locked Re: Barred from St Maarten

Alexandre Uster von Baar

Good morning Eric, 

Advocation has been the gossip of the island. 

But I think, he needs to understand that since the 22nd, the island is in complete shut down, no one, not even the “resident” are allowed to come in.  

This was announced 5 days before he arrived…. 

It is for safety measures.  Sint Maarten has very little medical resources and can not take any chances… 

Already our case jump from 6 to 16 plus as many on the French side.  

That is 3 time the world average...  

People on critical condition on the French side are flown to Guadeloupe where they usually arrive too late.  

One just died yesterday on the Dutch Side.  

About boats passing the bridge: 

vessels already here have the right to pass the bridge, just like people can use their dinghy or people can walk in the street.  

Being in Sint Maarten, I am very impressed on how the government is taking initiatives, sure they are strict,  but I think proportional to the risk and its consequences.  Keep in mind Hurricane Irma is a very vivid memory in all of us.  

On a personal note; I haven’t been able/allowed to go back to Kimberlite, but I checked with binocular.  

When the curfew is lift, I will be glad to assist.  

Sincerely, Alexandre

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 10:57:49 PM UTC, eric freedman <kimberlite@...> wrote:




I was planning on flying down to Kimberlite which is in St Maarten last Tuesday. Unfortunately the island was closed as of last Monday.
Since Pantaenius is not renewing any policies, I need an out of water survey. It looks like I won’t be able to get to St Marten till June, my policy expires June 10. I spoke to my friends on the island and even my friend ,chief inspector of police, said there was nothing he could do for me.


Please read what happened to my friend Hank Schmitt he Owns OPO which finds crew for boat owners at no cost to the owners. Please read the link when he attempted to land on St Maarten—also read his additional

Comments at the end –

The “Friendly Island”  B.S.

Please pass it on.

Fair Winds


Amel Super Maramu #376




Dear OPO Members and Fellow Sailors,

These are trying times, especially when you are denied entry into you winter home port of refuge. For pictures and full story can be found at:

WaveTrain: https://wavetrain.net/2020/03/29/evicted-from-sxm-virus-tales-from-the-caribbean/

This is Charlie Doane’s Blog and safe to open. It will also be included in the April 1st “OPO Notice to Mariners” along with other news which you will get if you are an OPO member.


And stay safe!

Hank Schmitt


What I left out in my article is that I watched the Mega Yacht “Seven Sins” make the bridge the day after I arrived and was at anchor refused entry.  So they can break the rules for some boats, but not others. Please pass this on to your friend. They can make exceptions for those who have money, but not for friends like me. The boat had several guests and more crew aboard and came from St. Bart’s, one of the infected islands.  I made sure I did not stop in a French island, but that did not matter after all, did it?. I tell the people from SXM who have responded with the same reply, “Don’t make excuses for your badly trained and surly customs agents.”  The locals never have to deal with them and we know better. So don’t buy that cr*p about they are just following the rules. Bull*hit!


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