Location Detail: Antigua Jolly Harbor

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: Highfield 3.5m dinghy/Suzuki 2.5 outboard

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    An unlocked dinghy was... Read More

  • Ireland, Kinsale: Outboard Theft – February 2019

    Date Published - February 22, 2019

    Garda warning after three boat engines are stolen in KinsaleOn February 18th, at approximately 9.30pm, a member of the public saw two men acting suspiciously... Read More

  • Martinique, Le Marin, Zanzibar Dinghy Dock: Locked Dinghy Stolen – February 2019

    Date Published - February 21, 2019

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2019-02-21 22:00

    Country Name: Martinique

    Location Detail: Le Marin Zanzibar dinghy dock

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Highfield dinghy w/ 9.8 HP Tohatsu 2S engine

    SECURED:... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – February 2019

    Date Published - February 17, 2019

    A yacht anchored off Gros Islet had its new in-the-water and cable locked dinghy/outboard stolen overnight.... Read More

  • Belize, Placencia Harbor: Night Boarding and Theft – February 2019

    Date Published - February 15, 2019

    Sleeping on board with the boat left open, the owners awoke to discover a thief exiting the main hatch having stolen cash - as reported... Read More

  • Guatemala, Livingston: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – February 2019

    Date Published - February 15, 2019

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2019-02-15 04:10

    Country Name: Guatemala

    Location Detail: Livingston

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Dinghy and 15 HP outboard engine

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    A yacht anchored off Livingston... Read More

  • Dominica, Soufriere: Yacht Burgled – February 2019

    Date Published - February 12, 2019

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2019-02-12 21:00

    Country Name: Dominica

    Location Detail: Soufriere

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: cellphone and personal electronics

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A yacht visiting Dominica to provide aid had... Read More

  • Honduras, Roatan, West End: Yacht Boarded & Outboard Stolen – February 2019

    Date Published - February 08, 2019

    (February 08, 2019) – As reported by CSSN: Theft - A nighttime boarding and robbery in West End, Roatan.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: Burgled in Daylight – February 2019

    Date Published - February 02, 2019

    A yacht anchored at about 2 PM and everyone went ashore to collect guests at the airport. They returned about 2 hours later to find... Read More

  • St. Vincent, Cumberland Bay: Evening Boarding & Theft – February 2019

    Date Published - February 02, 2019

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2019-02-01 22:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: St. Vincent Cumberland Bay

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: cash + other items

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    Crew anchored at the... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Union Island, Clifton Harbour: Attempted Burglary – January 2019

    Date Published - January 24, 2019

    As reported by CSSN:

    DATE: 2019-01-22 19:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Union Clifton Harbor

    EVENT: Attempted burglary

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: None

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    Owners returned to their yacht moored near Happy... Read More

  • St Martin, Marina Royale: Outboard Theft – January 2019

    Date Published - January 18, 2019

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2019-01-17

    Country Name: St. Martin (French)

    Location Detail: Marina Royale

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: 25HP 4S Yamaha outboard

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    25HP Yamaha 4S was padlocked to... Read More

  • Panama, Portobelo: Violent Armed Robbery – January 2019

    Date Published - January 17, 2019

    Robbery and attempted robbery by armed men in a panga on January 13th - as reported by the Caribbean Security and Safety Net.... Read More

  • Malaysia: Sailing through Eastern Sabah and Borneo with a military escort (2018)

    Date Published - January 13, 2019

    The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) provide an extraordinary level of support to boats transiting the waters around Eastern Sabah and Borneo. This report by... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Bora Bora, Vaitape: Outboard stolen – December 2018

    Date Published - December 31, 2018

    Outboard stolen from boat while moored at the fish market in Vaitape. ... Read More

  • Panama, Las Perlas, Rio Cacique: Burgled while ashore – December 2018

    Date Published - December 30, 2018

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  • Bahamas, South Bimini, Bimini Beach Club Marina: Threatening Officials – December 2018

    Date Published - December 24, 2018

    Alex Johnson says:

    Dec 22, 2018 03:53 PM

    On December 12th at 2 am I was tied up to the center dock at the closed Bimini Beach... Read More

  • Antigua, St. John’s: Burgled while ashore – December 2018

    Date Published - December 22, 2018

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net.

    DATE: 2018-12-20 15:00

    Country Name: Antigua/Barbuda

    Location Detail: Antigua St. John’s

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Cash, iPod, iPhone, credit card,... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Burgled whilst snorkelling – December 2018

    Date Published - December 17, 2018

    While the crew were snorkeling a yacht was boarded and burgled.... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: An exciting transit with welcome support (April 2016)

    Date Published - December 14, 2018

    In April 2016 SY Sea Child sailed from the Maldive Islands into the Red Sea. This report is notable, not only for the routing they... Read More

  • Thailand, Phang Nga, Ko Panyi: Burgled while away from the vessel – December 2018

    Date Published - December 13, 2018

    Dennis' unsecured boat was robbed of phone and cash, and the professionalism and attention given to them by the Thai authorities to locate the culprits... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: Attempted Theft – November 2018

    Date Published - November 26, 2018

    Swimmers were spotted trying to board a yacht at night.... Read More

  • Greece, Egina (Aigina): Attempted Theft at Planaco Boatyard – November 2018

    Date Published - November 24, 2018

    Aegina Island | Planaco Boat Yard. Attempted theft/robbery (First-hand report)... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Unoccupied yacht burgled – November 2018

    Date Published - November 11, 2018

    Thieves broke into an unoccupied, but well-locked yacht, thru a deck hatch, damaging the hatch... Read More

  • Martinique, Le Marin: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – November 2018

    Date Published - November 10, 2018

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    DATE: 2018-11-07 01:00

    Country Name: Martinique

    Location Detail: Le Marin Marina

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Highfield 310 dinghy / 4... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Burgled while asleep – November 2018

    Date Published - November 10, 2018

    Sleeping at night with the boat unlocked, it was boarded and burgled.... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay: Burglary – October 2018

    Date Published - October 31, 2018

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-10-30 03:00

    Country Name: Panama

    Location Detail: Linton Bay

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Everything below deck including 2 TVs, tools dive gear, life jackets,... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Burgled while travelling inland – October 2018

    Date Published - October 30, 2018

    Leaving the boat for 3 days, one deck hatch was not secured and the boat was burgled while the owners were away.... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay: Armed boarding and robbery – October 2018

    Date Published - October 25, 2018

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-10-23 23:00

    Country Name: Panama

    Location Detail: Linton Bay

    EVENT: Robbery

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: Cash, wallets, credit cards, cell phones, cameras, laptops and I Pads

    SECURED:... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Huahine: Burgled while having dinner ashore – October 2018

    Date Published - October 15, 2018

    Boat was boarded and money stolen while at anchor in Huahine. ... Read More

  • Curacao, Spanish Water: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – October 2018

    Date Published - October 05, 2018

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2018-10-01

    Country Name: Curacao

    Location Detail: Spanish Water

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Dinghy and outboard

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    An occupied yacht anchored in Cabrita Bay (anchorage C,... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Tahiti: Yachts burgled at Marina Papeete – September 2018

    Date Published - September 30, 2018

    Multiple boats docked in Papeete Marina were boarded and items were stolen. ... Read More

  • Spanish North Africa, Melilla: Night boarding – September 2018

    Date Published - September 30, 2018

    We stayed in Puerto Noray for 2 nights mid-September 2018 with our Outremer 51 (a 15.7m long catamaran).

    Our berth was alongside the quay opposite the... Read More

  • Trinidad, Chaguaramas, TTSA: Spate of Thefts – September 2018

    Date Published - September 15, 2018

    During September there were 9 incidents reported in Trinidad, all occurring in the TTSA mooring field/anchorage. TTSA, YSATT, and TTCG are working together to increase... Read More

  • Brazil, Fortaleza: Armed boarding and robbery – September 2018

    Date Published - September 06, 2018

    September 2018: Anchored close to the Navy and Yacht Club a yacht was boarded shortly after arriving at 04:00 by 4 men armed with knives.... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay Marina: Outboard Theft – August 2018

    Date Published - August 24, 2018

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    DATE: 2018-08-23 00:00

    Country Name: Panama

    Location Detail: Linton Bay Marina

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: 15hp Yamaha outboard engine

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Burgled while ashore – August 2018

    Date Published - August 05, 2018

    Going ashore leaving the boat unlocked, it was burgled.... Read More

  • Sint Maarten, Simpson Bay: Theft – July 2018

    Date Published - July 31, 2018

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    DATE: 2018-07-31 02:00

    Country Name: Sint Maarten (Dutch)

    Location Detail: Simpson Bay Lagoon

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: Bimini frame and... Read More

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (June 2018)

    Date Published - July 27, 2018

    See Wade Alarie's update (Administrator for the Facebook Group RED SEA PASSAGE) at the bottom of the page - June 2018. All cruisers contemplating this... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: Burgled – June 2018

    Date Published - June 27, 2018

    A yacht was burgled while the crew went windsurfing.... Read More

  • Bonaire, Fisherman’s Pier: Attempted dinghy theft – June 2018

    Date Published - June 15, 2018

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-06-14 22:00

    Country Name: Bonaire

    Location Detail: Fisherman’s pier

    EVENT: Attempted theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: None

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    Between 7 PM and 11 PM a dinghy locked... Read More

  • SVG, Mayreau, Salt Whistle Bay: Night burglaries whilst owners on board – June 2018

    Date Published - June 12, 2018

    As reported by CSSN.

    1. DATE: 2018-06-11 20:30

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Mayreau Salt Whistle Bay

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Cash

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    Owners and guests were playing cards... Read More

  • SVG, Canouan, Glossy Bay: Night boarding and attempted burglary – June 2018

    Date Published - June 04, 2018

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-06-03 02:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Canouan So. Glossy Bay

    EVENT: Attempted theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: Nothing taken

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A catamaran anchored in South Glossy... Read More

  • The Recent History of Somali Piracy

    Date Published - May 30, 2018

    Somalia has for centuries been a troublesome country and piracy in one form or another has taken place for hundreds of years. Things weren’t much... Read More

  • Dominica, Prince Rupert Bay: Break-in and attempted burglary – May 2018

    Date Published - May 20, 2018

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-05-19 17:00

    Country Name: Dominica

    Location Detail: Prince Rupert Bay PAYS moorings

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: No stolen items

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A monohull was 1 of... Read More

  • Puerto Rico, San Juan: Dinghy & Outboard Theft – May 2018

    Date Published - May 20, 2018

    Dinghy Theft In San Juan... Read More

  • Cuba, Cienfuegos: Night boarding and attempted theft – May 2018

    Date Published - May 15, 2018

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-05-14 02:15

    Country Name: Cuba

    Location Detail: Cienfuegos Harbor

    EVENT: Attempted theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: None

    SECURED: Unknown

    DETAILS:

    Two men swam out to a dark boat and... Read More

  • Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Dinghy Theft at Nana Juana – May 2018

    Date Published - May 12, 2018

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-05-11 23:00

    Country Name: Guatemala

    Location Detail: Rio Dulce Nana Juana

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Dinghy, 15 HP outboard

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A yacht anchored in front... Read More

  • Pirates approach catamaran in South China Sea: April 2018

    Date Published - April 30, 2018

    During 3-9 April 2018, an attempted incident of piracy was reported to the ReCAAP ISC, involving the Hong Kong-flagged catamaran 'Swiss Prestige', while underway in... Read More

  • Honduras/Nicaragua border 16N/81W: Attempted Piracy – April 2018

    Date Published - April 19, 2018

    (April 18, 2018) - As reported by CSSN: Attempted Piracy... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Anse La Ray: Raised (but not locked) dinghy & outboard stolen – April 2018

    Date Published - April 15, 2018

    Thieves boarded overnight while the owners slept, and the raised (but not locked) dinghy/outboard was stolen from the davits.... Read More

  • Entry into the Red Sea via the Gulf of Aden – Our Story 2018

    Date Published - April 15, 2018

    Checked in with UKMTO prior to departure.
    Left Cochin March 10 2018, arrived Massawa, Eritrea March 30 2018.
    Sailed, motor sailed, sailed, motor sailed, sailed. Motored 9... Read More

  • Honduras, Gorda Banks: Suspicious Activity – April 2018

    Date Published - April 14, 2018

    (April 13, 2018) – As reported by CSSN: Suspicious Activity... Read More

  • Honduras, Roatan, West End: Outboard Theft – April 2018

    Date Published - April 10, 2018

    (April 8, 2018) – As reported by CSSN: Outboard Theft... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Tuamotu, Kauehi: Daylight Robbery – April 2018

    Date Published - April 01, 2018

    April 1st, 2018

    Our catamaran “Gone With The Wind” was anchored just behind the mooring field off the village of Tearavero on the atoll of Kauehi... Read More

  • Brazil, Maragogipe: Armed Night Robbery – March 2018

    Date Published - March 20, 2018

    Report regarding robbery raid on 02.03.18, at anchorage off Maragogipe near Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet: Dinghy Theft – March 2018

    Date Published - March 15, 2018

    A number of dinghy thefts the same night.... Read More

  • Guadeloupe, West Coast, near Pigeon Island: Dinghy and Outboard Theft off Restaurant Le Rocher de Malendure – March 2018

    Date Published - March 10, 2018

    Beware if you anchor at Le Rocher de Malendure, close to Pigeon Island. Our dinghy with the outboard engine was stolen 09-03-2018. It was well... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet: Dinghy Theft – February 2018

    Date Published - February 28, 2018

    Overnight a locked and secured dinghy, left in the water, was stolen.... Read More

  • Brazil, Fortaleza: Armed Night Robbery – February 2018

    Date Published - February 28, 2018

    Report regarding robbery raid on 27.2.18, at Anchorage 2, Fortaleza, Brazil.

    Swiss SV Luna Blu, Paul, and Liliane Aebersold... Read More

  • Colombia, Cartagena: Outboard & fuel tank theft – February 2018

    Date Published - February 28, 2018

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    DATE: 2018-02-27 01:30

    Country Name: Colombia

    Location Detail: Cartegena

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: outboard and fuel tank

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    An in-the-water... Read More

  • SVG, Union Island, Chatham Bay: Attempted theft – February 2018

    Date Published - February 23, 2018

    Minor theft but unsucessful attempt to take outboard, fuel tank and dinghy.... Read More

  • Canaries, Lanzarote, Arrecife: Theft – February 2018

    Date Published - February 20, 2018

    Monday night (19/2/2017) in the anchorage in Arrecife before the Club Nautico and the Museo Historica de Arrecife, 2 dinghies (one with an outboard) were... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: Attempted Piracy – February 2018

    Date Published - February 19, 2018

    February 2018: Further updates of suspicious activity in the same area: UKMTO-10#72 states a motor vessel was attacked and shots fired by the onboard... Read More

  • St Kitts, Basseterre: Theft from Anchored Yacht – February 2018

    Date Published - February 19, 2018

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2018-02-05 02:00

    Country Name: St. Kitts/Nevis

    Location Detail: St. Kitts Basseterre

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: Cash, computers, cellphones

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS: While the owners slept... Read More

  • Panama, San Blas, Nargana: Theft from an Occupied Yacht – February 2018

    Date Published - February 16, 2018

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2018-02-10 02:00

    Country Name: Panama

    Location Detail: San Blas Nargana

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: iPad

    SECURED: Unknown

    DETAILS: Overnight an iPad was stolen from an occupied... Read More

  • USVI, St. Thomas: Outboard Thefts – February 2018

    Date Published - February 10, 2018

    St. Thomas Red Hook Anchorage - Theft

    DATE: 2018-02-03 02:00

    Country Name: USVI

    Location Detail: St. Thomas Red Hook anchorage

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: 16′ Caribe w/yamaha 50 hp

    SECURED:... Read More

  • Solomons and Papua New Guinea – Security Considerations 2017

    Date Published - February 09, 2018

    One of the biggest concerns we had when leaving Vanuatu and heading to the Solomons was security. We’d heard stories about items being stolen from... Read More

  • Sint Maarten, Simpson Bay: Yacht crew member shot in hand – February 2018

    Date Published - February 08, 2018

    Man shot in the hand near Simpson Bay Marina in St. Maarten

    On Monday 6th February 2018 AM LT, a man believed to be a yacht... Read More

  • SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay: Security Incidents 2018

    Date Published - February 01, 2018

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    DATE: 2018-02-01

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: iPods, 400EC$, clothing

    SECURED: Not... Read More

  • St. Vincent, Buccament Bay: Attempted dinghy theft and stolen accessories – January 2018

    Date Published - January 26, 2018

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-01-25 02:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: St. Vincent Buccament Bay

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: snorkel gear, binoculars, and handheld VHF; failed attempt to... Read More

  • Honduras, Gorda Bank: Attempted Piracy – January 2018

    Date Published - January 20, 2018

    (January 18, 2018) – As reported by CSSN: Attempted Piracy... Read More

  • Cape Verdes, Sao Vicente, Mindelo: Night boarding and theft – January 2018

    Date Published - January 07, 2018

    05.01.2018

    We were anchored for the night in front of Mindelo Marina.

    I have a Wharram Pahi 42 catamaran. The boat was open and the dinghy had... Read More

  • Venezuela, Cabo Tres Puntas: Attempted Piracy – December 2017

    Date Published - December 30, 2017

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2017-12-28 10:00

    Country Name: Venezuela- Mainland And Nearshore Islands

    Location Detail: Cabo Tres Puntas

    EVENT: Attempted piracy

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: none

    SECURED: N/A

    DETAILS:

    A monohull with 2... Read More

  • Brazil, Santos: Solo Sailor boarded by Armed Pirates and Robbed – December 2017

    Date Published - December 28, 2017

    An alarming robbery of a single-handed sailor whilst entering the river to Santos at night.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet: Outboard & Dinghy Theft – December 2017

    Date Published - December 25, 2017

    Daylight dinghy theft.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet: Theft and Attempted Break-in – December 2017

    Date Published - December 15, 2017

    Break-in and theft.... Read More

  • Yemen: Three Polish yachts fired upon in Red Sea

    Date Published - December 10, 2017

    A sailing yacht was attacked 20 km south-west of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah on 7 December 2017, with no harm done to vessel or... Read More

  • Yemen: Three Polish yachts fired upon in Red Sea – December 2017

    Date Published - December 10, 2017

    A sailing yacht was attacked 20 km south-west of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah on 7 December 2017, with no harm done to vessel or... Read More

  • Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Armed Attack & Robbery – November 2017

    Date Published - November 30, 2017

    This is the 3rd armed boarding/attack and robbery reported to noonsite from this port in November 2017.... Read More

  • Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Night Boarding, Attack & Robbery – November 2017

    Date Published - November 25, 2017

    This is the 4th armed boarding/attack and robbery reported to noonsite from this port in November 2017.... Read More

  • Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Armed Robbery/Piracy – November 2017

    Date Published - November 03, 2017

    Reported by Cornell Sailing - organizers of the Atlantic Odyssey

    Here is a report of a robbery on one of the yachts in the Islands Odyssey... Read More

  • Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Armed Robbery – November 2017

    Date Published - November 03, 2017

    Yacht Zaria was attacked on 2 November while at anchor off the fishing harbor, Praia.

