Marine

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marineA voyage under sail to Montserrat can be a rewarding and relaxing experience —provided you plan your voyage carefully, adequately check and prepare your vessel. It is especially important to keep in mind the vulnerability of electronic navigation equipment in the marine environment, and for this reason have at least one crew member aboard capable of navigating celestially. Backup communication and navigation equipment, as well as contingency planning in the event of emergency will all help to ensure a safe arrival in Montserrat.

 

 

 WHO ARE WE & WHAT DO WE DO..?

The Marine Unit recently increased establishment, enabling a more comprehensive, and specialist resource on Montserrat waters and along our shores. Locate at Little Bay the Marine Department aims to make Montserrat a safer place by protecting its boarders against illegal immigrants, human and drug traffickers, while working with other Maritime Stakeholders. We provide both Police and Immigration services at Little Bay.

  

RMPS Marine Unit has multiple responsibilities with its major functions being:

  1. Border Security in and around the coastland of Montserrat
  2. Search and Rescue Operations
  3. Interdiction of Drugs and Firearms
  4. Processing of passengers via the sea port of entry
  5. Investigation of Maritime Incidents
  6. Marine Property Thefts
  7. Illegal Immigrants at Sea

The department also patrols waterborne tourist activity areas, conduct maritime safety checks, police maritime public activities such as boating events, swims etc.

To achieve these tasks the unit operates with a modern 38ft patrol vessel (MV Shamrock).

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Maritime claims: territorial sea:  3 nm
Exclusive fishing zone:  200 nm

Port Little Bay GPS:  Latitude:    16 48’7” N                  Longitude   62 12’19” W

TOP TIPS

Remain safe at Sea

Choppy seas and high winds are prevalent at the moment and officers from the Joint Marine Unit are once again issuing a warning to boaters to ensure that they listen to weather warnings, small craft advisories and have the necessary safety equipment aboard.

Safety tips for Boaters

  1. Check the weather conditions before you leave
  2. Check vessel hull for water leaks
  3. Check for fuel leaks
  4. Check that vessel has sufficient fuel and oil for the journey
  5. Make sure your communication equipment such as VHF radio and cell phone are working properly.
  6. File a Float Plan and notify Port Security
  7. Have one life jacket for each person on board.
  8. Take signaling devices such as a mirror, flashlight, flares, horns or whistles.
  9. Have a medical kit and water and;
  10. A Hand pump or bailer

 

Safety Regulations

Vessel Definitions

Fishing Vessel: means a vessel used or intended to be used for fishing for profit and does not include vessels used for the carriage of passengers used for sport fishing.

Motor Boat: Every craft plying the waters of Montserrat propelled by internal combustion engine or electric motor.

Sail Boat: A sail boat is any boat using sails as its primary method of propulsion.

Personal Water Craft: Small, agile boats powered by inboard water jet pump mechanisms.

Passenger Vessel: means a vessel other than a pleasure vessel carrying more than 12 passengers, and includes a vessel that is provided for the transport or entertainment of lodgers at any institution, hotel, boarding house, guest house or other establishment.

Equipment required aboard boats 20 feet or less:

INSHORE                                                                      OFFSHORE

1 life jacket for each person                         3 red flares

2 oars/paddles                                           3 red rockets

1 bailer/manual bilge pump                         3 orange smokes

1 anchor, 3 feet chain, 100 feet rope             1 dye marker

1 horn                                                        1 mirror

1 flash light                                                 1 fire extinguisher

 

 

Equipment required aboard boats over 20 feet, and up to 40 feet:

INSHORE                                                                       OFFSHORE

1 life jacket for each person                         3 red flares

2 oars/paddles                                           3 red rockets

1 bailer/manual bilge pump                         3 orange smokes

1 anchor, 3 feet chain, 100 feet rope             1 dye marker

1 horn                                                        1 mirror

1 flash light                                                 1 fire extinguisher

1 life buoy + 50 feet rope

Equipment required aboard boats over 40 feet – must fit required equipment in the above specification with the addition of the following:

1 additional bailer (2 total)
1 manual bilge pump
1 additional life buoy and line (2 total)
1 additional fire extinguisher (2 total)

 

VHF Radio Equipment is required by all vessels proceeding to seaward of:

North West Bluff
Bransby Point
Trants Bay
Roche Bluff

 

Jet Ski Safety Equipment

INSHORE                                                                           OFFSHORE

1 life jacket for each person                                       30 feet of line/tow rope

1 fire extinguisher                                               1 combined day smoke and red flare

1 sound producing device  

                            

Maritime Exclusion Zone

There are three areas around Montserrat’s coastlines designated as Maritime Exclusion Zones. Shipping should not enter these zones. The largest of these extends for 4km on the eastern side of the island and there are two (2km) on the western side of the island. The most southerly of the two extends for 2km off shore and third for a half kilometer off shore. Maps showing these zones along with their GPS co-ordinates are available to mariners at the Montserrat Port Authority at Port Little Bay.

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