PORT: Simpson Bay Lagoon “should not be considered as a safe haven” for vessels seeking safety from any approaching storms this hurricane season, according to Port St. Maarten. Commercial cargo vessels should not seek refuge in the Lagoon.
The best place to secure vessels in the event of a hurricane is a boatyard or on land. Mariners are urged to make appointments with boat yards for haul out.
For all vessels wishing to enter/exit the Simpson Bay Lagoon, prepare well in advance to come through the bridges. Listen out on marine radio VHF Channel 12 or local radio stations, if there are any changes to or added bridge openings. Bridges will not open above wind speeds of 25 knots sustained.
At Port St. Maarten, a number of storm-readiness assessments have been carried out. All pre-storm/hurricane plans are in place and ready to be activated in the event of a threat to the country.
For more information, email email@example.com or call VHF Channel 12 and for emergencies +1 721 520-2059.