We are proud of our fleet, the biggest in the Caribbean. We execute our tasks with sailing and flying units; rescuing, detecting, and enforcement in the waters around Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Sabe, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten.
Our three Cutters; the Jaguar, the Panther, and the Puma, are ships of the Stan Patrol 4100 type and specially designed for the Caribbean Sea. The ships have great persistence which makes them suitable for long-term use, patrol, and fact-finding missions. Often they operate on the border of the territorial waters or beyond. Each boat has radar equipment, infrared cameras, night vision optics, a machine gun, a movable fire extinguisher, and an ION scanner (this scanner detects drugs and explosives).
METAL SHARK 38 DEFIANTS
The company Metal Shark builds special ships for military and police purposes. 38 Defiant is the name of the type that is being used. Our twelve Metal Sharks are the most important interception vessel. We patrol the territorial waters with it. Thanks to their slip cabin and completely closed wheelhouse, they protect the coastguards during all weather conditions and provide them with an unobstructed view day and night.
The main use of our helicopters is for search and rescue missions, but also for supervision and enforcement. Because of the medical knowledge of the crew members and the equipment on board, we can save and stabilize people at sea, even on sailing ships. The helicopter also helps with interceptions. It is much easier to detect smaller ships from the air, and because of the high speed of the helicopter, it can chase suspicious vessels such as ‘’go-fasts’’ with drugs onboard effectively.
Our two dash 8’s turboprop aircraft are built according to our wishes. They have specially designed hatches for dropping life rafts and preservers, high power, a searchlight on the nose of the planes to see and be seen in search missions, good radar, and communication equipment, and a special software system. This makes the planes very suitable for tasks such as; detection, rescuing, environment, and fishery monitoring. They can also transport people and goods to provide assistance before, during, and after hurricanes.
The Boston Whaler Justice 20 owes its name to its length of 20 feet. We have five of these ships; one on St. Maarten, one on Aruba, and two on Curacao. These vessels have a kinder appearance than the heavily weaponized Metal Sharks, and a draught of only 38 centimeters. Therefore they are perfect for their task; patrolling in inland waters and close to the coast.
The Station ship of the Dutch Royal Navy in the Caribbean sails half of the time for the Coastguard. It helps during rescue missions, detecting illegal fishery and environmental pollution. The Station ship is equipped with two fast FRISC motorboats and an NH 90 helicopter. A boarding boat of the Coastguard sails along during the execution of the Coastguard tasks.