Piracy & Security

Page Contents:

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

  • Securewest International

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

  • EOS Risk Management

    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

  • Dryad Maritime

    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

  • MAST

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

News

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

    HF/SSB radio services

    NAVAREA Group Calling Network

    A worldwide, mutual support, DSC calling strategy, for recreational vessels.

    This strategy for DSC Group Calling amongst recreational vessels in a... Read More

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

    Posted 23rd February 2011Dockwise has advised Noonsite that the company is offering a yacht transport service from Phuket to Genoa in May 2011.Also, there are... Read More

Self-defence and Deterring Attacks

Businesses

  • Phantom Services

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Reports

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

    As reported by CSSN:Thankfully, relatively few violent and serious incidents were experienced by yachts in the Caribbean basin and reported to CSSN in 2018. Although it is... Read More

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

    'Pirate' Lucas with a toy gunReport Concerning Security Incidents on the way from Kochi to Suakin (Sudan) March/April 2017We sailed from Kochi (India) to Ashkelon... Read More

  • Securing your boat from intruders

    http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Cruisers_Network_Online/info

    Anyone have stainless steel (SS) security bars or mesh put on their companionway and/or hatches which allows good ventilation? Just stopped by a stainless steel... Read More

  • Protection at Anchor

    Sent to Noonsite by David Peppiatt, 28 April 2009.New Zealand is the home of the "electric fence"; a simple device guaranteed to keep the most... Read More

  • Ideas For Deterring Pirates

    Posted 2004From S/V FireflyWhile I believe in the right of self-defence - and the absolute duty of self defence against those who threaten the lives... Read More

  • Avoiding Attacks – Fit Security Hatches

    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

    Victims Allen and Kate Barry of S/Y Mendocino Queen sent Noonsite a full, detailed report about this incident, including some useful tactics they used to... Read More

  • Useful Precautions if Cruising in Pirate Infested Waters

    From Tom SampsonPirate Sailor Victim - I would have gone down with my yachtFrom the above Sail-World article, it is apparent that the pirates have... Read More

  • Anti Piracy Strategies for the Red Sea 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

    Ventana made the passage from Thailand to the Med during the 2009 season. There are numerous accounts from other cruising sailors covering the details of... Read More

  • Piracy: a strategy against the worst cases

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • NATO Shipping Centre

    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

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    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

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

    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

  • IMB Piracy Reporting Centre

    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

Useful Resources

  • Red Sea Passage Facebook Group

    This is a closed group for obvious reasons. If you are interested in joining e-mail the administrator Wade Alarie of SV Joana who will need... 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

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

    IntroductionSo much has been written about the Gulf of Aden (GOA), a body of water that separates the Arabian Peninsula of Asia and the African... Read More

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

    Dear Noonsite,I have been sailing some 15 years with 75,000 miles logged so far. So many miles because I crossed the Pacific several times.We created... Read More

  • The Recent History of Somali Piracy

    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

    Followed winds to southern edge of eastern MSTC entrance, well above Socotra where coalition forces warned of increased piracy activity.Stayed about 2nm south of the... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: Attempted Piracy – February 2018

    First Person Report from Yacht AraKai:At UTC 0530 on Sunday 18 February 2018 sailing vessel AraKai was approached by 5 skiffs in position 13* 58.42’N,... Read More

  • Yemen: Three Polish yachts fired upon in Red Sea

    UKMTO Warning 001/DEC/2017 was issued after a sailing yacht was attacked 20 km south-west of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah on 7 December 2017.

    Subsequent enquiries... Read More

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

    'Pirate' Lucas with a toy gunReport Concerning Security Incidents on the way from Kochi to Suakin (Sudan) March/April 2017We sailed from Kochi (India) to Ashkelon... Read More

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

    Convoy through GOA, courtesy of SY EquanimityUpdate from Tom Sampson - 9th April 2017 Resurgence of piracy off the coast of SomaliaI've been looking into the... Read More

  • Transiting from Maldives to Djibouti in March 2017

    We left the northern Maldives, from Uligamu, on March 09 sailing to the entry of the so-called Internationally Recommended Safety Corridor (IRTC) that is followed... Read More

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

    [caption id="attachment_2168" align="alignright" width="300"] Indian Navy helicopter checking out the convoy boats[/caption]

    Nearing the end of our journey in Phuket, our family of three had to... Read More

  • Red Sea to the Seychelles 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

    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)

    One thing became clear pretty quickly. The piracy situation since 2012 has changed remarkably.  Back then, the unequal contest was between armed pirates and unarmed... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Red Sea Passage – January 2015

    Regarding Weapons:

    We went with weapons, and after reflecting on the experience, we are pleased with that decision.

    We used Assad as an agent in Uligamu in... Read More

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

    On Saturday 26 April the master of a dhow spoke of his relief after 6 armed pirates, who had taken his vessel and crew hostage... Read More

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

    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

    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

    Chinook is currently in Kochi Marina, India, waiting out the Monsoon. Their plan is then to cruise onwards to the West Coast of the USA... Read More

  • Indian Ocean and Red Sea Transit 2011

    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

    (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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Ventana made the passage from Thailand to the Med during the 2009 season. There are numerous accounts from other cruising sailors covering the details of... Read More

  • Red Sea – Safe Haven in Yemen

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

    As of 25 October 2019, yachts are still moving both north and south through the Red Sea. Although it is possible to make the journey... Read More

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

    The long-standing group of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF (representing the global shipping and oil industry) have determined that the geographic boundaries of the... Read More

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

    IntroductionIn September 2018 Yachting Monthly published an interview with Officers of the Combined Task Force 151 (CMF151) about the efforts that they are making to... Read More

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

    Cochin International Marina, IndiaThe Red Sea & Indian Ocean information exchangeIf you are planning a passage through the Indian Ocean to South Africa or via... Read More

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

    Survey respondents said there were many sources of advice and requested that it would be better if there was a single organization to coordinate this.... Read More

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

    Read the full report from the World Maritime News here.The objectives of the Operation Atlanta are deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed... Read More

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

    Photo from https://dunjanews.tvFrom Dunya News, 2 May 2018A Pakistan Navy Ship, Alamgir, an Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, while on Counter Piracy mission under Task... Read More

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

    The focus of counter-piracy operations in the region is on commercial shipping, with CTF 151 and the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Somalia, working to... Read More

  • Indian Ocean 2018: Threat Update and Recommendations

    INDIAN OCEAN - SOMALI PIRACYFollowing an industry revision in December 2015, the Indian Ocean piracy High-Risk Area (HRA) currently encompasses the following area:Red Sea: 15N... Read More

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

    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

    Courtesy of http://eunavfor.eu/By AFP via the Daily Mail"There hasn't been a proper pirate attack on a commercial vessel in over two years," said John Steed,... Read More

  • Somali pirates face trial over 2011 fatal yacht hijacking

    The suspects, 25- to 32-years-old, face possible life prison terms if convicted.Christian and Eveline Colombo had undertaken an around-the-world trip. On September 3, 2011, they... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: EU Naval Force Frigate Assists Yacht

    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

    © EU Naval ForceThe yacht’s two French crewmembers had put out a mayday signal after they suffered engine failure. The mayday was picked up by... Read More

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

    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

    EU Naval Force has announced the release of a new website, designed with an attractive new look, user-friendly navigation, interactive facts and figures section, and... Read More

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • NATO Shipping Centre

    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

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    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

  • 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

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

  • 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

Reports

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

    As reported by CSSN:Thankfully, relatively few violent and serious incidents were experienced by yachts in the Caribbean basin and reported to CSSN in 2018. Although it is... Read More

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

    Submitting a Float Plan Information from Jesse James - SSCA Cruising Station Trinidad

    To submit a float plan there is a very simple form that has been created... Read More

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

    The situation in Canouan continues to deteriorate with yacht boardings and burglaries all too frequent an occurrence. The 2nd boarding in only 8 days [BROKENLINK]has just... Read More

  • Advice for Cruising Haiti 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

    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

    Victims Allen and Kate Barry of S/Y Mendocino Queen sent Noonsite a full, detailed report about this incident, including some useful tactics they used to... Read More

  • Island Theft – Our Thoughts

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    The Net operates Monday through Saturday at 8:00am AST (-4GMT) on 4.060 MHz and covers the Eastern Caribbean island chain.The Coconut Telegraph can be used... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net: Call for Volunteers

    CSSN is a volunteer organization that collects and disseminates accurate information relating to crimes against yachts in the Caribbean, enabling cruisers to make intelligent decisions... Read More

  • Honduras, Gorda Bank: Missing Sailor

    PART 2 - MISSING SAILOR IN CARIBBEAN Published July 5, 2019This sailor and his boat are missing from position 14 53.6 N by 080 26.8 W, or... Read More

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

    Photo by Claudio Trigueros on UnsplashIn response to a pirate incident in April 2019, Jesse James, who provides tour and taxi services to visitors to... Read More

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

    The Culverwell Family trawler "Aqua Lobo"On board were Alan and Derryn Culverwell along with their two young children, Briar and Finn. After two years cruising... Read More

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

    We were attacked on Zeppelin on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1742 hours while sailing from Roatan, Honduras to Providencia, Colombia. The attack occurred at N14deg 49min 59.9,... Read More

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

    The following  updated report on this incident has been reported by CSSN
    DATE: 2019-04-14 10:30Country Name:Trinidad/TobagoLocation Detail: Trinidad Hibiscus Gas PlatformEVENT: Attempted piracyHAND: 1Stolen Items: None, not successfulSECURED: N/A
    DETAILS:
    A 53’ US flagged monohull... Read More

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

    [caption id="attachment_73857" align="alignright" width="300"] Venezuela Closes Sea Border[/caption]

    Venezuela has now closed its air and sea border to the three Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and... Read More

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

    [caption id="attachment_52269" align="alignright" width="150"] RVI Police image of dinghy[/caption]

    The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is warning boaters to be diligent about securely locking up dinghies... Read More

  • Trinidad & Tobago: Rumours of Piracy Unfounded

    Tackling T&T’s Major Yachting Industry Concerns

    By J. Wynner for Caribbean Compass Magazine

    Floating around the Caribbean there is a perception that piracy exists in Trinidad &... Read More

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

    This report from https://www.stabroeknews.com/

    A statement from Public Communications Consultants Limited follows:

    The 6th International Nereid’s Rally which was on schedule for the 13th September to be... Read More

