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Dean is a member of VICPA as a vendor and participated in the USVI Charter Yacht Show. He would like to offer my services to members.

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VIPCA Testifies in Legislature for Minor CZM Permit for 100 New Vessel Moorings.

March 2nd, 2021


The Honorable Donna Frett Gregory.


34th Legislature of the United States Virgin Islands



Good Day Senate President Donna Frett Gregory, other members of the 34th Legislature of the US Virgin Islands, legislative staff, and members of the viewing and listening public, my name is Oriel Blake and I am the Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA). Today we are presenting testimony on the Minor Coastal Zone Management Permit No. CZT-44-19W for the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association, Inc., which allows for the installation of one hundred (helix) type anchor moorings at locations across the Virgin Islands. The moorings will be used for transient vessels. This activity will occur around the islands of St. John, St. Croix, and St. Thomas, within the territorial water limit.


The Marine industry is an essential part of the U.S. Virgin Islands tourism economy. It is also a highly resilient sector as seen after the hurricanes of 2017 and most recently in the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020-21, USVI-based charter boats alone are anticipated to contribute nearly $88 million to the territory’s economy. Other transient vessels such as superyachts and private recreational cruising yachts from both neighboring islands and around the globe, add even more dollars to the USVI’s coffers. This permitting request pertains to these transient vessels and specifically to moorings.


To quickly define, moorings are permanent structures affixed to the seafloor to which a vessel may be secured. Helix-type moorings are easier, faster and safer to install than other types of moorings and provide for environmental protection. Moorings contrast with the use of anchors to secure a vessel in one place. Anchoring entails a vessel cast a cable-attached metal anchor that digs into the seabed each time the vessel visits whether for one hour or stays overnight.


With the approval of this permit, the 100 moorings will be strategically distributed in bays throughout the USVI per DPNR. This type of secure infrastructure better supports these transient yachts, organizing each bay, and assures their presence to contribute to the USVI’s economy. These moorings will also protect the territory’s natural undersea environment and their routine surveillance, management and regular maintenance can provide jobs for Virgin Islanders interested in a career in the marine industry.


I’d like to further elaborate on the economic, environmental and employment benefits of placing these moorings as I believe this will serve to underscore why granting this permit request is of the utmost importance and benefit.


First, the economic. There are two points: expenditures and contributions. VIPCA was approved by the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration for a $562,000 grant investment, plus an in-kind matching grant of $133,400.00 by DPNR, and a further $175,000 by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to assist in the Virgin Islands Moorings Installation project. Thus, funding for these 100 new moorings is available. These grants were approved for VIPCA as it is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. As for contributions, consider that one USVI-based term charter yacht contributes nearly $13,000 annually directly to the U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. Federal governments. This includes a business license, gross receipts, DPNR registration, anchoring/mooring permit, National Park Commercial Permit plus National Park mooring fees, USVI insurance tax, Virgin Islands Port Authority fees and U.S. Coast Guard documentation. More sizable still is that this same yacht contributes approximately $150,000 each year indirectly to the USVI economy. These expenditures include provisioning, fuel, onshore dining, hotel/lodging, boat cleaners, dockage, diving/fishing rentals, maintenance, taxis and laundry. Multiply these figures by 150USVI-based captained week (term) charter yachts, 100-non-captained bareboat charter yachts and add similar expenditures by the 194-day charter boats, and this is how VIPCA arrived at approximately $88 million as the anticipated annual economic contribution for USVI-based charter yachts for 2020-21. With borders closed in neighboring islands due to the pandemic, marine yacht charter operations continue to increase. This number has increased dramatically. On a related note, these moorings will assist in diversifying the territory’s marine tourism industry, a prudent move considering the pandemic-forced stop of cruise ship visits for a year now.


