DEN HELDER–The engineless sailing cargo ship Tres Hombres, which left the Netherlands early October with 20 tons of relief goods for the St. Maarten animals in need, arrived on the French side of the island on Monday.
The animal food and some other items, including trap cages to catch loose cats and dogs, will be distributed by Animal Defenders of St. Maarten and SXM Paws, to assist the many stray animals and those of persons who can barely afford pet food, as well as the cats and dogs that are kept at the shelters of the different veterinarians.
The Tres Hombres cargo ship of the emission-free shipping company Fairtransport should have arrived early November, but for reasons that were out of the crew’s hands, the vessel only arrived on Monday. Fairtransport has transported the relief goods for free.
The ship and its crew first had to evade a hurricane near Ireland and England. After that, they were faced with non-cooperative trade winds on the Atlantic Ocean where they were barely able to make progress for four weeks due to the low winds.
The ship has moored at Galis Bay on the French side and the off-loading will start shortly. The relief goods were donated by the Dutch animal welfare organisation Animal in Need and its Second Chance Foundation, which traditionally focusses on the wellbeing of stray animals in Spain.
The organisation decided to spring into action for the animals in St. Maarten, including those that are held at the various shelters due to the destruction of Hurricane Irma. The Foundation Open Scape of St. Maartener Adrien Busby assisted in coordinating with the logistics of this special shipment.
The 32-metre restored wooden brigantine Tres Hombres of Fairtransport, built in 1943, left the port of Den Helder on October 1, and after a stop-over in the Canary Islands and the Cape Verdes, it sailed to St. Maarten which took much longer than expected. The ship uses the wind as its only source of energy and is completely dependent on the trade winds. Solar energy is also generated on this 100 per cent emission-free ship.
As voluntary organisations Animal Defenders and SXM Paws have been feeding the large number of pets that have lost their homes on St. Maarten, in addition to the large number of stray animals that already existed before Hurricane Irma. There are also many cats and dogs who have been left behind by their departed owners.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/72005-ship-with-animal-food-arrives-in-st-martin