Our Puerto Rican neighbours were amazing in their relief efforts saving USVI after Hurricane Irma… now it’s time to send some of that relief back after their devastation from Hurricane Maria. 44% of the 3,500,000 Americans living on Puerto Rico do not have access to clean water and are in desperate need of food.
- You can click the donate button, this money will go directly into purchasing supplies to send by vessel DREAMSONG, Captained by Hank Hampton, departing from Yacht Haven Grande on Tuesday 3rd Oct.
- You can phone VIPCA on 340-642-0656 to arrange a delivery time for your donations on Monday 2nd Oct at Yacht Haven Grande, St Thomas.
Items to donate, or if you donate money these items will be purchased on your behalf:
• Water filtration systems
• Non-Perishable Food items – Canned or dry goods
• Non-Perishable Baby Food
• Solar powered chargers, flashlights, fans, gadgets
Thank you, from all of us at VIPCA.
Damage to the marina venue Yacht Haven Grande is still being assessed after Hurricane Irma. At present the USVI Charter Yacht Show will still be held as planned however VIPCA will update you if cancellation becomes a possibility.
REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN. IF THERE IS ANY CANCELLATION REFUNDS WILL BE MADE.
Today VIPCA Interviewed with Buzz Radio 104.3 updating the VI about the additional fees in the BVIs effective 1st Sept.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND TOURISM LEVY EFFECTIVE ALL YEAR:
Visitors to the Virgin Islands are being advised that effective September 1, an environmental and tourism levy of $10.00 will be collected on arrival at the ports of entry.
The Environmental Protection and Tourism Improvement Fund Act, 2017 which was passed on June 9, and subsequently gazetted on June 12, states that all visitors arriving to the Territory via air or sea are required to pay the levy.
The legislation makes provision for the following persons to be exempted:
- residents and belongers;
- non-residents two years or under;
- officers of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court;
- guests of the Government;
- official representatives of the Government of any country/Territory;
- persons accorded diplomatic privileges in accordance with the Diplomatic Privileges Ordinance; and
- persons exempted by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette.
- Other exemptions include visitors arriving in the Virgin Islands on a second or subsequent occasion in the course of the same visit; persons in transit who on arrival do not leave the airport or dock; and crew of vessels.
All visitors must have the necessary documents available to help determine their status.
The monies collected will be used to facilitate environmental protection and improvement, climate change, and the maintenance and development of tourist sites and other tourism related activities.
Environmental and Tourism Levy FAQs
VIPCA is so proud to support MVP – the Marine Vocational Program.
MVP students will enrol in the VIPCA Marine Apprenticeships and all receive scholarships to support their ambitions to be Captains. Keep up the good work Jimmy Loveland and thank you for your inspirational work.
Executive Director Oriel Blake spends one day a week training 8-10 students from the Boys and Girls club, St Thomas.
Training is mostly hands on boat handling skills using the MVP power vessel and dinghy as well as snorkel and swimming classes, scuba diving, kayaking, line/rope handling (throwing, anchoring, splicing, mooring, securing moorings and warps, knot tying…. but also theory classes about boat handling, passage making, rules of the road, safety onboard, fire prevention, sea survival…
If you’re interested in volunteering or funding MVP directly please contact email@example.com
Foreign (USVI) boat/yacht charter companies are required to pay $16 per person per day to charter in the BVIs (previously $4/p/day)… and not just in high season, all year round, term or day charter.
This morning in a radio interview on Buzz 104.3 VIPCA reminds USVI charter vessel operators to stay compliant.
10% off at Marinas American Yacht Harbour and Puerto Del Rey with your VIPCA membership card.
VIPCA proposes a Marine Development Plan of four stages:
- Career Guidance Talks: Visits to schools by VIPCA’s Executive Director Oriel Blake, St Thomas Sail and Power Squadron’s Cdr Dr. Lawrence Benjamin and the Captain’s School owner Capt Rob Alport. Seminars to be given in USVI Schools to students age 16-18 informing them oabout the potential of careers in the Marine Industry in the Territory, both on the water as Captains and crew, and ashore in marine and marine related services. Information to be given on the opportunities to attend the USVI Charter Yacht Show open day on 14th November, and to learn about VIPCA Apprenticeships and Scholarships in the Marine Industry for School leavers.
- USVI Charter Yacht Show Schools Open Day 14th November 2017: VIPCA to provide the opportunity for students who applied during the Career Guidance Talks to speak directly to the crews and captains, and to walk the docks where 50 Charter Vessels will be showcasing.
- Apprenticeships: for successful candidates who show commitment to learning to swim and participate in customer service training. 6-10 apprenticeships will be managed by VIPCA with Cruise Ship Excursions during summer 2018.
- Scholarships: from Yacht Haven Grande for students that have left school and have completed apprenticeships with Cruise Ship Excursions, having demonstrated commitment and motivation towards careers in the Marine Industry. Scholarships will pay for STCW qualifications for Crew (at the Captains School) or alternatively, vocational techinical training in mechanics or another marine related career of their choosing. Community Foundation Virgin Islands (CFVI) will handle the scholarship funds on VIPCA’s behalf using their 501c(3) tax-exempt status.
The Marine Action Group, Marine Vocational Program and VIPCA have formulated this plan jointly, to boost employment in the USVI Marine Industry by working together with local marine businesses.
VIPCA envisages, with the support of the Department of Education in these initiatives, that within five years the U.S. Virgin Islands will see a notable increase in the Marine Industry of U.S. Virgin Islanders. With improved employment of Virgin Islanders both on the water and on the shore, the industry’s reputation would be improved as well as its’ productivity, which ultimately would advance the economy as the USVI marine industry expands.