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

    Based on all the feedback CSSN received and balanced by the technical capabilities of their website, they have made some changes and now added the... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2017 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    CSSN Annual Report 2017With the devastating backdrop of hurricanes Irma and Marie, total reported incidents in 2017 were essentially unchanged from 2016 (90/88). There were... Read More

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

    CSSN has launched an innovative new feature – an easy to use set of data visualization tools presented in the form of interactive maps. They... Read More

  • BVI: Warning about the Rise in Dinghy Thefts

    See this report from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) about the recent rise in dinghy thefts, in particular, from Cane Garden Bay and... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2016 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    CSSN Annual Report 2016

    2016 was busier than anyone would have liked incident-wise, with more security incidents, involving more weapons, with more violence across more locations than... Read More

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

    Late in the afternoon of Jan 13th, a US flagged sailing vessel on passage from Puerto Cortez, Honduras to Roatan was boarded by armed men. ... Read More

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

    It has been reported that several thousand dollars have been lost. A CSSN investigative team has confirmed the scam by engaging directly with the scammers... Read More

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

    Float Plans have made a great impact on the Coastguard's ability to provide security coverage for vessels traveling into and out of Trinidad & Tobago... Read More

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

    Two incidents of armed piracy against sailing vessels reported in the Caribbean in 10 days - 2 January 2015

    OCC Commodore John Franklin has issued an... Read More

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

    The situation in Canouan continues to deteriorate with yacht boardings and burglaries all too frequent an occurrence. The 2nd boarding in only 8 days [Broken Link] has... Read More

  • Advice for Cruising Haiti

    http://freecruisingguides.com/

    Recently there have been two attacks against cruising boats in Haiti.

    North Peninsula - south side

    The most recent occurred on the south side of the north... Read More

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

    “This morning at 02:30 our vessel (a private cruising yacht on a circumnavigation) anchored at Taboga Island, off Balboa, Panama City, was attacked by three... Read More

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

    CSSN has announced the availability of an online form for reporting safety and security incidents that occur in Caribbean waters to cruisers.

    Look for the "Report... Read More

  • Caribbean: Saint Lucia Police report improved yacht security

    As a major stakeholder of the tourism sector, the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is well aware of the impact that attacks yachts and yachters... 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

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

    The killers of a British yachtsman murdered in St Lucia beat him with their fists until he suffered brain damage before leaving him to drown,... Read More

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

     

    See noonsite's first report on this attack here.

    Margaret Pratt, speaking in a television interview broadcast in Saint Lucia, has spoken of the kindness she has... Read More

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

    Three people are in custody and a murder inquiry launched after the death of cruiser Roger Pratt, 62, in Saint Lucia last Friday.

    Roger and his... Read More

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

    Advice to Yacht Owners and Operators

    Waterway Watch

    · Do not encourage Strangers on your yacht.

    · When in a foreign port seek the advice of officials (customs,... Read More

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

    Bad Things Really Happen:

    Recently, several serious security events against yachts have occurred in the Caribbean, including Tobago and in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  These... Read More

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

    On 3rd October, sailing vessel Rainbow was anchored off Union Island at Frigate Island, which is attached to Union Island, SVG (approx. 12 34.9882 N... Read More

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

    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

  • Caribbean, Bequia: Coastguard now patrolling at night

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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

    The position of the Paria Peninsula where the attack took placeWe are a couple Bob (74) the captain, an American, and Hella my mate (71)... Read More

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

    Details so far about this attack are scant, noonsite will hopefully have more details from the victims Bob and Hella of SY Explorer about what... Read More

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

    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

    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

    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

  • NATO Shipping Centre

    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

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    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

  • 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)

    I would like to share our experience with ESSCOM recently, ESSCOM is the Eastern Sabah Security Command which patrols the area of Eastern Sabah, Malaysian... Read More

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

    A sailboat that had been cruising Palawan for a couple of years, left their current position early Nov 2015 to go back to Palawan. They... Read More

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

    19 September 2016 from Luc Callebaut of SY Slopemouche

    After being kidnapped with 3 other cruisers from Samal Island marina, Mindanao, Philippines, almost a year ago,... Read More

  • World-Wide Piracy: Indonesia Heads the Piracy Stakes

    This is an article published by Sail-World at http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Nid=121565&refre=y&ntid=0&rid=3

    Cruising sailors who stare longingly at the horizon and hope to complete a circumnavigation one day constantly... Read More

  • Cruising SE Asia – Security Tips

    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

    Official Coast Guard emblemThe ReCAAP ISC has received information from the Philippine Focal Point (Philippine Coast Guard) that a group of approximately 10 ASG (Abu... Read More

  • ReCAAP: Piracy Hits Decadal Lows in Asia

     

    [caption id="attachment_52436" align="alignright" width="150"] Attempted, actual and total attacks reported in Asia, Q1-3, 2009-2018 (ReCAAP)[/caption]

    As reported by https://www.maritime-executive.com

    The relatively low-level nature of most attacks is... Read More

  • Philippine Forces Hunt Terrorists at Sea

    Manila has announced two major maritime security initiatives to prevent ISIS-inspired militants from fleeing to neighboring islands near the Malaysian and Indonesian borders.

    Making its first... Read More

  • Malaysia: Working towards improved security for yachts

    The Royal Malaysian Navy has released a marine emergency response/SOS/incident reporting app - available to all mariners in Malaysian waters.Concerning incidents are happening more frequently... Read More

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

    FILIPINO troops battling militants in a central province have killed a key Abu Sayyaf commander who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians... Read More

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

    FEBRUARY 28 2017: Sydney Morning Herald

    Manila: The Philippines on Monday condemned the "barbaric beheading" of a German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants, who... Read More

  • Philippines, Sulu: German cruiser kidnapped and wife killed

    [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

    19 September 2016 from Luc Callebaut of SY Slopemouche

    After being kidnapped with 3 other cruisers from Samal Island marina, Mindanao, Philippines, almost a year ago,... Read More

  • Philippines: Abducted Cruiser Brutally Murdered

    [caption id="attachment_10991" align="alignright" width="200"] John Risdel's new catamaran Azizah[/caption]

    Mr Risdel, fellow Canadian tourist Robert Hall, Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Marites Flor, were... Read More

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

    There is much discussion about this supposed "kidnapping" on the Cruisers Forums, in particular after the tragic Samal incident a few weeks previously. It does... Read More

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

    The apparent impunity of maritime gangs operating in the region has led Dryad to call upon the three nations surrounding the Singapore Strait, in particular,... Read More

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

    Providing commentary on maritime piracy and crime around the world, the conflict in Yemen and Libya, and the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean; the report... Read More

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

    Two German nationals who went missing off Palawan last month were confirmed to be held captive by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province, according to... Read More

  • U S Coastguard Helping Asian Countries Against Piracy

    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)

    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

    Tabar Village, with the Chief and crew of SV Field TripAfter living 8 months in the Solomons and four months in Papua New Guinea, I... Read More

News

  • 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

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

  • NATO Shipping Centre

    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

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    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

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

    On 6 May 2015, Phil Cable, the CEO of leading maritime security firm MAST who attended the Sea Trade Awards in London, said: “The rapid... Read More

  • Break-in at Ibiza: Lessons Learnt In Security

    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

    Photo by Gerd Altmann on PixabayBy Tom SampsonLast year the number of illegal border-crossings at Europe’s external borders fell by a quarter compared with 2017... Read More

  • Eastern Mediterranean Cruising Update – regarding the migrant crisis

    [caption id="attachment_13691" align="alignright" width="150"] Photo by SY Big Sky[/caption]

    This report by PBO (www.pbo.co.uk)

    Travelling to eastern Mediterranean countries has been less appealing in recent years due... Read More

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

    On 6 May 2015, Phil Cable, the CEO of leading maritime security firm MAST who attended the Sea Trade Awards in London, said: “The rapid... 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

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

    Head to the Med thru the Red 2015 

    We just completed a long trip from Male, Maldives to Port Suakin, Sudan. Wow, what a trip, our... Read More

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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”.

Reports

  • The Gambia: Beware of Pirates Near Banjul

    On a sunny clear mid-November day in 2009, we departed Banjul, The Gambia at 0900 and sailed the shipping channel to the deep water buoy... Read More

  • Pirates Desert Malacca Straits for African Waters

    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

    IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 66 incidents in the first quarter of 2018, up from 43 for the same period in 2017, and 37 in... Read More

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

    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

    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

  • NATO Shipping Centre

    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

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    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

  • Securewest International

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

  • EOS Risk Management

    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

  • Dryad Maritime

    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

  • 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

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

    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

  • 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

  • IMB Piracy Reporting Centre

    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

  • Phantom Services

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

  • MAST

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

Useful Resources

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. If you are interested in joining e-mail the administrator Wade Alarie of SV Joana who will need... 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

  • 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

  • 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

Reports

  • Guatemala, Livingston: Outboard Theft – November 2019

    Two engine thefts were reported from Livingston during November 2019. Both were raised and secured to the raised dinghy.As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-11-15 09:00Country Name: GuatemalaLocation Detail: LivingstonEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-11-15 22:00Country Name: St. LuciaLocation Detail: Rodney Bay Gros IsletEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 3m RIB / 15HP YamahaSECURED: LockedDETAILS: A cruiser’s locked dinghy was stolen from the Gros Islet... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-11-08 22:00Country Name: PanamaLocation Detail: Bahia Nombre de DiosEVENT: AssaultHAND: 2Stolen Items: EverythingSECURED: N/AUPDATED REPORT: This report replaces the prior preliminary report. The victims made contact with CSSN and... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-11-03 20:30Country Name: PanamaLocation Detail: Bahia Nombre de DiosEVENT: AssaultHAND: 1Stolen Items: cash, communications devices, electronics, boat, and personal gearSECURED: N/ADETAILS: A monohull was one of 2 or 3... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-10-29 01:00Country Name: St. Martin (French)Location Detail: Grand CaseEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 12 FT center console dinghy / 40 HP Honda outboardSECURED: LockedDETAILS: An in-the water but cable locked... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-10-11 17:45Country Name: GuatemalaLocation Detail: Río Dulce Shell BayEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 10 FT AB dinghy / 25HP Yamaha outboardSECURED: LockedDETAILS:... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:Date: 2019-09-25 06:00Country Name: GrenadaLocation Detail: Grenada Prickly BayEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: Dinghy/15 HP Yamaha outboardSECURED: LockedDETAILS: Owners left their dinghy/ 15... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.At midday on September 11, 2019, at position 12.3N 62.42W, approximately 42 miles west of the northern end of Grenada, a Grenadian... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-09-02 19:00Country Name: SVGLocation Detail: Union Clifton HarborEVENT: BurglaryHAND: 2Stolen Items: Cash+SECURED: LockedDETAILS: Guests on a charter yacht that had taken... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-09-01Country Name: GrenadaLocation Detail: Grenada St. George’s Outer HarborEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: Phone, backpack, wallet, cash, credit cards, passports, identity papers,... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-08-22 22:00Country Name: GrenadaLocation Detail: Grenada Clarke’s Court BayEVENT: TheftHAND: 2Stolen Items: dinghy fuelSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: All ten (10) dinghies left at the outer Woburn dock that night were... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-08-20 14:00Country Name: DominicaLocation Detail: Prince Rupert Bay PAYS dockEVENT: VandalismHAND: 1Stolen Items: NoneSECURED: LockedDETAILS: Owners left their dinghy at the PAYS dinghy dock at 1400 HRS. When they returned... Read More

