Swing bridge underway to St. Maarten

POSTED: 04/18/13 2:49 PM

St. Maarten – The swing bridge that is to become part of the causeway across the Simpson Bay Lagoon was put aboard the 8,200 ton cargo vessel Marietje Andrea yesterday by shipyard Hollandia in Krimpen aan den IJssel in the Netherlands. The ship sails today and will arrive twelve days later, on April 30, in St. Maarten, the Scheepvaartkrant reported.

The swing bridge is completely finished according to the report. It has a top layer of asphalt, and the crash barrier has been put in place. The cabling for lamp posts and other wiring is ready for connection. The steel swing bridge allows for a double passage of ships of two times 23.75 meters. The bridge – with a length of 68 meters – is earthquake and hurricane proof.

Hendrik-Jan Danser, the captain and owner of the Marietje Andrea told the industry publication that the trip to St. Maarten will take twelve days. “We will unload the bridge ourselves. That will take us two days. People from Volker will be flown in to supervise the job.”

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