    Zaria is an Ovni 395 and there was one person aboard... Read More

  • Honduras/Nicaragua border: Piracy – October 2017

    Date Published - October 31, 2017

    (October 28, 2017) – As reported by CSSN: Piracy... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Violent Boarding at night and Robbery – October 2017

    Date Published - October 31, 2017

    Armed boarding and assault - charter catamaran with 2 families on board.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Burgled whilst ashore and again whilst asleep – October 2017

    Date Published - October 31, 2017

    A charter yacht was burgled twice in the same night.... Read More

  • PNG: Notes from a cruise August to September 2017

    Date Published - October 25, 2017

    2017 update on the security and safety of navigating PNG by yacht.... Read More

  • Grenada, Prickly Bay: Multiple break-ins/thefts overnight – September 2017

    Date Published - September 05, 2017

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2017-09-01 04:00

    Country Name: Grenada

    Location Detail: Grenada Prickly Bay

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: generator, dinghy with outboard, other items

    SECURED: Unlocked

    DETAILS:

    Multiple break-ins/thefts overnight from... Read More

  • Grenada, Mt Hartman Bay: Unoccupied yacht burgled – August 2017

    Date Published - September 01, 2017

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net.

    DATE: 2017-08-27 01:30

    Country Name: Grenada

    Location Detail: Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: Electronics, dinghy and outboard

    SECURED:... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Tahiti: Yachts burgled at Marina Papeete – August 2017

    Date Published - August 31, 2017

    There have been a series of thefts from boats tied up at Marina Papeete in the last week.

    Last night (28 August 2017) we awoke to... Read More

  • Brazil, Cabedelo: Armed Robbery at Jacaré Marina – July 2017

    Date Published - August 30, 2017

    On the 24th of July, 2017, four armed bandits came into the bar of the Jacaré Marina and robbed at gunpoint a group of cruisers... Read More

  • Indonesia, Borneo, West Kalimantan, Pontianak: Dinghy and outboard theft – August 2017

    Date Published - August 15, 2017

  • SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay: Security Incidents 2017

    Date Published - July 25, 2017

    Attempted Theft - July 2017

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2017-07-26 01:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)

    EVENT: Attempted theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: none noticed immediately

    SECURED:... Read More

  • Northern Red Sea Passage: Security and Other Concerns March 2017

    Date Published - July 18, 2017

    July 2017: One small, lightly crewed yacht's experience of a passage from India to the Red Sea.... Read More

  • Fiji, Yasawa Island Group, Wayasewa Island: Burgled – May 2017

    Date Published - May 30, 2017

    Robbery onboard a yacht in Wayasewa Island. ... Read More

  • SVG, Union Island: Yacht stolen and burgled – April 2017

    Date Published - April 30, 2017

    As reported by the CSSN.

    DATE: 2017-04-25 15:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Union Clifton Harbour

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: 55ft sailing yacht- monohull

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    In late April 2017 between... Read More

  • Puerto Rico, Spanish Virgin Islands, Vieques: Dinghy & Outboard Thefts – 2017

    Date Published - April 27, 2017

    Puerto Rico, Spanish Virgin Islands, Vieques, Isabel Segunda: Outboard Theft - April 2017

    As reported by the CSSN [Broken Link].

    DATE: 2017-04-08 19:30

    Country Name: Puerto Rico

    Location Detail: Vieques... Read More

  • Is it safe to cross the Indian Ocean and transit the Red Sea to the Mediterranean?

    Date Published - April 19, 2017

    April 2017: Tom Sampson organised a 27 boat convoy in January 2010 through the Gulf of Aden. Since completing his circumnavigation he has kept... Read More

  • Rio Dulce, Guatemala to Utila, Honduras: Yacht boarded by armed pirates and ransacked – April 2017

    Date Published - April 14, 2017

    As reported by the CSSN. [BROKEN LINK]

    DATE: 2017-04-13 08:00

    Country Name: Honduras

    Location Detail: Puerto Cortes Naval Base Yard

    EVENT: Piracy

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: VHF, SSB. EPIRB, flares, outboard engine,... Read More

  • Transiting from Maldives to Djibouti in March 2017

    Date Published - April 11, 2017

    Route detail and preparation suggestions for yachts transiting from the Indian Ocean into the Red Sea.... Read More

  • Guatemala, Bahia de Graciosa: Attempted Theft & Assault – April 2017

    Date Published - April 11, 2017

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net[Broken Link]

     

    DATE: 2017-04-10 22:30

    Country Name: Guatemala

    Location Detail: Bahia de Graciosa

    EVENT: Assault

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Yamaha 4HP – 4 stroke... Read More

  • Thailand, Phuket: Break in and theft at Railay Beach – April 2017

    Date Published - April 09, 2017

    Peter offers a first-hand report from one of the two yachts that suffered a break-in at Railay Beach.
    ... Read More

  • Guadeloupe, Marie Galante, Grand Bourg: Dinghy & Outboard Stolen – April 2017

    Date Published - April 08, 2017

    Sometime between Friday night (7/4/17) and Saturday morning (8/4/17) my dinghy & it's outboard motor were stolen while my boat was anchored just outside the... Read More

  • Honduras, Guanaja, Graham’s Cay: Armed Robbery – April 2017

    Date Published - April 07, 2017

    (April 6, 2017) – As reported by CSSN: Robbery... Read More

  • Martinique, St. Anne: Outboard Theft – March 2017

    Date Published - March 18, 2017

    As reported by CSSN. [BROKENLINK]

    DATE: 2017-03-17 00:00

    Country Name: Martinique

    Location Detail: St. Anne

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND:1

    Stolen Items: Outboard – Yamaha 5hp 4 stroke

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A dinghy was left locked overnight... Read More

  • Colombia, Isla Baru : Armed Boarding & Robbery – March 2017

    Date Published - March 16, 2017

    A report by CSSN of an assault on a cruising boat anchored in Baru after arriving from the San Blas Islands.... Read More

  • SVG, Bequia, Admiralty Bay: Dinghy engine vandalised – February 2017

    Date Published - February 23, 2017

    As reported by the CSSN. [BROKENLINK]

    DATE: 2017-02-20 22:30

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Bequia Admiralty Bay- Port Elizabeth

    EVENT: Vandalism

    Stolen Items: Dinghy engine damaged

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS

    A yacht moored in Admiralty... Read More

  • Philippines, Palawan: Warning about Kidnapping Danger in the Tagbita Bay Area

    Date Published - February 23, 2017

    A disturbing new threat to sailing boats cruising Palawan emerged in 2015. See later comments from cruisers cruising Palawan further down the report.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Burlgary – February 2017

    Date Published - February 18, 2017

    Burgled while ashore.... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Armed boarding & Robbery – February 2017

    Date Published - February 15, 2017

    Crew sleeping in their unlocked yacht were boarded at night by an armed masked intruder who burgled the yacht while holding the crew at knifepoint.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Soufriere, Bat Caves: Burgled while ashore – February 2017

    Date Published - February 14, 2017

    Burgled while ashore.... Read More

  • Bonaire, Kralendijk: Cruising Couple robbed at gunpoint on way back to marina – February 2017

    Date Published - February 10, 2017

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net [BROKENLINK]

    A cruising couple visiting Bonaire provided the following first-hand report.

    In the very early hours of February 7,... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Boca Chica, Marina Zarpar: Violent Nightime Robbery – January 2017

    Date Published - January 26, 2017

    Violent Robbery - report from the victims.... Read More

  • Fiji, Suva: Armed attempted robbery – cruiser attacked – January 2017

    Date Published - January 26, 2017

    A number of cruisers who know Jim contacted Noonsite to report this incident.... Read More

  • SVG, St. Vincent, Young Island Cut: Burgled while ashore – January 2017

    Date Published - January 22, 2017

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    DATE: 2017-01-21

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: St. Vincent Young Island

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Mobile phone, dive watch, flashlight

    SECURED: Not... Read More

  • Honduras: Offshore Piracy, 20 miles off Gordo Bank – January 2017

    Date Published - January 20, 2017

    (January 19, 2017) – As reported by CSSN: Piracy... Read More

  • Honduras: Offshore Piracy, 20 miles off Gordo Bank (2nd incident) – January 2017

    Date Published - January 20, 2017

    (January 19, 2017) – As reported by CSSN: Piracy... Read More

  • Honduras: Piracy on passage from Puerto Cortez, Honduras to Roatan – January 2017

    Date Published - January 14, 2017

    (January 13, 2017) – As reported by CSSN: Piracy... Read More

  • Reunion Island, Le Port: Night boarding and theft – January 2017

    Date Published - January 10, 2017

    SV Inspiration Lady was boarded at night and unsecured items were stolen from deck in a gated marina; Gary and Jackie urge caution for following... Read More

  • Indonesia, Papua Barat Province, Sorong harbour: Night boarding and theft – January 2017

    Date Published - January 09, 2017

    DATE: 2017-08-01

    Country Name: Indonesia, Papua Barat Province

    Location Detail: Sorong harbour, near Soff island 

    EVENT: Night boarding and theft

    Stolen Items: Laptop computer and 2 mobile phones; outboard... Read More

  • French Polynesia: Yacht security incidents – Nov/Dec 2016

    Date Published - December 31, 2016

    I want to report our bad expérience on some weeks during November and December 2016.

    RAIATEA

    First in Raiatea, Saturday, November 26th, at the marina of UTUROA... Read More

  • Indonesia, Papua Barat Province, Sorong harbour: Outboard theft – December 2016

    Date Published - December 27, 2016

    DATE: 2016-26-12 

    Country Name: Indonesia, Papua Barat Province

    Location Detail: Sorong harbour 

    EVENT: Theft of outboard motor

    Stolen Items: 40 Hp Outboard Motor

    Details:

    A motor-sailor liveaboard was anchored near several... Read More

  • Nicaragua, Media Luna Cays: Piracy – December 2016

    Date Published - December 22, 2016

    (December 20, 2016) – As reported by CSSN: Piracy... Read More

  • SVG, Wallilabou Bay: Burglary – December 2016

    Date Published - December 20, 2016

    Over a year later, the victims decided it was important to tell their story. See their update, December 31st, 2017, at the bottom of the... Read More

  • Indonesia, Papua Barat Province, Sorong Harbour: Boarding & Theft – December 2016

    Date Published - December 16, 2016

    DATE: 2016-15-12 

    Country Name: Indonesia, Papua Barat Province

    Location Detail: Sorong harbour 

    EVENT: Day  boarding and theft

    Stolen Items: Fuel in Jerry cans

    Details:

    A visiting yacht from the USA with... Read More

  • Antigua, Jolly Harbour Boatyard: Burglary while owners absent – December 2016

    Date Published - December 15, 2016

    DATE: 2016-12-01 12:00

    Country Name: Antigua/Barbuda

    Location Detail: Antigua Jolly Harbor Marina

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND:1

    Stolen Items: Cameras, grinder, drill

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A motor yacht stored on the hard for hurricane season... Read More

  • Somalia – Sudan – Red Sea – Suez (October 2016)

    Date Published - November 19, 2016

    Just a quick message to report that we have safely crossed the red sea from South to North in October 2016.

    Ralf (a great German sailor... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Burgled whilst ashore for dinner – November 2016

    Date Published - November 18, 2016

    Burgled while ashore.... Read More

  • On Passage from Canary Islands to Cape Verdes: Attempted Boarding off W Sahara – November 2016

    Date Published - November 16, 2016

    Reported by SV Sherpa

    On passage from Lanzarote to Mindelo, Cape Verdes

    Approximate position: 27,07,34 N / 13,58 W

    35 miles from shore off El Anjum, West Sahara.

    It... Read More

  • Philippines, Sulu: German cruising couple – elderly male kidnapped and female companion killed – November 2016

    Date Published - November 07, 2016

    Abu Sayyaf, a jihadist terrorist group based in Sulu in the southwestern Philippines, claims to have kidnapped a 70-year-old German sailor and killed his female... Read More

  • Mozambique, Bazaruto: Outboard Theft – November 2016

    Date Published - November 06, 2016

    Our thanks to SV Camomile who received this report from Italian yacht Eutikia and translated it for noonsite.

    Mozambique, Bazaruto anchorage at 21 39.203S 35 25.942E

    We... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Burgled whilst ashore – November 2016

    Date Published - November 05, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-11-03

    Country Name: Dominican Republic

    Location Detail: Luperon

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Laptop, iPhone, Iridium satellite phone and other... Read More

  • Antigua, Jolly Harbour Marina: Burgled whilst on the hard – November 2016

    Date Published - November 02, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-11-02

    Country Name: Antigua/Barbuda

    Location Detail: Antigua Jolly Harbor Marina

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Honda generator

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A yacht stored... Read More

  • Madagascar, Mahajanga: Armed Robbery – October 2016

    Date Published - October 31, 2016

    On 30th October 2016, s/v Eutikia was anchored at 15 43.924 S 46 18.562E with 3 other yachts who moved on during the day leaving... Read More

  • Grenada: Assault at Port Louis Marina – October 2016

    Date Published - October 29, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-10-29

    Country Name: Grenada

    Location Detail: Grenada St. Georges Port Louis Marina

    EVENT: Assault

    Stolen Items: None

    DETAILS:

    At 1:30 AM... Read More

  • Grenada_Clarkes Court Bay: Burgled whilst ashore – October 2016

    Date Published - October 26, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net.[Broken LInk]

    DATE: 2016-10-26

    Country Name: Grenada

    Location Detail: Grenada Clarkes Court Bay

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: computer, cellphone, wallet, speargun

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    During... Read More

  • Fiji, Viti Levu, Saweni Bay: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – October 2016

    Date Published - October 13, 2016

    Reported to noonsite first-hand by the skipper.

    ... Read More

  • SVG, Chateaubelair: Armed Boarding – October 2016

    Date Published - October 10, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-10-10

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: St. Vincent Chateaubelair

    EVENT: Assault

    Stolen Items: None

    SECURED: N/A

    DETAILS:

    Two yachts were at anchor... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Reduit Beach: Dinghy and Outboard Stolen – October 2016

    Date Published - October 01, 2016

    A dinghy (with outboard) that was left in the water and locked with a cable, was stolen overnight while the owners slept.... Read More

  • Grenada, Chemin Bay: Three yachts vandalised overnight – September 2016

    Date Published - September 27, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-09-26

    Country Name: Grenada

    Location Detail: Grenada Chemin Bay

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Flare gun

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    Three yachts moored on... Read More

  • Philippines, Samal Island: Cruisers Abducted from Ocean View Resort Marina – Some Good News

    Date Published - September 18, 2016

    Four cruisers were abducted the night of the 21st September, 2015, from the upscale Ocean View Resort Marina near Davao City, off the southern Philippine... Read More

  • Bonaire, El Navegante Boat Yard: Items Stolen from Stored Yacht – August 2016

    Date Published - August 30, 2016

    Many items were stolen from a locked yacht which was being stored at the El Navegante Boat Yard.... Read More

  • Tobago, Buccoo Bay: Robbery at dinghy beach – August 2016

    Date Published - August 25, 2016

    Two young men armed with machetes rob a group of adults.... Read More

  • Grenada: Burglary at Port Louis Marina – August 2016

    Date Published - August 24, 2016

    Burglary from a cabin in a secured yacht while owners were ashore.... Read More

  • Costa Rica, Golfito: Dinghy and Outboard Stolen – August 2016

    Date Published - August 18, 2016

    As captain of S/V Sirena, a Tayana 55 monohull, I would like to report the theft of an Achilles 11' RIB and Yamaha outboard from... Read More

  • Trinidad: Attempted Piracy on Passage from Grenada – August 2016

    Date Published - August 13, 2016

    Three men in a pirogue approached a cruising boat on passage and acted in a threatening manner.... Read More

  • Sea piracy drops to 21-year low, IMB reports

    Date Published - July 30, 2016

    Piracy and armed robbery at sea have fallen to its lowest levels since 1995, despite a surge in kidnappings off West Africa, according to a... Read More

  • Grenada, Hog Island: Assault and kidnap – July 2016

    Date Published - July 30, 2016

    Update: Two men are now in police custody and multiple charges have been filed - see a link to update at bottom of the report.... Read More

  • Tanzania, near Dar es Salaam, Island of Sinda: Shipwrecked & captured – July 2016

    Date Published - July 24, 2016

    Our thanks to Andrew Robinson for this information.... Read More

  • Colombia, Islas del Rossario, Isla Grande: Boarded & Attacked – July 2016

    Date Published - July 14, 2016

    A report by CSSN about a knife attack on a cruising couple anchored at Isla Grande in the Rossario Islands, including a first-hand report by... Read More

  • Grenada, Mt Hartman Bay: Multiple Break-ins and Burglaries – July 2016

    Date Published - July 12, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-07-06

    Country Name: Grenada

    Location Detail: Mt Hartmand Bay

    EVENT: Burglaries

    Stolen Items: Computer plus an unknown number of... Read More

  • Martinique, Anse Mitan: Outboard Theft – July 2016

    Date Published - June 30, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-07-01

    Country Name: Martinique

    Location Detail: Anse Mitan

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: 8 HP Yamaha 2-Stroke outboard engine

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    An... Read More

  • Trinidad, Hibiscus Gas Platform: Attempted Piracy – June 2016

    Date Published - June 29, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-06-25

    Country Name: Trinidad/Tobago

    Location Detail: Trinidad Hibiscus Gas Platform

    EVENT: Attempted piracy

    Stolen Items: None

    DETAILS:

    In the absence of... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Samana: Attempted Theft – June 2016

    Date Published - June 26, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net.