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

    We are just preparing for our circumnavigation of the world in Loano Mediterranean. We have spent 2 years here with no problems in this region... Read More

  • Marshall Islands, Majuro: Attempted Burglary – August 2019

    First-hand report:My name is Kirsten Robinson with S/V Lucile, a Nordic 44ft sailboat, spending the summer in Majuro, Marshall Islands. We would like to... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-08-17 20:00Country Name: SVGLocation Detail: Bequia Princess Margaret BeachEVENT: Attempted theftHAND: 1Stolen Items: NoneSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: Owners were away from their yacht anchored off Princess Margaret beach for 30... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-08-16 21:45Country Name: PanamaLocation Detail: Linton BayEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 11FT dinghy / 15HP Yamaha engineSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: The crew and their dog were in the lighted cockpit when... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-08-13 20:00Country Name: GrenadaLocation Detail: Grenada St. George’s Inner HarbourEVENT: RobberyHAND: 1Stolen Items: Chart plotter, cash and cigarettesSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: A cruiser was asleep in his bed at a... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-08-09 02:30Country Name: USVILocation Detail: St. Croix ChristianstedEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: Cash, attempted theft of toolsSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: An occupied catamaran was docked at the Christiansted boardwalk public pier.... Read More

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

    An aerial view of Lanzarote Marina in ArrecifeWe just wanted to report a tender and outboard theft from our Ovni overnight on Wednesday 31st July... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-07-28 03:00Country Name: MartiniqueLocation Detail: St. PierreEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 12’ West marine inflatable dinghy and 30hp Yamaha Outboard including safety gear, cooler, depth sounder, shoes etc.... Read More

  • Bonaire, Kralendijk: Dinghy Theft – July 2019

    As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-07-26 02:00Country Name: BonaireLocation Detail: KralendijkEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: Dinghy/outboard (recovered minus fuel tank)SECURED: LockedDETAILS: A dinghy was locked and tied to the Budget Marine dinghy dock near the... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-07-24 20:00Country Name: Puerto RicoLocation Detail: Big Island Puerto RealEVENT: BurglaryHAND: 1Stolen Items: UnknownSECURED: LockedDETAILS: Owners had berthed at Marina Pescaderia in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. After being away... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-07-20 20:00Country Name: SVGLocation Detail: Bequia Princess Margaret BeachEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: Cash and a LED flashlightSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: Owners of a monohull anchored off Princess Margaret beach left... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-07-19 23:00Country Name: GrenadaLocation Detail: Grenada Hog IslandEVENT: BurglaryHAND: 2Stolen Items: not determinedSECURED: LockedDETAILS: Problems with break-ins continue in Grenada. Eight additional (8) yachts were discovered to have been... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-07-13 19:30CSSN First Hand ReportCountry Name: PanamaLocation Detail: Bahia Nombre de DiosEVENT: RobberyHAND: 1Stolen Items: Cash, personal communication devices, laptops, entertainment... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay: Armed Robbery – July 2019

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-07-11 01:00Country Name: PanamaLocation Detail: Linton BayEVENT: RobberyHAND: 1Stolen Items: cash, navigation devices, personal communications devices, personal papersSECURED: N/ADETAILS: At approximately... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-07-07 04:00Country Name: SVGLocation Detail: Canouan, L’Ance GuyacEVENT: Attempted theftHAND: 1Stolen Items: NoneSECURED: LockedDETAILS: A cruising catamaran was at anchor just south of L’Ance Guyac point on Canouan. At... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-07-03 00:00Country Name: Saint Martin (French)Location Detail: Chicken IslandEVENT: TheftHAND: 2Stolen Items: Dinghy and outboard Honda 10hpSECURED: LockedDETAILS: An in-the-water cable-locked inflatable dinghy with a 10hp Honda outboard was... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-07-04 03:12Country Name: SVGLocation Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)EVENT: Attempted theftHAND: 1Stolen Items: NoneSECURED: LockedDETAILS: Sleeping owners were awakened by a noise on deck and opened a hatch... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-07-01 02:00Country Name: SVGLocation Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)EVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: CashSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: A catamaran with 11 persons onboard was boarded overnight while owners and guests... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-06-29 05:00Country Name: MartiniqueLocation Detail: Grand Anse D’ArletEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: wallets and phonesSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: While the captain was sleeping aboard a yacht at the dock in Grand... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-06-28 00:00Country Name: HondurasLocation Detail: NE of Gorda Bank and 87nm East of GuanajaEVENT: Suspicious activityHAND: 1Stolen Items: NoneSECURED: N/ADETAILS: A sailing vessel en route from Providencia, Columbia to... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-06-27 00:00Country Name: HondurasLocation Detail: NE of Gorda Bank and 215nm East of GuanajaEVENT: Attempted PiracyHAND: 1Stolen Items: NoneSECURED: N/ADETAILS: A monohull transiting from Providencia, Colombia to the Bay... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:Thankfully, relatively few violent and serious incidents were experienced by yachts in the Caribbean basin and reported to CSSN in 2018. Although it is... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSNDATE: 2019-06-13 03:00Country Name: SVGLocation Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)EVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: cash and phoneSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: While the yacht owners slept a thief boarded and entered the... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-05-20 00:30Country Name: PanamaLocation Detail: Bocas del ToroEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 2 laptops, smartphone and binocularsSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: Overnight while owners slept onboard their yacht anchored off the Bocas... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-05-20 03:15Country Name: SVGLocation Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)EVENT: Attempted theftHAND: 1Stolen Items: nothing, attempted break-in though saloon sliding doorSECURED: LockedDETAILS: Owners awoke at 03:15 HRS when they... Read More

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

    A yacht docked in the main port of Siracusa, at berth 37, reported having two items stolen from the deck of their boat on the... Read More

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

    The Culverwell Family trawler "Aqua Lobo"On board were Alan and Derryn Culverwell along with their two young children, Briar and Finn. After two years cruising... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN
    DATE: 2019-03-22 20:00Country Name: MartiniqueLocation Detail: Anse a l’ AnneEVENT: TheftHAND: 2Stolen Items: Suzuki 4S outboardSECURED: Locked
    DETAILS:
    A dinghy was lifted on davits and cable locked to the yacht while... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN
    DATE: 2019-03-19 05:00Country Name: St. LuciaLocation Detail: Rodney Bay Gros IsletEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 14’ dingy 50 hp Yamaha outboardSECURED: Locked
    DETAILS:
    Overnight, while trawler owners slept on board, their in-the-water... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN
    DATE: 2019-04-06 22:00Country Name: MartiniqueLocation Detail: Le Marin MarinaEVENT: TheftHAND: 2Stolen Items: 3.5m dinghy, 30 HP Mercury outboardSECURED: Locked
    DETAILS:
    A 3.5m dinghy with a... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN
    DATE: 2019-04-04 20:00Country Name: Puerto RicoLocation Detail: Vieques EsperanzaEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 20 HP Suzuki outboardSECURED: Locked
    DETAILS:
    Owners returned to their locked dinghy at the Esperanza community dock and found that... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN
    DATE: 2019-04-08 23:59Country Name: PanamaLocation Detail: Bocas del ToroEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 10 ft fiberglass dinghy with 15hp Yamaha engineSECURED: Locked
    DETAILS:
    A dinghy locked to the floating dock at the boatyard... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-04-22 02:00Country Name: USVILocation Detail: St. John Coral BayEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: Dingy and Outboard MotorSECURED: LockedDETAILS: A dinghy locked to the Coral Bay dinghy dock was stolen sometime... Read More

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

    We were attacked on Zeppelin on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1742 hours while sailing from Roatan, Honduras to Providencia, Colombia.

    The attack occurred at N14deg... Read More

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

    The following  updated report on this incident has been reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2019-04-14 10:30

    Country Name:Trinidad/Tobago

    Location Detail: Trinidad Hibiscus Gas Platform

    EVENT: Attempted piracy

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: None,... Read More

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

    Submitting a Float Plan Information from Jesse James - SSCA Cruising Station Trinidad

    To submit a float plan there is a very simple form that has been created... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-03-25 09:30Country Name: HondurasLocation Detail: Roatan North CoastEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 3 ipads, 1 iPhone, liquor, clothing, sunglasses,SECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: Owners left their catamaran unlocked to go diving, and... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN
    DATE: 2019-03-04 21:30Country Name: MartiniqueLocation Detail: St. AnneEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: dinghy, 30HP outboardSECURED: Locked
    DETAILS:
    A cable locked dinghy/outboard was stolen from the dinghy dock at the La Dunette restaurant.... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN
    DATE: 2019-02-15 00:00Country Name: MartiniqueLocation Detail: Le Marin MarinaEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: Magma grill and Garhauer dinghy hoist/tackleSECURED: Not Locked
    DETAILS:
    A yacht was berthed at Le Marina du Marin, while... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN
    DATE: 2019-02-26 00:02Country Name: MartiniqueLocation Detail: Le Marin – Carenantilles ShipyardEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 2 Yamaha outboard engines 15HP and 4HPSECURED: Locked
    DETAILS:
    An unoccupied yacht was berthed at the Carenantilles... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2019-02-23 20:00

    Country Name: Sint Maarten (Dutch)

    Location Detail: Simpson Bay

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: RIB/18 HP Tohatsu

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    The sailing school RIB dinghy/18HP... Read More

