Chartering & Bare Boat Vessel Rentals Regulation Guidance

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Uninspected Passenger Vessels or Becoming an Inspected Vessel

Is your vessel a U.S. Flagged or foreign flagged UPV legally operating with the correct number of passengers with the correct documentation?

 

The below steps are the minimum standards of compliance.

If only operating within the U.S. Virgin Islands then see

Step One

If also operating in British Virgin Islands then see

Step Two

Foreign- flagged entrying the USVI vessels skip to

Step Three

Step One

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U.S. Flagged vessels operating only in the U.S. Virgin Islands can operate with a “SIX PACK” (up to 6 passengers). The following must be current as a minimum requirement:

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Step Two

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To operate in British Virgin Islands Waters with any paid passengers 1 to 12 passengers (USVI 6-12 passengers including crew) on any flagged vessel including US and BVI you will need to receive a Commercial Passenger License with the BVI government or a COI with the USCG. This is manatory for any vessels hired for carrying guests crewed or bareboat in the Birtish Virgin Islands!

Avoid Fines, business disruption, jail and or lose of vessel.

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Step Three

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If your vessel is Foreign flagged and your crew are not US citizens, you may legally charter in US Virgin Islands IF your crew carry valid B1/B2 visa or C-1/D visas. The Captain must hold a valid license (equivalent to USCG Master 100) issued from a source appropriate to his/her nationality.

Please note that bareboat charters without a hired captain must only have valid visas or follow USA immigration laws.

For the latest updates re-address this webpage regularly in conjunction with the USCG website..

Or the BVI Shipping and Registry or the BVI Tourism for Entry Details

USCG Sector San Juan

Next Steps ...

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Prior to leaving and re-entering the U.S. Virgin Islands an electronic notice of arrival and departure must be filed by the Captain or appointed designee. At www.nvmc.uscg.gov create an account and a template for filing submissions.

Any changes in departure/arrival time (within a six hour window) or changes in crew or passengers must be reported prior to departure/arrival.

Moorings in the BVI marine park can be purchased at the time of check in at Immigration and Customs. For BVI Clearance Procedures

Edward Wilmoth Blyden Marine Terminal, St. Thomas 877.305.8774 | 8 am-5 pm Seven Days a Week

Cruz Bay CBP Terminal, St. John 877.305.8775 | 7 am-6 pm Seven Days a Week

Gallows Bay, St. Croix 340.773.1011 | 8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday | After Hours: 340.773.1490

 

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