    DATE: 2016-06-25

    Country Name: Dominican Republic

    Location Detail: Samana

    EVENT: Attempted theft

    Stolen Items: None

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A cruiser was awakened during the... Read More

  • Puerto Rico, Spanish Virgin Islands, Vieques, Isabel Segunda: Burglary – June 2016

    Date Published - June 21, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-06-20

    Country Name: Puerto Rico

    Location Detail: Vieques Isabel Segunda

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: 4 HP Yamaha 4 stroke... Read More

  • SVG, Union Island, Clifton Harbour: Outboard Theft – June 2016

    Date Published - June 11, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-06-09

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Union Clifton Harbor

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: Evinrude 15hp outboard motor

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    The outboard... Read More

  • Family Sailing through the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (2016)

    Date Published - June 05, 2016

    We, that is Heide (44), Fritze (44) and Mina (10), decided to take a break and sail around the world in two years. The tour... Read More

  • Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Outboard theft – May 2016

    Date Published - May 30, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net.DATE: 2016-05-26Country Name: GuatemalaLocation Detail: Rio Dulce Bruno’s Marina anchorageEVENT: TheftStolen Items: 25 HP YamahaSECURED: LockedDETAILS:It was... Read More

  • Cuba, Isla de la Juventud: Deck gear stolen overnight – May 2016

    Date Published - May 26, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-05-27

    Country Name: Cuba

    Location Detail: Isla de la Juventud

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: Cushions, lifesling, dock lines, sunglasses

    SECURED:... Read More

  • SVG, Tobago Cays: Armed Robbery at night – May 2016

    Date Published - May 24, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net and KPK Service Net.[Broken Link]

    Date: 2016-05-25

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Tobago Cays

    EVENT: Armed boarding, assault & robbery

    Stolen... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Burgled whilst ashore – May 2016

    Date Published - May 19, 2016

    A catamaran anchored near Doolittle’s in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia was boarded between 6-9 PM Saturday while the crew was ashore.... Read More

  • Panama, Rio Chagres: Locked boat burgled – May 2016

    Date Published - May 18, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-05-12

    Country Name: Panama

    Location Detail: Rio Chagres

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Handheld electronics, camera, watch, tools.

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    At anchor... Read More

  • Cuba, Cienfuegos: Dinghy & Outboard Theft – May 2016

    Date Published - May 10, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-05-10

    Country Name: Cuba

    Location Detail: Cienfuegos

    EVENT: Dinghy and outboard theft

    Stolen Items: 10 Ft Walker Bay dinghy... Read More

  • Bahamas: Many More Boat Thefts in Georgetown – May 2016

    Date Published - May 01, 2016

    Posted by Explorer Chartbooks - Bahamas Chatter (http://explorercharts.com/chatter/?p=15548)

    This weekend was the Family Island Regatta in Georgetown. Two dinghies with outboards were stolen off the back... Read More

  • Tobago, Store Bay: Unsavoury Individual – February 2013

    Date Published - April 28, 2016

    I have sailed to Tobago on and off for the last couple of years and although generally, I have a trouble free stay on the... Read More

  • SVG, Mayreau, Salt Whistle Bay: Armed Robbery – April 2016

    Date Published - April 19, 2016

    DATE: 2016-04-18

    Country Name: St Vincent & the Grenadines

    Location Detail: Salt Whistle Bay - Mayreau

    EVENT: Robbery (first-hand report)

    Stolen Items: cash, credit cards, cellphone, keys, glasses

    DETAILS: Two... Read More

  • Colombia, Isla de San Andres: Dutch couple found dead; their yacht found upturned – April 2016

    Date Published - April 04, 2016

    The bodies of Ria and Waldy Finke, an experienced Dutch cruising couple, were found floating off Isla San Andrés, Colombia, on April 1, 2016. Their... Read More

  • Belize, Placencia Harbour: Attempted Theft – March 2016

    Date Published - March 25, 2016

  • French Guiana, Saint Laurent du Maroni: Robbed on dinghy excursion – March 2016

    Date Published - March 17, 2016

    On March 15th, 2016 two French and two German sailors decided to make a dinghy trip up the Maroni River from the Marina Saint Laurent... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Soufriere, Hummingbird Dock: Armed Assault & Robbery – March 2016

    Date Published - March 10, 2016

    A group of cruisers returning from dinner ashore were attacked and robbed at the SMMA dock that serves the Hummingbird and Still Resorts.... Read More

  • St. Vincent, Wallilabou Bay: Masked gunmen kill German man on yacht – March 2016

    Date Published - March 06, 2016

    In the early hours of Friday 4 March, a yacht at anchor in Wallilabou Bay in St. Vincent was boarded by masked armed gunmen and... Read More

  • St. Vincent, Buccament Bay: Night time boarding and theft – February 2016

    Date Published - February 16, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-02-14

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: St. Vincent Buccament Bay

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: Two pairs of flip flops

    SECURED:... Read More

  • Yemen, Southern Red Sea, Hanish Islands: Yacht shot at from ashore – February 2016

    Date Published - February 10, 2016

    February 4, 2016

    The incident with Sailing Yacht "Milashka", at Island Jazirat al Hanish al Kabir, near the Bab al Mandeb Strait, Southern Red Sea.

    After a... Read More

  • Yemen, Southern Red Sea, Hanish Islands: Yacht shot at from ashore – February 2016

    Date Published - February 10, 2016

    February 4, 2016

    Incident with Sailing Yacht "Milashka", at Island Jazirat al Hanish al Kabir, near the Bab al Mandeb Strait, Southern Red Sea.... Read More

  • Nicaragua, north of Isla Providencia (Colombia): Attempted Boarding – January 2016

    Date Published - January 31, 2016

    (January 27, 2016) – As reported by CSSN: Rammed by a Fishing Boat... Read More

  • Mexico, Mazatlan, Stone Island: Boarded & Robbed at Night – January 2016

    Date Published - January 30, 2016

    We fell victim to the infamous thieves of Stone Island, Mazatlan.

    At 0130 on 29 January 2016, whilst we were asleep, we were boarded and robbed... Read More

  • SVG, Bequia, Princess Margaret Beach: Armed Robbery at Dinghy Dock – January 2016

    Date Published - January 26, 2016

    As reported by the CSSN.... Read More

  • Caribbean, St. Martin, Marigot Bay (French): Dinghy & Outboard Theft – January 2016

    Date Published - January 21, 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net (CSSN).... Read More

  • US Virgin Islands, St. Croix: Boarded by pirates, shot and robbed – January 2016

    Date Published - January 20, 2016

    DATE: 2016-01-16 11:00

    Country Name: USVI

    Location Detail: St Croix south shore (1.5 miles offshore)

    EVENT: Piracy

    Stolen Items: electronics, cash

    DETAILS:

    On January 14, 2016, a French single-hander, en route... Read More

  • Belize, Middle Long Cay: Armed boarding, robbery & sexual assault – January 2016

    Date Published - January 19, 2016

    This report from the Caribbean Safety & Security Net (CSSN).... Read More

  • On passage from Grenada to Trinidad: Two yachts boarded and robbed – December 2015

    Date Published - December 28, 2015

    On December 20th at approximately noon, a 24 meter (80 ft) sailing yacht was sailing from Chaguaramas Trinidad N. to Port Louis Grenada. At about... Read More

  • St. Lucia, Rodney Bay Inner Lagoon: Deck Gear stolen from unoccupied yacht on private dock – December 2015

    Date Published - December 28, 2015

    DATE: 2016-01-01 05:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Rodney Bay Inner Lagoon

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: Silent Wind Wind Generator, Regulator, Fenders.

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    On the 24th of December, 2015,... Read More

  • Papau New Guinea, Wewak: Yacht boarded and robbed by armed men – December 2015

    Date Published - December 25, 2015

    At the beginning of December 2015, a 19m private Swedish yacht on a circumnavigation, was anchored in Wewak, East Sepik Province of PNG, when it... Read More

  • Caribbean, St. Martin, French Lagoon: Boston Whaler taken from mooring and outboard stolen – December 2015

    Date Published - December 12, 2015

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net (CSSN).... Read More

  • Panama, Caribbean, Panamarina: Burgled Twice – November 2015

    Date Published - November 30, 2015

    My boat was left unoccupied at Panamarina on one of their mooring buoys. In my absence, it was broken into and fishing gear was stolen... Read More

  • Colombia, Santa Marta, Taganga Bay: Armed Boarding and Robbery – November 2015

    Date Published - November 28, 2015

    Taganga bay used to be a favourite stopover for cruising yachts whilst waiting for Colombia clearance. This is the 2nd incident of this nature in... Read More

  • Malaysia, Sabah: Attempted boarding by pirates on passage from from Sorong to Kota Kinabalu – November 2015

    Date Published - November 25, 2015

    On the 22 November 2015, at about midday local time, our 100ft yacht was about 50 miles south of Sibutu on a voyage from Sorong... Read More

  • Caribbean Grenadines, Mayreau, Saline Bay: Yacht burgled while owners ashore – November 2015

    Date Published - November 15, 2015

    DATE: 2015-11-15 18:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Mayreau Saline Bay

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Cash, both EC and US currency. Approximate value $100.00 US.

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS: Between 1800... Read More

  • Puerto Rico, Vieques Rompeolas: Burglary – November 2015

    Date Published - November 04, 2015

    01.11.2015: 

    Posn: Vieques Rompeolas, Puerto Rico, Caribbean.

    Burglars entered a berthed locked yacht and got away with a USCG Type I adult life jacket and 2 children's... Read More

  • Martinique, Le Marina du Marin: Theft of dinghy fuel tank – October 2015

    Date Published - October 27, 2015

    Dinghy fuel tank thefts are very common, and often preventable. Thread a steel cable or stainless chain through the plastic handle to secure it to... Read More

  • Papua New Guinea, Madang: Boarding and Machete Attack in Hansa Bay – October 2015

    Date Published - October 19, 2015

    Boarding and Attack: 18/10/2015
    While anchored in Hansa Bay (04 11.7 N 144 53.3 E) in Madang Province, between Madang and Wewak, northeast of Bogia.... Read More

  • Nicaragua: Attempted boarding by 4 men in a skiff – October 2015

    Date Published - October 11, 2015

    (October 12, 2015) – As reported by CSSN: Attempted Robbery... Read More

  • Panama, San Blas, East Lemon Cays, Yansalardup anchorage: Burglary – September 2015

    Date Published - September 29, 2015

    27.09.2015: 

    0200 LT: 

    Post: Yansalardup-anchorage, San Blas, East Lemon Cays, Panama, Caribbean.

    While the owner was away for a few days - an anchored and the locked yacht... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Huahine, Baie D’Avea: Night Boarding – September 2015

    Date Published - September 27, 2015

    On the night of September 25th, 2015, a younger man in a hooded sweatshirt boarded our catamaran at 0330. We were anchored 1/4 mile offshore.

    We... Read More

  • Grenada, Mt. Hartman Bay: Attempted Sexual Assault – September 2015

    Date Published - September 22, 2015

    As reported by CSSN.

    Around 4 PM on 20 September 2015, a female cruiser based in Mt. Hartman bay was walking in the nearby Dove Sanctuary.

    She... Read More

  • Philippines, Samal Island: Cruisers Abducted from Ocean View Resort Marina – September 2015

    Date Published - September 21, 2015

    See report here.... Read More

  • Colombia, Islas del Rossario: Dutch yacht boarded and crew member killed – September 2015

    Date Published - September 20, 2015

    Cartagena - A DUTCH citizen, Durdana Bruijn, aged 54 (stated as 60 in other reports), was apparently killed by a band of 'pirates' that boarded... Read More

  • Caribbean Yacht Security: St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan & Bequia

    Date Published - September 17, 2015

    Crime against yachts in SVG has been on the rise this Summer, in particular at the sleepy little island of Canouan and the popular island... Read More

  • SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel): Boarding and Burlgary – September 2015

    Date Published - September 15, 2015

    As reported by the CSSN. [BROKENLINK]

    DATE: 2015-09-15 01:20

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: iPhone 6, Camera, hat.

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS: A swimmer... Read More

  • Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Dinghy and outboard theft – August 2015

    Date Published - August 30, 2015

    A dinghy and outboard were stolen from Captain John's Marina on August 13, 2015. A first-hand write up can be viewed at the website www.riodulcechisme.com... Read More

  • SVG, Bequia, Admiralty Bay, Port Elizabeth: Burglary – July 2015

    Date Published - July 30, 2015

    31.07.2015: 

    1000 LT: 

    Posn: Admiralty Bay- Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Caribbean.

    The crew left the boat for an island tour and were gone for 4-5... Read More

  • Panama, San Blas, East Lemon Cays: Burglary – July 2015

    Date Published - July 30, 2015

    As reported by CSSN. [Broken Link]

    DATE: 2015-07-27 02:00

    Country Name: Panama

    Location Detail: San Blas - East Lemon Cays

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Three solar panels, binoculars, Wi-Fi router, guitar,... Read More

  • Italy, Sardinia, Olbia: Break-in and Burgled – July 2015

    Date Published - July 30, 2015

    It seems the crime continues at Mole Brin (old commercial quay) in Olbia.

    Our boat was broken into in broad daylight (middle of the day) in... Read More

  • Grenada, Prickly Bay: Boarded whilst ashore & robbed – July 2015

    Date Published - July 24, 2015

    20.07.2015: 1900 LT: 

    Posn:  Prickly Bay, Grenada, Caribbean.

    While the owners were ashore two yachts were boarded by unknown thieves and items stolen.  One boat, a mono-hull... Read More

  • Curacao, Spanish Water: Attempted Dinghy Theft – July 2015

    Date Published - July 21, 2015

    DATE: 2015-07-07 02:00

    Country Name: Curacao

    Location Detail: Spanish Water

    EVENT: Attempted Theft

    Stolen Items: nothing, dinghy painter was cut nearly thru

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS: On awakening, the crew of a... Read More

  • Red Sea to the Seychelles 2015

    Date Published - July 07, 2015

    From: Jerry Standen of SV ‘Dragonfly’

    Boat Type: Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56 sailing catamaran

    Flag: Fiji

    Captain: Fiji/UK citizen

    Crew: Fiji citizen

    Passage: Hurghada Egypt to Mahe, Seychelles - via... Read More

  • Honduras, Utila, East Harbour: Deck Gear Stolen – June 2015

    Date Published - June 30, 2015

    (June 2015) - Burgled twice in Utila.... Read More

  • Turkey, Datca, Kuyulubuku: Burgled at anchor – June 2015

    Date Published - June 16, 2015

    This theft was reported on Marmaris Bay Cruisers.
    ... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Raiatea, Uturoa: Yacht burglaries on the public dock – June 2015

    Date Published - June 10, 2015

    The cruiser who sent us this security report prefers to remain anonymous:

    We are currently cruising French Polynesia and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We are... Read More

  • Venezulea, Manamo/Orinoco: Assault & Robbery – May 2015

    Date Published - May 30, 2015

    First person report by the skipper who was boarded and robbed on 24 May 2015.

    I was anchored in the River Manamo opposite my friend's casa... Read More

  • SVG, Bequia, Princess Margaret Beach: Burglary whilst crew ashore – May 2015

    Date Published - May 30, 2015

    DATE: 2015-05-18 20:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Bequia Princess Margaret Beach

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Cash

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS: Crew and guests left charter yacht around sunset to go ashore... Read More

  • Haiti, Grand Goave, Petit Paradis: Night time robbery and violent attack – May 2015

    Date Published - May 30, 2015

    Sigrid cruises solo on board her boat "Lucky Bitch". She had spent some time in Haiti prior to this attack, cruising off the beaten track... Read More

  • Bahamas, Nassau, Harbor Club Marina: Night time burglary – May 2015

    Date Published - May 30, 2015

    We were staying on our Leopard 48 catamaran at the Harbor Club Marina, in early May 2015, in Nassau, Bahamas.

    While we slept, a burglar boarded... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Reduit Beach: Attempted Robbery and Assault – May 2015

    Date Published - May 24, 2015

    This is a first-hand account by the victim to the Caribbean Security and Safety Net (CSSN).

    DATE: 2015-05-20 01:35

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Rodney Bay Reduit... Read More

  • SVG, Chateaubelair: Boarded at night and robbed – May 2015

    Date Published - May 24, 2015

    22.05.2015:

    0200 LT:

    Post:  northern part of Chateaubelair, St Vincent & Grenadines, Caribbean.

    A chartered catamaran anchored by itself, well away from the 2 or 3 other cruising... Read More

  • Refugees/Immigrants – People Smuggling in the Mediterranean could be the Tip of the Iceberg

    Date Published - May 21, 2015

    It is only a matter of time before we start to see crime and piracy off the North African coast in the form of attacks... Read More

  • Grenada, St. George’s, Outside Lagoon: Locked boat burgled while crew ashore – May 2015

    Date Published - May 09, 2015

    DATE: 2015-05-08 21:00

    Country Name: Grenada

    Location Detail: Grenada St. George's outside lagoon

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: computers,iPad,phones, etc.

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS: A boat anchored in the southern area outside St.... Read More

  • Bahamas, New Providence: Liveaboard British Man shot dead on board by armed robbers – May 2015

    Date Published - May 04, 2015

    Gary Vanhoeck, 51, from the UK, was murdered on his sailboat at Stuart Cove’s diving centre in western New Providence on the night of Friday... Read More

  • Advice for Cruising Haiti 2015

    Date Published - May 03, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_52429" align="alignright" width="200"] Map of Haiti clearly showing Gonaives up north and Corail down south - Courtesy of Free Cruising Guides[/caption]

    http://freecruisingguides.com/

    Recently there have been... Read More

  • SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay: Attempted Robbery – April 2015

    Date Published - April 29, 2015

    We rented a charter boat (saba 50 Fountain pajot) at Le Marin, Martinique on April 26 and set sail South to St Lucia than the... Read More

  • Haiti, Petit Port a Piment: Violent Attack on Cruising Couple – First person report

    Date Published - April 20, 2015

    This is the harrowing story told by the couple who were violently attacked on board their boat whilst at rest at Petit Port a Piment,... Read More

  • Passage through the GOA and up the Red Sea: March 2015

    Date Published - April 20, 2015

    By SV Donna; 15m, 1.8m draft.

