Article Edited on Friday, 14 April 2017 20:58
FAR BAHAMAS, SIXTH EDITION, JANUARY 2015 (Older editions are now obsolete and should be replaced with the fifth edition.)
PP. 72 and 73 Charts GI 2 Thanks to a cruiser for alerting us to the danger of an anchor near a submarine cable on the Great Inagua GI 3 . He reported that he anchored at 20° 58.308’N / 73° 40.840W.
We have studied several satellite photos of the area near the position of the anchor on Chart GI 3 at the very top of the chart. One of the photos appears to show traces of three possible cable trenches just east of this position. They lead to a track through the brush inland. A search world submarine cables and shows three cables terminating at Matthew Town, Great Inagua. From there the cables run to Mayaguana, Ragged Island, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The world cable map is not of a large enough scale to be specific as to the exact position of where the cables land. US NGA charts, used as a reference, don’t show any cables landing on Great Inagua. (Posted April 14, 2017)
P. 55 Waypoint List
On the Waypoint List on p. 55, there is an error in the French Bay (San Salvador) waypoint and the French Cay (Turks & Caicos) waypoint. (The same waypoints on Chart SAN 1 p. 41, Chart SAN 3 p. 42, and Chart TC 1 p. 74 are correct on the charts; the error is only on the Waypoint List.
Please change the French Bay waypoint on p. 55 to
23° 56.35' N
72° 33.05' W
Please change the French Cay waypoint on p. 55 to
72° 12.40'W (Posted February 16, 2017)
P. 21 GOVERNORS HARBOUR NEED-TO-KNOW INFO: Under MARINAS, change French Leave Marina phone number to 242-332-3777.
P. 74, 77, and 78, Charts TC 1, TC2, and TC3: The Turks and Caicos Government operates a radar surveillance station that monitors vessels entering and departing their territorial waters. Vessels entering or leaving the twelve mile limit can contact the station by calling “Provo Radio”. The station operates 24/7 on VHF Channels 16 and 64 and also broadcasts navigational warnings and weather forecasts.
The radar and radio transmitters are mounted on a 40 meter tower located in the South Dock area on Providenciales at 21° 44.44' N/72° 16.26' W. See Chart TC 3, page 78, Explorer Chartbook Far Bahamas, Sixth Edition. (Posted February 26, 2016)
Print out these sheets and insert them in your existing chartbooks for future reference. Buy the latest revision: Exumas and Ragged Islands, 6th edition, Fall 2010; Far Bahamas, 5th edition January 2011; Near Bahamas, 6th edition, Summer 2011.
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