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March 12 marks one-year since last commercial cruise call

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The Caribbean region as the largest cruise destination of the industry is still waiting for the resumption of cruise, and this would also include Port St. Maarten as one of the primary ports of call in the north eastern Caribbean.

Friday, March 12 marks one-year since the last commercial cruise call to Port St. Maarten due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“No one initially thought that the cruise business would have been interrupted beyond a year.  We have taken the time during the pandemic to further strengthen our internal compliance protocols and procedures and business resumption planning, thereby becoming more resilient, and proactive while remaining connected with our local and international stakeholders as we look forward to rebounding stronger when the resumption of cruise tourism sets sail,” Port St. Maarten Management said on Thursday.

Port Management: “The Port is very thankful to the staff for their contributions and commitment through the pandemic.  This has been a difficult period for everyone, and staff well-being were our number one priority. Last September a number of staff took part in a mental health workshop titled, ‘Surviving the Pandemic.’  The program provided tools to assist staff to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic challenges.”

The general consensus is that things are looking positive especially coming out of the United States, where the pace of COVID-19 vaccine inoculations are on the increase and the infection curve has been dropping leading to less hospitalizations and deaths.

The cruise industry continues to await guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the major operating components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services protecting Americans from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic.

The cruise industry is currently waiting on the technical details that would allow for the first conditional sail order and trial sailings to begin.

Discussions within the United States Government have been taking place on a broader level that encompasses travel in general – plane and cruise.

In the meantime, Port St. Maarten attended on March 3 a meeting with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) under the banner of, “Americas Cruise Tourism Task Force.” The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) was also a key partner that attended the virtual sessions.

The Caribbean remains the number one cruise region which will be critical to cruising’s recovery as it is the largest cruise line deployment region out of the global market, capturing 32 per cent of the cruise business.

American market consumer research reveals that as it relates to cruise, are the most optimistic about the future since the beginning of the pandemic, and believe that the worst is behind us, and are looking forward to traveling.   

Destinations within the region including Sint Maarten, are wondering how the restart of cruises will look like.  Port St. Maarten has been paying very close attention to trends and developments in order to be ready for the restart of cruising. The port will be launching a cruise return campaign sharing key business intelligence with its stakeholders.

Some cruise brands have announced ‘vaccine-only’ cruises, as an example.

There has also been mention of a cruise bubble within the region, maintaining current COVID-19 health preventative protocols and testing to the gradual reopening of destinations and post-vaccine plans.

Due to the pandemic, the cruise industry has approximately 60 ships in the region with around 6,000 crew onboard.  Port St. Maarten during the past 12-months has been providing a number of services to the cruise vessels that have made port calls for food and fuel provisioning as well as assisting with the crew transfers (in and out) to other countries via the Princess Juliana International Airport regularly.

The aforementioned provisioning services have benefited the island economically within the past 12-months as we continue to look at alternative avenues to generate revenues from commercial and non-commercial sectors.   

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PFP: Petition Is Poor Start to Decolonization Discussion

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – PFP Members of Parliament Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson once again reiterated their faction’s distance from the 5 November 2020 motion of Parliament relating to the “decolonization process,” after Parliament received a copy of a petition submitted by the Choharis Law Group to the United Nations’ Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner’s Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism and the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

The petition, totaling 37 pages with appendices, was sent to Parliament thirty minutes before the start of a closed-door meeting of the Committee for Constitutional Affairs & Decolonization, a fact the PFP says gives the impression that the meeting itself was called as a formality to share a document that had already been shared externally. The closed-door nature, they lament, seems to have been to prevent the deconstruction of the petition from occurring in front of the very people the proponents of the motion and the law firm claim to represent. PFP remarks that the document itself, while written by a supposed international law firm, uses very little legal arguments to make its case that St. Maarten is being racially discriminated against. There are also several blatant lies within the document, the most obvious of which is on page three.

“The document states that St. Maarten was forced to enter into agreement for the CFT,” PFP says, “but it has been acknowledged and admitted, both in the press and on the floor of Parliament, that the architects of our country status agreed to the creation of the CFT. It was to our understanding that anything related to this committee and its processes would be based on facts, and not emotional fiction.”