    Kris Tielemans (Belgian) & Crismae de Joseph (Filipino)

    We used Navionics charts (about 50USD) on an iPad.

    We crossed from Cochin, India... Read More

  • Haiti, Petit Port a Piment: Armed Robbery at Night – April 2015

    Date Published - April 19, 2015

    DATE: 2015-04-16 at 03:00

    COUNTRY: Haiti

    LOCATION: Petit Port a Piment (19.36N 072.59W)

    EVENT: Boarding, Assault and Theft

    STOLEN ITEMS: Cash, solar panels, computers, navigation electronics, etc.

    SECURED: Unknown

    DETAILS:

    An Australian... Read More

  • SE Asia to the Med in Convoy through the Gulf of Aden 2015

    Date Published - April 16, 2015

    We just completed a long trip from Male, Maldives to Port Suakin, Sudan in a 3-boat convoy. This is not a casual trip and needs... Read More

  • St Vincent, Blue Lagoon: Dinghy Accesories Stolen – April 2015

    Date Published - April 12, 2015

    During the night of April 12, 2015, we were on a mooring close to the marina and dinghy was locked off our stern - in... Read More

  • Maritime Security Incidents Worldwide – March 2015

    Date Published - March 31, 2015

    Retired maritime security consultant and security officer trainer Andrew Robinson, has compiled this comprehensive and accurate table of figures for March, some involving yachts.... Read More

  • Dominica, Portsmouth, Prince Rupert Bay South: Armed Boarding and Theft – March 2015

    Date Published - March 30, 2015

    DATE: 2015-03-30 01:00

    Country Name: Dominica

    Location Detail: Prince Rupert Bay South End

    EVENT: Assault

    Stolen Items: Laptop, mobile phone, VHF, cash

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A single hander anchored in the south... Read More

  • Honduras: Charter yacht boarded by pirates en-route from Belize to Roatan – March 2015

    Date Published - March 30, 2015

    (April 10, 2015) - Canadian couple survives a pirate attack on a sailing trip in Honduras. Couple and sailboat captain threatened by armed men and... Read More

  • Brazil, Ilha de Itaparica: Three separate incidents in a week – March 2015

    Date Published - March 29, 2015

    Posted as a comment on the Brazil main page by Thomas Rupp

    March 30th, 2015

    I'm in Itiparica for one week.

    During this time one boat was boarded... Read More

  • Maldives to the Red Sea: Travelling solo through the HRA (High Risk Area)

    Date Published - March 25, 2015

    The SV ROGUE BRIT travelled as a single sailboat from Male' in the Maldives to Platform 18N040E in the Red Sea between March 6th and... Read More

  • Colombia, Cartagena: Attempted Dingy Theft – March 2015

    Date Published - March 23, 2015

    Anchored just off Club Nautico at 0100hrs I woke to a faint noise I could not identify. I stood up on my aft cabin bed... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan: Burglary at night – March 2015

    Date Published - March 12, 2015

    DATE: 2015-03-06 02:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: $400.00 in cash

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS: Boat was locked, but left a window... Read More

  • Venezuela, Morrocoy National Park: Three local motorboats held hostage and ransacked – March 2015

    Date Published - March 12, 2015

    Morrocoy National Park is located in the easternmost coast of Falcón state and northwestern of Golfo Triste, in the west-central Venezuelan coast, near the towns... Read More

  • Brazil, Fortaleza: Violent Attack by armed assailants – February 2015

    Date Published - February 19, 2015

    February 2015: Barely an hour after arriving and anchoring off the marina at Fortaleza, a violent attack was made on the yacht 'Windjammer'... Read More

  • Brazil, Maranhão, São Luis: Dutch cruising sailor shot and killed – February 2015

    Date Published - February 17, 2015

    Tragic incident off the Sao Luis Yacht Club.... Read More

  • Honduras: Armed robbery whilst underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce – February 2015

    Date Published - February 09, 2015

    (February 1, 2015) – As reported by CSSN: Robbery... Read More

  • CSSN Year End Summary of Crime against Yachts in the Caribbean – 2014

    Date Published - February 02, 2015

    Read full summary on the CSSN Website - http://safetyandsecuritynet.org/... Read More

  • Haiti, between Corail and Pestel: Armed Boarding and Robbery – January 2015

    Date Published - January 31, 2015

    DATE: 2015-01-21 03:00

    Country Name: Haiti

    Location Detail: Corail (Northern coast of the Southern Peninsula)

    EVENT: Assault

    Stolen Items: All Cash ( $1000 US ), laptops, diving equipment, etc.

    SECURED:... Read More

  • Honduras, Roatan, West End: Burgled whilst owners ashore – January 2015

    Date Published - January 25, 2015

    (January 23, 2015) – As reported by CSSN: Burglary
    ... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Further theft from yachts – January 2015

    Date Published - January 23, 2015

    Four more incidents as reported by the Caribbean Security and Safety Net (CSSN).... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Red Sea Passage – January 2015

    Date Published - January 22, 2015

    It is January 20, 2015, and we've just completed our 31-day passage to the top of the Red Sea, from Male (Maldives) to Eilat (Israel).... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay Marina: Theft – January 2015

    Date Published - January 19, 2015

    As reported by the Caribbean Security and Safety Net.... Read More

  • Horn of Africa: Suspicious activity reported November 2014

    Date Published - January 09, 2015

    Whilst piracy off the Horn of Africa may be somewhat reduced, merchant vessels continue to report suspicious activity in this general area. Below are detailed... Read More

  • Colombia, Islas del Rossario, Isla Grande: Outboard theft – December 2014

    Date Published - December 23, 2014

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net (CSSN)... Read More

  • St. Lucia, Rodney Bay: Outboard engine stolen from yacht in boatyard – December 2014

    Date Published - December 20, 2014

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net (CSSN)... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Night buglary while owners ashore – December 2014

    Date Published - December 20, 2014

    As reported by the Caribbean Security and Safety Net.... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia: Attempted break-in – December 2014

    Date Published - December 18, 2014

    As reported by the Caribbean Security and Safety Net (CSSN) - Read on CSSN Website [Broken Link]

    DATE: 15 December 2014

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Bequia Princess Margaret... Read More

  • Honduras and Guatemala Border, SE of Cayos Miskitos: Pursued by Suspicious Vessel – December 2014

    Date Published - December 18, 2014

    (December 18, 2014) - This report was sourced via Cruisers Network Online taken directly from the victims' blog. A shorter report was also made by... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Armed Boardings and Theft – December 2014

    Date Published - December 16, 2014

    Two security incidents against yachts moored on moorings at Marina Zarpar were reported last week. They are outlined below with a response from the marina... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Night boarding and burglary – December 2014

    Date Published - December 10, 2014

    We had an unfortunate incident in Soufriere on St Lucia, next to the Pitons on 8 December 2014.

    We were on a mooring ball next to... Read More

  • Northern Malaysia: Attempted Boarding on passage – November 2014

    Date Published - November 15, 2014

    On November 14, 2014, at 4 have I woke Mildred up so that she could stand her watch. We were 35 nm miles west of... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay Marina & Lagoon: Spike in Petty Theft – September/October 2014

    Date Published - November 01, 2014

    The following security incidents were reported by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net. You can find out more about the CSSN at http://safetyandsecuritynet.com/. See comment... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Soufriere & Marigot Bay: Night boarding and burglary – October 2014

    Date Published - October 20, 2014

    I would like to report two incidents that occurred in Soufriere and Marigot Bay, St. Lucia.

    Soufriere:

    We were moored at the Bat Cave, close to Soufriere,... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden, Yemen – approx 90NM SW of Al Mukalla: Attempted Piracy – October 2014

    Date Published - October 14, 2014

    15.10.2014:

    1510 UTC: Posn: 13:33N – 050:27E

    Approx 90NM SW of Al Mukalla, Yemen,, Gulf of Aden.

    A motor yacht reported a suspicious approach by a skiff to... Read More

  • Grenada, Clarke’s Court Bay: Attempted Theft of Chained and Locked Dinghy – September 2014

    Date Published - September 29, 2014

    As reported by the Caribbean Security and Safety Net.... Read More

  • Turkey South, Cavus Koyu (north): Burgled whilst ashore – September 2014

    Date Published - September 24, 2014

    As reported on the Marmaris Bay Cruisers blog: http://cruisingtips.net/... Read More

  • Grenada, St. George’s, Outside Lagoon: Theft from Anchored Boats – August 2014

    Date Published - August 13, 2014

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net.... Read More

  • Grenada, St. David’s, Grenada Marine boatyard: Burglary – July 2014

    Date Published - August 06, 2014

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net.

    DATE: 2014-07-23 00:00

    COUNTRY: Grenada

    LOCATION: "Grenada St. David's Grenada Marine boatyard"

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Cameras, laptop, other items TBD

    SECURED:... Read More

  • PNG and Solomons: Security (2014)

    Date Published - July 30, 2014

    A report from Jim and Joy Carey of S/V Kelaerin, currently in Port Vila, Vanuatu.... Read More

  • Maritime Security Incidents for the first half of 2014

    Date Published - July 20, 2014

    Retired maritime security consultant and security officer trainer Andrew Robinson, has shared this comprehensive and accurate table of figures with noonsite. It should be noted... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Bora Bora: Deck equipment stolen – July 2014

    Date Published - July 07, 2014

    We are in Bora Bora and I would like to report that both of our offshore fishing rods were lifted from the boat during a... Read More

  • Ecuador, Bahia Caraquez, Puerto Amistad: Burglary – June 2014

    Date Published - June 29, 2014

    Report on Southbound Group - June 30th, 2014

    Cruisers visiting Puerto Amistad in Bahia Caraquez, Ecuador should be aware that there has recently been a theft... Read More

  • South of France, Cote d’Azure, Rade d’Agay: Night boarding & theft – June 2014

    Date Published - June 17, 2014

    This is Roger & Lynn Allen-Muncey on SY Pamarzi Oyster 575/18 cruising the South of France.

    WARNING

    Whilst anchored 300 meters offshore in Rade d'Agay, Cote d'Azure... Read More

  • Dominica, South of Roseau: Boarding and Assault – May 2014

    Date Published - May 18, 2014

    Tom and Margaret Egan were moored South of Roseau near the Anchorage Hotel on a mooring ball on Saturday, May 3rd on the island of... Read More

  • Red Sea: Somali Pirates Flee Captured Dhow as EU Naval Force Applies Pressure

    Date Published - April 28, 2014

    Dhow captured to use as a mother ship was freed after 2 weeks when approached by a German warship causing the pirates to flee.... Read More

  • World-Wide Piracy: Indonesia Heads the Piracy Stakes

    Date Published - April 27, 2014

    The latest information on the world-wide piracy situation from the International Maritime Bureau.... Read More

  • Philippines, Palawan, Rio Tubbataha: German couple abducted from yacht – April 2014

    Date Published - April 25, 2014

    Reports about this abduction which occurred in April 2014 are mixed, however, the main facts as we have interpreted them are outlined below.... Read More

  • Panama, Balboa, Taboga Island South: Cruising yacht at anchor attacked by armed gunmen – March 2014

    Date Published - April 24, 2014

    This nasty incident occurred over a month ago, on March 15th, 2014, however, it’s taken some time to get the facts clear and verified before... Read More

  • Brazil, Fortaleza: Assault and Robbery – April 2014

    Date Published - April 22, 2014

    Noonsite received a report from another cruising boat that friends of theirs had been boarded, the crew attacked, beaten and robbed within moments of anchoring... Read More

  • Brazil, Belem: Assault and Robbery – March 2014

    Date Published - April 16, 2014

    March 2014: Alarming information about an assault and robbery on a yacht in Belem, Brazil. ... Read More

  • Securing your boat from intruders

    Date Published - April 10, 2014

    These ideas for how best to keep potential thieves and attackers from getting into your boat, deter them and prevent your valuables being stolen, were... Read More

  • Brazil, Salvador de Bahia, Itaparica Island: Assault and Robbery – March 2014

    Date Published - April 02, 2014

    Assault and Robbery in Itaparica, near Salvador, Bahia.

    ... Read More

  • Mediterranean, SW Corsica, Gulf of Roccapina: Armed gunmen hijack yacht – February 2014

    Date Published - March 03, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_42394" align="alignright" width="150"] Hijacked yacht Armageddon[/caption]

    16.02.2014: 0445 LT

    Posn: Gulf of Roccapina, off SW Corsica, Mediterranean.

    Four hooded gunmen attacked French luxury motor yacht (ARMAGEDDON).

    There were... Read More

  • Caribbean, Martinique, Fort de France: Mugged after clearing-in – February 2014

    Date Published - February 17, 2014

    This incident occurred in Fort de France, Martinique, on February 3, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., about 100 feet from the entrance to Leader Price Supermarket.... Read More

  • Caribbean, BVIs, Tortola East, Fat Hogs Bay: Armed boarding – February 2014

    Date Published - February 12, 2014

    February 9, 2014

    Fat Hogs Bay BVI

    While on a mooring a private boat was boarded by two masked men.  The owner heard them climbing on board... Read More

  • Caribbean, St. Martin: Multiple crimes against cruisers – Jan/Feb 2014

    Date Published - February 12, 2014

    The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) has received an unprecedented number of reports from concerned cruisers in St Martin. Details are incomplete, but during... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: British Skipper dies in Armed Robbery – January 2014

    Date Published - January 19, 2014

    A British cruiser died trying to protect his wife from armed boarders whilst at anchor in Vieux Fort, Friday 17 January.... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Burglary at Puerto Blanco Marina – January 2014

    Date Published - January 15, 2014

    Date/Time: JANUARY 2014Boat Name: SCOUNDREL'S LADYBoat Type: SUNDECK CRUISER, HI STAR 55Boat Flag: US FLAGLocation: MARINA PUERTO BLANCOWere you on board at the time? NO,... Read More

  • St Martin, Simpson Bay Lagoon: Warning about Robberies during 2013

    Date Published - December 29, 2013

    Local police have admitted that there have been regular robberies over the last 12 months both from boats anchored in the bay and berthed alongside.... Read More

  • Panama, Colon: Theft from secure yard at Shelter Bay Marina

    Date Published - December 12, 2013

    See cruiser's comment about this incident at www.noonsite.com/Countries/Panama/Cristobal(Colon)/++conversation++default/1389882289980840... Read More

  • Belize, St Georges Cay: Break in and burglary from anchored yacht – November 2013

    Date Published - November 30, 2013

    On 11/25/2013 my wife and I anchored DreamCatcher, our Island Packet 45, off St Georges Cay, Belize.

    Around 1700 we went ashore and found Pleasure Island... Read More

  • Grand Cayman, West Bay: Locked outboard stolen – November 2013

    Date Published - November 28, 2013

    My catamaran is moored at a Private Dock at "The Shores" in West Bay Grand Cayman. This is a gated community of upscale homes. I... Read More

  • Indonesia, Kalimantan, Pontianak: Burgled at night while sleeping – November 2013

    Date Published - November 20, 2013

    We were boarded and robbed in the center of Pontianak harbor Kalimantan, Indonesia, on 9th November 2013.

    We were anchored at the Harbour master's advice for... Read More

  • Guadeloupe, Sainte-Anne: Break-in and attempted robbery during daylight – November 2013

    Date Published - November 20, 2013

    Incident Date 10/11/2013

    St Anne Guadeloupe

    Boat name Ellisa

    The boat was boarded by 5 lads who swam out to it in broad daylight about 2 pm –... Read More

  • Venezuela, Paria Peninsula: Yacht boarded, attacked and robbed by Pirates – November 2013

    Date Published - November 19, 2013

    On Wednesday 13 November SY Explorer, on passage from Trinidad to Puerto La Cruz, was boarded by pirates 5nm from the Venezuelan coastline on approaching... Read More

  • Grenada, Prickly Bay, Calabash Beach: Daytime Burglary – October 2013

    Date Published - October 08, 2013

    As reported on Cruisers_Network_Online.... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Union Island: Violent attack on cruising boat

    Date Published - October 08, 2013

    At approximately 20:45 on October 3rd, SY Rainbow anchored off Frigate Island, adjacent to Union Island, SVG, was boarded by machete-wielding men who violently attacked... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Union Island: Violent attack on cruising boat – October 2013 – with updates

    Date Published - October 05, 2013

    At approximately 20:45 on October 3rd, SY Rainbow anchored off Frigate Island, adjacent to Union Island, SVG, was boarded by machete-wielding men who violently attacked... Read More

  • Venezuela, Isla Margarita: Dutch sailor killed whilst resisting robbery on board – September 2013

    Date Published - September 05, 2013

    Early in the morning of 3 September whilst anchored off Marina El Concorde, Margarita Island, Robert Steenburg's yacht was boarded by armed robbers. In an... Read More

  • Panama, Isla Grande: Night boarding while owners on board – August 2013

    Date Published - August 30, 2013

    I would like to report the following incident.

    My name is Tony Peacock and I am traveling with my wife Ann aboard our vessel, Pavo Real.... Read More

  • St Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia, Port Elizabeth: Boarding and attempted break-in – August 2013

    Date Published - August 09, 2013

    Safety in Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

    By Meredith Miller, S/V Karisma, U.S. Citizen

    On August 8, 2013, we were anchored in Bequia, Port Elizabeth near... Read More

  • Sint Maarten: Dinghy Stolen from Dock used by Cruisers – July 2013

    Date Published - August 07, 2013

    A locked dinghy and outboard was stolen from a dock commonly used by cruisers visiting the Grand Marche Supermarket and the adjacent restaurants.... Read More

  • Colombia, Cienaga de Cholon: Attempted dinghy theft – July 2013

    Date Published - July 28, 2013

    On the 21 of July 2013 at midnight we were anchored in the bay of Cienaga de Cholon. It was very peaceful. Our dinghy was... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia, Port Elizabeth: Night boarding and burglary whilst asleep – June 2013

    Date Published - July 21, 2013

    June 17, 2013, we were anchored in Bequia, Port Elizabeth - 200 yards from the

    dock for the Lauberge restaurant, near the north shore. There were... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Tahiti, Papeete: Attempted Dinghy Theft – July 2013

    Date Published - July 09, 2013

    Posted 6 July, 2013

    We are actually anchored in front of Marina Taina in Papeete.

    Last night around 1030 p.m.our neighbour anchored nearby heard a noise of... Read More

  • Panama, Balboa, Las Brisas anchorage: Dinghies and outboards stolen – June 2013

    Date Published - June 16, 2013

    A reminder to all yachts transiting the canal to secure their dinghies.