Secondly, the environmental. One of the most significant benefits of vessels using moorings rather than anchoring is in protecting the undersea environment. This was the primary reason for the public-private partnership between VIPCA and DPNR in 2017, and what led to the securing of grants to install the moorings for which this permit is now requested. According to Steve Prosterman, Dive Safety Officer at the University of the Virgin Islands, anchoring can not only break corals that may take a century to grow back, but the action of the anchor chain sweeping back and forth as the yacht moves in the wind creates a V-shaped area of destruction of soft corals like sea fans as well as seagrass, a mainstay of endangered sea turtles. The helix-shaped mooring we propose only disrupts a 2-to-3-inch area on the seafloor. Plus, the line attached to the yacht is supported by a floating buoy, removing the lengthy and damaging anchor chain, thus preventing the damaging action seen in anchoring. One of the top natural draws to the U.S. Virgin Islands is its marine environment and the proposed moorings will be protective.


Third, employment. To be safe and secure, moorings must be routinely surveilled and continually maintained. Revenue generated by transient boaters using the 100 new moorings is approximately equal to the cost of their surveillance, management and maintenance. Thus, this is a self-funding, not profit-making program. Through VIPCA’s programs such as the Marine Apprenticeship Program, which is a 5-week Captain’s training course for Virgin Islands residents between the ages of 19 to 29, the surveillance and management of the moorings will be yet another of the job opportunities in the territory’s marine industry. Not least to mention that as the yacht charter industry booms, so too does job availability both on the water for recruitment of local captains, as well as on the shore in marine technical services. At the heart of VIPCA’s mission is to boost local workforce recruitment in the marine industry.


In conclusion, the US Virgin Islands marine environment is a huge draw for visitors and marine tourism a critical part of the territory’s economy. In recent years, the rebound in marine tourism more quickly than land-based venues after hurricanes followed by the influx of transient yachts to the territory as neighboring islands borders closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, presents an opportunity to provide for and strengthen this part of the economy. In tandem and just as importantly, a vibrant marine industry and the infrastructure that supports it such as these moorings can benefit the people of the Virgin Islands in three key ways which I touched on earlier. To underscore, there’s the opportunity of additional jobs both in the industry directly and indirectly in support services; secondly, the benefits of resource preservation and a healthy undersea ecosystem which supports fish stocks; and thirdly, the recreational enjoyment of the territory’s beaches and bays via strategic mooring placement by DPNR.


On behalf of VIPCA, we request that the Senate approve Minor Coastal Zone Management Permit No. CZT-44-19W for VIPCA to install 100 hundred helix-type moorings at locations across the Virgin Islands. Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

USVI Governments Community Business Forum

VIPCA Presented twice at the USVI Governments Community Business Forum 2020 – keeping the Marine Yacht Charter in the foreground as a Covid-19 prepared and safe to remain open industry.

Business Forum with Presentation by VIPCA

VIPCA Executive Director, Oriel Blake, is speaking on the Marine Industry in the U.S.Virgin Islands at the Business Forum including various expert presentations, question/answer and resourceful suggestions for business options you do not want to miss!
December 16, 2020
Time : 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Platform: Microsoft Teams Live
Email your RSVP to cbf@go.vi.gov with the following info:
(For Existing Businesses Only)
Business Name:
Field of Business:
(For Persons Interested in Business On

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Update Nov 12th 2020:

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Update Nov 12th 2020:

These conditions apply to each inbound person over 5 years old: 

1) Visitors need to be issued a Travel Certificate via the app bvigateway.bviaa.com 
2)  Valid negative PCR Covid 19 test within 5 days, submitted and approved, prior to BVI arrival from low risk countries and within 3 days for medium and high risk countries.
3)  Covid Insurance
4)  Testing at Port of Entry for each person arriving. 
5)  A subsequent test 4 days later. 
6)  Each person to have a wristband and a tracking app on their phone. 
7)  Combined cost for items 4), 5) and 6) $175 per person.

Negative results from the day 4 test allows unlimited exploration of the BVI. 

Charter Yacht Bubble. A charter vessel can be your isolated safe place. Charter Yachts can move between designated safe haven anchorages, (TBD by the BVI Government) until the 4 day test negative results open up the itinerary.

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Regulated Garbage Removal

  • Regulated Garbage and Garbage Removal Upon Arrival to USVI

What is Regulated Garbage?

