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Oranjestad lies in the south western coast of the island. The old part of the town is well restored and has many attractive houses from its colonial past.

Cruisers report that this is an interesting, safe and friendly island with much less traffic than St. Martin, however the mooring buoys installed for visiting yachts do require maintenance and should be carefully checked.

Statia welcomed its first (small) cruise ship in December 2012. The Lower Town pier has been extended and commercial traffic relocated.

If entering at night, cruisers recommend heading straight for the weak (3)15s white leading light on top of the old fort. This is difficult to make out against the street lights. Keep the Green Fl. buoy to your RIGHT. It marks the end of the commercial pier and keeps you safely away from two big unlit cans S of it.

Position 17° 28.7'N, 062° 59.25'W (bay)

Clearance

See Noonsite/Statia/Clearance for details.

For Customs and Immigration proceed to the Harbour Office (open Monday-Friday: 09:30 to 15:30, weekends: close at 11:00) for paperwork and registration. Contact on VHF ch. 14.

There is a phone located outside the office to notify the officials you need clearance.

Last updated January 2017.

Docking

The anchorage at Oranje Baai is reasonably safe except in really disturbed weather or when there is a strong northerly swell. Anchoring behind the breakwater will give protection from a southerly swell with good holding. Do not anchor within 30 m (100 ft) of any mooring or regulatory buoy. If in doubt where to anchor, call the Marine Park on VHF 17/16.

The Marine Park maintains 12 yacht moorings in the bay (white buoys), however, these appear to have reduced in number in 2017. The moorings closest to the harbour wall are the most sheltered. Should a serious swell come from the north, the whole area would become untenable.

There is a yacht fee of $10/night or $30/week. Fees go towards regular maintenance, cleaning, and rope replacement of the moorings. Rafting with other boats is not permitted while occupying Marine Park moorings. During heavy seas, it is recommended to use an anchor as additional support.

Some mooring balls are used by local boats and one has a floating fish cage attached to it.

There is a new concrete dinghy dock, however swell can be a problem here (and impossible in a northerly) and a stern anchor should always be used. Dinghies can tuck inside the main pier, however it's not permitted to lock your dinghy here as the Harbour Master needs to be able to move it when required for ferries and work boats to have access.

There are toilets and showers at the Marine Park office, just up the road from the pier. The office is officially open Monday-Thursday: 0800 – 1700, and Friday: 0800 – 1600, although cruisers have reported that hours tend to be more like 09:30 to 15:30. Payment for your mooring should be made here.

Last updated March 2017.

Port Authority
Tel:+599 318 2205 ,VHF Channel 16, 14 (sometimes)

13 Beaufort
13 Beaufort says:
Jan 15, 2017 04:49 AM

Clearance: if there is nobody at attendance (there never is) at the Customs/Immigration office: simply pick up the phone outside at the phone booth, you will be automatically connected to an official who will be there within 5 mins.

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