    Three dinghies were stolen overnight at Las Brisas. Their outboards took and two of... Read More

  • Grenada, Carriacou Island,Tyrell Bay: Liferaft stolen – May 2013

    Date Published - May 31, 2013

    ONGOING INVESTIGATION--------

    While owners took shore accommodations for a night, in the early hours of the morning in May 2013 a Plastimo 6 man liferaft was... Read More

  • Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Yacht burgled while owners ashore – May 2013

    Date Published - May 16, 2013

    The fourth burglary on yachts in the last 2 weeks at Fronteras... Read More

  • Thailand, Phuket, Chalong: Armed Yacht Robberies – April 2013

    Date Published - April 28, 2013

    Recent armed attacks against yachties by thieves are the first violence that the local cruising community can remember here towards yachts in a very long... Read More

  • Costa Rica, Gulf of Dulce, Cabo Matapalo: Harassed by Fishing Boat – March 2013

    Date Published - March 25, 2013

    Report obtained from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/southbound_group/ .

    Around 7:30 pm while anchored off of 'Backwash' beach near Cabo Matapalo at the western end of Gulfo Dulce, I hear... Read More

  • Costa Rica, Golfito: Outboard Theft – March 2013

    Date Published - March 11, 2013

    Before having actually cleared into Costa Rica, SY Cypraea was robbed of her locked outboard motor whilst the owners were still on board.... Read More

  • East Malaysia, Borneo: Sandakan and Kudat – Theft from Yachts

    Date Published - March 04, 2013

    Posted 4 March 2013

    Thefts continue to take place at the Shipyard and hardstand in Kudat, Sabah in Borneo.

    Last weekend on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night... Read More

  • Panama, Las Perlas, Isla Pedro Gonzalez: Outboard Theft – February 2013

    Date Published - February 25, 2013

    Outboard stole from raised, locked dinghy on davits.... Read More

  • Mexico, Caleta de Campos: Armed Robbery – February 2013

    Date Published - February 21, 2013

    Bill Lilly and his partner Judy Lang reported their Lagoon 470 Moontide was boarded by three armed men at about 2 a.m. on February 19th... Read More

  • St Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia: Burglary in Admiralty Bay – December 2012

    Date Published - February 18, 2013

    Money and electronics stolen while at anchor in Admiralty Bay. Several boats broken into.... Read More

  • Somali Piracy Update: January 2013

    Date Published - January 21, 2013

    Des Ryan has put together an interesting summary for Sail-World.com of how the situation currently stands with piracy attacks in the GOA and Indian Ocean... Read More

  • San Blas, Matanchen Bay: Attempted Dinghy Theft & Burglary – December 2012

    Date Published - January 18, 2013

    Matanchén Bay is located just south of San Blas, Nayarit, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. This security report was taken from the Southbound Group... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Break-in and Theft at Marina Zarpar moorings – January 2013

    Date Published - January 11, 2013

    This is my fourth visit to DR over the last 3 years.

    I went to Santo-Domingo in the morning on January 7, 2013, and locked the... Read More

  • The Grenadines, Mayreau: Aggression towards cruisers ashore at Saline Bay – December 2012

    Date Published - December 26, 2012

    We were anchored with 2 boats in Saline Bay on Mayreau over Christmas.

    In the evening we went ashore to have dinner and drink some Rum... Read More

  • St. Martin, Marigot Bay: Attacked & Robbed Ashore after Checking-in – December 2012

    Date Published - December 13, 2012

    We want to report an incident that happened on Monday 10th December in St-Martin (French side). We are on a sailboat anchored in the lagoon.... Read More

  • Antigua, Jolly Harbour Marina: Attempted Burglary – December 2012

    Date Published - December 11, 2012

    I was woken by an intruder at about 23.00 on Thursday 6th December 2012. Thank God for squeaky floorboards!!!!. I was sleeping in the fore-cabin... Read More

  • Panama, Punta Chame: Yacht boarded and robbed by Armed Men – November 2012

    Date Published - November 28, 2012

    Punta Chame is about 20nm South West of the Balboa Anchorage.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: Yacht Broken into while in the SE Anchorage – November 2012

    Date Published - November 22, 2012

    Posted 22nd November 2012

    Subject: A yacht broke into at Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia: Security update

    I am reporting an incident that took place on Tuesday, November... Read More

  • Guatemala, Rio Dulce, Mango Marina: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – October 2012

    Date Published - November 12, 2012

    We are staying at Mango Marina, Rio Dulce, Guatemala. Between 3 and 6 am on Friday, October 12, 2012, our 11 foot Caribe inflatable dinghy... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia, Admiralty Bay: Night Burglary – November 2012

    Date Published - November 12, 2012

    Burglary in Admiralty Bay Bequia, Thursday 8th November 2012

    Ocean Star, a 50 ft. Beneteau was anchored by Princess Margaret Beach just off the point leading... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Reduit Beach: Dinghy & Outboard Thefts – September 2012

    Date Published - October 01, 2012

    Dinghy and outboard thefts are common in the Caribbean. Be sure to secure both your dinghy and outboard at all times and always lift both... Read More

  • Colombia, Santa Marta, Taganga Bay: Armed Boarding and Robbery – September 2012

    Date Published - October 01, 2012

    Important information for boats heading to Colombia from the Eastern Caribbean. Taganga bay is a favourite stopover for cruising yachts whilst waiting for Colombia clearance.... Read More

  • Grenada, Prickly Bay: Dinghy and Outboard Thefts 2012 – Updated

    Date Published - September 20, 2012

    By Edited by Sue with reports from Olivier Meurzec of SY Mary Ann and Denise of SV Nauti Cat. — last modified Sep 26, 2012,... Read More

  • Venezuela, Puerto La Cruz: Armed Boarding & Robbery – August 2012

    Date Published - August 16, 2012

    On Thursday 09 August 2012 at lunchtime, the French Catamaran "Feline Good" based in Marina Bahia Redonda in Puerto la Cruz was attacked while at... Read More

  • Salvador, Maragogipe: All is not gloom and doom in the Bay of All Saints

    Date Published - August 09, 2012

    All is not gloom and doom in the Bay of All Saints (Baia de Todos os Santos). While almost every cruiser appears to have had... Read More

  • Honduras, Catarasca Lagoon: Single Handed Cruiser Loses Boat to Pirates – July 2012

    Date Published - August 08, 2012

    Courtesy of the Cruisers Network Online

    Cliff Vaughs of S/V Amistad, who has sailed Central American waters for 20 years, was boarded by pirates on July... Read More

  • Brazil, Salvador: Armed Boardings and Robberies – June/July 2012

    Date Published - July 31, 2012

    POSTED 30 JULY, 2012

    Yachties need to be aware of the armed attacks which have been made in this part of Brazil.

    In the eight weeks, we... Read More

  • Croatia, Pula: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – July 2012

    Date Published - July 31, 2012

    We are anchored in Uvala Kanalic, Croatia, close to Pula and Veruda Marina.

    During the night our inflatable dinghy was cut free and the outboard stolen.... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia, Admiralty Bay: Sailor Shot and Wounded – July 2012

    Date Published - July 30, 2012

    News received from Caribbean Compass

    During the late night of Saturday, July 21st, a yacht anchored off Princess Margaret Beach in Admiralty Bay, Bequia, was approached... Read More

  • Somalia: South African cruising couple finally FREE plus Their Account of being Held Hostage

    Date Published - July 20, 2012

    As reported by BBC News and Yahoo News

    A cruising couple held hostage for 20 months after being kidnapped by Somali pirates have been freed, Somalia's... Read More

  • Somalia: Yacht Abducted, Skipper Escapes but 2 Crew Taken Hostage

    Date Published - July 19, 2012

    Posted 9 November, 2010

    First reports about a possible yacht abduction by Somali Pirates were received 1 November. It was known that 3 crew were on... Read More

  • Panama, Bocas del Toro, nr. Isla Colon: Brutal Assault & Robbery – July 2012

    Date Published - July 09, 2012

    Posted Sunday 8 July 2012: Taken from a report by Don Winner for the Panama Guide, plus extra information reported to noonsite by cruisers in... Read More

  • Honduras, Roatan: The Reality of Crime in the Islands

    Date Published - July 09, 2012

    Our thanks to Ken Carrothers, Dockmaster at Fantasy Island Marina, for his comments about crime and safety in Honduras in response to the recent attack... Read More

  • Honduras, Roatan, Port Royal: Armed Boarding, Assault & Robbery – July 2012

    Date Published - July 08, 2012

    I wish to report the following incident that happened on July 2, 2012 @ 0100, while anchored in Port Royal, Roatan.

    I was awakened to the... Read More

  • Protection at Anchor

    Date Published - July 04, 2012

    A few cruisers have contributed to this discussion. Please add comments (at the bottom of the report) if you have further suggestions.... Read More

  • Venezuela, Orinoco Delta: Two Dutch Cruising Boats Suffer Armed Robbery – June 2012

    Date Published - June 30, 2012

    Update: Posted 21 March 2013

    You might be interested in the following information we got from friends as a follow up on us being attacked in... Read More

  • Honduras, Punta Sal: Sailing Boat Boarded and Robbed by Pirates – June 2012

    Date Published - June 08, 2012

    Our thanks to Michael Feldman for sending us a copy of his letter to the Ambassador, and our best wishes to both him and his... Read More

  • St. Martin: Increase in Thefts from Marigot Bay and Marina Fort Louis – May 2012

    Date Published - May 31, 2012

    The Caribbean Safety & Security Net [Broken Link] and cruisers are reporting a higher than normal occurrence of thefts from yachts and of dinghies in St.... Read More

  • St. Martin, Grand Case: Dinghy and Outboard Stolen from Yacht – May 2012

    Date Published - May 18, 2012

    After crossing from the Virgin Islands we were anchored in Grand Case St. Martin for a day or two. We had found a spot just... Read More

  • St. Martin, Marigot Bay: Dinghy Thefts – May 2012

    Date Published - May 17, 2012

    I guess an important update for St. Martin, in particular, the Dinghy Dock in Marigot Bay:

    Thefts are becoming a real issue at this dinghy dock... Read More

  • Australia, Brisbane, Garden Point Moorings: Dinghy Thefts – May 2012

    Date Published - May 14, 2012

    Several dinghy's stolen from the Garden Point Moorings adjacent to downtown Brisbane in 2011. ... Read More

  • An Alternative to GOA and the Red Sea: Desert Sailing

    Date Published - May 07, 2012

    The following is a report from Canadian yacht Chinook, who, rather than take the dangerous route down the Red Sea and through the GOA, took... Read More

  • Morocco, Safi: Yacht Break-in and Burglary – April 2012

    Date Published - April 30, 2012

    Due to rough weather en route from Gibraltar to the Canary Islands, we called into the Moroccan port of Safi on 13 April 2012. We... Read More

  • Belize, Pelican Cayes: Charter Yacht Brutally Attacked – March 2012

    Date Published - April 07, 2012

    The incident apparently happened onboard a catamaran chartered from the “Moorings Charter Company” that was anchored in the Pelican range of Cayes, the first set... Read More

  • Panama, Colon: Yacht at anchor boarded & robbed – March 2012

    Date Published - April 03, 2012

    Frank Peeters, Captain of "African Seawing", reported the following to noonsite:

    On the night of Tue-27 to Wed-28 March at around 1:00 am, the sailing vessel... Read More

  • Honduras Security for Visiting Yachts – March 2012

    Date Published - March 12, 2012

    Date: March 8, 2012

    From: Marie Dufour, M/Y DOMINO

    We cruised the Bay Islands (Utila, Roatan, Guanaja) for 6 weeks in Feb-March 2012. Never did we feel... Read More

  • Honduras, Guanaja Island, Bonacca: Deck Gear Stolen at Night – February 2012

    Date Published - March 12, 2012

    We were anchored just west of Bonacca town in front of the Port Captains office on 25 February 2012. Lots of local boats pass by... Read More

  • St. Vincent, Wallilabou Bay: Night time boarding – February 2012

    Date Published - February 28, 2012

    At 0400 hours Saturday 25 February, SV JOANA had our first “unauthorized boarding”.

    My wife and I sleep in the aft cabin of our center cockpit... Read More

  • Kiribati, Gilbert Islands, Tarawa: Breaking & Entering – Update 2012

    Date Published - February 18, 2012

    Posted 25 November 2011 - see Update February 2012 at bottom

    There has been a recent bout of theft in Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati.

    In the last... Read More

  • Venezuela, nr Curapano: Violent Attack and Robbery – January 2012

    Date Published - February 14, 2012

    The crew of SY AKAT was attacked and boarded during their passage from Venezuela in the direction of Grenada on 12 January 2012.

    Last reported position... Read More

  • Honduras: Rio Dulce, Guanaja, Sandy Bay – Armed Attack & Robbery

    Date Published - January 30, 2012

    Received by email from Jean-Pierre and Brigitte of s/v Ti-Bag

    We are Jean-Pierre and Brigitte from the French catamaran s/v Ti-Bag. We have been in the... Read More

  • Peru, Paita: Armed Boardings and Robbery – January 2012

    Date Published - January 25, 2012

    See Report on incident January 2012 here.... Read More

  • More Warnings Received about Paita, Peru – 2012

    Date Published - January 25, 2012

    Yet another Cruiser has a bad experience at Paita. This port should be avoided.

    Posted 25th January 2012

    I recently was forced to Paita to check damage... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Break-in and Burglary – December 2011

    Date Published - January 16, 2012

    Our sailboat was broken into December 17, 2011, between 1900 and 2300. We were anchored at the entrance of Love Canal in Luperon, Dominican Republic.

    We... Read More

  • Indian Ocean and Red Sea Transit 2011

    Date Published - January 12, 2012

    My account of Scot Free's passage from Uligamo to Suakin in Sudan for what it's worth. "Scot Free lll" is an Australian registered 42' cutter... Read More

  • Ideas For Deterring Pirates

    Date Published - January 11, 2012

    The following messages are the personal opinions of the contributors only and posted on Noonsite in order to reflect the range of opinions regarding this... Read More

  • Cruising SE Asia – Security Tips

    Date Published - January 01, 2012

    Our thanks to JJ Nicole of SY Calypso Magic for sharing these excellent cruising security tips.

    In all my cruising, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, PNG, Indonesia, Singapore,... Read More

  • Carriacou, Tyrrel Bay: Armed Boarding & Robbery – An Update December 2011

    Date Published - December 24, 2011

    Posted December 24th 2011

    I have just posted the following to www.safetyandsecuritynet.com

    December 18th 2011 - Progress Reported in Tyrrel Bay Incident

    On Saturday 17 December Carriacou police... Read More

  • Saint Lucia: Vieux Fort – Daytime Burglaries – 2011

    Date Published - November 10, 2011

    Posted 20 June 2011

    I would like to warn people about leaving their boats at Vieux Fort, St Lucia.

    On the 27th of April 2011, I left... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Bequia, Admiralty Bay – Burglaries – 2011

    Date Published - November 04, 2011

    Posted 27 October 2011

    Again in Bequia, two boats got robbed, nobody on board. The incident happened on Saturday 22nd October 2011, between 5 pm and... Read More

  • To sail the Gulf of Aden is like playing Russian Roulette

    Date Published - November 03, 2011

    (EUNAVFOR)

    Christian Colombo, a former French Navy sailor, and his wife were on their way to fulfill their dream. They were sailing to see the world... Read More

  • Canary Islands, La Gomera: San Sebastian Marina – Dinghy Stolen – October 2011

    Date Published - October 31, 2011

    We are in San Sebastian marina in La Gomera in the Canary Islands at the moment. Last Saturday (October 22nd) we had our dinghy stolen... Read More

  • Venezuela, Isla de Margarita: Porlamar – Cruisers Robbed – September 2011

    Date Published - October 10, 2011

    This information was received a 2nd hand from a noonsite contact in Venezuela. Noonsite is still trying to find out more information about these 2... Read More

  • Treat with Extreme Caution – Convoys & Rallies through the Indian Ocean

    Date Published - September 21, 2011

    Sent to noonsite by Tom Sampson of SY Katanne (www.katanne.co.uk)

    TREAT WITH EXTREME CAUTION - CONVOYS AND RALLIES THROUGH THE INDIAN OCEAN

    In 2010 I organized and... Read More

  • Potential new trend in pirate tactics in an area of the Red Sea off Eritrea

    Date Published - September 08, 2011

    Some useful information for anyone considering a Gulf of Aden and Red Sea passage can be found in the article by Neptune Maritime Security on... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: Hijacking of Danish Yacht ING – February 2011

    Date Published - September 07, 2011

    UPDATE

    The Johansen family and their 2 deckhands were freed after payment of a ransom, on 6 September 2011. See report here for details.

    Posted 2011-04-15

    Danish couple... Read More

  • Avoiding Attacks – Fit Security Hatches

    Date Published - September 05, 2011

    From Glynn Craig - 9 July 2010One reads of many cruisers being attacked whilst sleeping at an anchorage. Many years ago we fitted stainless steel... Read More

  • Venezuela, Isla de Margarita: Off Porlamar – French Catamaran Armed Robbery – August 2011

    Date Published - August 24, 2011

    On the evening of the 23 August, 2011, between 19:30 and 20:00, five men boarded French catamaran "Bikini", with a French couple on board, and... Read More

  • The Gambia: Beware of Pirates Near Banjul

    Date Published - August 08, 2011

    Caution, pirates might try to board your vessel when approaching the deep water buoy outside the port of Banjul, The Gambia.... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Tobago Cays – Armed Robbery

    Date Published - August 01, 2011

    July 2, 2011, at 10:30 pm
    A cruising couple were robbed of cash at gun and knifepoint by 2 masked men, who drifted down onto the... Read More

  • Notes on the Organisation of a Convoy

    Date Published - August 01, 2011

    These notes were originally prepared by Tom Sampson of SY Katanne following a super-convoy he organized from Salalah to Aden in January 2010. The piracy... Read More

  • Convoys in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea

    Date Published - July 29, 2011

    Tom Sampson, who organised a 27 boat convoy in January 2010 through GOA, sent noonsite the following comment following publication of ISAF's June 2011 Guidelines... Read More

  • Saint Lucia: Rodney Bay – Dinghy & Outboard Thefts

    Date Published - July 11, 2011

    Received From: Robert Lopez

    Subject: Dinghys stolen in St Lucia

    Message:

    I just want to warn people about Rodney Bay anchorage. On July 4, 2011, about 1.20am, my... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Mayreau, Saline Bay – Burglary

    Date Published - July 08, 2011

    We have been cruising St. Vincent and the Grenadines every year for the last 10 years. However we were very disappointed this February when our... Read More

  • St Vincent & the Grenadines: Mayreau, Saltwhistle Bay – Robbery

    Date Published - June 28, 2011

    We were a group of 32 French people on 4 catamarans (3 Lipari and one Lagoon 400), sailing from Martinique to the Grenadines and back... Read More

  • St. Vincent: Blue Lagoon – Burglary

    Date Published - May 30, 2011

    Our catamaran was on a mooring in Blue Lagoon - St Vincent - on the evening of the 20, April 2011.