The petition oddly makes mention of Curacao and Aruba, who were famously part of the original proposal received by Parliament. This proposal was briefly discussed on the floor of Parliament and several questions were posed by Gumbs to the Prime Minister on the matter. The original proposal included a ‘golden’ discount of 91% of their fee in the event all three islands signed on, however, there has been no confirmation received if Curacao and Aruba have committed. Further to that, the faction is concerned from a geopolitical perspective how such actions may heighten tensions between Sint Maarten and the Netherlands. The concern is that this will affect the ongoing discussions around liquidity support.

“Have the self-styled 12 disciples, in taking on the role of Government, considered a contingency to provide for the 4,000 households still receiving food packages? Do we realize that the money funding both the public sector and the SSRP, is Dutch aid money?” the faction asked. “The money that’s allowing us to take care of our most basic needs from water and light to food on the table and roofs over our heads is all aid money. Are the recipients of this aid the same persons that the petition identifies as the victims of racial oppression? Oppression is very present but more from the persons who have failed to create the necessary safety nets that have put us in such a precarious and desperate position. The creation of a poverty line, a cornerstone of PFP’s manifesto, is an autonomous responsibility, along with minimum wage, social welfare and many of the topics addressed in the petition.”

PFP also questioned the role of Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs in this current situation, as she is officially the representative of the country on the international stage.

“Some may say that as per article 44 of the Constitution of St. Maarten,” PFP states, “that Parliament represents the people of St. Maarten and that this petition ‘fulfills’ that representation. But that is a very cute use of word play and semantics. Because if you read the official Explanatory Memorandum on this article of our Constitution, it specifically states that Parliament does not act on behalf of the people of Sint Maarten in the way that a representative acts on behalf of the party it represents. Parliament solely represents the people of St. Maarten towards the Government of St. Maarten and within the boundaries of the Constitution of St. Maarten. Outside of these 16 square miles, the country of St. Maarten is represented by the Government of St. Maarten, headed by the Prime Minister. We see her presence nowhere in this petition.”

The most insidious part of the engagement of this firm, the tone and content of the petition and the complete lack of transparency regarding ‘the process’ is that in all of it, the people of St. Maarten remain in the dark.

“This motion of 5 November 2021 is being used as carte blanche for saying and sending whatever fits the agenda of its proponents,” PFP concluded. “As a faction, we were against the contents of the motion from the very beginning. For a Parliament, in a parliamentary democracy, to believe it can contract legal representation for both Parliament and Government is ludicrous. At every step of the way, the people have been excluded from the process. From Pro Soualiga Foundation to the Choharis Law Group, we have organizations speaking on behalf of the people because twelve members of Parliament decided they should. Sometimes it seems that some of the twelve do not care about the actual will of the people, going so far as to say that the people do not have to be consulted during this process. This faction does not believe in that and want to make that clear, once again, to the people.”

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VMT corrects Social Media message about open walk-ins at vaccination locations

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – On Tuesday, March 9th, the Vaccine Management Team (VMT) took notice of a message circulating on social media, stating that both the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) and the Belair Community Center provide the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone who wants it. This message is not correct and does not originate from the VMT, CPS, or the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA).

The VMT wants to remind everyone that it will update the public about the vaccination rollout campaign via official channels, and therefore please be cautious and check the source before you forward information to others.

The rollout plan is based on priority risk groups, so that people for whom the COVID-19 virus creates the highest health risk, will be prioritized and vaccinated first. At this current stage of the vaccine rollout plan, the first three priority risk groups are being vaccinated.

These are cluster 1, healthcare workers with direct client contact with persons; Cluster 2, 60 years or older, and Cluster 3, persons aged 18-59 with the following underlying health conditions: diabetes, lung diseases such as asthma, COPD, lung cancer, heart conditions such as angina, rhythm problems or a history of a heart attack, kidney problems, disorders that affect your immune system, being morbidly overweight (a Body Mass Index of over 40) or having a neurological disorder (such as Parkinson’s or ALS) with breathing difficulties.

