Netherlands: Sint Maarten


Country information

Basic facts on marine waters
  • Territorial sea (12 nm zone): 532.88 km2
  • Exclusive Economic Zone: 14.32 km2
  • Man of War Shoal Marine Park: 31 km2
National projects
  • (Updated) Bathymetry of marine waters – to be conducted

Overview of MSP related maritime uses

Current main uses:

Shipping Ports
Fisheries Mining
Scientific research Coastal protection
Cables and pipelines Tourism and leisure
Nature conservation Underwater cultural heritage

Which marine spatial plans exist?

Currently, Sint Maarten does not have a formal marine spatial plan. In the past, there have been proposed marine spatial plans, yet these were never formalized.

However, there have been reports with suggestions towards a marine spatial plan, such as:

Legal framework

While there is no specific legislation related to MSP under development, the following legislation is in place:



  • Ministerial Decree (Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication – TEATT) of 30 December 2010 – designation of Man of War Shoal Marine Park
  • Ministerial appointment (Ministry of TEATT) of 15 August 2011 – agreement to transfer the management of the marine park from the Ministry of TEATT to the Nature Foundation




Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure

Mr. Louis Brown – Secretary General of the Ministry

Soualuiga Road #1
Pond Island, Great Bay
Sint Maarten


Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication

Mr. Louis Halley – Head of the Department of Civil Aviation, Shipping and Maritime Affairs

69 Airport Road
Simpson Bay
Sint Maarten

Last updated: June 2020
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