    We went out, nearby, with... Read More

  • St Vincent: Wallilabou Bay – Burglaries

    Date Published - May 30, 2011

    We were moored stern-to with a bow anchor, to the derelict dock in the north-east corner of Wallilabou Bay in St Vincent during January 02-03,... Read More

  • Venezuela: 2011 Safety and Security Incidents

    Date Published - April 19, 2011

    These reports are taken from http://www.wifiguy.co.cc/security.html [BROKEN LINK], a website run by Robert Williams who works with cruisers and was previously based in Venezuela. Robert is... Read More

  • Venezuela: 2010 Safety and Security Incidents

    Date Published - April 19, 2011

    These reports are taken from [BROKENLINK]http://www.wifiguy.co.cc/security.html, a website run by Robert Williams who is based in Venezuela and works with cruisers. Although Robert will be... Read More

  • Oman: Hijack and Murder – SV Quest

    Date Published - April 15, 2011

    SV Quest, owned by California couple Scott and Jean Adam with Phyllis Mackay and Bob Riggle of Seattle on board as crew, was hijacked Friday... Read More

  • Marshall Islands: Burglaries

    Date Published - April 15, 2011

    See news report here [BROKEN LINK]... Read More

  • Red Sea: Alarming Incident Just South of The Hamish Islands

    Date Published - January 31, 2011

    On the 8th May 2010, in broad daylight, two skiffs approached a catamaran just south of the Hamish Islands, at the southern end of the... Read More

  • Honduras: Laguna El Diamante, Rio Tinto – Yacht Attacked and Skipper Killed

    Date Published - December 16, 2010

    As reported in the Rio Dulce Chisme

    Boater, daughter attacked by pirates

    Candian boater Milan Egrmajer of s/v Adena was reported killed by pirates off the Honduran... Read More

  • Honduras: Puerto Escondido – Armed Robbery

    Date Published - December 04, 2010

    The French catamaran MARINE, with crew Jean-Louis and Cathy on board, was boarded in the middle of the night (Wed. 24 November 2010) by 6... Read More

  • Venezuela: Peninsula de Paria – Armed Attack September 2010

    Date Published - December 02, 2010

    To whom it may concern,

    The attack occurred on the night of 6th September while sailing from Puerto La Cruz to Trinidad. Three of us were... Read More

  • Useful Precautions if Cruising in Pirate Infested Waters

    Date Published - November 25, 2010

    Following the traumatic hijacking of SY Choizil off the Tanzanian coast on October 26, 2010, Tom Sampson gives his thoughts on useful precautions if cruising... Read More

  • Venezuela: Between Los Testigos and Porlamar, Isla Margarita – Pirate Attack

    Date Published - October 23, 2010

    Cruising yacht "Boldly Go", crewed by Ellen Birrell and Jim Hutchins, were attacked by pirates on 15 October 2010 at approximately N011 05.000 / W063... Read More

  • Colombia: Cartagena – Security Update October 2010

    Date Published - October 22, 2010

    Received From: Phil Kellett

    Subject: Cartagena Security Update

    Message:

    As of October the cruiser´s net in Cartagena reports the number of dinghy thefts for 2010 at over 20.... Read More

  • Costa Rica: Quepos – Armed Robbery of Boat at Anchor

    Date Published - October 20, 2010

    In the early hours of 13 October 2010, the 54ft Gulfstar, "Two Amigos", anchored off Quepos, Costa Rica, was boarded by 6 armed masked men... Read More

  • Colombia: Cartagena – Dinghy and Outboard Thefts 2010 Plus a Suggestion

    Date Published - October 17, 2010

    Subject: Dinghy and Out Board theft in Cartagena 01/07/10

    Message:

    A dinghy and outboard were stolen from a boat anchored about 200 feet from Club Nautico on... Read More

  • Caribbean: Grenada, Mt. Hartman Bay – Attack & Robbery 2009 – Update

    Date Published - October 13, 2010

    Update Received October 10th 2010

    I got this message on Friday, Oct 7th 2010 from the newspaper Newtoday I Grenada;

    Update on the robbery case.

    Nelon Noel, 22-year-old... Read More

  • Pirates, Costs and Baksheesh for the Red Sea Passage

    Date Published - October 08, 2010

    Dear Noonsite

    I have been receivng a number of enquiries related to the passage to the Red Sea. It seemed appropriate, therefore, to collate all the... Read More

  • Cape Verdes: Mindelo – Burglarys

    Date Published - October 07, 2010

    During our stay in Mindelo (September 2010) there was one attempted and one "successful" robbery from boats at anchor (this is OUTSIDE the marina).

    On one... Read More

  • Caribbean: Bequia, Admiralty Bay – Break in

    Date Published - September 21, 2010

    We were broken into whilst ashore at dinner, August 30th, 2010 at Bequia, Admiralty Bay, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines.

    The thieves broke open one of... Read More

  • Caribbean: Dominica, Roseau – Burgled whilst asleep

    Date Published - August 11, 2010

    Posted on 2010-01-21

    On Monday, June 29, 2009, we were boarded and robbed at Roseau, Dominica.

    We were on a mooring ball with 4 other boats (our... Read More

  • Mozambique: Barra Lodge Anchorage – Armed Robbery

    Date Published - July 16, 2010

    On Tuesday 13 July 2010, two Durban sailors anchored off Barra Lodge, near Inhambane in Mozambique, awoke during the night to find a man with... Read More

  • Caribbean: St. Martin Lagoon (French side) – Attack and Robbery

    Date Published - July 14, 2010

    See a report of this attack in French at Orange Caraibe.[Broken Link]

    The last week of June/first week of July 2010, Mike Harker (a circumnavigator), suffered... Read More

  • Malaysia: Admiral Marina, Port Dickson – Burglaries

    Date Published - July 13, 2010

    Recently there have been three boat break-ins here. This is what I know from conversations with the people involved. Other things may have been stolen... Read More

  • Common sense practice for safe passage from Salalah to Aden

    Date Published - July 13, 2010

    From a cruiser who has done the same trip

    From Salalah, you will find many yachts on their way to the Red Sea all in the... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden Super Convoy – March 2010

    Date Published - July 13, 2010

    Gulf of Aden Super Convoy – updated

    Received from Joost Jager on 3rd January 2010

    How to go through the Gulf of Aden to the Med as... Read More

  • Caribbean: Bequia, Admiral Bay – Burglary

    Date Published - July 12, 2010

    On Sunday, July 4, 2010, between 7 - 8 PM in the anchorage at Admiral Bay, off Princess Point, Bequia, St Vincent and The Grenadines

    Our... Read More

  • Panama: Nr. Pedregal – Yacht Skipper Killed and Crew Attacked

    Date Published - July 12, 2010

    On the morning of Wednesday, 30 June 2010, at 3:00 am, cruising yacht "Altares" was attacked at sea near Bajo Pipón, about 15 to 20... Read More

  • Colombia: Bahia Guyraca – Armed Attack & Robbery

    Date Published - June 03, 2010

    As reported on Cruisers_Network_Online

    The following is an email we received on May 31, 2010, about a recent event in Bahia Guyraca - the 3rd of... Read More

  • Maldives Attack

    Date Published - May 24, 2010

    MALDIVES ATTACK- WARNING!!

    DHANGETHI, ARI ATOLL. 03:36.44N, 072:57.16E

    August 2009

    Whilst we met lots of friendly locals during our four months, there are enough unsavoury elements in Maldivian... Read More

  • Venezuela: North Coast – Yacht Skipper Shot and Killed

    Date Published - May 06, 2010

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net

    April 29, 2010 - The Curacao Rescue

    From an officially written dispatch dated 19 April 2010 sent to... Read More

  • Caribbean: Bequia, Port Elizabeth – Attempted Burglary

    Date Published - May 05, 2010

    On the evening of 02 May 2010 between the hours of 18:45 and 20:30, our catamaran was boarded whilst we were ashore.

    The vessel had been... Read More

  • Sailing Oman to Aden 2010 in a small group

    Date Published - April 23, 2010

    Joost Jager’s evaluation [BROKEN LINK] of the Super convoy he led from Salalah to Aden has inspired us to tell our own quite different story... Read More

  • Super Convoy March 2010 Evaluation

    Date Published - April 23, 2010

    Report by Joost Jager

    Earlier this year I posted a report on noonsite announcing that a super convoy would most likely be formed for the passage... Read More

  • Cape Verdes: Mindelo – Yacht Stolen

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2010-03-03

    This 38 feet sail-boat was stolen during the night of January the 12th 2010 from in front of the marina of Mindelo, Cape... Read More

  • Caribbean: Dominica, Roseau – Catamaran Boarded

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2010-02-20

    Subject: Catamaran boarded in Roseau, Dominica - 21 January 2010

    Message:

    To advise readers that we spent two nights on a mooring off the Anchorage... Read More

  • Caribbean: DR, Samana – Dinghy and Outboard Theft

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2010-01-30

    We had our dinghy and outboard (Yamaha 2PS) stolen in the Samana Bay, Dominican Republic - January 2010.

    At night our dinghy was up... Read More

  • Caribbean: St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Bequia – Robbed Ashore

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2010-01-12

    See a noonsite report about crimes in late 2009 here

    Message Received 12 January 2010 from Michael Guenther

    I get robbed in Bequia by a... Read More

  • Caribbean: Dominica, Roseau – Burgled at night

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2010-02-03

    Unfortunately, noonsite was unable to find out any more details about this incident other than what was reported below:-

    Reported by Nico Cortlever

    Message:

    December 15,... Read More

  • Colombia: Cartagena – Dinghy and Outboard Theft

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-12-29

    I am reporting the theft of a dinghy and a new Yamaha 15hp outboard in the early morning hours of 12/26/09 in Cartagena.... Read More

  • Colombia: Cartagena – Dinghy and Outboard Theft

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-12-29

    I am reporting the theft of a dinghy and a new Yamaha 15hp outboard in the early morning hours of 12/26/09 in Cartagena.... Read More

  • Atlantic Ocean: N of Cape Verdes – Suspicious Pursuit

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-12-20

    December 5 - Atlantic Ocean 23°55'N 23°28'W

    Most sailors who cross the Atlantic will tell you that after the first day, you don't see... Read More

  • Colombia: Cartagena – Yacht Burgled at Anchor

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-12-13

    A catamaran called "Fritz the Cat" was robbed during the night of Friday 11 December in the anchorage off Cartagena, just in front... Read More

  • Colombia: Cartagena – Armed Robbery at Port Entrance

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    On 2 December 2009 as yacht Karaka was entering Cartagena through the Boca Chica (main shipping channel) entrance at sunset they were attacked by pirates.

    They... Read More

  • Caribbean: St. Lucia, Marigot Bay – Cruisers Robbed in Street

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    This email is to report a recent incident.

    Date: November 25, 2009, 10.30 AM

    Location: Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

    While waiting for the customs, we were walking in... Read More

  • Venezuela: Followed Suspiciously – Nov 2009

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-11-10

    s/v Jupiter a 52’ cutter departed Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela November 6, 2009, at 0600 bound for Marina Puerto del Rey located on... Read More

  • Caribbean: St. Vincent, Chateaubelair – Assault and Robbery

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-11-05

    After some thirteen months with no reports of robberies at the Chateaubelair anchorage, the Caribbean Safety and Security Net [BROKENLINK] have received a report... Read More

  • Bequia: Port Elizabeth – Dinghy Stolen and not so friendly

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-11-02

    A delayed report from earlier in the year but just to advise that we found Bequia not to be as friendly as we... Read More

  • Brazil: Amazon River – Armed Robbery by Pirates

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-10-29

    In the last week of July 2009, a tourist's vessel was raided by pirates and the passengers robbed on the Amazon River.

    Aqua Expeditions,... Read More

  • Galapagos : Chased by Unlit Boats

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Sent by Bill Tait on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

    We are a husband and wife team sailing aboard our 55 ft yacht "Taku Tori" from the... Read More

  • Italy: Naples Bay – Yacht robbed and stolen, crew thrown overboard

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-06-20

    This full news story in Italian can be found on the ANSA (Italian News Agency) website.

    Area: Italy, Naple's Bay, near Posillipo

    Date: June 18th,... Read More

  • Caribbean: Dominica, Prince Rupert Bay – Armed Robbery and Attack

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted 2009-05-20

    Shortly after midnight, May 14th, 2009, John and Suzanne Dyer from Cornwall, England, were attacked aboard their yacht “Clypeus”, while they lay at anchor... Read More

  • Yemen: Zuquar Island – Attempted Pirate Attack whilst at anchor

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Report forwarded to noonsite by SY Alondra of London on 30 April 2009, when the attack had just happened.

    Posted 2009-05-08

    A message from Chris Edwards delivering... Read More

  • Venezuela: Tres Puntos – Shooting Attack on Yacht

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Sent by Dave Jones

    Yacht Navarna III (a Fisher 37 British registered)

    Posted on 2009-04-15

    On Saturday 7th April motoring along the Venezuelan coast just past Tres Puntos,... Read More

  • Somalia: French Yacht Sea-Jacked, Skipper Dies in Rescue Attack

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-04-11

    On Saturday, 4 April, a French cruising yacht was hi-jacked around 640 km off Ras Hafun in Northeast Somalia. The yacht was heading... Read More

  • Caribbean: Trinidad – Burglaries & Attacks

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    On March 31st and April 1st, two cruisers separately reported their concern over the deteriorating situation in Trinidad. See reports below:

    Message received March 31st 2009

    Security... Read More

  • Seychelles: Two vessels hijacked by Somali pirates April 2009

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Reported 2 April 2009

    Seychellois troops have been sent to islands in the Aldabra area after a boat that had been carrying tourists was hijacked by... Read More

  • Thailand: Koh Adang – Yachtsman Murdered and Robbed March 2009

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-04-01

    On Tuesday 24th March 2009, Yacht "Mr Bean" was lying to a buoy off the SE side of Koh Adang in the Butang... Read More

  • Northern Brazil: Itaparica Island – Yachtsman Murdered Feb 2009

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-02-19

    I have to inform you that assaults against yachtsmen are still ongoing in Northern Brazil.

    Yesterday, 8th. Feb 2009, a Brazilian charter agent was... Read More

  • Caribbean: Antigua, English Harbour – Yacht Skipper Killed Jan 2009

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Widely reported in the yachting and international press - 25 January 2009

    Posted 2009-02-05

    A gunman shot and killed the Australian skipper of a yacht in Antigua... Read More

  • Caribbean: Antigua, Jolly Harbour – Attempted Robbery

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Posted on 2009-01-29

    Two days before the shooting in English Harbour (see report here) our catamaran ENDLESS was attacked by 3 black men in the early... Read More

  • Caribbean: Bequia, Port Elizabeth – Burglary

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Theft at Port Elizabeth, Bequia

    Posted January 2009

    November 3rd 2008

    Six of us went to shore for supper after arriving from Blue Lagoon aboard a Sun Sail... Read More

  • Caribbean: St. Lucia, Soufriere – Burglary

    Date Published - April 19, 2010

    Boat Burgled in Soufriere, St. Lucia, while we were on shore at dinner

    Posted 2009-01-14

    A family member who is a big sailor told me to post... Read More

  • Yacht Crimes in St. Vincent & the Grenadines

    Date Published - January 11, 2010

    Report by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net

    Also, see comment by Chris Doyle at bottom

    17 December 2009 - “Yacht crimes crippling SVG Tourism” from the... Read More

  • Island Theft – Our Thoughts

    Date Published - August 14, 2009

    Thank you for your coverage of piracy. Being forewarned was very helpful in St Lucia and St Vincent where we chartered for two weeks in... Read More

  • Guatemala, Rio Dulce – Fatal Pirate Attack 2008 – Updates

    Date Published - July 30, 2009

    Update 28 July 2009

    As reported in Cruising Compass

    Two brothers were sentenced yesterday to 60 years in prison for the death of Daniel Perry Dryden of... Read More

  • Anti Piracy Strategies for the Red Sea 2009

    Date Published - July 29, 2009

    Submitted by Rob and Dee Dubin of SV Ventana, who undertook a passage from Thailand to the Med, via the Red Sea, in 2009

    First make... Read More

  • Thailand to the Med – 2009

    Date Published - July 29, 2009

    Yacht Ventana made the passage from Thailand to the Med during the 2009 season. This report submitted by Rob and Dee Dubin includes anti-piracy strategies,... Read More

  • 20+ years sailing in the Caribbean: An insiders perspective on security

    Date Published - February 28, 2009

    Wed, 25 Feb 2009

    With two recent Caribbean sailing murders, including that of Australian sailor Drew Gollan in Antigua, sailors considering a visit in their own... Read More

  • Caribbean, St. Lucia, Soufriere – Robbery

    Date Published - January 23, 2009

    We were moored on one of the mooring balls near the Bat Caves, just off Soufriere, St. Lucia, Christmas 2008. We had been there for... Read More

  • Solomon Islands, Tulagi – Armed Boardings

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    The Solomon Islands is a fabulous cruising destination.

    However for now (Dec 2008) I suggest keeping Tulagi in the Florida group off your itinerary.

    Over the past... Read More

  • Red Sea – Safe Haven in Yemen

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Sent by Dave Ungless, S/Y Sänna 2, UK Flag.

    Safe Haven in Yemen

    With the many piracy stories originating from the Gulf of Aden right now, I... Read More

  • Costa Rica Pirates – Cruisers Be Aware

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    The cocaine from Colombia has been running up both coasts of Central America for years using various methods. The most common method currently appears to... Read More

  • Venezuela, Isla Borracha – Fatal Pirate Attack

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Reported 10 November 2008.