  • Grenada: Suspicious Activity Offshore – February 2019

    Boat trackAs reported by CSSNDATE: 2019-02-02Country Name: GrenadaLocation Detail: OffshoreEVENT: Suspicious activityHAND: 1Stolen Items: NoneSECURED: N/ADETAILS:A 50 ft. catamaran with 5 persons onboard departed Fernando De Noronha, Brazil on 19 January 2019,... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2019-03-02 00:00

    Country Name: Panama

    Location Detail: Portobello

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: 15HP Yamaha outboard engine

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    An unoccupied and locked catamaran in the bay... Read More

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

    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

    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

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    DATE: 2019-02-16 02:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Rodney Bay Gros Islet

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: 10′ west marine... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:DATE: 2019-02-11Country Name: BelizeLocation Detail: Placencia HarborEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: CashSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS: Two occupants asleep aboard a catamaran anchored in Placencia harbor, Belize were awakened by a noise around... Read More

  • Guatemala, Livingston: Dinghy and Outboard Theft – February 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

    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

    As reported by CSSN.DATE: 2019-02-08 23:30Country Name: HondurasLocation Detail: Roatan West EndEVENT: TheftHAND: 1Stolen Items: 9.9HP Nissan outboardSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS:While the owners slept onboard, a... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2019-02-01 14:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Vieux Fort

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: computers and valuables

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A yacht anchored at about 2 PM... Read More

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

    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

    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

    As reported by CSSN with update 2019-02-02 at cssn-news-update-recent-armed-robbery-events-in-portobelo/

    DATE: 2019-01-13 21:30

    Country Name: Panama

    Location Detail: Portobello

    EVENT: Robbery

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: Currency, personal electronics

    SECURED: Unknown

    DETAILS OF ARMED ROBBERY:

    A... Read More

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

    I would like to share our experience with ESSCOM recently, ESSCOM is the Eastern Sabah Security Command which patrols the area of Eastern Sabah, Malaysian... Read More

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

    My outboard got stolen from the deck of my boat (Faule Haut), while moored at the dock at the fish market, opposite the cemetery in... Read More

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

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    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

    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

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-12-16 17:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Marigot

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Cash, credit cards, 3 iPhones, iPad, handbag and 6 bottles of... Read More

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

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

    Security in isolated anchoragesWe were recently anchored in a river not far from Ko Panyee and while away from the vessel for several hours a... Read More

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

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net.

    DATE: 2018-11-25 01:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Vieux Fort

    EVENT: Attempted theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: None

    SECURED: N/A

    DETAILS:

    Three monohulls were... Read More

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

    Captain Piri says:

    Nov 23, 2018 05:15 AM

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

    While the boat was on the hardstand, at about 0420... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2018-11-10 00:00

    Country Name: Dominican Republic

    Location Detail: Luperon

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Honda generator, compressor with hose, water pump and many tools

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    Thieves... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-11-09 01:00

    Country Name: Dominican Republic

    Location Detail: Luperon

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: Cash

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    While the owner was asleep on board, the thief... Read More

  • Panama, Linton Bay: Burglary – October 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

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-10-29 01:00

    Country Name: Dominican Republic

    Location Detail: Luperon

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Cash

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    Owners left their yacht on a mooring for 3... Read More

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

    After several lovely months in French Polynesia, encountering nothing but friendly people, we finally got robbed.

    We were at anchor in Avea Bay in Huahine on... Read More

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

    As anyone following the Puddle Jumpers' forum this year may have seen, multiple boats docked in Papeete Marina have once again been boarded and items... Read More

  • Spanish North Africa, Melilla: Night boarding – September 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

    As Reported by CSSN

    Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad Chaguaramas TTSA- Thefts September 2018

    DATE: 2018-09-16 19:50

    Country Name:Trinidad/Tobago

    Location Detail: Trinidad Chaguaramas TTSA

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: dinghy/outboard

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS: A... Read More

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

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  • Panama, Linton Bay Marina: Outboard Theft – August 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

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security net

    DATE: 2018-08-01 14:00

    Country Name: Dominican Republic

    Location Detail: Luperon

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: jewelry and cash

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    The owners... Read More

  • Sint Maarten, Simpson Bay: Theft – July 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

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  • Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: Burgled – June 2018

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN):

    DATE: 2018-06-25 14:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Vieux Fort

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: Cash, kayak, other items... Read More

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

    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

    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:

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

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    As Reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2018-05-11 00:00

    Country Name: Puerto Rico

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

    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

    As reported by https://safety4sea.com/pirates-approach-catamaran-in-south-china-sea/

    While sailing, a small ship "Hong Lrut" with two persons on board approached the catamaran "Swiss Prestige" at high speed (approximately 15... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.Date: 2018-04-18 09:00Country Name: HondurasLocation Detail: 100 miles offshore Honduras/Nicaragua border 16N/81WEvent: Attempted piracyHand: 1Stolen Items: none, not successfulSECURED: N/ADETAILS:Two yachts departed... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-04-14 02:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Anse La Ray

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Dinghy and 15 hp Yamaha outboard from davits

    SECURED: Not... Read More

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  • Honduras, Gorda Banks: Suspicious Activity – April 2018

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-04-13 11:15

    Country Name: Honduras

    Location Detail: Gorda Banks

    EVENT: Suspicious activity

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: N/A

    SECURED: N/A

    DETAILS:

    A yacht transiting northward from Isla Providencia, Columbia to... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2018-04-08 09:00

    Country Name: Honduras

    Location Detail: Roatan, West End

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: Outboard

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS: Overnight, an unoccupied (but locked and minded) yacht... Read More

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

    On Friday afternoon, 2 March 2018, I anchored approximately 500 meters off the jetty near the small town of Maragogipe on the Rio Paraguacu near... Read More

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

    DATE: 2018-03-13 02:30

    COUNTRY NAME: St. Lucia

    LOCATION DETAIL: Rodney Bay Reduit Beach

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    STOLEN ITEMS: dinghy/outboard

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    At 02:30 hours the owner/crew of a yacht anchored in... Read More

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

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    DATE: 2018-02-26 23:30

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Rodney Bay Gros Islet

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Dinghy

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A yacht... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN

    DATE: 2018-02-06 04:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Union Chatham Bay

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Two pairs of flip flops

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS

    An in-the-water, but chained-to-... Read More

  • Canaries, Lanzarote, Arrecife: Theft – February 2018

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  • Gulf of Aden: Attempted Piracy – February 2018

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

    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

    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

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    Tabar Village, with the Chief and crew of SV Field TripAfter living 8 months in the Solomons and four months in Papua New Guinea, I... Read More

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

    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

    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

    From a report by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    Date: 2018-01-18 17:00

    Country Name: Honduras

    Location Detail: Gorda Bank

    Event: Attempted piracy

    Hand: 1

    Stolen Items: n/a

    SECURED: N/A

    Details:

    A sailing yacht... Read More

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

    05.01.2018

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

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  • Venezuela, Cabo Tres Puntas: Attempted Piracy – December 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

    The Incident

    I was sailing solo toward the port of Santos, SP, Brazil. I had to dodge thunderstorms for the past hours and was pretty tired... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2017-12-23 14:30

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Rodney Bay Gros Islet

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 2

    Stolen Items: dinghy and outboard

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    A yacht anchored approximately... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2017-12-12 19:30

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Rodney Bay Gros Islet

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Pair of cargo shorts and a leather belt

    SECURED:... Read More

  • Yemen: Three Polish yachts fired upon in Red Sea

    UKMTO Warning 001/DEC/2017 was issued after a sailing yacht was attacked 20 km south-west of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah on 7 December 2017.

    Subsequent enquiries... Read More

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

    UKMTO Warning 001/DEC/2017 was issued after a sailing yacht was attacked 20 km southwest of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah on 7 December 2017.

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

    Dear Noonsite team,

    We are cruising the Atlantic Ocean and left Gambia (West Africa) on Monday the 27th of November to set course for Suriname (South... Read More

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

    This first-hand report was sent in French. Below is an approximate English translation followed by the original French report.

    The story of an act of piracy.

    Port... Read More

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

    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

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    DATE: 2017-10-28 12:00

    Country Name: Honduras

    Location Detail: Disputed waters off Honduras/Nicaragua border

    EVENT: Piracy

    HAND: 1

    STOLEN ITEMS: Cash, phone, GPS,... Read More

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

    DATE: 2017-10-25 01:30

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Soufriere

    EVENT: Assault

    HAND: First-hand report by victims

    Stolen Items: Cash and mobile phones, dinghy

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    Guests on board a chartered catamaran... Read More

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

    As reported by CSSN:

    DATE: 2017-10-29 01:30

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Marigot

    EVENT: Theft

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: cash

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    A charter catamaran was assisted to a mooring 50... Read More

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

    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

    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

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  • SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay: Security Incidents 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

    'Pirate' Lucas with a toy gunReport Concerning Security Incidents on the way from Kochi to Suakin (Sudan) March/April 2017We sailed from Kochi (India) to Ashkelon... Read More

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

    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?

    Convoy through GOA, courtesy of SY EquanimityUpdate from Tom Sampson - 9th April 2017 Resurgence of piracy off the coast of SomaliaI've been looking into the... Read More

  • Rio Dulce, Guatemala to Utila, Honduras: Yacht boarded by armed pirates and ransacked – April 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

    We left the northern Maldives, from Uligamu, on March 09 sailing to the entry of the so-called Internationally Recommended Safety Corridor (IRTC) that is followed... Read More

  • Guatemala, Bahia de Graciosa: Attempted Theft & Assault – April 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

    A group of 4 yachts was anchored in the Railay beach area.Two were Thai registered and 2 were from overseas (one from Australia (mine) and... Read More

  • Guadeloupe, Marie Galante, Grand Bourg: Dinghy & Outboard Stolen – April 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: 2017-04-06 20:00Country Name: HondurasLocation Detail: Guanaja Graham’s placeEVENT: RobberyHAND:1Stolen Items: Cash, iPads, cellphone, electronics, cameras, monitors, fuel tank, propane cylinder, plus moreSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS:A... Read More

  • Martinique, St. Anne: Outboard Theft – March 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

    As reported by CSSN. [Broken Link]

    DATE: 2017-03-15 20:00

    Country Name: Colombia

    Location Detail: Isla Baru

    EVENT: Assault

    HAND:1

    Stolen Items: Safe, computer, a jar of peanut butter

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    A yacht... Read More

  • SVG, Bequia, Admiralty Bay: Dinghy engine vandalised – February 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

    A sailboat that had been cruising Palawan for a couple of years, left their current position early Nov 2015 to go back to Palawan. They... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Burlgary – February 2017

    Are reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2017-02-17 21:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Marigot

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND:1

    Stolen Items: all cell phones and chargers onboard.