Garbage containing or associated with plant or animal materials; generated onboard conveyances arriving from any place outside the United States, except Canada, is subject to requirements and safeguards for handling once in the United States.
Garbage becomes regulated by APHIS per 7 CFR 330.401 and 9 CFR 94.5 (c) when generated onboard a conveyance (ocean vessels and aircraft) only when the garbage is on or removed from the conveyance.
Additionally, the conveyance generating the garbage has either:
·Moved outside of the U.S. or Canada within the previous 2 year period; or
·Moved to or from Hawaii, U.S. territories, or possessions within the previous 1 year period
Regulated garbage must be disposed at a site approved to handle regulated garbage. Vessels may remove or “purge” their stores and garbage and disinfect, to attain “domestic status.”
By purging their stores and garbage, vessel owners are provided an opportunity to reduce their costs associated with garbage removal.
What is purging?
Vessels may purge (remove, in accordance with APHIS requirements, all garbage or stores that might introduce foreign plant and animal pests and diseases) their stores and garbage and disinfect if necessary to attain “domestic status”.  Purging allows the garbage generated after the purge to be disposed of without grinding, incineration, or sterilization. 
Procedures for Purging:  
CBP Agriculture Specialists will monitor the purging of the vessel’s regulated stores and garbage and subsequent cleaning and disinfection. 
As part of the purging process, the vessel has to dispose of the following items:
Meat and meat products regardless of origin, except shelf stable canned meat/poultry.(Special note: All ruminant material from BSE affected countries (regardless of processing/even if shelf stable canned) and canned perishable poultry material from END and/or HPAI countries are prohibited and must be disposed of). 
Fresh and condensed milk and cream from countries in which Foot and Mouth disease exists
Fresh eggs
Fresh fruits and vegetables
All garbage aboard the vessel
To get a head start, the crew can remove the food items from their rooms, kitchen cabinets/refrigerator/freezer and place them in strong plastic bags(keep them on the vessel until the CBPAS arrive).
Following disposal, all storerooms and locations which held the previously purged material must be cleaned and disinfected (with authorized/approved disinfectant) by the crew also under direct supervision of a CBPAS
The purged material is to be incinerated or sterilized.
The captain will be given a CBP Form AI288 Ship Inspection Report with “Purged-now domestic” written in the Remarks Block
Schedule the purge when you have consumed most, if not all of your stores.
Items that are not considered regulated:
Dried products
Processed condiments(ketchup, mayo, mustard)
Paper and plastics not associated with food
You will remain in the domestic status as long as you remain in the U.S.  Virgin Islands.  Once you leave the Virgin Islands, to visit a foreign country or anywhere in the Continental United States, your status returns to regulated garbage.
Keep one bin for regulated garbage and another one for dry waste, to simplify this process since not all garbage is regulated waste.
If you would like to schedule a purge please send an email ONIQUEE.WINSTON@CBP.DHS.GOV or call Oniquee Winston 340-774-4554 or 340-626-1542.  If you haveany further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
find more information in the USDA website at:https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/sa_import/sa_garbage/ct_regulated_garbage/c


Gowrie Group Official Insurance Sponsor of the 2020 USVI Charter Yacht Show Set for November 12-15

October 14, 2020


Gowrie Group Official Insurance Sponsor of the 2020 USVI Charter Yacht Show Set for November 12-15


St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). Gowrie Group, a nationally-focused, leading marine insurance agency that manages the comprehensive health insurance and yacht insurance programs offered to active members of the Virgin Island Professional Charter Association (VIPCA), has been named by VIPCA as the official insurance supplier of the USVI Charter Yacht Show for the fourth year in a row. The 2020 Show, set for November 12-15, at IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande, will offer in-person and virtual elements all with COVID-19 Safety Protocols designed to assure the well-being of attendees and island residents alike.


“Gowrie Group, a Division of Risk Strategies, is extremely proud to sponsor the 2020 USVI Charter Yacht Show,” says Rick Bagnall, senior vice president of Gowrie Group. “We are excited to announce a major change to the health insurance for active VIPCA members starting January 1, 2021. CIGNA, one of the largest U.S. carriers, will be the new group carrier for VIPCA’s group health insurance. The new plan is not only more robust and comprehensive, but we expect to also see a decrease in the current rates. Health insurance is extremely important for those working in and around the marine industry. If you need medical assistance when in the Caribbean, you often will find yourself transported to the mainland U.S. medical system. Having a plan that provides access to providers worldwide is extremely important, along with having coverage for medical transport and/or medical evacuation.”


