It is with justifiable pride that we can state that we are
active - with a high rate of success - in tracing missing
vessels, both in Europe and far outside. This success is due
to our experience of over 30 years in this field, our great
knowledge of ships and boats and their possibilities and the
waters they sail, and our excellent contacts with domestic and
foreign law enforcement agencies.
Naturally, we possess the required Ministry of Justice license
to initiate investigations. This is granted only after the
strictest selection according to personnel, working method and
Needless to say, we try not to allow the investigation costs
to run up any higher than strictly necessary; we have these
costs under our own control.
The situation is different once the missing ship has actually
been traced. The recovery costs then greatly depend on the
place and circumstances in which the ship is found.
Factors may then include:
- tip-off money
- release costs
- costs of guarding
- port dues
- transport costs
- (emergency) repair costs
Through close cooperation and information exchange with IAMI
and MIX, we have access to reports of stolen vessels
throughout the world.
Were we to attribute our
successes in this field only to the availability of the
aforementioned databases and partnerships, we would be selling
ourselves short: success is not possible without years of
experience and a certain intuitive 'feel'. Dextton have shown
that they have all the necessary intuition!
Own Databases / Notification System
Over the years we have amassed innumerable, valuable contacts
over the whole world. The details of these are stored in our
database, which is by now very extensive. Our historic file of
stolen and recovered (or still missing) vessels (with all
details, names, circumstances etc.) is increasingly proving
Maintaining the computer files demands a great deal of time
and attention. We now have over a thousand addresses of useful
contact persons and organizations in the Netherlands and
abroad. These contacts are subdivided according to type and
function: government officials, harbor masters, yacht brokers,
yacht captains, yacht transporters etc.
The addresses are organized by country, with subdivisions
according to field and contact type. This makes it possible to
send out a selective notification according to search area and
distribution density. For example, no matter whether the
region is the North Sea, the Caribbean or one of the Dutch
inland waters, it is possible to initiate the right search
action at the push of a button and on the day the loss is
Complementary to this, we can place notices in regional and
national newspapers and magazines and in international water
Notices of missing vessels are shown on
our own website,
and our information is also consulted, via a non-public file,
by investigation services in the Netherlands and abroad.