Relief goods from The Netherlands to #rebuildsxm

Relief goods from The Netherlands

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Relief goods from The Netherlands to #rebuildsxm

By Sonja van der Drift

Relief goods from The Netherlands to #rebuildsxm

Dutch Defence in the Netherlands keeps working diligently to transport relief goods to St. Maarten, mostly via Curaçao. The large Navy transport ship His Majesty Karel Doorman was loaded in Den Helder and left for St. Maarten on Wednesday.

The largest ship of the Dutch Navy will arrive within two weeks in St. Maarten with a large load of relief goods that includes ten transmitter antennas for mobile telephones, 18 Dutch police vehicles, two mobile command unites, military trucks, cool containers, 12 dump trucks and eight water tank trucks.

The Karel Doorman will also bring much needed construction material for the rebuilding and repairing of homes, schools and other vital infrastructure. For this purpose a number of bulldozers and excavators have been loaded on the Karel Doorman.

Also loaded onto the Karel Doorman were containers with food, water and other relief supplies, such as toilet paper, as well as several containers with supplies that were collected by civilian initiatives in the Netherlands. The relief load was coordinated by Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK, together with other Dutch Ministries.

The 205 metre long and 30 metre wide ship arrived in Den Helder last Friday, after being called back from an international military exercise in the Baltic Sea. The ship’s crew and other Defence personnel worked tirelessly in the past few days to load the vessel. The ship left Den Helder on Wednesday afternoon.

Other large material is also deployed for the transport of relief goods to St. Maarten. An Antonov An-124, the largest cargo aircraft that Dutch Defence can make use of, flew from the Eindhoven military airport to Curaçao on Tuesday, loaded with 88 tonnes of relief goods, including two garbage trucks.

Source : The Daily Herald

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Sonja van der Drift

Travel consultant for BlueOceanVillas LLC. I have been facilitating vacation villa rental services on the Friendly Island for more then 22 years. I have personal and local knowledge of the Island and 95% of all vacation villas we promote on the Island of St Martin and St Maarten.