Photo: L to R: Oriel Blake, VIPCA executive director; Rick Bagnall, Gowrie Group senior vice president; Mark Gargula, Gowrie Group yacht insurance specialist at the 2019 USVI Charter Yacht Show. Courtesy Gowrie Group.


Gowrie Group offers two key products to active VIPCA members. One is the Health Insurance Program and the second is the Yacht/Fleet Insurance Program, both managed by the insurance experts at Gowrie. One new trend Gowrie is seeing in the Health Insurance market is a significantly increased demand for Travel Insurance and Travel Medical Plans, says Bagnall. Bagnall advises that yacht charter brokers inform their charter clients about the various insurance options that are available to them. Gowrie has multiple options for this coverage and can assist charter clients in the selection process.


The Yacht Insurance market has also been evolving rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many insurance carriers have exited the marine insurance market, including some of the primary Caribbean focused options. Mark Gargula, Gowrie Group’s VIPCA Yacht Insurance Specialist, has been proactively working with his yacht clients to review their policies and optimize their coverage for premium savings and to align with their current usage, given the COVID-19 environment and cruising restrictions. Gargula expects the Yacht Insurance market to continue to evolve and go in new directions through the end of 2020 and deep into 2021. These changes open opportunities for yacht owners to work with Gowrie Group to secure the best coverage possible.


Gowrie Group will feature a Virtual Presentation on November 13 at Noon (Atlantic Standard Time: UTC−04:00) The title is: ‘Understand Your Options: Crew Health Insurance, Yacht Insurance, and Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance’.


“Gowrie Group has been a steadfast partner with VIPCA through thick and thin, insuring our member yachts through hurricanes, and insuring our member crews through viral pandemics,” says Oriel Blake, VIPCA’s executive director.


For more information and to contact the Gowrie Group, visit: https://vipca.org/crew-insurance/ and https://vipca.org/yacht-insurance/


2020 USVI Charter Yacht Show Offers the Best of Both Worlds – In-Person & Online


The U.S. Virgin Islands is a key Caribbean cruising ground that, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, has re-opened to visitors both on land and sea, including for crewed yacht and day charters. Hence, VIPCA is indeed hosting a live 2020 USVI Charter Yacht Show and doing so with rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols. For the full text of the protocols, please visit https://vipca.org/covid-19-safety-protocols/. However, to accommodate brokers unable to attend in person, organizers are adding a virtual element. It’s the best of both worlds approach to showcase the U.S. Virgin Islands-based boutique charter yacht fleet to the widest possible audience and assure a successful upcoming season.


In-Person – Top Yachts at the Docks


Over 50 yachts are registered to exhibit at IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande marina for the USVI Charter Yacht Show, with an anticipation of 60 yachts to be registered to exhibit by November. The show fleet, which collectively averages 55-foot LOA, includes a diverse mix of vessels: sailing monohulls and catamarans up to 80-feet and longer and motor yachts in the 80- to 120-foot range. To register, visit: https://vipca.org/vessel-registration/


Photo: The 92-foot Sunseeker, Elite, will be on show at the docks at IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande Marina. Courtesy: Bluewater Yachting


Three of the larger motor yachts showing on the docks at IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande, which was recently named Towergate’s Superyacht Marina of the Year for the third time, is Valere, Elite and Outta Touch. Stylish and modern, the Azimut 84, Valere, offers four staterooms; al fresco dining on the aft deck, flybridge and bow; luxurious sunbeds on the bow; and a retractable sunroof on the flybridge. The 92-foot Sunseeker, Elite, is a 4-stateroom yacht notable for its huge main salon windows with aft deck doors that open completely to bring the outdoor dining area and bar inside; a spacious flybridge equipped with a wet bar, BBQ grill and brand new hot tub, and water toys including two Seabobs, wakeboard, and large floating mats. Outta Touch is a 105’ Intermarine Savannah, with beautiful gloss wood finishes and bright interior that provide classic elegance, an intimate ‘in-kitchen’ dining table to watch the chef work their magic, and a Jacuzzi on the flybridge with sunbeds for lounging. These three yachts are represented by Bluewater Yachting and new to the charter market.


