• From J Dowling on Saba Conservation Foundation and Public Entity Saba respond to second yacht stranding

    I was disappointed to see a large area of diesel sheen emanating from Elsa this afternoon (Saturday 3/25, 3:30PM) when I walked down The Ladder to have look at her condition. I was told by someone involved with her salvage that the diesel leak had been resolved; that’s hardly the case. It’s unacceptable that, after several days, there aren’t oil containment booms surrounding this vessel. I don’t think “everything is being done to minimize damage” as suggested by this article.

    The article also suggests that mariners might not be following proper procedures to ensure the safety of their own vessels. As an owner of a sailing vessel, who has sailed many places around the world, including the Caribbean as well as Saba, I am very wary of moorings, especially those who use line instead of all chain, a practice that I believe is used here in Saba. I much prefer to use my own tackle, but that really isn’t an option here in Saba; as a result we have to rely on the Harbor Master for our safely while moored here.

    These aren’t the first instances of mooring failures here in Saba…

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    2017/03/25 at 11:45 pm
  • From Otto de Vries on Research/Survey vessel Elsa drifted ashore in Ladder Bay - Updated March 25

    If the bowsprit is still attached it leads to the question on the type of break. If it pulled out horizontally or snapped by a downward force. If horizontal it’s a failure of boat equipment. If vertical then the question is what was the ratio of mooring line length to depth. Just my two cents.

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    2017/03/25 at 8:09 pm
  • From Otto de Vries on Saba Conservation Foundation and Public Entity Saba respond to second yacht stranding

    Inspection should be regular, logged and documented with photos and/or video. This is a liability for the marine park and the island. Sad that action to be taken needed is a reaction to the unfortunate events.

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    2017/03/25 at 7:06 pm
  • From Cameron on Research/Survey vessel Elsa drifted ashore in Ladder Bay - Updated March 25

    apparently the buoy that was given to the Elsa was not capable to cope with the weight of the boat and snapped of due to over weight. on your second picture you can see the buoy on the left side of the Elsa floating on the surface. Is there significant oil spill? Have they attempted to do some rescue operation? any more pictures?

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    2017/03/24 at 10:34 pm
    • From guenter on Research/Survey vessel Elsa drifted ashore in Ladder Bay - Updated March 25

      here my last picture from the morning where we disovered the accident, with still one person on board.

      Elsa on shore at Ladder Bay

      clearly visible the wooden bowsprit still on the mooring buoy, which seems to be intact. then you see some furniture broken, and the life buoy released.

      the oil spill is several kilometers along the coast, you can even smell it on Sandy Cruz trail. It extends from The Ladder up to the northern end of Wells bay, maybe more.

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      2017/03/25 at 8:33 am
  • From Stefan on Research/Survey vessel Elsa drifted ashore in Ladder Bay - Updated March 25

    With a vessel like that you don’t go on that moorings there!
    To bad for that oil spill, hope that the PSSA keep safe!

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    2017/03/24 at 3:14 pm
  • From Stuart Knaggs on French yacht salvaged from the rocks in Ladder Bay - Updated

    Thank you for publishing the article about the unfortunate stranding of the vessel KIRIKOU. I would like to take this opportunity to provide a little more information to make sure that the public is properly informed. The salvage operation was undertaken on behalf of the vessel’s underwriters as instructed by the Martinique based surveying agency EMC. The operations company SOMARA, also based in Martinique, was tasked with salvaging KIRIKOU.

    SOMARA dispatched the tug AMSTELSTROOM, and together with divers from the Saba Conservation Foundation, managed to extract KIRIKOU from the rocks at Ladder Bay and secure her for transport to Martinique for further inspection. The whole operation was coordinated by Deep Blue Marine from St Martin who had also been appointed by EMC and was successfully completed thanks to the level of equipment deployed, the professionalism of the personnel involved and the general helpfulness of the officials and ordinary people of Saba.

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    2017/03/23 at 10:39 pm
    • From Stefan on French yacht salvaged from the rocks in Ladder Bay - Updated

      Hi Stuart, Jens and others involved.

      Thanks for the great job, we as AMSTELSTROOM / SOMARA team are very happy all went out in a safe result.

      Nice that we found your website and see the movie about the salvage.
      Lets hope that the other ship can be salvaged quickly and without any pollution on the PSSA area.
      Standing-by.

      Keep safe!
      Rgds
      Stefan – Capt. AHTS AMSTELSTROOM

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      2017/03/24 at 3:37 pm
  • From guenter on Research/Survey vessel Elsa drifted ashore in Ladder Bay - Updated March 25

    Unfortunately, a considerable oil spill extends to Wells Bay. The vessel had 350tons, which seems to be too much for the mooring. Hope that will never happen again. There is another docu photo:

    Run ashore

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    2017/03/23 at 7:52 pm
  • From Dimetri on CXC Registrar Cumberbatch meets parents at the Saba Comprehensive School, March 22

    Progress on the introduction of the CXC? Saba has been doing the CXC administered CSEC exams for years…

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    2017/03/21 at 6:29 pm
  • From René Caderius van Veen on Community Officer Gregory La Croes is presented in Town Hall Meeting March 30

    As already announced in August last year: in case of urgency and in cases of alarm about violation of regulations and laws one needs to contact other police officers.

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    2017/03/17 at 10:12 am
  • From Tricia on Chickenpox outbreak not yet under control on Saba

    If I can assist with child care…I have already had this virus..let me know..416-2589 Tricia

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    2017/03/16 at 3:19 pm
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