Checks on the water during festivities surrounding Dia di Rincon

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Dia di Rincon celebration. As always, people from the surrounding islands and countries will visit Bonaire to also enjoy the festivities surrounding this day. The chain partners of the Multidisciplinary Maritime Hub Bonaire (MMHB) are again active this year during this festive period in keeping the waters around Bonaire safe.

Customs, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar), the Coast Guard, the Dutch Caribbean Police Force (KPCN) and the Public Entity of Bonaire (OLB) will monitor and check compliance with all laws and regulations that are applicable and important for each chain partner. The services will support each other in carrying out those tasks.

The supervision and inspections take place in the waters between Curaçao and Bonaire, around Bonaire and in the roadstead of Kralendijk.

The Customs
Customs monitors cross-border goods traffic and checks whether the correct procedures are followed for import, export and transit and that no prohibited goods are present.

The KMar
The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee  is responsible for border security on Bonaire. In doing so, the KMar checks the entry conditions of persons and the KMar contributes to the fight against cross-border crime.

The Coast Guard
The Coast Guard will carry out checks on the validity of ship documents such as registration cards and sailing permits. These ship documents must be valid for the area of ​​Bonaire. In addition, the Coast Guard checks the number of people on board a vessel in accordance with the inspection card and maintains public order and safety.

The KPCN is responsible for maintaining public order and providing assistance to those who need it.

The Public Entity Bonaire
The OLB supervises the correct use of buoys and berths for vessels. This involves checking for anchors and removing unauthorized mooring buoys.

The MMHB asks everyone to go on the water well prepared and to contact the relevant service if they have any questions.