Philipsburg-Following the press release by President and Managing Director Jeff Boyd of Yacht Club Port de Plaisance regarding it’s reopening on November 1st, he and his management team would also like to keep the people of Sint Maarten informed of their efforts to ensure that Yacht Club Port de Plaisance may resume regular business as soon as possible by securing the required specialized equipment for the removal of sunken vessels.

Boyd said “As you can imagine, time is of the essence with the yachting season approaching in less than 30 days and thus the rebuilding of the marinas, which by the way is already in progress with materials on order and local contractors lined up to start repairs once feasible, can only start, once we have the wrecks removed and that will take time.”

Though finding companies with the right equipment and experience has been difficult as the BVI and USVI are likewise in need of this same equipment and are considerably closer and the passing of Maria which caused further delay, we are pleased to announce that the salvage crew arrived on Monday with a 150 Ton crane, Barge and heavy equipment to assist with the removal of the damage vessels and debris in the lagoon.

In operations such as these, the removal of the sunken vessels is often times the easier part of the task. Taking the necessary precautions and making sure that the environment and thus water quality in the lagoon is not compromised, becomes the even harder task. For that reason we have also involved and sought guidance from the St Maarten Nature Foundation, Mr. Tadzio Bervoetz who will assist us with each and every lift we perform on a go forward basis.

Boyd went on to say that moving forward, we are at the government’s disposal at any time, should they need our assistance and/or that of the equipment we have secured.

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