Only persons who fall inside these priority risk groups will receive an invitation after they have registered. Persons who fall outside of the priority risk groups mentioned above can still register but will only be invited for their appointment once it is their turn.

Persons who walk in without an appointment can register on the spot, with the assistance of the vaccination administrative staff. Once registered, they can receive a vaccine only if the daily supply allows it, however, this person will have to show a St. Maarten ID or driver's license, and be able to provide undisputed proof that they belong to the eligible priority risk groups that are now being vaccinated.

To make the process run smoothly, the VMT strongly encourages people to register for the vaccine, instead of walking in without an appointment. There is no guarantee that there will be a vaccine available for you, so the trip might be in vain. Secondly, having too many walk-ins makes the daily planning and defrosting of the vaccines very complicated which can lead to spillage. Lastly, the supply from the Netherlands is linked to the number of registrations, so if people do not register and that number stays low, the next batch might not arrive according to the schedule.

Registration can be done via the online registration form which is available in Spanish and Creole and can be found via this link: https://forms.sintmaartengov.org/form.aspx?v=OGtn05kNmb.

Both Cole Bay & Dutch Quarter Community Helpdesks are currently equipped to provide information and help with registration for the vaccine. Do not forget to check the opening hours and bring a form of identification. Lastly, the paper-based “COVID Vaccine Registration Form” can be picked up at several locations, including Collective Prevention Services (CPS) at the Vineyard Office Park Building, the Division of Labor Affairs at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center in Simpson Bay, Doctors’ offices, the Government Administration Building, and select pharmacies.

If you have a friend, parent, neighbor, or relative that may need assistance with registration, transportation, or emotional support, please do your part. If you need help with the registration process, your appointment, or wish for more information about the vaccination campaign, you can also call CPS at 914 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sint Maarten, protected together.

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CPS administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors, persons with underlying conditions to avoid spillage

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Due to the fact that an unexpected number of people did not show up for their appointment, and the number of persons 60 years and older that registered for the vaccine is growing slower than expected, more vials with the Covid-19 vaccine were defrosted at the start of this week than can be used for eligible seniors who have registered.

If these vaccines do not get administered this week, they will have to be thrown away as each vial can only be kept for 120 hours after being defrosted. Given the extreme scarcity worldwide, and the value of these vaccines, and their high demand for the vaccine in other priority groups on our island, spillage is to be prevented at all costs.

Therefore, the Vaccination Management Team (VMT) decided to offer these vaccines to seniors and those with underlying health conditions of organizations who, due to their job, are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 due to frequent interpersonal contact.

The selected organizations are the Sint Maarten Police Force, Ambulance and Fire Departments, Funeral homes, Customs Office, and the Inspectorate of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA).

Employees of these organizations have more than regular contact with multiple different groups and communities and are therefore at a higher risk of contracting and spreading the COVID-19 virus.

To avoid situations like this, the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) would like to once more encourage everyone to register for the vaccine, even if it is not yet their turn. This is even more important for those who are 60+, because this is the first priority group that is currently being vaccinated and for which the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is intended. If more people register, the planning of the appointments will become easier and spillage can be prevented.

The VMT would like to encourage everyone to provide a helping hand to those who need help in the registration and vaccination process. If you have a friend, parent, neighbour, or relative that might be struggling, please offer to help with registering, transportation, comfort, or providing information.

Because only together we can reach our goal! St. Maarten - Protected Together

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Sip, Chat & Strategize a Major Success. Kerai Kreative Style brought together dynamic

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - On February 27, 2021, Kerai Kreative Style, an internationally awarded blog hosted its first   Sip, Chat, & Strategize to celebrate its five-year anniversary. This event brought together dynamic women business leaders in the arts, nonprofit, fitness, and food industries. Co-hosted by founder, Kenty Lichtenberg and Ife Badejo of Produce Wealth Revolution (PWR) Agency, this experience gave an opportunity for these women to connect, gain strategies to progress in business and life and get inspired by the ambience of Holland House Beach Hotel including food and drinks.

Due to COVID19, the organizing team ensured that this event had a limited number of persons in attendance and that there was a nurse’s station with nurses to help take temperature and sanitize upon entry. As women checked in, welcome drinks were made available and provided by one of our main sponsors: Webb Banks.

