Rejoice, Tourists! St. Maarten adding prison capacity for it’s many criminals

With as many as eight ships in a day in port at Phillips-burg at Sint Maarten, with as many as 15,000 to 20,000 tourists arriving, the opportunities for criminals abound.  THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

 

NAf. 13 million secured for expansion of prison Sint Maarten

POINTE BLANCHE-Government has “secured” approximately NAf. 13 million from the country’s capital investment budget for the expansion of the Point Blanche prison as a priority project.
Justice Minister Dennis Richardson told The Daily Herald on Wednesday that the NAf. 13 million would include the supervision of the long-overdue expansion. Liccom, which had been executing projects at the prison, was awarded the project.
The expansion includes the construction of two levels on top of the present prison facility in Pointe Blanche. One level will contain 40 cells and facilities that have to be put in place based on the report of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment CPT. The other level will contain 18 cells for young adults ages 18-24 years, recreational facilities and other things based on the CPT report.
Richardson said the construction could start as soon as the national decree awarding the construction job was signed by the Governor. “The construction company has been mobilised at the location for some time in view of the reconstruction works carried out. Project duration is estimated at 1½ years,” Richardson said.
He said during the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday that the prison expansion project had been prepared in 2014 and was supposed to have started in that year and to have been completed this year, but this had not been possible.
The Daily Herald
While the pickpockets might be hard at work so are the friendly vendors in the market at St. Martin, on the French side of the island. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

While the pickpockets might be hard at work so are the friendly vendors in the market at St. Martin, on the French side of the island. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The Seaborne Legend arrives at St. Maarten. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The Seaborne Legend arrives at St. Maarten. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The yacht Seven Seas owned by a movie director is docked at St. Maarten. According to Forbes, Though there’s been no official announcement yet, this new 282-foot, $200-million superyacht built by Dutch shipyard Oceanco purportedly belongs to Steven Spielberg. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The yacht Seven Seas owned by a movie director is docked at St. Maarten. According to Forbes, “Though there’s been no official announcement yet, this new 282-foot, $200-million superyacht built by Dutch shipyard Oceanco purportedly belongs to Steven Spielberg”. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The movie maker thanks you for buying tickets to his flicks.

A billionaire bought this old yacht and gave it a “makeover” you might not see on reality television because its out of this world. Shown here, the Attessa IV is tied up in Saint Maarten. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — A new mega-yacht has taken up a notable spot at the Charleston Marina. The Attessa IV, a 337-foot megayacht owned by Dennis Washington, docked on Thursday and has picked up quite a bit of attention from people driving by.

The yacht was actually built in 1998 and named the Evergreen by a Japanese businessman, but it was purchased in 2007 and renamed the Attessa IV by Washington, a Montana construction mogul with a love of rebuilding yachts. The redesign included lengthening the stern and bow of the ship.

Washington told Forbes he spent more than three years rebuilding and redesigning the yacht to his liking. Now it includes a fifth-floor sky lounge and bar, a grand staircase flanked by Henry Moore sculptures, a lit pool and deck that includes a spa, and a completely redone engine room. Four rooms were transformed into a gym, a spa, and a massage room.

The yacht even has its own helicopter and landing pad. A deck or two below, Washington and his wife can lounge in custom Gucci chairs on a private deck.

Looking from above, the decks are curved instead of flat like many other yachts, Washington told Forbes. He told the magazine he thought it would be the new standard.

Washington owns or co-owns a controlling interest in the Washington Companies and Canada’s Seaspan Marine Corporation. Forbes lists him as the 79th richest man in the world with a net worth of nearly $6 billion.

Washington is a self-made billionaire. As a child, he says he shined shoes for pocket money and lived in government housing. Some 50 years ago he quit a job working for his uncle to start his own construction business, he told Forbes.

it isn't all crabby tourists arriving from New York, Houston or Miami after booking inside cabins for great prices. Or millionaires flying in to meet their private yachts. Or pickpockets waiting to make a day's pay. There are regular folks who work hard every day tending to tourism and commerce such as the crew of this tugboat at St. Maarten.  THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

it isn’t all crabby tourists arriving from New York, Houston or Miami after booking inside cabins for great prices. Or millionaires flying in to meet their private yachts. Or pickpockets waiting to make a day’s pay. There are regular folks who work hard every day tending to tourism and commerce such as the crew of this tugboat at St. Maarten. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

St. Maarten Grand Bay hotel.  THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

St. Maarten Grand Bay hotel. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

This freighter carrying heavy equipment arrives at St. Maarten. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

This freighter carrying heavy equipment arrives at St. Maarten. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The Celebrity Mercury shown docked at  Phillipsburg' Grand  Bay at St. Maartens from Pirates in Paradise.  The Mercury was sold and is now the Mein Schiff II. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo.

The Celebrity Mercury shown docked at Phillipsburg’ Grand Bay at St. Maartens from Pirates in Paradise. The Mercury was sold and is now the Mein Schiff II. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo.

 

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