Published On: Wed, Aug 15th, 2018

Naval ships to stay longer in Willemstad

Koninklijke-marine-schip-annabaai-Rene-ZwartDEN HELDER, WILLEMSTAD - There comes an end to the constant commuting of naval ships between Den Helder (the Netherlands) and Curaçao. The Royal Netherlands Navy will station one of the patrol vessels from the fleet to Willemstad for a longer period of time next year, reports the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

It has been a tradition for decades: a couple of times per year family members wave goodbye to a station ship on the quay of Den Helder that will be serving in the West for a few months in the interception of drug transports and boats with people who try to illegally use Curacao or Aruba. And a party is held for the return.

The back and forth will soon be a thing of the past. From 2019 the patrol ship Groningen will be stationed in Willemstad for 2 years. The crews who relieve each other every few months are now flown in. The time saved can be used more efficiently.

The new approach has also been made possible by the establishment of Damen Shipyards in the port of Curaçao where the patrol vessels can be serviced.

By Rene Zwart

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