After two weeks of intensive training, the four new "Metal Sharks" were officially put into service on Tuesday by the Sint-Maarten Coast Guard.
The Director of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, General Peter Jan de Vin, the Minister of Justice, Mr. Cornelius de Weever and the head of the Coast Guard substation, Jocelyn Roberto Levenstone, expressed their satisfaction for this project. These interceptors will become an asset for the Coast Guard with its fully enclosed "Pilothouse" which offers additional protection to the crew, a special window that allows perfect visibility with complete systems for night operations. The four new interceptors will work together to keep beaches and seas safe.
Among the guests present were government officials from St. Maarten and Saba, as well as the governor of Sint-Maarten, Eugene B. Holiday and a group of 10 students from the Kidz at Sea program. After the inaugural ceremony, the guests were invited aboard a Metal Shark which sailed in the lagoon of Simpson Bay.
With the delivery of these four new boats, the DCCG now has twelve boats operating in the territorial waters of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Martin and Saba, thus strengthening the presence of DCCG in the Dutch Caribbean Sea.
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