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    While ashore in the evening,... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Armed boarding & Robbery – February 2017

    DATE: 2017-02-12 03:00

    Country Name: Dominican Republic

    Location Detail: Boca Chica

    EVENT: Assault

    HAND: First-hand report

    Stolen Items: cash, cell phone, wristwatch and a bottle of rum

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    At approximately... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Soufriere, Bat Caves: Burgled while ashore – February 2017

    DATE: 2017-02-13 11:30

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Soufriere Bat Caves

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: First hand report

    Stolen Items: Cash, computers, camera, electronics

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    Around noon (12h00) while the crew... Read More

  • Bonaire, Kralendijk: Cruising Couple robbed at gunpoint on way back to marina – February 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

    Report from the Victims

    I, Enrico would like to report a violent robbery on our sail yacht.

    We arrived on the 25th of January, 2017, in Boca... Read More

  • Fiji, Suva: Armed attempted robbery – cruiser attacked – January 2017

    Jim Van Cleve, a single-hander and long term Fiji cruiser, was attacked at anchor on board his boat Kalokalo in Suva, Fiji on January 25,... Read More

  • SVG, St. Vincent, Young Island Cut: Burgled while ashore – January 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: 2017-01-19Country Name: HondurasLocation Detail: Offshore – 20 miles off Gordo BankEVENT: PiracyStolen Items: Computers, smartphone, cash, electronics, binocular, VHF and handheld radios, alcohol, clothingSECURED:... Read More

  • Honduras: Offshore Piracy, 20 miles off Gordo Bank (2nd incident) – January 2017

    DATE: 2017-01-19Country Name: HondurasLocation Detail: Offshore – 20 miles off Gordo Bank (16N/82W)EVENT: PiracyStolen Items: iPads, electronics, clothing, rumSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS:Preliminary Report 2017-01-19: Chris Parker... Read More

  • Honduras: Piracy on passage from Puerto Cortez, Honduras to Roatan – January 2017

    DATE: 2017-01-13Country Name: HondurasEVENT: PiracyStolen Items: Handheld electronics, wall mounted TV, RIB dinghy and outboard, cash, alcohol, dive gear, passportsSECURED: Not LockedDETAILS:A US-flagged sailing yacht... Read More

  • Reunion Island, Le Port: Night boarding and theft – January 2017

    We want to pass on information about a security incident while berthed in the new marina at Le Port, Reunion Island.On January 12, 2017, during... Read More

  • Indonesia, Papua Barat Province, Sorong harbour: Night boarding and theft – January 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

    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: 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

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net

    DATE: 2016-12-20

    Country Name: Nicaragua

    Location Detail: Media Luna Cays

    EVENT: Piracy

    Stolen Items: all extra diesel stored in containers, mobile... Read More

  • SVG, Wallilabou Bay: Burglary – December 2016

    As reported by CSSN.

    DATE: 2016-12-17 19:00

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: St. Vincent Wallilabou

    EVENT: Burglary

    HAND: 1

    Stolen Items: Cash, electronics (tablets, phones), fishing gear, knives, flashlight, clothes

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A... Read More

  • Indonesia, Papua Barat Province, Sorong Harbour: Boarding & Theft – December 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: 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)

    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

    This report by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net [BROKENLINK]

    DATE: 2016-11-16

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Marigot

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Cash 3200 $ECD, 150 $CAN, Blackberry, Louis Vuitton... Read More

  • On Passage from Canary Islands to Cape Verdes: Attempted Boarding off W Sahara – November 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

    Sulu residents found a dead woman in an abandoned yacht on Sunday 6 November 2016, the same day the Abu Sayyaf claimed they had abducted... Read More

  • Mozambique, Bazaruto: Outboard Theft – November 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

    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

    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

    Our thanks to SV Camomile who received this report from Italian yacht Eutikia and translated it for noonsite.Armed robbery at port Mahajanga anchorage, Madagascar NW... Read More

  • Grenada: Assault at Port Louis Marina – October 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

    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

    During October 8-10, 2016, we were anchored in Sewini Bay (between Lautoka and Vuda Point), just off the beach.On the night of the 9th October,... Read More

  • SVG, Chateaubelair: Armed Boarding – October 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

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-10-01

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Rodney Bay - Reduit Beach

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: Dinghy and outboard,... Read More

  • Grenada, Chemin Bay: Three yachts vandalised overnight – September 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

    19 September 2016 from Luc Callebaut of SY Slopemouche

    After being kidnapped with 3 other cruisers from Samal Island marina, Mindanao, Philippines, almost a year ago,... Read More

  • Bonaire, El Navegante Boat Yard: Items Stolen from Stored Yacht – August 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-09-01

    Country Name: Bonaire

    Location Detail: El Navegante Boat Yard

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: 32″ flat screen TV, an... Read More

  • Tobago, Buccoo Bay: Robbery at dinghy beach – August 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-08-21

    Country Name: Trinidad/Tobago

    Location Detail: Tobago Buccoo Bay

    EVENT: Robbery

    Stolen Items: Two mobile phones and cash

    SECURED: Locked

    At... Read More

  • Grenada: Burglary at Port Louis Marina – August 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-08-17

    Country Name: Grenada

    Location Detail: Port Louis Marina

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Two bags containing a passport, wallet... Read More

  • Costa Rica, Golfito: Dinghy and Outboard Stolen – August 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

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-08-02

    Country Name: Trinidad/Tobago

    Location Detail: Grenada-Trinidad passage

    EVENT: Attempted piracy

    Stolen Items: None

    Three yachts left Grenada the afternoon... Read More

  • Sea piracy drops to 21-year low, IMB reports

    IMB's global piracy report shows 98 incidents in the first half of 2016, compared with 134 for the same period in 2015. When piracy was... Read More

  • Grenada, Hog Island: Assault and kidnap – July 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-07-30

    Country Name: Grenada

    Location Detail: Grenada Hog Island

    EVENT: Assault

    DETAILS:

    At approximately 1700 on Saturday 30th July 2016,... Read More

  • Tanzania, near Dar es Salaam, Island of Sinda: Shipwrecked & captured – July 2016

    12.07.2016: 2220 LT

    Position: Island of Sinda near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, South East Africa.

    Three British yachtsmen involved in a 500KM race off Tanzania were shipwrecked... Read More

  • Colombia, Islas del Rossario, Isla Grande: Boarded & Attacked – July 2016

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net [Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-07-11

    Country Name: Colombia

    Location Detail: Rossario Islands - Isla Grande - 10 10.91 N   075 44.69 W

    EVENT:... Read More

  • Grenada, Mt Hartman Bay: Multiple Break-ins and Burglaries – July 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    [caption id="attachment_2168" align="alignright" width="300"] Indian Navy helicopter checking out the convoy boats[/caption]

    Nearing the end of our journey in Phuket, our family of three had to... Read More

  • Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Outboard theft – May 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

    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

    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

    As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net.[Broken LINK]

    DATE: 2016-05-07

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Marigot

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: Cash

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS:

    A catamaran anchored near Doolittle’s... Read More

  • Panama, Rio Chagres: Locked boat burgled – May 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

    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

    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

    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: 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

    The bodies of Ria and Waldy Finke, a Dutch cruising couple on the Netherlands-

    [caption id="attachment_52034" align="alignright" width="200"] Courtesy of the Colombian Navy[/caption]

    based yacht Talagoa, were... Read More

  • Belize, Placencia Harbour: Attempted Theft – March 2016
  • French Guiana, Saint Laurent du Maroni: Robbed on dinghy excursion – March 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

    https://safetyandsecuritynet.org/date-2016-03-03-country-name-st-lucia-location-detail-soufriere-event-assault/

    DATE: 2016-03-02

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Soufriere

    EVENT: Assault

    Stolen Items: Wallets and camera

    DETAILS:

    On the evening of March 2, 2016, returning from dinner ashore at 10 PM,... Read More

  • St. Vincent, Wallilabou Bay: Masked gunmen kill German man on yacht – March 2016

    Update by AP 9 March 2016

    KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — A German man has been killed aboard a yacht in the eastern Caribbean island of... Read More

  • St. Vincent, Buccament Bay: Night time boarding and theft – February 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

    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

    After a strong gale and violent storm in the south of the Red Sea, we decided to find shelter for our yacht near the island... Read More

  • Nicaragua, north of Isla Providencia (Colombia): Attempted Boarding – January 2016

    As reported by the CSSN:27.01.2016: 1100LT:  Posn: 14:30.13N – 081:55.41W, off the coast of Nicaragua north of Isla Providencia (Colombia), Caribbean.A large motor yacht was... Read More

  • Mexico, Mazatlan, Stone Island: Boarded & Robbed at Night – January 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

    Read CSSN Report here.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-01-23

    Country Name: SVG

    Location Detail: Bequia Princess Margaret Beach

    EVENT: Robbery

    Stolen Items: Small waterproof bag containing a camera and personal items.

    DETAILS:

    We were... Read More

  • Caribbean, St. Martin, Marigot Bay (French): Dinghy & Outboard Theft – January 2016

    Read the CSSN Report HERE.[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-01-17 16:30

    Country Name: St. Martin (French)

    Location Detail: Marigot Bay

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: 11.6 inflatable AB dinghy with 15hp outboard

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:

    A... Read More

  • US Virgin Islands, St. Croix: Boarded by pirates, shot and robbed – January 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

    See full report at https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/3415-2/[Broken Link]

    DATE: 2016-01-13 22:00

    Country Name: Belize

    Location Detail: Middle-Long Cay

    EVENT: Robbery, Sexual Assault

    Stolen Items: Outboard motor, computers and hard drives, passport, cash,... Read More

  • On passage from Grenada to Trinidad: Two yachts boarded and robbed – December 2015

    Read full report - updated as new information comes in - at:

    Caribbean Piracy Grenada to Trinidad: Second Robbery & Boarding in 7 Days... Read More

  • St. Lucia, Rodney Bay Inner Lagoon: Deck Gear stolen from unoccupied yacht on private dock – December 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

    Pirate attack – Wewak, PNG.

