Our relationship with the sea is a fundamental element of our Virgin Islands tradition, as befits this archipelago of over 50 islands, cays, and islets; the Government of the Virgin Islands is deeply committed at all levels to the development of our maritime industry in full compliance with international standards.
This was demonstrated in September 2006 when we formally re-launched the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry as a new, self contained and professionally staffed department of Government under my direct supervision. Our commitment to the highest standards was duly recognised in 2007 when the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry was promoted to Category One ship registry status within the Red Ensign Group of British shipping registries, authorised by the UK Government to register yachts and general cargo ships of unlimited tonnage.
My government shall apply to our shipping industry, and to ship registration, the same qualities that led to success for the BVI and for our customers in our tourism and finance sectors.
In welcoming you to the website of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, I trust that you will find this a useful gateway to the necessary information about operating shipping under the Virgin Islands flag – our registration information, shipping regulations and technical guidance – and that you will visit regularly to keep abreast of updates to our vibrant maritime industry.