    It has been reported on cruising forums that on Sunday night an American, the captain of the vessel Chill, Ken Peters, was... Read More

  • Ecuador, near Punta Pedernales – Armed Robbery and Attack

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    SY ARGONAUTA I, currently cruising the Costa Rican coast, reported hearing of an armed boarding in Ecuador via the Panama Pacific Net, 0800 hrs local... Read More

  • Guatemala, Rio Dulce – More Armed Robberies Reported

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    As reported on Sail-World.com

    The events I am describing here happened well over a month ago. I have been slow to write about them because I... Read More

  • Indian Ocean, Comoros Archipelago – Alarming Situation in Mayotte

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Mayotte Island is geographically part of the Comoros archipelago, a small group of islands lying between the northern tip of Madagascar and East Africa in... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden – Our Experience, August 2008

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Pirate Attacks - Gulf of Aden 19, 20 and 21 August 2008

    On our voyage from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Kantang, Thailand aboard our 36 foot sloop,... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden, Somalia – French Luxury Cruise Ship Hijacked

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    April 2008

    Owned by French charter company CMA-CGM, Le Ponant was en route to the Mediterranean from the Seychelles when pirates boarded the vessel on April... Read More

  • Venezuela, Central Litoral Coast, Marina de Caraballeda – Robbery and Fatal Shooting

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    A French Catamaran skipper was shot dead during an attack on Sunday 14 September, on board his yacht at anchor outside Marina de Caraballeda, situated... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden, Somalia – French Yacht Hijacked

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Tuesday 3 September, 2008

    Jean-Yves and Bernadette Delanne from Tahiti were seized aboard their 16m (50ft) yacht "Carre d’As", on Tuesday 3 September, on their way... Read More

  • Corsica – Armed Robbery of Super Yacht

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    At approximately 2340 on Sunday 24 August 2008, a gang of four masked men boarded the 160-foot charter yacht "Tiara" from a motorized dinghy, and... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden, Somalia – German Couple Siezed by Pirates

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    June 23, 2008.

    On the morning of Monday 23 June, a German couple were taken hostage off the coast of northern Somalia in the Red Sea's... Read More

  • Venezuela, Margarita, Porlamar – More Thefts and Incidents

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Dinghy Thefts at Porlamar

    Sunday 27 July 2008

    We have been here 2 weeks and 4 dinghies have been stolen. You must lift it and lock it... Read More

  • Caribbean, St. Vincent, Chateaubelair – Armed Robbery

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    From Chris Doyle - Sailors Guides to the Caribbean

    "I just got yet another report of armed robbery in Chateaubelair, St. Vincent for June. Most people... Read More

  • Venezuela, 10 miles from Puerto Santos – Attack on British Yacht

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    My parents, Peter and Betty Lee, were attacked on their yacht "Raven Eye" after leaving Puerto Santos on the 5th July 2008.

    A pirogue with 6... Read More

  • Venezuela, Off NE Coast – Armed Boarding and Robbery

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    At approximately 1500hrs (local time) on Tuesday 1st July 2008, the sailing yacht "Naxos" was boarded by six heavily armed pirates NNE of Cacao off... Read More

  • Venezuela, Margarita, Porlamar – Spate of Robberies

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    We were anchored at Porlamar for one week (first week in July 2008). We had 3 robberies here in the anchorage and there was another... Read More

  • Nicaragua, Moskito Coast – Possible Piracy Problem

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    I wanted to let cruisers know of a potential problem of the Moskito Coast of Nicaragua.

    On June 14, 2008, my husband and I were approached... Read More

  • Red Sea, Eritrea – Yachts Pursued

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    The following is an account of the Sailing Vessel Tactical Directions being approached by a fishing boat off the coast of Eritrea.

    Below that are comments... Read More

  • Guatemala, Lake Izabal – Armed Boarding and Theft

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    We were sailing in the company of two other yachts and anchored just east of the village of El Estor. On our second night, April... Read More

  • Venezuela, Puerto Santos – Yacht Boarding

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Yacht Moon Goddess was boarded on the night of April 29th while anchored at Puerto Santos just four miles east of the port of Carupano.

    They... Read More

  • Venezuela, Isla De Margarita – Yacht Robbed and Crew Member Shot

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    A report from the International Maritime Bureau has detailed another Venezuelan attack on a yacht in Bahia De Robledal, Isla De Margarita, in January 2008.

    Five... Read More

  • Caribbean, Dominica, Roseau – Yacht Boarded

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    We spent two nights on a mooring in Roseau, and on the second night, August 12th, 2008, the boat was boarded at 4:15 a.m. by... Read More

  • Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Burglary

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    July 23, 2008

    Boat wide open while we slept in "Marina de Las Palmas" (Muelle Deportivo) with a lock on the gate at the head of... Read More

  • Caribbean, Dominica – Boarded and Robbed

    Date Published - January 21, 2009

    Dear Noonsite,

    It is with regret that I feel the need to inform your readers of our recent incident in Roseau, Dominica.

    We arrived early in the... Read More

  • Transiting the Red Sea Safely

    Date Published - December 15, 2008

    Sent by Dave Ungless, S/Y Sänna 2, UK Flag.

    Safe Haven in Yemen

    With the many piracy stories originating from the Gulf of Aden right now, I... Read More

  • The Use of the AIS System

    Date Published - September 18, 2008

    For more information on AIS, read the noonsite article[Broken Link] written by communications expert Alan Watson on how the technology can benefit cruising sailors.

    Addressed to... Read More

  • Credit Card Fraud In Caribbean Alert (2008)

    Date Published - September 14, 2008

    Noonsite has received the following report from the skipper of a yacht currently in Antigua:

    Please be aware that we have had our credit cards duplicated... Read More

  • India to Red Sea Transit

    Date Published - August 29, 2008

    We recently completed a transit of the Red Sea and the Suez. I thought the following would be of interest.

    We sailed very close to the... Read More

  • Pirates Desert Malacca Straits for African Waters

    Date Published - June 05, 2008

    It's not just in Somalian waters where long range cruisers must be concerned about piracy. Piracy has now become so rampant in Nigerian waters on... Read More

  • Southerly Red Sea Passage 2007

    Date Published - June 01, 2008

    Yacht Calliope

    From the Mediterranean to Seychelles

    Autumn 2007

    Calliope felt utterly insignificant as we threaded our way anxiously through the ships being marshalled into convoys at the... Read More

  • Eastwards Across the Andaman Sea

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    We left Aden in mid-Jan and were blessed with crazy but good winds to sail up to Salalah in Oman, although we had to engine... Read More

  • Piracy: a strategy against the worst cases

    Date Published - May 11, 2008

    I read with attention to the comments concerning piracy and weapons on board. I write to you about this with the perspective of a former... Read More

  • Beautiful cruising along Gulf of Aden and Red Sea in 2007

    Date Published - April 22, 2008

    Now that so many bad news about piracy, terrorism and insecurity in Yemen and the Red Sea are in the paper we would like to... Read More

  • Eritrea: Yacht Pursued

    Date Published - April 08, 2008

    The following is an account of the Sailing Vessel Tactical Directions being approached by a fishing boat off the coast of Eritrea.

    Sunday 6th April 2008.... Read More

  • Break-in at Ibiza: Lessons Learnt In Security

    Date Published - August 29, 2007

    Following is a lightly edited version of an e-mail I sent to a few close friends two weeks ago after our boat was boarded by... Read More

  • Use Of Firearms To Deter Pirates

    Date Published - March 27, 2007

    Why is it that no one, in any of the accounts given on the Noonsite piracy pages, had so much as a handgun to defend... Read More

  • Practical and Legal Implications of the Carriage of Firearms

    Date Published - March 27, 2007

    Introduction

    There are many valid arguments for and against the carriage of firearms on yachts. This short article will attempt to balance some of those arguments... Read More

  • Deterring Pirates: Personal View

    Date Published - March 27, 2007

    I have never cruised offshore on a small pleasure craft for any great distance. But I have been a merchant seaman on bulk cargo and... Read More

  • Piracy & Firearms: Another View

    Date Published - March 27, 2007

    I was scanning your site, as I do often, and I noticed on the issue of piracy some short comments about using firearms to ward... Read More

  • Unpleasant Encounters In The Indian Ocean

    Date Published - February 12, 2007

    To those who are preparing to cross the Indian Ocean, be careful. Here is the story of our unpleasant encounters.

    31 July 2005 We left Noumea... Read More

  • Convoys As Protection: Do They Work?

    Date Published - July 10, 2006

    QUESTION: Is there data indicating a protective effect from convoy formation? I agree with your apparent decision that firearms are not a good idea. Is... Read More

  • USS Gonzalez wards off attack on civilian mariners in Indian Ocean

    Date Published - June 28, 2005

    The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), currently operating as part of Task Force 51 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility,... Read More

News

  • Red Sea, Eritrea, Massawa: Turkish Circumnavigators Detained by Military since April

    Date Published - June 04, 2020

    The Turkish press are reporting about a Turkish catamaran, on the homeward leg of its circumnavigation, that has been detained in Eritrea after looking for... Read More

  • International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Annual Piracy Report 2019

    Date Published - January 16, 2020

    Despite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was an alarming increase in crew kidnappings across the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International Chamber... Read More

  • Eastern Caribbean: Single Side Band Coconut Telegraph to Resume

    Date Published - November 08, 2019

    The single side band (SSB) radio’s Coconut Telegraph will resume its cruisers’ net on November 11th. Its main objective is to share active cruiser information... Read More

  • Boatwatch.org: A Resource and Service for all Cruisers

    Date Published - November 05, 2019

    Boatwatch.org, formerly known as International Boat Watch Network, established in 2001 as a public service to the Maritime Community, has new ownership and managers. ... Read More

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (October 2019)

    Date Published - October 29, 2019

    With the season for a Red Sea passage rapidly approaching, Wade Alarie - primary Admin of the private, closed Red Sea Facebook Group for the... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net: Call for Volunteers

    Date Published - October 27, 2019

    Help other cruisers enjoy safe cruising in the Caribbean, plus keep this incredible free resource for the cruising community alive. Volunteer for just a handful... Read More

  • USA: US Coast Guard plans to terminate NAVTEX

    Date Published - September 21, 2019

    The US Coast Guard may cease broadcasting of NAVTEX (Navigational Telex) but only after it is available on IMO recognized satellite services.... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

  • Honduras, Gorda Bank: Missing Sailor

    Date Published - June 28, 2019

    (Updated July 5, 2019) - An Estonian sailor on passage from Jamaica to San Andres, Colombia has gone missing. Both of his EPIRBs were activated... Read More

  • Mediterranean Cruising Update – regarding the migrant crisis

    Date Published - June 17, 2019

    (Originally published April 1, 2019 - updated June 17, 2019) - The migrant crisis, once most prevalent in the Eastern Mediterranean, has now encompassed the... Read More

  • Grenada to Trinidad: New Convoy Process Makes Passage to and from Trinidad Safer and More Fun

    Date Published - June 04, 2019

    (June 4, 2019) Chaguaramas, Trinidad, YSATT – Concerned about sailing to Trinidad? Now you can join a convoy! The Yacht Services Association of Trinidad and... Read More

  • Panama, Guna Yala, Isla Surdub (Isla Mono): New Zealand Cruising Family Attacked and Father Fatally Injured

    Date Published - May 03, 2019

    (May 6, 2019) - On May 2, 2019, the MV Aqua Lobo was attacked by masked and armed robbers while anchored off La Isla Surdub... Read More

  • Nicaragua: Pirate Attack en-route from Roatan, Honduras to Providencia, Colombia – April 2019

    Date Published - April 30, 2019

    This first-hand report from skipper Wayne Smith: We were attacked on Zeppelin on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1742 hours while sailing from Roatan, Honduras... Read More

  • Caribbean, Trinidad Hibiscus Oil Platform: Pirates fire shots at sailboat – April 2019

    Date Published - April 25, 2019

    By CSSN & YSATT

    A sail boat positioned about 15NM NE of the Hibiscus oil platform was approached by a group of eight Venezuelans in an... Read More

  • Indian Ocean & Southern Red Sea: High Risk Area to be Reduced

    Date Published - March 11, 2019

    As of 1 May 2019, the coordinates of the High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean will be changed.
    ... Read More

  • Venezuela: Closing of Sea Border Adds Risk to Southern Caribbean

    Date Published - February 22, 2019

    Published: Feb 27, 2019 03:59 PM
    Contributors: Mary Stone & Alejandro Linares

    Venezuela closes border to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.... Read More

  • British Virgin Islands: Police warn boaters about a rise in dinghy theft

    Date Published - February 15, 2019

    Police urge owners of dinghies to take the necessary precautions to secure their vessels.... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: The Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 seeks more liaison with cruisers

    Date Published - November 22, 2018

    January 2019: With cruisers returning to the southern Red Sea after years of avoiding the region due to the threat of piracy, the multinational... Read More

  • Philippines: Piracy Warning

    Date Published - October 30, 2018

    Philippine Coast Guard warn that the Abu Sayyaf Group are planning to target foreign vessels passing through Sabah.... Read More

  • Indian Ocean and Red Sea Passage: Helping cruisers exchange information

    Date Published - October 18, 2018

    Bob and Alex Bechler have been sailing some 15 years with 75,000 miles logged having crossed the Pacific several times. They have created a number... Read More

  • ReCAAP: Piracy Hits Decadal Lows in Asia

    Date Published - October 15, 2018

    Piracy in Asia has fallen to decadal lows, according to the latest numbers from regional reporting center ReCAAP. The number of actual reported incidents between... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Horn of Africa: CTF 151 Report on Noonsite Community Survey Results

    Date Published - September 12, 2018

    Earlier in 2018, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, the multinational coalition responsible for counter-piracy operations around the Horn of Africa, conducted a survey with noonsite.com.... Read More

  • Trinidad & Tobago: Rumours of Piracy Unfounded

    Date Published - September 07, 2018

    Informed risk awareness is always wise, but first-hand information is key.... Read More

  • The Nereid’s Rally (Caribbean to South America) cancelled after media reports about piracy

    Date Published - August 27, 2018

    An international yachting event to be hosted in Guyana has been canceled following reports in the local and international media stemming from deadly attacks on... Read More

  • Somalia: EU’s Anti-Piracy Operation gets extension

    Date Published - August 20, 2018

    On July 30, the European Council decided to extend the mandate of EU NAVFOR Somalia’s operation until December 31, 2020.... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety & Security Net announces new Event category: Suspicious activity

    Date Published - May 30, 2018

    CSSN took recent critiques of a post that had been classified as “attempted piracy” to heart and went to work exploring alternatives and then testing... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: Stricken yacht in piracy area receives naval assistance

    Date Published - May 02, 2018

    Transiting the piracy High-Risk Area in the Gulf of Aden and having exhausted their fuel and running low on food supplies, Benyleo 2, with a... Read More

  • Pirate attacks worsen in Gulf of Guinea

    Date Published - April 29, 2018

    April 2018: A surge in armed attacks against ships around West Africa is pushing up global levels of piracy and armed robbery at sea,... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Horn of Africa: CTF 151 Liaison with the Yachting Community

    Date Published - April 12, 2018

    April 2018: This year there are a significant number of yachts that have already, or will shortly, make the passage from the Maldives or... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2017 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    Date Published - March 13, 2018

    The Caribbean Safety & Security Net was started by cruisers 18 years ago. It is an all-volunteer, independent, self funded team of volunteers dedicated to... Read More

  • Indian Ocean 2018: Threat Update and Recommendations

    Date Published - January 18, 2018

    January 2018: For those cruisers heading from SE Asia back to the Mediterranean, winds turn favorable for a passage up the Red Sea at... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety & Security Net Launches Zoom-Tap, Know and Go

    Date Published - January 12, 2018

    CSSN has announced a compelling new feature now active on their website Homepage – Zoom-Tap, Know & Go interactive infographics, designed to assist captains and... Read More

  • Philippine Forces Hunt Terrorists at Sea

    Date Published - August 02, 2017

    As fighting between terrorists and government forces in Mindanao continues, the Philippine government has rolled out countermeasures to prevent the escape of members of the... Read More

  • BVI: Warning about the Rise in Dinghy Thefts

    Date Published - July 23, 2017

    Official warning by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force. Boaters should be extra cautious during the summer months about securing their dinghies and outboard motors.... Read More

  • Malaysia: Working towards improved security for yachts

    Date Published - July 09, 2017

    The Royal Malaysian Navy has released what could be a very useful app for cruising yachts in this region.... Read More

  • Philippines: Major blow to the Abu Sayyaf as leader killed

    Date Published - April 27, 2017

    Muammar Askali, the Abu Sayyaf Group leader blamed for the “long-range pirate attacks” against German cruising couple Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen and the Ocean... Read More

  • Somalia: First hijacking since the height of Somali piracy in 2012.

