Dutch Navy Sends Largest Ship in Fleet to Sint Maarten Stocked with Relief Supplies (Photos/Video)

Aid continues to pour into Sint Maarten as the cleanup continues on the island. Most of the roads and debris littering them have been cleared, with large piles of refuse now waiting to be transferred by ship off the island. The next step of recovery for the island will be the rebuild phase.

To assist with the rebuild effort, and to serve humanitarian needs of the community, the Dutch Navy have sent their largest vessel, HNLMS Karel Doorman (A833), loaded with relief supplies to Sint Maarten. Carrying over 160 crew members, the ship docked in Philipsburg carrying over one million kilos of goods and supplies, the largest single shipment of relief sent to the island post-Irma.

The shipment included 10 transmitter antennas for mobile telephones, 18 Dutch police vehicles, two police mobile command units, military trucks, cool containers, 12 dump trucks and eight water tank trucks. In addition, the Karel Doorman also brought construction materials for rebuilding and repairing of homes, schools and other vital infrastructure. A variety of bulldozers and excavators were also on the ship.

The ship carried school supplies, chairs, tables, and three large pavilion tents, as well as containers with food, water and other relief supplies such as toilet paper. It had just about everything you could list which should be an instant boost to the rebuild efforts around the island.

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Time lapse video showing the unloading of the Karel Doorman (via @kon_marine Twitter):

A few photos of the Karel Doorman, unloading the ship, and some of the supplies (photos via @KoninklijkeMarine Facebook):

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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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