34 citations in the last 2 weeks



SIMPSONBAY, Sint Maarten — The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, stationed in Sint Maarten, conducts continuous checks on incoming and outgoing vessels. Over the last two weeks, they issued a total of 34 citations (fines) for non-compliance with maritime safety rules. 

The breakdown of infractions includes: 

  • Vessels without proper lighting: 5 
  • Missing or expired documentation: 17 
  • Lack of safety equipment (flares, fire extinguishers, and life vests): 10
  • Failure to register at immigration services: 1
  • Illegal residence on the island: 1 

In addition, one vessel was denied entry to Sint Maarten because the captain intended to import animals without proper documentation. The captain was promptly sent back to the port of departure.