Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority Urges Mariners to Be Prepared and Ready to Take Action | THE DAILY HERALD

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 13, 2021

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority Corporation urges all mariners to prepare in a timely manner for any adverse weather that would impact the country.  At the moment Tropical Depression #7 is several hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Sint Maarten, which means tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours.

According to the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS), this system is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles this weekend with possible impacts on the local area from Saturday night through Sunday with heavy rainfall and gusty winds. 

Commercial Vessels are urged to depart as soon as possible to have an increased distance from the weather system.

Vessel on the south side of the island are urged to seek shelter and prepare for possible storm conditions.

Vessels requiring passage through the Simpson Bay Bridge are reminded of the bridge opening times: 08.30 am outbound; 09.30 am inbound; 10.30 am outbound; 11.30 am inbound; 3.00 pm inbound; 4.00 pm outbound; 5.00 pm inbound.

For the Causeway Bridge: 08.00 am; 10.00 am; 3.30 pm.


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Agents will be updated on Saturday, August 14th, throughout the day as well as Sunday August 15th, 2021.

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be an active one according to forecasters, and therefore, mariners are reminded to be prepared and ready to take action. 

The remaining storm names for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season are: Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor and Wanda. Six named storms have already formed so far for the season.

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM – for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane. 

For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS): or visit their social media page

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About Port St. Maarten

Port St. Maarten comprises of 13 companies responsible for most of the country’s maritime activities.  The operations at Port St. Maarten can be summarized into four pillars of Cruise, Cargo, Yachting and Real Estate.  The Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities catered to over 2 million cruise passengers in 2014, and has since 2010 been receiving more than 1.5 million annually.  The cargo facilities have led to a steady growth in containerized business making the island a hub for the North Eastern Caribbean where it concerns transshipment services.  The port caters to the Giga yachts and vessels providing berthing and fueling services to this sector.  Port St. Maarten also owns and manages a wide range of commercial real estate across the country. 

Port St. Maarten is a modern, well equipped and secure port facility that is operated and managed by a dedicated professional staff.  Visit our website for further information or call +1 721 542-8503 or 8504, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Source: The Daily Herald