    POS 3:33.40S 143:37.93E

    This report from the yacht:

    “We arrived in Wewak on Tuesday the 1st of December. When we anchored near an... Read More

  • Caribbean, St. Martin, French Lagoon: Boston Whaler taken from mooring and outboard stolen – December 2015

    https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/3203-2/ [BROKENLINK]

    DATE: 2015-12-09 02:25

    Country Name: St. Martin (French)

    Location Detail: Lagoon

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: 13ft Boston Whaler taken from mooring and outboard stolen

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS: At 2.25am a team... Read More

  • Panama, Caribbean, Panamarina: Burgled Twice – November 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

    Go to the following link to read about the Armed Boarding, Assault & Robbery in Taganga Bay 2012.

    This is a first-person report by victims Lynne... Read More

  • Malaysia, Sabah: Attempted boarding by pirates on passage from from Sorong to Kota Kinabalu – November 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: 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

    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: 2015-10-22 00:00

    Country Name: Martinique

    Location Detail: Le Marina du Marin

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: a Fuel tank for dinghy engine, with fuel.

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS: Dingy was locked... Read More

  • Papua New Guinea, Madang: Boarding and Machete Attack in Hansa Bay – October 2015

    We have anchored approx. 200 m from the shore. There were no other boats in the bay. We had not been ashore as we were... Read More

  • Nicaragua: Attempted boarding by 4 men in a skiff – October 2015

    As reported by CSSNDATE: 2015-10-12 16:00Country Name: NicaraguaLocation Detail: Disputed watersEVENT: Attempted RobberyStolen Items:SECURED: GuardDETAILS: Attempted boarding by 4 men in a skiff. Before they... Read More

  • Panama, San Blas, East Lemon Cays, Yansalardup anchorage: Burglary – September 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

    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

    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

    See report here.... Read More

  • Colombia, Islas del Rossario: Dutch yacht boarded and crew member killed – September 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

    The situation in Canouan continues to deteriorate with yacht boardings and burglaries all too frequent an occurrence. The 2nd boarding in only 8 days [BROKENLINK]has just... Read More

  • SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel): Boarding and Burlgary – September 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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: 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

    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

    Sadly I have to report two robberies that happened in Utila, Honduras. We arrived here to visit a local friend and we were on anchor... Read More

  • Turkey, Datca, Kuyulubuku: Burgled at anchor – June 2015

    Marmaris Bay Cruisers - http://cruisingtips.net/mbc/

    More trouble in paradise!

    We are sad to report that our friends were robbed of their cruising funds and family jewels while... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Raiatea, Uturoa: Yacht burglaries on the public dock – June 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

    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: 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

    First person report by Sigrid, circumnavigator on board her yacht SY Lucky Bitch

    On Monday night (11 May 2015) around 9 in the evening, I finished my... Read More

  • Bahamas, Nassau, Harbor Club Marina: Night time burglary – May 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

    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

    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

    On 6 May 2015, Phil Cable, the CEO of leading maritime security firm MAST who attended the Sea Trade Awards in London, said: “The rapid... Read More

  • Grenada, St. George’s, Outside Lagoon: Locked boat burgled while crew ashore – May 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

    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

    [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

    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

    This incident took place on 16th April 2015. See incident report here.

    [caption id="attachment_51138" align="alignright" width="200"] Map of Haiti clearly showing Gonaives up north and Corail... Read More

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

    Head to the Med thru the Red 2015 

    We just completed a long trip from Male, Maldives to Port Suakin, Sudan. Wow, what a trip, our... Read More

  • St Vincent, Blue Lagoon: Dinghy Accesories Stolen – April 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

    To download the report go to:

    http://www.noonsite.com/images/pdfs/maritime-security-incidents-march-2015/view... Read More

  • Dominica, Portsmouth, Prince Rupert Bay South: Armed Boarding and Theft – March 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

    [caption id="attachment_10611" align="alignright" width="150"] A map showing where the pirates grounded the couple's sailboat in the Escondido Bay and were the victims left SOS signals... Read More

  • Brazil, Ilha de Itaparica: Three separate incidents in a week – March 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)

    One thing became clear pretty quickly. The piracy situation since 2012 has changed remarkably.  Back then, the unequal contest was between armed pirates and unarmed... Read More

  • Colombia, Cartagena: Attempted Dingy Theft – March 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: 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

    Three families aboard three private (weekend motor) boats were boarded by armed gunmen and taken to a lonely place in the vicinity of Key West,... Read More

  • Brazil, Fortaleza: Violent Attack by armed assailants – February 2015

    We arrived in Fortaleza, Brazil at 04:00 on the 2nd of February 2015.

    We anchored off the marina and an hour later at 5 am three... Read More

  • Brazil, Maranhão, São Luis: Dutch cruising sailor shot and killed – February 2015

    Tragically on February 15, 2015, Ronald François Wolbeek from Holland, was murdered by pirates who boarded his yacht whilst at anchor off Sao Luis Yacht... Read More

  • Honduras: Armed robbery whilst underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce – February 2015

    DATE: 2015-02-01 10:00

    Country Name: Honduras

    Location Detail: Underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce

    EVENT: Robbery

    Stolen Items: The robbers took the outboard motor, the computer, the... Read More

  • CSSN Year End Summary of Crime against Yachts in the Caribbean – 2014

    Read full summary on the CSSN Website - http://safetyandsecuritynet.org/... Read More

  • Haiti, between Corail and Pestel: Armed Boarding and Robbery – January 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: 2015-01-23 20:30

    Country Name: Honduras

    Location Detail: Roatan West End

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: A small amount of cash

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS: While the owners were off the boat onshore... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Further theft from yachts – January 2015

    DATE: 2015-01-09 02:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina

    EVENT: Burglary

    Stolen Items: Various items had been removed from the locked yacht.

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS: The owners had... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Red Sea Passage – January 2015

    Regarding Weapons:

    We went with weapons, and after reflecting on the experience, we are pleased with that decision.

    We used Assad as an agent in Uligamu in... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay Marina: Theft – January 2015

    DATE: 2015-01-17 01:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: 2 x Montagu Paratrooper Pro folding bikes, black. 18" &20" folding bike frames.... Read More

  • Horn of Africa: Suspicious activity reported November 2014

    Gulf of Aden:

    On 3 Nov 14 at 0425 UTC, a merchant's vessel reported a Dhow sighted towing 3 skiffs 4NM from the vessel.  At 0527... Read More

  • Colombia, Islas del Rossario, Isla Grande: Outboard theft – December 2014

    Date: 20 December 2014

    Country Name: Columbia

    Location Detail: Rossario Islands Isla Grande

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: Yamaha outboard 15 HP stolen from the dinghy while the dinghy was hoisted... Read More

  • St. Lucia, Rodney Bay: Outboard engine stolen from yacht in boatyard – December 2014

    DATE: 2014-12-15 01:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: Rodney Bay Marina

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: 15 HP Yamaha Enduro Outboard Engine

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS: While the crew was an off-island,... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Night buglary while owners ashore – December 2014

    DATE: 2014-12-17 20:00

    Country Name: St. Lucia

    Location Detail: St Lucia Marigot

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: Thieves stole 600 € from two wallets in the cabins.

    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS: Boat... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia: Attempted break-in – December 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

    Pirate attack averted off the Nicaragua/Honduras border

    On December 21, 2014, we were ready to set sail from Coxen Hole, Roatan, for Old Providence, our intermediate... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Armed Boardings and Theft – December 2014

    Sunday 7 December 2014

    Armed Mooring and Robbery

    Reported by Bram van Dijk, SY Donna Dee

    SY Donna Dee was on a mooring at Marina ZarPar in Boca... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Night boarding and burglary – December 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

    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

    UPDATE 13 NOVEMBER

    According to sources at RBM, the marina manager has instituted nightly patrols along each pontoon, within the marina. Opportunist thefts have declined, as... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Soufriere & Marigot Bay: Night boarding and burglary – October 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

    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

    COUNTRY: Grenada LOCATION: Clarke's Court Bay EVENT: Attempted Theft [Broken Link]

    DATE: 2014-09-22

    COUNTRY: Grenada

    LOCATION: Granada Clarke's Court Bay

    EVENT: Attempted Theft

    Stolen Items: None. Attempted Theft of Chained... Read More

  • Turkey South, Cavus Koyu (north): Burgled whilst ashore – September 2014

    25 September 2014

    CRUISER SECURITY - Yachts cruising Southern Turkey

    Lock hatches that can be broken into, especially when leaving for an evening meal ashore.

    SV Penguin was... Read More

  • Grenada, St. George’s, Outside Lagoon: Theft from Anchored Boats – August 2014

    Grenada St. George's outside lagoon 4 EVENTS: Theft

    DATE: 2014-08-14 about 03:00 to 03:15

    COUNTRY: Grenada

    LOCATION: Grenada St. George's outside lagoon

    EVENT: Theft

    Stolen Items: Phones, iPads, laptops

    SECURED: Locked

    DETAILS:... Read More

  • Grenada, St. David’s, Grenada Marine boatyard: Burglary – July 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)

    Security is a big issue when cruising the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

    You can pretty much count on having at least an “incident” of... Read More

  • Maritime Security Incidents for the first half of 2014

    Maritime Security Incidents for the first half of 2014

    The author of this table, Andy Robinson, is a professional analyst who has extensive experience in collecting,... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Bora Bora: Deck equipment stolen – July 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

    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

    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

    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

    On Saturday 26 April the master of a dhow spoke of his relief after 6 armed pirates, who had taken his vessel and crew hostage... Read More

  • World-Wide Piracy: Indonesia Heads the Piracy Stakes

    This is an article published by Sail-World at http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Nid=121565&refre=y&ntid=0&rid=3

    Cruising sailors who stare longingly at the horizon and hope to complete a circumnavigation one day constantly... Read More

  • Philippines, Palawan, Rio Tubbataha: German couple abducted from yacht – April 2014

    Two German nationals who went missing off Palawan last month were confirmed to be held captive by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province, according to... Read More

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

    “This morning at 02:30 our vessel (a private cruising yacht on a circumnavigation) anchored at Taboga Island, off Balboa, Panama City, was attacked by three... Read More

  • Brazil, Fortaleza: Assault and Robbery – April 2014

    The information received is as follows:

    We were boarded, attacked, beaten, bloodied, bound & robbed by bandits within moments of anchoring at Fortaleza, Brazil.