This all women event served as a pre-International Women’s Day (IWD) event as it was postponed earlier due to effects of COVID 19. Member of Parliament, Honorable Ms. Ludmila Duncan who also sits on the parliamentary TEATT committee gave the official opening address. MP Duncan shared the importance of being entrepreneurial as women and the challenges they face in doing so while fulfilling all other commitments including raising families. MP Duncan also tied in this year’s IWD them, “Choose to Challenge” by inviting the women to challenge the status quo in them, in their communities, and also in parliament.

After the official opening Ife, no stranger to interactive networking and training, kicked off the evening with an icebreaker and a ‘strategize’ session focusing on what the women will start, stop, and continue. This method is a powerful tool to gain clarity on the next steps. This strategy was employed in a group manner and at the end the women collectively agreed on what key points they would stop, start, and continue to grow in 2021. The second strategize session included the women individually writing down their vision for 2021, what they need, and what they will commit to.

The evening also included artistic expressions by two creative entrepreneurs: Shiloh, a rising dance talent on the island and Cristal LeGrand, from LeGrand Expressions with her unique handmade jewelry. Shiloh

(14) donated her talent to this event and regularly raises funds to go to international dance camps by hosting dance courses off-island. Having been inspired by our very own Nicole de Weever and helped by her directly, Shiloh hopes to one day be a professional dancer and teacher.

Cristal LeGrand hosted the jewelry fashion show, showcasing her unique handmade pieces that are mostly cloth based. She rolled out her latest collection while also giving homage to her signature zipper collection, where the jewelry, predominantly necklaces, are made from zippers.

The night ended with a toast to happiness, health, wealth, wisdom, and the best year yet. Music throughout the night was provided by DJ Arsenic. Partners included Prime Distributors, Webb Banks, Holland House, TelEm N.V., Office World, CC1 SXM, Mionetto, Svedka Vodka, Kit Kat, Head & Shoulders Royal Oils, Nestle, Holland House Beach Hotel, Islandpreneur & Be Your Own Brand.

Due to the overwhelming positive feedback from those in attendance, another Sip, Chat, & Strategize will be scheduled. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Saba closes off first vaccination round, total tally at 1,328

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - The first vaccination round on Saba was closed off on Monday, March 1 with a total tally of 1,328. This figure represents more than 85 percent of the adult population and over 70 percent of the total population.

In a fully COVID-19-free environment, the vast majority of about 1,500 adults on Saba went to the vaccination location at the Eugenius Johnson Center in the Windwardside from Monday, February 22 until Monday, March 1. On February 19, Saba received 1,500 Moderna vaccines, enough to vaccinate the entire adult population.

Saba currently has the highest coverage within the Kingdom and internationally it has done exceptionally good as well. “We are up there with the highest coverage in the world,” said a proud Dr. Koen Hulshof who heads the Saba Public Health Department. To compare, in Israel, which serves as a worldwide poster child for the high vaccination rate, 54 percent of the population has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Several factors contributed to Saba’s success rate, explained vaccination coordinator Tedisha Gordon of the Public Health Department. “The structure and the organization of the vaccination program contributed a lot,” said Gordon. “We have a strong, friendly and efficient vaccination team. The process went very smooth.”

Saba started early with providing information to its community about the safety of the vaccine and the vaccination process. More than 30 small and bigger gatherings were held with face-to-face encounters, including townhall meetings, visits to schools, churches, organizations and private companies.

The positive vibe also contributed to so many Sabans deciding to get the Moderna vaccine, with many people eager to get back some sense of normalcy. The social media was used extensively, while the free transportation to and from the vaccination location was also a positive factor.

On Tuesday afternoon, March 2, Saba’s Outbreak Management Team (OMT) informed the Island Council about the results of the first round of the vaccination program and to discuss what the high coverage means for the current measures after May 1 when the island should be partially reopened, depending on the developments of the pandemic.

In the next few weeks, Saba will receive the subsequent batch of the Moderna vaccine from the Netherlands for the second round. The second vaccination round will take place late March.

