Press Release

Premier's Office
Virgin Islands Shipping Registry
Release Date:
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 - 2:36pm

In promoting the BVI as a top tier destination for ship registration, the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry (VISR) is currently attending ‘Sea Asia 2017’.

‘Sea Asia 2017’,a large scale maritime conference,is being heldat the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center in Singapore from April 25 to 27. The conferencefeatures over 400 regional and international exhibitors representing key players in themaritime and shipping industry.

Director of Shipping, Captain Raman Bala said, “Sea Asia provides an excellent opportunity for BVI. We have already begun promoting the BVI as a tourist destination, sailing capital, place to set up companies, manage wealth, and of course register ships.”

Captain Bala also said that while VISR does not have a foot print in the Far East market, the BVI is “testing the waters” by attending Sea Asia 2017.

“We have seen a lot of curiosity about the BVI. Many persons have been coming to the exhibition booth to ask questions and get more information about all the great services we offer,” Captain Bala said, adding, “There was a great networking opportunity provided where the BVI team interacted with persons interested in merchant shipping.”

In addition to the exposure granted to BVI via the exhibition booth, Captain Bala said that BVI will also be presented with other education opportunities at the various conferences, debates and seminars where industry leaders facilitate discussions on current maritime and shipping topics.

BVI is also being represented at Sea Asia 2017 by officials from BVI House Asia, and executives from Intertrust and Forbes Hare.

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.


Photo Captions

  1. The BVI booth at Sea Asia 2017, on April 25, 2017.(Photo credit: Provided)
  2. Captain Raman Bala meets with a prospective client at the BVI booth at Sea Asia 2017 on April 25, 2017.(Photo credit: Provided)
  3. VISR Registrar, Mr. Ronald Donovan explains the registration procedure to a visitor to the BVI exhibition booth. (Photo credit: Provided)


April Glasgow

Information Officer II
Department of Information and Public Relations
Phone: (284) 468-2730