Published On: Sun, Oct 1st, 2017

Zr.Ms. Karel Doorman supply ship arrived in St. Maarten

Karel Doorman arrivingGREAT BAY — Zr.Ms. Karel Doorman has arrived in St. Maarten. The joint support ship left a week and a half ago from Den Helder. Today it has docked at the port in Point Blanche with more than one million kilos of goods on board.

Police car - Karel DoormanThe logistics support ship left loaded with supplies on the 20th of September from the port of Den Helder in The Netherlands. This is to assist the people of St. Maarten in the recovery process of the heavily damaged island. The ship includes supply equipment and materials such as construction vehicles, transmission masts and building materials.

Prime Minister William Marlin, with a delegation from his government and the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations on the quay, was waiting for the navy ship. Before the ship moored along the dock of the container port, hydrographic recordings were first made of the ocean floor at the port. Immediately after mooring the first goods and vehicles were unloaded.

Captions photos: Navy supply ship arrives in port loaded with trucks and vehicles and the immediately the first police vehicle was off-loaded. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo captions: Navy supply ship coming alongside quay prior to dropping anchor. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo caption: Navy supply ship offloading first set of cargo. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo caption: First heavy duty machinery equipment offloaded. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo caption: Transporting offloaded material begins. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo caption: Governor Drs Eugene Holiday is greeted by high ranking ship officials. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo caption: Prime Minister William Marlin is escorted to the ship. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo caption: Construction material. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo caption: School materials. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo caption: Spanking new water tender. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo caption: Governor Holiday and PM Marlin follow the lead of the ship’s captain up the gangway for a short tour of the ship. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

Theo Heyliger - Karel DoormanPhoto caption: MP Theo Heyliger (right) was caught on camera walking pass the fleet of Dutch police cars. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.

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Photo caption: Water trucks to the rescue, these will certainly bring relief to the water distribution process. Photos by TODAY photo journalist Milton Pieters.