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The Open Day from the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, substation St. Maarten that was held at the Cruise Terminal in Point Blanche on St. Maarten Day, was a big success.

The Open Day from the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, substation St. Maarten that was held at the Cruise Terminal in Point Blanche on St. Maarten Day, was a big success.

With salutes from ships from Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, The United States, Royal Netherlands Navy, St. Maarten Sea Rescue and the Coast Guard Cutter Jaguar, the first Open Day of the Coast Guard opened at 10.00 AM on Friday morning. A large group of people were waiting at the Captain Hodge’s Wharf for transportation through water taxi to the cruise terminal. It was a great opportunity for the public to get closer to the work and tasks of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard.

It was a beautiful day and everyone enjoyed strolling on the pier and going on board of the ships which one would normally not be able to visit easily. Throughout the day there were demonstrations on the water with the Super-RHIB and in the air with the Dash-8 patrol aircraft and the Lynx helicopter. The public also got a chance to ride on the Super-RHIB’s and were waiting in long lines to get a their chance. The Governor of St. Maarten, Mr. Holiday, the Prime Minister, Mrs. Wescot-Williams and also the President of the Parliament were present during a small official ceremony. Afterwards they went on a trip with the Super-RHIB in Great Bay.  

A special thanks goes to all those who made this first Open Day of the Coast Guard a big success. With the slogan “Closer to you” the Coast Guard wanted to show the public how they do their daily work to serve the community better. And remember, the Coast Guard is always there to provide for all your maritime emergencies. You can call 913, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The call is free.