    Date Published - March 24, 2017

    On 13 March 2017 Somali pirates hijacked the MT ARIS 13 as it was preparing to cut through the Socotra Gap between the tip of... Read More

  • Philippines: German cruiser kidnapped last November executed – ransom unpaid

    Date Published - March 03, 2017

    Media outlets and social media have reported that the German cruising yachtsman, Jurgen Kantner, kidnapped November 2016 from his yacht in Sulu in the southwestern... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2016 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    Date Published - February 23, 2017

    The Caribbean Safety & Security Net was started by cruisers 17 years ago. It is an all-volunteer, independent, self-funded team of volunteers dedicated to maintaining... Read More

  • Sea Kidnappings Rise Despite Plummeting Global Piracy

    Date Published - February 06, 2017

    February 2017: The boating community is remained to be vigilant and to avoid navigating through waters in which pirates are known to operate.... Read More

  • Honduras: Three separate pirate attacks on cruising vessels in the past week

    Date Published - January 22, 2017

    (January 26, 2018) - In the past week, there have been 3 separate pirate attacks on cruising vessels in Honduran waters. All cruisers in the... Read More

  • European Union Marks Eight Years of Counter-Piracy Commitment to Protect World Food Programme Vessels and Deter Pirate Attacks off Coast of Somalia, but Warns No Room for Complacency

    Date Published - January 04, 2017

    This week the European Union is marking eight years since it launched its first ever maritime military operation, EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta, in... Read More

  • Philippines, Sulu: German cruiser kidnapped and wife killed

    Date Published - November 07, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_4691" align="alignright" width="150"] Philippine military released a photo of the couple's yacht, Rock all (Philippine military)[/caption]

    Sulu residents found a dead woman in an abandoned... Read More

  • Philippines, Samal Island: Cruisers Abducted from Ocean View Resort Marina – Some Good News

    Date Published - September 18, 2016

    Four cruisers were abducted the night of the 21st September, 2015, from the upscale Ocean View Resort Marina near Davao City, off the southern Philippine... Read More

  • Sea piracy drops to 21-year low, IMB reports

    Date Published - July 30, 2016

    Piracy and armed robbery at sea has fallen to its lowest levels since 1995, despite a surge in kidnappings off West Africa, according to a... Read More

  • Eastern Mediterranean Cruising Update – regarding the migrant crisis

    Date Published - May 16, 2016

    The Cruising Association has issued an Eastern Mediterranean overview and urges sailors not to be deterred from these waters by increasing terrorist threats and the... Read More

  • Somali piracy is down, not out

    Date Published - May 03, 2016

    May 2016: The pirates who once ruled the seas off Somalia are little more than a memory now, but while they are forgotten they... Read More

  • Philippines: Abducted Cruiser Brutally Murdered

    Date Published - April 24, 2016

    Canadian John Risdel, abducted from the Holiday Oceanview Resort on Samal Island 7 months ago, has been killed at the hands of his captors hours... Read More

  • Somali pirates face trial over 2011 fatal yacht hijacking

    Date Published - April 03, 2016

    April 2016: Seven Somali men, accused of hijacking a French yacht in the Gulf of Aden, appeared in Paris court on Tuesday. The defendants... Read More

  • Increasing Safety at Sea for Cruisers: Worldwide DSC calling strategy for recreational vessels

    Date Published - February 25, 2016

    Realising there were countless cruisers who were not utilising the DSC capabilities of modern marine radios, Alan Riches of Brunei Radio and Terry Sparkes of... Read More

  • Cyber-Crime Scams Against Yachts in the Caribbean – CSSN Special Report

    Date Published - February 17, 2016

    During 2015, CSSN received reports of internet scammers who were preying on cruisers by intercepting marina reservations and bookings communications and luring cruisers to the... Read More

  • Caribbean Yacht Security: New protocols and arrangements for your safety when transiting near Trinidad and Tobago

    Date Published - February 13, 2016

    Following the boarding of two yachts on two separate occasions in December on passage from Grenada to Trinidad, the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and... Read More

  • Reports of Piracy in the Caribbean – The OCC working to combat this threat

    Date Published - January 02, 2016

    Two incidents of piracy have been reported in the closing days of 2015 in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The Ocean... Read More

  • Indonesia: Crew kidnapped after yacht was hijacked in Strait of Lombok – or were they?

    Date Published - November 06, 2015

    The yacht "Faraway" was reported hijacked to the Indonesian police on October 28, 2015, in the Bali island area. News reports at the time stated... Read More

  • Maritime crime incidents across Southeast Asia at highest level in years

    Date Published - October 29, 2015

    Dryad Maritime (UK maritime intelligence company), released their third-quarter trends and analysis of global maritime crime showing a stark rise of 38% of incidents across... Read More

  • Caribbean Yacht Security: St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan & Bequia

    Date Published - September 17, 2015

    Crime against yachts in SVG has been on the rise this Summer, in particular at the sleepy little island of Canouan and the popular island... Read More

  • Maritime Crime in Southeast Asia sees a 22% increase in first half of 2015

    Date Published - July 08, 2015

    Today, Dryad Maritime, the UK’s leading maritime intelligence and operations company, has released its analysis of worldwide reported incidents of piracy and crime against mariners... Read More

  • Refugees/Immigrants – People Smuggling in the Mediterranean could be the Tip of the Iceberg

    Date Published - May 21, 2015

    It is only a matter of time before we start to see crime and piracy off the North African coast in the form of attacks... Read More

  • Advice for Cruising Haiti

    Date Published - May 03, 2015

    The Windward Passage is undoubtedly the easiest, quickest and safest way into the Caribbean Sea. If you are headed to the Caribbean and use the... Read More

  • After a steady drop in global piracy, attacks rose 10% in Q1 2015

    Date Published - April 21, 2015

    A small coastal tanker is hijacked by pirates in South East Asia every two weeks on average, a new report from the International Chamber of... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: EU Naval Force Frigate Assists Yacht

    Date Published - September 22, 2014

    In the early morning of Friday 19 September, EU Naval Force frigate, ESPS Navarra, came to the assistance of a stricken yacht in the Gulf... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Doria and Frigate ESPS Navarra Assist Yacht in Distress

    Date Published - August 30, 2014

    On Tuesday 12 August, 2014, while conducting counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, the EU Naval Force flagship and Italian Navy destroyer, ITS Andrea... Read More

  • Maritime Security Incidents for the first half of 2014

    Date Published - July 20, 2014

    Retired maritime security consultant and security officer trainer Andrew Robinson, has shared this comprehensive and accurate table of figures with noonsite. It should be noted... Read More

  • Philippines, Palawan, Rio Tubbataha: German couple abducted from yacht

    Date Published - May 12, 2014

    Reports about this abduction which occurred in April are mixed, however, the main facts as we have interpreted them are outlined below.... Read More

  • Panama, Balboa, Taboga Island South: Cruising yacht at anchor attacked by armed gunmen – March 2014

    Date Published - April 24, 2014

    This nasty incident occurred over a month ago, on March 15th, 2014, however, it’s taken some time to get the facts clear and verified before... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) make reporting incidents simpler

    Date Published - April 22, 2014

    An important website change means that cruisers now have an easy online form to fill in, making reporting of security incidents in the Caribbean quicker... Read More

  • Caribbean: Saint Lucia Police report improved yacht security

    Date Published - April 08, 2014

    Action is being taken to strategically respond to and deter would be perpetrators along the Western coast of Saint Lucia. As reported by the RSLPF.... Read More

  • Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

    Date Published - February 07, 2014

    This group has really grown over the past several years, and many well-respected professionals in the boating industry are members. The group has proven very... Read More

  • Saint Lucia yacht murder: Roger Pratt’s killers ’caused brain damage with their fists’

    Date Published - January 24, 2014

    Retired British businessman knocked unconscious and left to drown after robbers attacked boat in Vieux Fort. Report by The Telegraph.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia: TV Interview with Margaret Pratt, wife of murdered British yachtsman

    Date Published - January 21, 2014

    Wife of murdered British yachtsman Roger Pratt has corrected facts about the attack, as reported in the UK media.
    ... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: British Skipper dies in Armed Robbery

    Date Published - January 19, 2014

    A British cruiser has died trying to protect his wife from armed boarders whilst at anchor in Vieux Fort, Friday 17 January.
    ... Read More

  • Caribbean: St Vincent Coast Guard Security Advice to Yacht Owners

    Date Published - November 28, 2013

    Whilst this advice dates from 2008, it still stands today, not only for St. Vincent but for all the Caribbean islands.... Read More

  • Venezuela Pirate Attack: First Person report from Victims SY Explorer

    Date Published - November 19, 2013

    On Wednesday 13 November SY Explorer, on passage from Trinidad to Puerto La Cruz, was boarded by pirates 5nm from the Venezuelan coastline on approaching... Read More

  • Venezuela: Yacht boarded by armed pirates whilst en-route from Trinidad to Puerto La Cruz

    Date Published - November 16, 2013

    On passage from Trinidad, yacht Explorer was boarded by pirates 5nm from the Venezuelan coastline on Wednesday 13 November. Yachts planning a similar passage should... Read More

  • Caribbean Security for Cruisers: Everyone’s Concern, Everyone’s Responsibility

    Date Published - November 01, 2013

    This report by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN), helping cruisers enjoy safer cruising in the Caribbean.... Read More

  • Piracy: Somali pirates on trial for hijacking French yacht in 2009

    Date Published - October 15, 2013

    Three Somali pirates on trial for the 2009 hijacking of a French yacht, which lead to skipper’s death. As reported by ybw.com

    [caption id="attachment_1317" align="alignright" width="200"]... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Union Island: Violent attack on cruising boat

    Date Published - October 08, 2013

    At approximately 20:45 on October 3rd, SY Rainbow anchored off Frigate Island, adjacent to Union Island, SVG, was boarded by machete-wielding men who violently attacked... Read More

  • Somalia: EU Naval Force Launches New Website

    Date Published - January 16, 2013

    May 2019: Keep up to date with the latest information on Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia from the The European Union Naval... Read More

  • Piracy Still a Clear and Present Danger in Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean

    Date Published - November 08, 2012

    EU NAVFOR Press Release - 7 November 2012

    European Union Naval Force Commander reminds yacht and leisure craft owners that Piracy is still a clear and... Read More

  • Sailing yachts still vulnerable to pirate attack in the Indian Ocean

    Date Published - October 05, 2012

    The advice of the Maritime Shipping Centre-Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), NATO Shipping Centre, UK Maritime, and Trade Organisation (UKMTO) and MARLO remains that sailing yachts... Read More

  • Somalia: Piracy attacks drop to zero for first full month in five years

    Date Published - August 26, 2012

    As reported by The Telegraph

    There has been no successful hijack since June 19, when a fishing dhow was seized, and no ship has been fired... Read More

  • Honduras, Catarasca Lagoon: Single Handed Cruiser Loses Boat to Pirates

    Date Published - August 08, 2012

    Cliff Vaughs of S/V Amistad, who has sailed Central American waters for 20 years, was boarded by pirates on July 30th, 2012, when in trouble... Read More

  • Chandlers return to sailing after pirate horror

    Date Published - July 02, 2012

    The Telegraph has another interesting report on the Chandlers case, this time from the perspective of Rachel's brother who negotiated their release. See the article... Read More

  • Venezuela, Orinoco Delta: Two Dutch Cruising Boats Suffer Armed Robbery

    Date Published - June 15, 2012

    Update: Posted 21 March 2013

    You might be interested in the following information we got from friends as a follow up on us being attacked in... Read More

  • EU Naval Force Delivers Blow Against Somali Pirates On Shoreline

    Date Published - June 08, 2012

    From the article posted on www.sail-world.com

    Sun, 3 Jun 2012

    For the first time in the long, sad, tragic story of Somali piracy which has virtually stopped... Read More

  • EU Extends Counter Piracy Mission Off Coast of Somalia

    Date Published - March 23, 2012

    As reported by EU NAVFOR Public Information Office

    On Friday 23 March 2012 the Council of the European Union confirmed its intention to extend the EU... Read More

  • Danger of Piracy off Somalia: ISAF Update March 2012

    Date Published - March 16, 2012

    The Warning Notice, published by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in July 2011 is still extant and will remain so until ISAF is advised otherwise... Read More

  • Year later, still no release for SA hostage couple

    Date Published - February 09, 2012

    As reported by www.thesouthafrican.com

    A fundraising event was held last week at the Bluff Yacht Club in Durban, which Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz, who were... Read More

  • Piracy attacks in East and West Africa dominate IMB’s world report

    Date Published - January 25, 2012

    As reported by www.defpro.news

    Pirate attacks against vessels in East and West Africa accounted for the majority of world attacks in 2011, signaling a rising trend,... Read More

  • Piracy fears drive yachts away from Oman and Yemen

    Date Published - December 09, 2011

    As reported by Sail-World.com

    Oman and Yemen used to greet around 200 cruising yachts a year who pass through their waters to reach the Red Sea,... Read More

  • Caribbean, Bequia: Coastguard now patrolling at night

    Date Published - November 23, 2011

    As reported today by I-Witness News

    KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The local Coast Guard last week began nightly patrols in Bequia in response to a recent... Read More

  • Armed Guards to Protect UK Ships?

    Date Published - October 30, 2011

    BBC News 30 October 2011

    Ships sailing under a British flag will be able to carry armed guards to protect them from pirates, the prime minister... Read More

  • Danish Family held hostage in Somalia regret Sailing Route

    Date Published - October 27, 2011

    By JAN M. OLSEN - Associated Press

    A Danish family that was held hostage by Somali pirates for more than six months said in an interview... Read More

  • Somalia: Abducted Durban cruising couple calls family

    Date Published - October 20, 2011

    As reported by IOL News

    October 20 2011 at 09:24am

    By Rizwana Sheik Umar

    The Somali pirates holding Durban couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz hostage, allowed them... Read More

  • World Piracy Hits a New High – IMB Report

    Date Published - October 18, 2011

    As reported by www.maritimesecurity.asia.com

    Piracy on the world’s seas has risen to record levels, with Somali pirates behind 56% of the 352 attacks reported this year,... Read More

  • NSC Pirate Attack Group Map Update

    Date Published - October 07, 2011

    The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is continually reviewing its practices to provide accurate and timely information. They have recently amended their website in part through... Read More

  • Pirate Kidnap Ordeal: South African Family Speaks of Anguish

    Date Published - September 24, 2011

    From Durban's East Coast Radio

    It has been a month since the family of a Durban man taken hostage by Somali pirates has spoken to him.... Read More

  • West Africa: Copycat Piracy Cause for Concern

    Date Published - September 08, 2011

    As reported by Des Ryan of www.Sail-World.com

    One of the joys of sailing is the freedom to go where you want when you want. While all... Read More

  • Somalia Hostages – Danish Family Free

    Date Published - September 07, 2011

    As reported by Ecoterra International

    DANISH FAMILY RESCUED FROM SOMALI PIRATES - ORDEAL FOR SEVEN DANES FINALLY OVER (ecop-marine)

    Tuesday 6 September 2011

    After an aircraft delivered the... Read More

  • Somali pirates jailed in Netherlands for Choizil hijack

    Date Published - August 15, 2011

    As reported by www.bbc.co.uk

    A Dutch court has sentenced two Somali pirates who hijacked a South African yacht last November to up to seven years in... Read More

  • New Guidelines for yachts on the passage through the southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and off Somalia

    Date Published - July 29, 2011

    Revised guidelines for Yacht Skippers considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, its approaches and the Indian Ocean north of 12 degrees south and... Read More

  • Pirate Attacks Grew 36 Percent in First Half 2011

    Date Published - July 15, 2011

    By Peter T. Leach

    The Journal of Commerce Online

    Somali pirates attack more, succeed less

    There were 36 percent more international pirate attacks in the first half of... Read More

  • Free Piracy Update Service Just Launched

    Date Published - May 11, 2011

    A free piracy news service was launched today, giving mariners, sailors, journalists and the general public up-to-the-minute news and alerts on piracy in the Indian... Read More

  • Pirate Alley and Eritrea

    Date Published - April 08, 2011

    Noonsite would like to thank Paul Jefferies of SV Damarri for this most welcome report.

    My wife and I are currently members of the Vasco da... Read More

  • An Alternative to the Risks of ‘Pirate Alley’ – Updated

    Date Published - February 23, 2011

    Dockwise has advised Noonsite that the company is offering a yacht transport service from Phuket to Genoa in May 2011. Also, there are planned voyages... Read More

  • EU Force: Somali pirates cannot be stopped by force

    Date Published - December 08, 2010

    As reported by the BBC

    Pirates operating off the Somali coast will not be defeated by force alone, a top European naval officer says.

    "It is arguable... Read More

  • Paul and Rachel Chandler Speaking at a Press Conference in Mogadishu

    Date Published - November 14, 2010

    As reported by the guardian.co.uk

    Speaking at a press conference at the presidential palace in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, before flying to Kenya, a thin-looking but... Read More

  • BREAKING NEWS: Paul and Rachel Chandler released by Somali pirates after 388 days

    Date Published - November 14, 2010

    PAUL AND RACHEL CHANDLER, THE RETIRED KENT COUPLE KIDNAPPED FROM THEIR YACHT BY SOMALI PIRATES MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, HAVE BEEN RELEASED, UNHARMED.

    Latest update... Read More

  • Venezuela: Caution if Sailing Between Los Testigos and Porlamar, Isla Margarita

    Date Published - November 03, 2010

    Posted 23 October 2010

    Cruising yacht "Boldly Go", crewed by Ellen Birrell and Jim Hutchins, were attacked by pirates on 15 October 2010 at approximately N011... Read More

  • Naval Authorities invite cruising yachtsmen to Maritime Security HQ

    Date Published - September 03, 2010

    The danger of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and surrounding waters remain very high.

    The international naval authorities have issued an invitation through ISAF (the... Read More

  • Somali pirates move north towards the Red Sea – Confirmed by Cruisers

    Date Published - July 11, 2010

    Comment Received from Mark Jensen in response to this warning, who transited the Gulf of Aden in February 2010

    Sun, 11 Jul 2010

    We transited the Gulf... Read More

  • Rio Dulce: heading for safer waters

    Date Published - February 20, 2009

    Appalled by the tragic killing and robberies occurring last year in the magnificent waterways of the Rio Dulce in Guatemala, local businesses have been taking... Read More

  • FBI Maritime Liaison Agents assisting US Sailors Internationally

    Date Published - December 18, 2008

    The FBI has asked noonsite to pass on this information to inform US Sailors worldwide of the role the FBI play in their protection.

    The FBI... Read More

  • Transiting the Red Sea – a Tough Decision

    Date Published - December 15, 2008

    Sent by Dave Ungless, S/Y Sänna 2, UK Flag.

    Safe Haven in Yemen

    With the many piracy stories originating from the Gulf of Aden right now, I... Read More

  • A View on Piracy in the Indian Ocean

    Date Published - November 30, 2008

    The recent audacious hijack of a giant supertanker from Saudi Arabia by Somali pirates off the Kenyan coast has dismayed the world, carried out in... Read More

  • Recent Spate of Attacks on Cruising Yachts in Venezuela

    Date Published - July 15, 2008

    The recent spate of attacks on cruising yachts in Venezuela has caused alarm among many sailors planning to visit that country. Over the last two... Read More

  • U S Coastguard Helping Asian Countries Against Piracy

    Date Published - May 25, 2008

    Neighboring countries working together in Asia have reduced serious maritime piracy incidents but the concept needs to be expanded, according to experts at the first... Read More

  • Unmanned Pirate-Hunting Boats For The Future

    Date Published - December 31, 2007

    For some years now, law enforcement agencies have proposed robotic boats, or unmanned surface vessels (USVs), as a way to help deal with 21st-Century pirates... Read More

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