MEXICO CITY – Tropical storm Otto formed in the Caribbean on Monday and could strengthen into a hurricane bound for southeastern Nicaragua and northeastern Costa Rica, the U.S.-based National Hurricane Center said.
The almost-stationary storm was about 175 miles (282 km) east-southeast of the island of San Andres, the NHC said, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (80 kph).
PORT ST. MAARTEN – Harmony of the Seas Captain Johnny Faevelen welcomed the Port St. Maarten delegation and stakeholders on Wednesday morning during the vessels inaugural visit to the destination.
Harmony of the Seas was one of four Royal Caribbean vessels in port with 6400 guests on board and 2300 crew.
Captain Faevelen referred to Sint Maarten as the happy island pointing out that promoting the destination as the ‘Friendly Island’ was different, but reflected how the people felt about themselves and that this sends the message that island people are easy going and there wasn’t a problem that couldn’t be solved.
He added that Royal Caribbean believed in the island and that the rest of the Caribbean should learn from the destination. He was full of praise for port officials where it concerned the development of the port, where it was very easy to dock vessels; it was an accessible and convenient port for passengers and crew members, and that other islands had a long way to go on how to properly build a port.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports along with the Department of Sports congratulates the team who recently returned from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and participated in the 26th OECS Swimming Championship.
The Team which consisted of athletes from both the St. Martin Natacion and the St Maarten Aquatics Federation returned on Monday November 14, 2016 to great welcome from parents, supporters and a representative of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports; the Department Head of Sports Ms Jonelle Richards.
Representing the St. Maarten Aquatics Federation was Adaya Bourne (Sharks), Daine Liverpool (Sharks), Sacha Tobias (Sharks), Rashad Peterson (Carib), Emma Marshall (Carib), Mickah Sinke (Carib) and Tatiana Illis. At the meet, Adaya Bourne earned a Silver medal in the 8 and under 25m breaststroke. Emma Marshall, Mickah Sinke and Tatiana Illis all earned first places in their open water 5k races. Sacha Tobias and Rashad Peterson also earned 3rd place finishes in their open water races.
CARIBBEAN - The Dutch Caribbean Coastguard (DCCG) signed a Letter of Intention (LOI) on November 10 with Haiti concerning search and rescue (SAR). Besides investigative tasks, such as counter-narcotics, DCCG also has an assistance tasks.
She performs this task in a large Search and Rescue (SAR) area north of the ABC Islands. This SAR area borders to the SAR areas of other countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the United States. With many of these countries there are already treaties such as Memoranda of Understanding Standings.
The Coast Guard has been negotiating with Haiti since early this year to sign a similar treaty with them. Now the DCCG and the Haitian SAR organization (Office National de L'Aviation Civile) have come to an agreement. Among other things, In a Letter of Intention (LOI) agreements have been made on mutual assistance in incidents and emergencies at sea and also conducting joint exercises. With Jamaica there are similar negotiations going on.
PORT ST. MAARTEN – The second new cruise vessel on its inaugural call for the month of November is Thomson Discovery (TUI Discovery) which will dock on Thursday, November 10.
In the summer of 2016, Thomson Cruises (TUI) the Discovery, its newest and one of its biggest ships joined its fleet. TUI Discovery is the second of five new cruise ships that will be making its inaugural call this month to the destination.
Port St. Maarten Management continues to be proactive by attracting new vessels to the destination and at the same time diversifying the country’s tourism market between American and European cruise passengers. The Thomson Group is part of TUI UK & Ireland, the European cruise passenger is a significant market for the country.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten -- The Dutch Coast Guard in Sint Maarten has confirmed our newsroom that On Monday October 31, a little after 3:00 p.m., the Dutch Coastguard intercepted a boat a few miles south of the island of Sint Maarten.
On the boat, the coastguard found 10 undocumented Cubans, two (2) of which are minors and eight (8) are adults. Both minors are under the age of four (4) years old.
The coastguard also detained the Captain and three (3) crewmembers of the vessel “Sascha Gay”, which was traveling under the Antiguan flag.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The countdown is on, with just a little more than a week to go, organizers are preparing to host the 9th annual SXM Budget Marine Fishing Tournament which kicks off on November 04th throughout November 06th at Bobby’s Marina.
Champion Boat of 2014 and 2015, fishing team, ‘‘Tahla'o from St.Barths is eagerly counting down the days at the chance to defend their consecutive crowns and accomplish what nobody has ever done before…. THREE-PEAT a fishing competition on St.Maarten.
There will surely be 20+ other fishing teams (both locally and regionally) vying for the opportunity to be crowned champions of 2016. This year’s event has the potential to be another exciting showdown where fishermen from all walks of live come out to show their skills.
ARUBA - The Rescue Coordination Centre of the Coast Guard detected by the radar on Sunday a suspect vessel south of Aruba about 17.45.
A patrol from fulcrum Aruba yanked right out with a Super-RHIB to investigate the contact. At approximately four (4) miles south of Barcadera, the vessel was found. Two coast guards boarded and found here a variety of exotic animals. Customs and Immigration Service were informed of the observations and the vessel was escorted to the port of Barcadera.
There it was thoroughly inspected by the Coast Guard and Customs. Besides the animals including four (4) mini Macaws (Parrot), one (1) Jaguarundi, one (1) Ocelot, eleven (11) Toucans, two (2) Tamarin monkeys, three (3) Cocker Spaniels, one (1) Great Dane, one (1) Bull terrier and six (6) Tortoises. Furthermore, a number of cartons of cigarettes and were also a quantity of petrol found on board.
The vessel, all animals, cigarettes and gasoline were seized by customs. The captain also received a report from the Customs for smuggling of such goods and animals. Coast Guard he was also a record for the lack of the necessary shipping documents.
CURACAO - On Monday, October 24th a big party drugs intercepted at a "Go fast." The radar operator -and the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) detected about midnight a suspect vessel south of Cas Abou, Curacao.
The Dash-8 maritime patrol aircraft of the Coast Guard and a Super-RHIB fulcrum of Curacao, were sent in that direction in order to further investigate the matter.
T is reached the spot they found an unmanned Go fast. The crew was believed to have fled after they were discovered by the Coast Guard. There was a fair amount of narcotics on board. After initial investigation showed it to go to 15 bales more than 400 kilos of suspected cocaine.
The Corps Police Curaçao was also informed about the proposal and sought a land patrol off the area but found nothing on. The vessel and the drugs have been brought to the Coast Guard bases in Parera. The drugs have been transferred to the KPC which together with the Coast Guard are investigating the case. It is the second time in less than a week that a large amount of narcotics is intercepted.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Coastguard Caribbean (KWCARIB) On Wednesday, October 19th a big party drugs intercepted at a 'Go Fast'. The Dash-8 patrol aircraft of the Coast Guard who just returned from Haiti where she provided assistance after the passage of Hurricane Matthew, detected a suspicious vessel about 40 miles northwest of Curacao. There were three (3) persons on board.
The Rescue and Coordination Centre (RCC) has been informed and the cutter Jaguar Panther Aruba and Curacao were sent in that direction in order to further investigate the matter. Two Super-RHIB's from Centre for Curacao also marched in support. In the night hours they were able to intercept the 'go-fast'. There was a fair amount of narcotics on board.
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