St. Maarten Bridge openings being reduced mid-May

POSTED: 04/20/11 12:24 PM

St. Maarten – Bridge openings in Simpson Bay will be scaled back to four times per day as of May 16. The announcement of the scale back from six openings was made by the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA).

The first two openings for the day 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. will allow for ships to enter and exit Simpson Bay. The opening at 4:30 p.m. will be for vessels leaving Simpson Bay and the 5:30 opening will be for vessels going into Simpson Bay.

All ships are advised to call the bridge attendant on VHF Channel 12 to specify what time they’ll be transiting through the bridge and whether they will be entering or departing. Smaller vessels should check for an anticipated opening time, enter the channel and stand by openings, so that transit times are reduced. Jet skis are advised to use the north part of the bridge, which does not swing and row boats and kayaks have been reminded that they should not enter the channel when the bridge is in operation.

There will be special openings in case of inclement weather and during hurricane season which will be communicated via e-mail, marine VHF –Radio Channel 12, local radio stations and if enough time the local/regional newspapers. Bridge attendants will be near their stations if such is required in order to answer any radio requests.


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