    I lost quite... Read More

  • Brazil, Belem: Assault and Robbery – March 2014

    A week ago I received alarming information about an assault and robbery in Belem, Brazil upon s/y Scalawag. The boat is 37ft Irwin 37 Russian... Read More

  • Securing your boat from intruders

    http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Cruisers_Network_Online/info

    Anyone have stainless steel (SS) security bars or mesh put on their companionway and/or hatches which allows good ventilation? Just stopped by a stainless steel... Read More

  • Brazil, Salvador de Bahia, Itaparica Island: Assault and Robbery – March 2014

    We have been anchored in Itaparica Island, near Salvador, Bahia, NE Brazil, since last December. Before coming here we knew that a few years ago... Read More

  • Mediterranean, SW Corsica, Gulf of Roccapina: Armed gunmen hijack yacht – February 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

    Shortly after arriving in Martinique we went ashore to check in and do some shopping.

    We were walking back to the boat when suddenly a man... Read More

  • Caribbean, BVIs, Tortola East, Fat Hogs Bay: Armed boarding – February 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

    The CSSN report on their website:

    2 burglaries of unoccupied boats (owners off the island), Witches Tit, French side lagoon, during the last 7 -10... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: British Skipper dies in Armed Robbery – January 2014

    A murder inquiry was launched after the death of cruiser Roger Pratt, 62, in Saint Lucia last Friday.

    Roger and his wife Margaret were attacked while... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Luperon: Burglary at Puerto Blanco Marina – January 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

    Morning of December 28, 2013

    Lagoon 440 anchored in Simpson Bay Lagoon off the east side of Witches Tit and the new Dutch Causeway. 100 boats... Read More

  • Panama, Colon: Theft from secure yard at Shelter Bay Marina

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    [caption id="attachment_6267" align="alignright" width="300"] Paria Peninsula showing the position of the attack[/caption]

    First person report by Skipper Robert (Bob) Jackson of SY Explorer.

    We are a couple... Read More

  • Grenada, Prickly Bay, Calabash Beach: Daytime Burglary – October 2013

    SV Soulmatie was boarded in broad daylight while the owners were ashore, between 1:45 pm and 4:30 pm on Sunday, Oct 6th. SV Soulmatie has... Read More

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

    On 3rd October, sailing vessel Rainbow was anchored off Union Island at Frigate Island, which is attached to Union Island, SVG (approx. 12 34.9882 N... Read More

  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Union Island: Violent attack on cruising boat – October 2013 – with updates

    On 3rd October, sailing vessel Rainbow was anchored off Union Island at Frigate Island, which is attached to Union Island, SVG (approx. 12 34.9882 N... Read More

  • Venezuela, Isla Margarita: Dutch sailor killed whilst resisting robbery on board – September 2013

    Robert Sterenburg, a Dutch cruiser, 59-years-old, was killed while resisting robbery on board his yacht Mary Eliza. The yacht had been anchored off the Marina... Read More

  • Panama, Isla Grande: Night boarding while owners on board – August 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

    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

    On July 21st 2013, a 2012 10' Achilles RIB with 2005 9.9 YAMAHA, 2 stroke engine stolen while locked with 3/8" cable and lock at... Read More

  • Colombia, Cienaga de Cholon: Attempted dinghy theft – July 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    [caption id="attachment_10860" align="alignright" width="300"] Ram Marina and Yacht Club: © Ram Marina[/caption]

    12 May 2013

    We are currently anchored in front of the marina at Fronteras on... Read More

  • Thailand, Phuket, Chalong: Armed Yacht Robberies – April 2013

    As reported by the Phuket Gazette

    PHUKET: Witnesses reported at least two shots fired in the dark on Chalong Bay last night as a gang of... Read More

  • Costa Rica, Gulf of Dulce, Cabo Matapalo: Harassed by Fishing Boat – March 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

    We pulled in to Golfito one day in early March around 1 pm and set the hook near the pier where we saw another boat... Read More

  • East Malaysia, Borneo: Sandakan and Kudat – Theft from Yachts

    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

    From Pedro Gonzalez, Isla Bernardo anchorage

    23 February 2013

    Early this morning, a dinghy engine (15HP Yamaha) was stolen in Isla Pedro Gonzalez, Las Perlas, Panama.

    The yacht... Read More

  • Mexico, Caleta de Campos: Armed Robbery – February 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

    We would like to inform you that we suffered a burglary aboard our Feeling 39 ‘Sterre’ in Bequia, Admiralty Bay, on 27th December 2012. The... Read More

  • Somali Piracy Update: January 2013

    As reported by Sail-World.com [BROKEN LINK]

    Pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean have dropped 27 percent since 2009, when reports of armed bandits off the coast... Read More

  • San Blas, Matanchen Bay: Attempted Dinghy Theft & Burglary – December 2012

    This theft happened on Dec. 30th, 2012.

    There were a total of 3 boats anchored in the bay. In the middle of the night, 3 men... Read More

  • Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Break-in and Theft at Marina Zarpar moorings – January 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

    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

    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

    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

    Posted 27th November 2012

    We are a German family cruising with 2 children, 3 and 6 years old and returned from the Galapagos Islands in July.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: Yacht Broken into while in the SE Anchorage – November 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

    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

    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

    We would like to report that on Monday evening (24 September 2012) the yacht anchored next to us off Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay had... Read More

  • Colombia, Santa Marta, Taganga Bay: Armed Boarding and Robbery – September 2012

    November 2012: Marina Santa Marta have commented on this incident, as have a number of cruisers - see the bottom.

    On September 24th 2012 we were... Read More

  • Grenada, Prickly Bay: Dinghy and Outboard Thefts 2012 – Updated

    Editor's Note - 20 September 2012

    The original report below has been edited to remove any reference to Trinidad and the problems with cruiser-security that the... Read More

  • Venezuela, Puerto La Cruz: Armed Boarding & Robbery – August 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Sent to Noonsite by David Peppiatt, 28 April 2009.New Zealand is the home of the "electric fence"; a simple device guaranteed to keep the most... Read More

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    We have been moored at the Garden Point Moorings adjacent to downtown Brisbane since December 2011. In that time about 5 dinghies have been stolen... Read More

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

    Chinook is currently in Kochi Marina, India, waiting out the Monsoon. Their plan is then to cruise onwards to the West Coast of the USA... Read More

  • Morocco, Safi: Yacht Break-in and Burglary – April 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

    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

    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: 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    See Report on incident January 2012 here.... Read More

  • More Warnings Received about Paita, Peru – 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

    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

    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

    Posted 2004From S/V FireflyWhile I believe in the right of self-defence - and the absolute duty of self defence against those who threaten the lives... Read More

  • Cruising SE Asia – Security Tips

    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

    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

    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

    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

    (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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    On a sunny clear mid-November day in 2009, we departed Banjul, The Gambia at 0900 and sailed the shipping channel to the deep water buoy... Read More

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

    Victims Allen and Kate Barry of S/Y Mendocino Queen sent Noonsite a full, detailed report about this incident, including some useful tactics they used to... Read More

  • Notes on the Organisation of a Convoy

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    See news report here [BROKEN LINK]... Read More

  • Red Sea: Alarming Incident Just South of The Hamish Islands

    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

    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

    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

    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

    From Tom SampsonPirate Sailor Victim - I would have gone down with my yachtFrom the above Sail-World article, it is apparent that the pirates have... Read More

  • Venezuela: Between Los Testigos and Porlamar, Isla Margarita – Pirate Attack

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Ventana made the passage from Thailand to the Med during the 2009 season. There are numerous accounts from other cruising sailors covering the details of... Read More

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

  • Eastern Caribbean: Single Side Band Coconut Telegraph to Resume

    The Net operates Monday through Saturday at 8:00am AST (-4GMT) on 4.060 MHz and covers the Eastern Caribbean island chain.The Coconut Telegraph can be used... Read More

  • Boatwatch.org: A Resource and Service for all Cruisers

    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.  Eddie... Read More

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

    As of 25 October 2019, yachts are still moving both north and south through the Red Sea. Although it is possible to make the journey... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net: Call for Volunteers

    CSSN is a volunteer organization that collects and disseminates accurate information relating to crimes against yachts in the Caribbean, enabling cruisers to make intelligent decisions... Read More

  • USA: US Coast Guard plans to terminate NAVTEX

    NAVTEX Receiver ©NASA MarineNAVTEX is an international automated service for radio broadcast delivery of navigational and meteorological warnings and forecasts, as well as urgent maritime... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Amateur Radio Operator, and Owner/Manager of the Hurricane Watch Net, Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, has asked Glenn and Eddie Tuttle to assume ownership and management of... Read More

  • Honduras, Gorda Bank: Missing Sailor

    PART 2 - MISSING SAILOR IN CARIBBEAN Published July 5, 2019This sailor and his boat are missing from position 14 53.6 N by 080 26.8 W, or... Read More

  • Mediterranean Cruising Update – regarding the migrant crisis

    Photo by Gerd Altmann on PixabayBy Tom SampsonLast year the number of illegal border-crossings at Europe’s external borders fell by a quarter compared with 2017... Read More

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

    Photo by Claudio Trigueros on UnsplashIn response to a pirate incident in April 2019, Jesse James, who provides tour and taxi services to visitors to... Read More

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

    The Culverwell Family trawler "Aqua Lobo"On board were Alan and Derryn Culverwell along with their two young children, Briar and Finn. After two years cruising... Read More

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

    We were attacked on Zeppelin on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1742 hours while sailing from Roatan, Honduras to Providencia, Colombia. The attack occurred at N14deg 49min 59.9,... Read More

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

    The following  updated report on this incident has been reported by CSSN
    DATE: 2019-04-14 10:30Country Name:Trinidad/TobagoLocation Detail: Trinidad Hibiscus Gas PlatformEVENT: Attempted piracyHAND: 1Stolen Items: None, not successfulSECURED: N/A
    DETAILS:
    A 53’ US flagged monohull... Read More

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

    The long-standing group of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF (representing the global shipping and oil industry) have determined that the geographic boundaries of the... Read More

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

    [caption id="attachment_73857" align="alignright" width="300"] Venezuela Closes Sea Border[/caption]

    Venezuela has now closed its air and sea border to the three Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and... Read More

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

    [caption id="attachment_52269" align="alignright" width="150"] RVI Police image of dinghy[/caption]

