Berthing ashore of the National Marine vessel "Dumont Durville" in the Soufriere Bay, South of Saint Lucia, on 18th April 2012
The National Marine vessel "Dumont Durville", with Captain de Corvette Luc Stutzmann in command, berthed ashore in the Soufriere bay, in the south of Saint Lucia, on 18th April 2012.
In the presence of Saint Lucian officials, in particular Hon. Victor Phillip La Corbinère, Minister for Legal Affairs, Home Affairs and National Security and Mr Vernon François, the Acting Police Commissioner, Mr Emmanuel Mourriez, the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the French Embassy, Mr Hervé de Solages, the Defence Attaché, and media personnel, the "Dumont Durville" docked at the Soufriere Bay late afternoon for a few minutes to offload some trucks and materials.
The exercise, which was a success, thanks to the co-operation of the Saint Lucian authorities, lasted approximately one hour, at the end of the "Dumont Durville" boarded the same trucks and left the coast of Saint Lucia.
Such an operation could be considered particularly in the event that a natural disaster (severe hurricane, earthquake) severely damaged the harbours, airports and roads of Saint Lucia. The berthing ashore would then represent one of the rare appropriate solutions to offload quick assistance in order to rescue of the local population, at the request of the Government, or to the European nationals in distress.