Vessel Owner Action Plan



Should be initiated at beginning of each Hurricane Season, and on an ongoing basis

1)       Have your vessel Hurricane plan established. Know in advance, where you are going to,  what you are going to do, and when you are going to do it.

2)       Provide to Caicos Marina & Shipyard with an alternative contact of either a friend or family member in case of an emergency and we can not get a hold of you.

3)       Involve a friend or family member (s) in your vessel Hurricane plan so that they may assist you if you are out of town and are unable to get your vessel in the event of an approaching storm. Initiate a “dry run” to ensure that you are ready for the real thing.

4)       Make sure that your vessel’s operation systems are in good working order. Replace fuel filters; inspect batteries, charging systems, and keep fuel tanks topped off. Inspect all bilge pumps/& connections. Inspect fire-fighting equipment for readiness.

5)       Inspect all working and spare dock line and ground tackle (check chain and shackles). Ensure that all extra line is in good condition and in an accessible location. Have sufficient chafing gear for all working lines (neoprene hose works well).

6)       Devote some time to practice tying your vessel as you would for a hurricane or severe storm. Make sure that your extra line is of sufficient quantity and strength.

7)       If relocating your vessel from the Marina, do it now and do it early. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be getting to where you are going. Vessels remaining in the Marina that require relocation to other slips (for purposes of vessel safety and cleat/ piling stress reduction) should be moved at this time.  Caicos Marina does MANDATE EVACUATION during Hurricanes or Tropical Storms.  All boats must be removed from the water and relocated to the designated areas within 24 hours of a storm warning.  Any necessary haulage and preparation will be charged to the owner at the emergency haulage rates.

8)       Strip as much as you can from the vessel topsides. All bimini tops, dinghies, motors, sails, roller furling, outriggers and chairs etc. should be stowed.

9)       Make sure that the vessel bilge is free from sludge, debris and obstruction so that rainwater can freely exit your boat

10)    Enhance watertight integrity above and below the waterline.

i.         Seal windows, doors, hatches (duct tape will work)

ii.       Shut seacocks, cap or plug unvalved through-hull fitting such as sink drains.

iii.     Clear cockpit drains.

11)    Hoses, bicycles and everything else must be removed off pier and docks.

12)    Dock boxes must be emptied. Anything left on the pier will be removed and thrown out.

13)    CMS will shut down operations to the public upon the issuance of a Hurricane Warning or 24 hours prior to expected landfall (whichever comes first). Prior to this time vessels requiring special berthing arrangements within the Marina will have to be moved. All vessel owners should be off their vessels at this time. Electrical service and water to the piers will be shut down.

Safe Harbours in Turks & Caicos

South Caicos: Conch Ground
Middle Caicos: Half-a-Creek
North Caicos: Ferry Landing Bottle Creek, The Creek Kew, Bellefield Landing, Sandy Point, The Blue 
Pine Cay: Pine Cay Cove
Providenciales: Chalk Sound, Sellars Pond, Sapodilla Bay
Salt Cay: Deans Dock, Salt Dock
Grand Turk: South Creek (small boats), North Creek.

Source: - Friday Oct 28th