A few weeks ago I sent an email to our Health Department, complaining on the dangerous situation on board the Freewinds.
I included the declaration of Freewinds' architect, Lawrence Woodcraft.
The Freewinds visits weekly the Netherlands Antilles island Bonaire, and the ship is infested with blue asbestos. On a regular basis their are events being held on board for the population of Bonaire. This week I got a reply from the department with the advise to send it to the Antillenhuis, and I did. Today they responded. I will try to translate:
Thank you for your email. I will relay it to the proper authorities of the Netherlands Antilles.
I have to tell you that the Freewinds, like any other ship visiting harbours in the Antilles, is subject to inspections by the Naval Inspection/Department of Shipping and Maritime Affairs of the Netherlands Antilles.
Every ship visiting harbours in the Antilles has to comply with strict Antillian Laws.
Thank you again for your mail and I will relay it as quick as possible to the Antillian Autorities in Willemstad.
Could this be the beginning of the end of the Freewinds? It should be, as asbestos is no longer allowed on ships visiting harbours in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.