Sebastian’s Building, Third Floor
P.O. Box 4751
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110
The Virgin Islands Shipping Registry seeks to ensure that Virgin Islands ships can safely, securely and efficiently enjoy the freedom of the seas and the support of a vigorous and effective Maritime Administration.
We will achieve this through:
• Implementing the Maritime policies of the Government covering shipping operations, safety of life at sea, security and the prevention of, and response to, pollution from ships;
• Implementing and enforcing the regulations applicable to all Virgin Islands vessels on both domestic and international routes, and for all vessels navigating in the territorial waters of the Virgin Islands;
• Developing and adopting appropriate standards of training, evaluation and certification for Virgin Islands seafarers and on-shore staff in accordance with the respective needs of international and domestic shipping and the BVI maritime industry; and
• Providing timely, accurate and appropriate information and advice to the Government, public and private sector organisations and the general public.
• To develop and operate an efficient, reputable and viable registry of ships and seafarers.
• To collaborate with public and private sector interests and institutions in the BVI, the Caribbean region and overseas.
• To strive to lessen the burden of obsolete regulations and the cost of compliance on BVI ship owners.
• To set an example of clear, consistent and open leadership of an effective team.
• To fully comply with the spirit and letter of international conventions, national regulations and the procedures of the Shipping Registry Quality Management System.
• To issue registration certificates within four working days (for small vessels under 24 metres) after the receipt of satisfactorily completed documents.
• On receipt of the signed carving and marking note, to issue the registration certificate within two working days (for merchant ships, pleasure vessels, fishing vessels and bareboat charter ships).
• Within seven days of the receipt of an application, to carry out an examination for a Boat Masters’ License (BML) – and to issue an appropriate certificate to any successful applicant.
• To issue the renewal BML within two working days.
• To commence surveys and inspection on the day requested if a minimum of one week’s notice is given.
• To complete approval of plans or stability information documents within 28 days.
• To respond to letters, faxes and e-mails within three working days.
• To answer the telephone by the third ring. To carry out Port State Control (PSC) Inspection more than the target of 15% assigned under the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on PSC in the Caribbean Region.
What's Happening Within Our Department?
|Survey Of BVI Waters Means Navigation Safety, Better Planning||
22 Mar 2017 - 5:14pm
|BVI Participates In Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show||
1 Dec 2016 - 4:01pm
|Maritime Safety Session In East End/Long Look Community||
30 Nov 2016 - 3:32pm
|Virgin Islands Shipping Registry Rewarded For Excellent Record||
1 Nov 2016 - 3:34pm
|Maritime Safety Public Meeting Heads To East End/Long Look||
18 Oct 2016 - 4:32pm
|BVI Shines At Monaco Boatshow||
10 Oct 2016 - 9:20am
|BVI Delegation Sets Sail For Monaco Yacht Show||
20 Sep 2016 - 3:22pm
|Maritime Safety Information Sessions on Jost Van Dyke - September 8||
6 Sep 2016 - 2:56pm
|Mariners On Jost Van Dyke Invited To Public Meeting On Marine Safety||
2 Sep 2016 - 1:58pm
|Mariners On Virgin Gorda Invited To Public Meeting On Marine Safety||
8 Jun 2016 - 11:30am
Department Contact Information
To make contact with Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, see below for contact information:
Virgin Islands Shipping Registry
Sebastian’s Building, Third Floor
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Telephone: 1(284) 468-2902
Fax: 1(284) 468-2913