PORT ST. MAARTEN – On Tuesday, July 24, Port St. Maarten Management and Staff laid a wreath at the statue of the late Dr. Claude Wathey in front of the Cruise Terminal Building on the occasion of his 92nd birthday.
The vision of Port St. Maarten is to lead in the Caribbean through quality service and operational excellence while providing a safe and secure environment for the ports customers and the people of the country, and the construction of a modern-day seaport was one of the visions of the late Dr. Wathey.
The country’s seaport – Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility - is named after Wathey who has been described as the ‘father of the nation,’ overseeing the economic development of the country over a 40-year period.
The mission at Port St. Maarten is to provide quality integrated services to its customers through continuous development and innovation in all areas of business while maintaining the leadership role in the economic development on Sint Maarten where sustainability is the cornerstone for 21st century port development and progress.
Port St. Maarten has grown from 108,000 cruise passengers in 1980 to over 1.5 million passengers annually. The port has received many accolades over the years recognizing its position within the Region and role it plays where employment and business generated for country is concerned, generating one third of the country’s Gross Domestic Product from its cruise and cargo operations.