Looking back at seven days of vaccinating in the first round, Dr. Hulshof said: “The team is tired, but satisfied. It was a lot of work and it is great to see it materialized. It was a positive vibe from the start until the end.”

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Emmanuel questions who or what is keeping Brison from being sworn in

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Tuesday issued a public call to Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday, to update the general public on what is happening with the swearing in of MP Rolando Brison as Minister. “The legal and required screening process has been initiated, what is the result thereof. It seems like political back-biting is taking precedence over good-governance,” the MP said.

MP Emmanuel said Brison has undergone screening over the past few months and, reportedly, has passed the screening process. “But there remains this campaign of hush over the entire process and nobody knows when the good MP will be sworn in,” MP Emmanuel said.

He added that the issue is a matter of national importance as good governance and the swearing in of members to the executive and legislative branches of government are not trivial matters that should be put on hold and discussed whenever the press “hears something.” What ensues after that is pure rumor mongering about an issue of national interest. So the PM, who apparently is big on transparency and the Governor should let us know what is happening,” the MP said.

MP Emmanuel said MP Brison, the President of Parliament, has been absent from Parliament and reportedly has not been communicating with many people. He questioned if the issue is an inter-party/coalition issue with MP Ottley now choosing to take up the role of Minister after the Prosecutor cleared him of wrong-doing. This was originally planned by the UP party, which would relegate Brison to stay in Parliament.

“What is it? Is the Prime Minister blocking the good MP from being sworn in since ultimately it is her call. The MP as Chairperson of Parliament has had the PM’s back and that of her government plenty times, raising questions about how he is running Parliament. So do they have his now? Did he pass the screening fully? Or is there something on him we don’t know about?”

“Why is the Alliance reportedly so concern about having Brison as part of the Council of Ministers? Are they concerned about undermining or sharing of power? Is the PM listening to the concerns that the Dutch have about the good MP? She has given into everything else the Dutch wants, perhaps this is another? What is going on? Bottom line is, the longer everyone is silent on this, the more the process loses legitimacy and good governance is questioned, even the involvement of the Governor,” the MP said.

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Border Protection/Mobile Unit returns to Immigration and Border Protection Services

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - March 1st, 2021, marks the Border Protection and Mobile Unit's return to the management of Immigration and Border Protection Services (IBP).

The Border Protection & Mobile Unit has been under the management of the KPSM Police Force of Sint Maarten since 2016. However, the structure conflicted with the LIOL and the organizational decree. Given this fact, the Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson announced the departments' re-joining to the IBP in December 2020.

The Minister of Justice hosted a "welcome home ceremony" for the officers and delivered a welcome speech. In her address, the Minister described the move as a historic one for the Ministry of Justice. Further, she described the last few years as challenging for the department regarding implementing authority of the Border Protection and Mobile Unit. According to the minister, the Border Protection and Mobile Control Units were the missing links within the Immigration and Border Protection Services (IBP) Department, consisting of Residence and Admittance, Border Protection and Mobile Control Unit.

"Getting the three divisions under one umbrella will ensure Sint Maarten's border security is up to standards just like other country's borders are being secured. Sint Maarten cannot be any different and therefore, must improve the immigration and border protection services to ensure for a stable and sustainable future," she stated.

The Ministry is optimistic about the department's future and is very confident that the new management will improve the department's accomplishments and successes.

Minister Richardson told the officers that their job is not an easy one. She is however confident that the reunited department will show Sint Maarten and the world that the securing of our borders and our beautiful island is a serious one and will be done with the greatest honor. She thanked the officers for their commitment and diligence during the transition while assuring them that all unresolved issues are being addressed and will be resolved.

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Saba, the Netherlands win Elsa Shipping case

SABA (WELLS BAY) - The Saba government is pleased with the verdict of the Rotterdam Court on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. A panel of three judges together formed the maritime chamber of the Rotterdam Court that reviewed the case and concluded to dismiss all claims of Elsa Shipping Limited (Elsa Shipping).

