Security Moment: Anchor Watch

By Captain Richard Madden

An alert anchor watch is critical in areas where boardings by pirates, terrorists or the common thief might be expected. Where are these places? Unfortunately, this is almost anywhere in the world these days. Some areas we might want to pay more attention to include those areas highlighted in security alerts, where economic conditions make theft an attractive option or areas of ideological (religious, cultural, economic) conflict.

A recent report from Venepandi in Venezuela highlights the increased risk in the anchorages of Puerto La Cruz Bay – specifically, the ports of Guanta and Jose. Recent incidents there have included boardings by armed personnel via the anchor chain, with the potential of escalation to kidnapping of the entire ship.

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