BRIDGE INFO

BRIDGE INFO

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SIMPSON BAY BRIDGE

This is the main access into and out of Simpson Bay Lagoon from the Dutch side of the island. The Bridge is located in Simpson Bay and will accommodate vessels up to a maximum beam of 56 feet and a maximum draft of 17 feet. When the bridge is closed there is 8.6 feet clearance in the port channel and 8 feet clearance in the starboard channel. Note: Clearance may vary depending on the state of the tide

Speed Limit:

In the bridge channel, fare ways and in the Lagoon a 5-mph speed limit is in force for all vessels. Anchorage zones and marinas fall under “no wake zones”. The buoyage system used is the “red-right-returning” American system.

 

Transiting:
No anchorage is allowed in the fare ways. The access fare way from sea to the bridge channel should always stay open. The inbound traffc should position their vessels along side the fare way so the outbound traffc has free passage to sea. Behind the airport strip in the lagoon there is a no-an- choring zone.

Special Bridge Openings:
The opening times for the Simpson Bay Bridge and Causeway are listed here. For special bridge openings regarding the Cause- way, vessels and brokers should contact their Marina or Agent.

 

Safety and Security:
All fre arms, ammunition and explosives, chemicals and cash money (USD 11.000,-- or more) must be declared with Customs when clearing in. Failure to do so will result in your vessel being impounded and your person be- ing fned and/or sentenced to imprisonment. Drugs possession is illegal and will lead to the same punishment as mentioned before. Fire arms possession is only legal if declared and the owner has a legal permit of his country of origin and the arms are safely secured. In all other cases the fre arms will be confscated.

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SIMPSON BAY BRIDGE FEE
RATES
Lenght From:
9 to 12m : 7$
12 to 15m : 21$
15 to 18m : 42$
18 to 22m : 120$
22 to 28m : 200$
28 to 36m : 300$
Over 36m : 500$.

Special opening :
$1000 and available 24 Hours.
Please Contact your marina or broker.

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BRIDGE TIMES

SIMPSON BAY BRIDGE

DUTCH SIDE
AVERAGE HEIGHT CLOSED 2.4M
BRIDGE WIDTH 17.0M
CONTROLLING DEPTH 6.0M
SPEED LIMIT 5 KNOTS
CONTACT +1 721 545 5230 / 520 2059
VHF 12
 

8.30 hrs Outbound Traffc
9.30 hrs Inbound Traffc
10.30 hrs Outbound Traffc
11.30 hrs Inbound Traffc

15.00 hrs Inbound Traffc
16.00 hrs Outbound Traffc
17.00 hrs Inbound Traffc


 

CAUSEWAY SWING BRIDGE

DUTCH SIDE
AVERAGE HEIGHT CLOSED 6.2M
BRIDGE WIDTH 23.0M
CONTROLLING DEPTH 6.0M
SPEED LIMIT 5 KNOTS
CONTACT +1 721 545 5230 / 520 2059
VHF 12

8.15 hrs In & Outbound Traffc
10. 00 hrs In & Outbound Traffc
11.45 hrs In & Outbound Traffc
15.30 hrs In & Outbound Traffc
17.15 hrs In & Outbound Traffc


 

FRENCH SIDE BRIDGE

AVERAGE HEIGHT CLOSED 3M
BRIDGE WIDTH 10M
CONTROLLING DEPTH 3.5M
SPEED LIMIT 3 KNOTS
CONTACT + 011 590 590 87 20 43
VHF 16

9.00 hrs In & Outbound Traffc
17.00 hrs In & Outbound Traffc

Not opening on Sunday and French Holidays

 

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CAUSEWAY BRIDGE

St. Maarten’s latest infrastructure addition is the Causeway Bridge spanning the full width of Simpson Bay Lagoon. The Causeway features a two-lane swing bridge closer to the Cole Bay side to allow for vessels of all size to transit each direction simultaneously. In addition to scenic vistas, the Causeway offers a swift connection from the Airport to Marigot or Cole Bay, a bike and walking path as well as a lovely light display.

The Causeway opened December 15, 2013, this major change to Island vehicular arteries is a welcome addition. For Mariners please see the set bridge times on page 11.

 

HAILING

All mariners must hail the Bridge Operator before transiting either Bridge on St. Maarten, to make your intentions clear. The Bridge Operators are standing by on VHF 12. Do not shift to another working channel until you have completed the passage of the Bridge.

 

ENTRY PROTOCOL
The Simpson Bay Bridge has a general en- try queuing protocol established to facilitate the ease of movement within the lagoon. Please proceed INBOUND through the Simpson Bay Bridge in the following order:

1) Sailing Vessels and small Motor craft
(no matter destination)
2) Vessels heading to the North side of the Causeway
3) Larger vessels heading to Simpson Bay Marina
4) Larger vessels heading to Yacht Club Port De Plaisance
5) Larger vessels heading to Palapa Marina
6) All vessels heading to Yacht Club Isle De Sol

 

The entry order is planned to facilitate the ease of transiting the bridge and the imme- diate area of the lagoon so that all vessels can move unencumbered

MARINE WEATHER

MARINE WEATHER INFO.

The St. Maarten Cruiser’s net, which can be heard at 0730 hrs. on VHF channel 14 Monday to Saturday, begin their transmission with a marine weather report. At 0900, during their morning music show, Island 92 (91.9 FM) broadcast a comprehensive marine weather forecast and overall synopsis, which they repeat at 12-noon. On the internet, one can log onto www.caribwx.com for a concise Caribbean meteorological information, up- dated daily at 0800 Monday-Saturday. The St. Maarten Daily Herald newspa- per publishes a marine/local weather forecast every day.

 

AREA GUIDE

There are many reefs around this and most other islands in the Caribbean. It is strongly recommended that yachtsmen consult proper charts at all times when navigating local waters as entrances to anchorages and marinas can be extremely deceptive. Check in the classifed section of this directory for local chart suppli- ers. Excellent cruising guides to the waters of this and nearby islands have been published by the likes of Chris Doyle, Cruising Guide Publications and Donald Street. These guides are very informative but should be used in conjunction with a local chart.

 

MARINE EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergency 911
Philipsburg Police +1 (721) 542.2222
Police Municipal +590 590 87.88.33
Marigot Fire +590 590 87.95.01
Sea Rescue 199 or +1 (721) 542.4966
Coast Guard +1 (721) 543.7603

In the event of an emergency while at sea, yachtsmen that are in the vicinity of St. Maarten should use the emergency vhf Ch.16 or call St. Maarten Sea Rescue Service by dialing 199 or the Police at 911.

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