Elsa Shipping took the Public Entity Saba, the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) and the Netherlands to court for the stranding and total loss of the ship, the MY Elsa on March 22, 2017. According to Elsa Shipping, the Public Entity Saba, the SCF and the Netherlands were both jointly and severally responsible for the main sums of US $ 7,090,925.63, € 8,361.52, and £ 5,971.72 and legal interest.

According to Elsa Shipping, in summary, the Netherlands was liable because they are the responsible and competent authority for the waterways around the islands Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius. Elsa Shipping claimed the Public Entity Saba was responsible because it was the owner of the mooring that broke, and the SCF was responsible because the park ranger that instructed the crew of Elsa Shipping to use the mooring that broke works for the SCF.

According to Elsa Shipping, the risk and responsibility for moorings that break lies with these three entities jointly because the mooring qualified as a permanent fixture that was constructed in the sea, which in Dutch is also called an ‘opstal’. The qualification of the mooring as a permanent fixture would have the legal consequence that the risk and responsibility was indeed for the defendants, should anything go wrong.

Next to that, Elsa Shipping claimed that the Netherlands was separately responsible because it did not ensure that the mooring was not faulty, nor did tit properly maintain the mooring or offer any guidance with detailed instructions upon use of the mooring. According to Elsa Shipping, the SCF was responsible because it was their park ranger that provided uninformed instructions to the Elsa crew to use that mooring.

All three defendants were jointly represented by the solicitor general of the Netherlands (in Dutch: ‘de landsadvocaat’), Mr. Edward Brans of the firm Pels Rijcken, based in The Hague, the Netherlands, who worked closely together with the local legal counsel of the Public Entity Saba Mr. Gerald Simmons – de Jong. The three defendants jointly requested the judges to dismiss the claims.

According to the defendants the cause of the stranding was not the line that broke off the mooring. They argued that the ship stranded because the captain and crew had turned down the volume of the alarm sound that was supposed to warn them in combination with the fact that there was no apparent crewmember designated with watch duty, which was disastrous, particularly when in open sea conditions over 350 meters away from the shore.

The defendants disputed that the mooring qualified as a permanent fixture, because it has the shape of a big metal anchor and can be moved freely. The Public Entity Saba argued that it could not be blamed, because the mooring had just been commissioned two months before and was only up for its first scheduled check-up later on. The SCF argued that the park ranger did nothing wrong because he just called the captain of the Elsa to ensure that he would not anchor outside of the anchor zones and only confirmed the capacity of the mooring as was confirmed by the company that commissioned it.

Regarding the question whether or not the mooring qualifies as a permanent fixture (in Dutch: ‘opstal’), which then would be accompanied by all of its legal consequences regarding risk and responsibility, the judges considered that it was not a permanent fixture. The main considerations for this were that neither the anchor, nor its chain were permanently anchored into the bottom of the sea by either drilling a hole in the sea bed or by installing a concrete foot. This meant that the mooring did not qualify as a permanent fixture as meant in article 6:174 paragraph 4 of the BES Civil Code, but a loose asset (in Dutch: ‘roerende zaak’) as meant in article 6:173 of the BES Civil Code.

The next main question was whether the mooring indeed was defective and if the defendants were aware of the dangers in using this mooring. According to the judges, Elsa Shipping did not provide substantiated proof that the defendants were aware of this. There was no inconclusive proof that the mooring was faulty and that the defendants were to blame for this. The installation report of the mooring confirmed that it could carry ships over 1,100 ton in normal weather and that it was only installed two months before the stranding. The first scheduled maintenance and inspection was scheduled for April 20 or 21, 2017.

The specialist damage report as commissioned by Cunningham Lindsey Dutch Caribbean also confirmed that the installation itself met the requirements that it should meet, but that it was not installed in the right position. The wrong position had caused it to be located too close to rock formations that in turn caused the line to chafe and eventually break. There was no reason for the Public Entity Saba to doubt the installation documents.

The main advisor of the Public Entity Saba in this case Mr. Gerald Simmons – de Jong said that this verdict was another result made possible by a great collaboration between the different departments in The Hague and the Public Entity Saba. “Both the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management showed great trust and understanding towards the local circumstances on Saba and we really worked well together to present the case as best as we could to the panel of judges,” he said.

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