    The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is warning boaters to be diligent about securely locking up dinghies... Read More

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

    IntroductionIn September 2018 Yachting Monthly published an interview with Officers of the Combined Task Force 151 (CMF151) about the efforts that they are making to... Read More

  • Philippines: Piracy Warning

    Official Coast Guard emblemThe ReCAAP ISC has received information from the Philippine Focal Point (Philippine Coast Guard) that a group of approximately 10 ASG (Abu... Read More

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

    Cochin International Marina, IndiaThe Red Sea & Indian Ocean information exchangeIf you are planning a passage through the Indian Ocean to South Africa or via... Read More

  • ReCAAP: Piracy Hits Decadal Lows in Asia

     

    [caption id="attachment_52436" align="alignright" width="150"] Attempted, actual and total attacks reported in Asia, Q1-3, 2009-2018 (ReCAAP)[/caption]

    As reported by https://www.maritime-executive.com

    The relatively low-level nature of most attacks is... Read More

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

    Survey respondents said there were many sources of advice and requested that it would be better if there was a single organization to coordinate this.... Read More

  • Trinidad & Tobago: Rumours of Piracy Unfounded

    Tackling T&T’s Major Yachting Industry Concerns

    By J. Wynner for Caribbean Compass Magazine

    Floating around the Caribbean there is a perception that piracy exists in Trinidad &... Read More

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

    This report from https://www.stabroeknews.com/

    A statement from Public Communications Consultants Limited follows:

    The 6th International Nereid’s Rally which was on schedule for the 13th September to be... Read More

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

    Read the full report from the World Maritime News here.The objectives of the Operation Atlanta are deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed... Read More

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

    Based on all the feedback CSSN received and balanced by the technical capabilities of their website, they have made some changes and now added the... Read More

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

    Photo from https://dunjanews.tvFrom Dunya News, 2 May 2018A Pakistan Navy Ship, Alamgir, an Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, while on Counter Piracy mission under Task... Read More

  • Pirate attacks worsen in Gulf of Guinea

    IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 66 incidents in the first quarter of 2018, up from 43 for the same period in 2017, and 37 in... Read More

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

    The focus of counter-piracy operations in the region is on commercial shipping, with CTF 151 and the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Somalia, working to... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2017 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    CSSN Annual Report 2017With the devastating backdrop of hurricanes Irma and Marie, total reported incidents in 2017 were essentially unchanged from 2016 (90/88). There were... Read More

  • Indian Ocean 2018: Threat Update and Recommendations

    INDIAN OCEAN - SOMALI PIRACYFollowing an industry revision in December 2015, the Indian Ocean piracy High-Risk Area (HRA) currently encompasses the following area:Red Sea: 15N... Read More

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

    CSSN has launched an innovative new feature – an easy to use set of data visualization tools presented in the form of interactive maps. They... Read More

  • Philippine Forces Hunt Terrorists at Sea

    Manila has announced two major maritime security initiatives to prevent ISIS-inspired militants from fleeing to neighboring islands near the Malaysian and Indonesian borders.

    Making its first... Read More

  • BVI: Warning about the Rise in Dinghy Thefts

    See this report from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) about the recent rise in dinghy thefts, in particular, from Cane Garden Bay and... Read More

  • Malaysia: Working towards improved security for yachts

    The Royal Malaysian Navy has released a marine emergency response/SOS/incident reporting app - available to all mariners in Malaysian waters.Concerning incidents are happening more frequently... Read More

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

    FILIPINO troops battling militants in a central province have killed a key Abu Sayyaf commander who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians... Read More

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

    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

    FEBRUARY 28 2017: Sydney Morning Herald

    Manila: The Philippines on Monday condemned the "barbaric beheading" of a German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants, who... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2016 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    CSSN Annual Report 2016

    2016 was busier than anyone would have liked incident-wise, with more security incidents, involving more weapons, with more violence across more locations than... Read More

  • Sea Kidnappings Rise Despite Plummeting Global Piracy

    More crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years, despite global piracy reaching its lowest levels since 1998,... Read More

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

    Late in the afternoon of Jan 13th, a US flagged sailing vessel on passage from Puerto Cortez, Honduras to Roatan was boarded by armed men. ... 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

    [caption id="attachment_52484" align="alignright" width="150"] Op Atlanta warships deter and disrupt piracy, courtesy of EU NAVFOR[/caption]

    From http://eunavfor.eu/

    Back in 2008, increasingly violent attacks by armed pirates were... Read More

  • Philippines, Sulu: German cruiser kidnapped and wife killed

    [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

    19 September 2016 from Luc Callebaut of SY Slopemouche

    After being kidnapped with 3 other cruisers from Samal Island marina, Mindanao, Philippines, almost a year ago,... Read More

  • Sea piracy drops to 21-year low, IMB reports

    IMB's global piracy report shows 98 incidents in the first half of 2016, compared with 134 for the same period in 2015. When piracy was... Read More

  • Eastern Mediterranean Cruising Update – regarding the migrant crisis

    [caption id="attachment_13691" align="alignright" width="150"] Photo by SY Big Sky[/caption]

    This report by PBO (www.pbo.co.uk)

    Travelling to eastern Mediterranean countries has been less appealing in recent years due... Read More

  • Somali piracy is down, not out

    Courtesy of http://eunavfor.eu/By AFP via the Daily Mail"There hasn't been a proper pirate attack on a commercial vessel in over two years," said John Steed,... Read More

  • Philippines: Abducted Cruiser Brutally Murdered

    [caption id="attachment_10991" align="alignright" width="200"] John Risdel's new catamaran Azizah[/caption]

    Mr Risdel, fellow Canadian tourist Robert Hall, Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Marites Flor, were... Read More

  • Somali pirates face trial over 2011 fatal yacht hijacking

    The suspects, 25- to 32-years-old, face possible life prison terms if convicted.Christian and Eveline Colombo had undertaken an around-the-world trip. On September 3, 2011, they... Read More

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

    HF/SSB radio services

    NAVAREA Group Calling Network

    A worldwide, mutual support, DSC calling strategy, for recreational vessels.

    This strategy for DSC Group Calling amongst recreational vessels in a... Read More

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

    It has been reported that several thousand dollars have been lost. A CSSN investigative team has confirmed the scam by engaging directly with the scammers... Read More

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

    Float Plans have made a great impact on the Coastguard's ability to provide security coverage for vessels traveling into and out of Trinidad & Tobago... Read More

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

    Two incidents of armed piracy against sailing vessels reported in the Caribbean in 10 days - 2 January 2015

    OCC Commodore John Franklin has issued an... Read More

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

    There is much discussion about this supposed "kidnapping" on the Cruisers Forums, in particular after the tragic Samal incident a few weeks previously. It does... Read More

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

    The apparent impunity of maritime gangs operating in the region has led Dryad to call upon the three nations surrounding the Singapore Strait, in particular,... Read More

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

    The situation in Canouan continues to deteriorate with yacht boardings and burglaries all too frequent an occurrence. The 2nd boarding in only 8 days [Broken Link] has... Read More

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

    Providing commentary on maritime piracy and crime around the world, the conflict in Yemen and Libya, and the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean; the report... Read More

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

    On 6 May 2015, Phil Cable, the CEO of leading maritime security firm MAST who attended the Sea Trade Awards in London, said: “The rapid... Read More

  • Advice for Cruising Haiti

    http://freecruisingguides.com/

    Recently there have been two attacks against cruising boats in Haiti.

    North Peninsula - south side

    The most recent occurred on the south side of the north... Read More

  • After a steady drop in global piracy, attacks rose 10% in Q1 2015

    Read full article by http://www.euroasiaindustry.com/ [BROKEN LINK]

    Worldwide, pirates took 140 hostages in the first three months of this year – three times as many as... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: EU Naval Force Frigate Assists Yacht

    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

    © EU Naval ForceThe yacht’s two French crewmembers had put out a mayday signal after they suffered engine failure. The mayday was picked up by... Read More

  • Maritime Security Incidents for the first half of 2014

    Maritime Security Incidents for the first half of 2014

    The author of this table, Andy Robinson, is a professional analyst who has extensive experience in collecting,... Read More

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

    Two German nationals who went missing off Palawan last month were confirmed to be held captive by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province, according to... Read More

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

    “This morning at 02:30 our vessel (a private cruising yacht on a circumnavigation) anchored at Taboga Island, off Balboa, Panama City, was attacked by three... Read More

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

    CSSN has announced the availability of an online form for reporting safety and security incidents that occur in Caribbean waters to cruisers.

    Look for the "Report... Read More

  • Caribbean: Saint Lucia Police report improved yacht security

    As a major stakeholder of the tourism sector, the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is well aware of the impact that attacks yachts and yachters... 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

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

    The killers of a British yachtsman murdered in St Lucia beat him with their fists until he suffered brain damage before leaving him to drown,... Read More

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

     

    See noonsite's first report on this attack here.

    Margaret Pratt, speaking in a television interview broadcast in Saint Lucia, has spoken of the kindness she has... Read More

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

    Three people are in custody and a murder inquiry launched after the death of cruiser Roger Pratt, 62, in Saint Lucia last Friday.

    Roger and his... Read More

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

    Advice to Yacht Owners and Operators

    Waterway Watch

    · Do not encourage Strangers on your yacht.

    · When in a foreign port seek the advice of officials (customs,... Read More

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

    The position of the Paria Peninsula where the attack took placeWe are a couple Bob (74) the captain, an American, and Hella my mate (71)... Read More

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

    Details so far about this attack are scant, noonsite will hopefully have more details from the victims Bob and Hella of SY Explorer about what... Read More

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

    Bad Things Really Happen:

    Recently, several serious security events against yachts have occurred in the Caribbean, including Tobago and in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  These... Read More

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

    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

    On 3rd October, sailing vessel Rainbow was anchored off Union Island at Frigate Island, which is attached to Union Island, SVG (approx. 12 34.9882 N... Read More

  • Somalia: EU Naval Force Launches New Website

    EU Naval Force has announced the release of a new website, designed with an attractive new look, user-friendly navigation, interactive facts and figures section, and... Read More

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • Chandlers return to sailing after pirate horror

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Posted 23rd February 2011Dockwise has advised Noonsite that the company is offering a yacht transport service from Phuket to Genoa in May 2011.Also, there are... Read More

  • EU Force: Somali pirates cannot be stopped by force

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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