Philipsburg- As celebrations are approaching, the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) advises the public that strict enforcement of seamanship regulations must be in compliance in the interest of safety. The DCCG units will be patrolling daily and advises the public brush up on maritime regulations, as stipulated by law, and warns of the consequences of not abiding by those rules.
All sailors are advised to practice extreme caution and implement good seamanship practices such as having necessary ship registries and documents on hand at all times, providing sufficient and quality life jackets for every passenger onboard, and having valid lifesaving devices, such as fire extinguishers and prescribed navigational lights, deemed necessary for the safety of all passengers and crew. Bad seamanship practices include operating vessels under the influence of alcohol and transporting passengers exceeding the advised limit on the Certificate of seaworthiness. Such actions are NOT ALLOWED and persons responsible will be reprimanded under the full extent of the law.
The DCCG also advises the boating community to closely follow the St. Maarten Metrological Center to monitor any weather conditions or changes, as rough weather conditions are expected early next week. Should any abnormal occurrences or concerns take place, the public is advised to call 913 for your safety and the safety of others.
The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard wishes everyone a safe voyage!