Over 150 individual charter brokers from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe attended the 2019 USVI Charter Yacht Show, and with this year’s new online element, more still are expected to virtually attend. The Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands effective November 9 will allow mass gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and outdoors. Therefore, physical charter broker attendance will be capped at 100 this year, so anyone considering attending in-person should register soon. Brokers can register to attend the show physically or virtually at https://vipca.org/charter-broker-registration/


“For us as charter managers, it’s especially important to provide as much marketing assistance as possible to our owner clients and retail brokers with first-hand visits and crew interviews,” says Ami G. Ira, yacht sales and charter specialist for Bluewater Yachting, headquartered in Antibes, France, with eight offices in six countries. “Charter show participation shows that the owner is business-minded and serious about booking charters, instead of private yacht owners hoping to offset their tax liability by placing the yacht on the charter market with a freelance crew. Those owners rarely understand the charter agreements and the terms they’re meant to respect in times of dispute, which results in unhappy clients and brokers, but it’s impossible to tell who those owners are based solely on their online profiles. Likewise, rarely do freelance captains and crew know the vessel like the back of their hand, so can’t possibly deliver the same stellar experience that a permanent crew can. That’s why we at Bluewater recommend our fleet yachts to participate and expect our retail brokers to attend to do their due diligence on behalf of our retail charter clients.”


Online – a Virtual Element to the Yacht Show


The virtual element of the 2020 USVI Charter Yacht Show will offer VIPCA broker members remote digital access to yacht tours, crew interviews and yacht show seminars with industry updates for the upcoming season upon payment of $50 for individual password access. The fee for non-VIPCA members is $100. Attending in-person is free to VIPCA-member brokers and is $100 for non-members. Register for in-person or virtual attendance at https://vipca.org/charter-broker-registration


Local companies have stepped up to assure a non-interrupted virtual charter yacht show experience.


“Viya is 100% committed with the U.S. Virgin Island and the boating community,” says Rolando Texidor, director of produce and enterprise sales for Viya, the largest telecommunications provider located in the USVI, providing a full suite of telecommunications and entertainment services. “For the show, we will be providing a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi connection backed up with our wireless LTE Network. The two combined will allow a transmission during the show regardless of the area. Inside buildings, outdoors and inside yachts, ‘no waters will be left uncharted’.


aLGLink, Ltd, a British Virgin Islands-based provider of marine Wi-Fi for charter fleets and private yachts, will also provide support to the Show.


“We are providing a dockside HotSpot service for guests to use,” says Jason Eitel,

aLGLink owner.


At no extra cost to the yachts, VIPCA has arranged for The Pamlico Group, LLC, with offices in Florida and Connecticut, to film all registered yachts at IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande Marina during the show dates. Additionally, yachts can schedule Pamlico’s professionals to film virtual 360-degree photographic tours pre-or-post-show at extremely discounted rates. These tours show the yacht’s exterior and interior and can be viewed on a mobile device, computer, or using VR goggles. Exhibiting yachts can arrange their 360-degree virtual tour directly with the Pamlico Group by contacting Ted Norris: tnorris@pamlicogroup.com


Latest Show Update


The 2020 USVI Charter Yacht Show has moved away from group gatherings and events, and towards time focused on networking opportunities between the yacht crew and brokers with a restriction to four brokers per yacht at a time. In place of ashore events, both lunches and dinners will be hosted on board, whether catered by the yacht chefs or by the show’s exclusive catering sponsor, Moe’s Fresh Market. All onboard dining will be organized through the clearinghouses with invitations extended directly to the in-person attending charter brokers.


Sponsors of the USVI Charter Yacht show include the USVI Department of Tourism; Yacht Haven Grande; IGY Marinas; Gowrie Group, a Division of Risk Strategies; Denison Yacht Sales; Offshore Marine; Northern Lights, distributed by Parts and Power; Moe’s Fresh Market; Grey Goose, distributed by West Indies Company; Veuve Clicquot and Captain Morgan, distributed by Bellows International; the Charter Yacht Broker Association; Cardow Jewelers; Harbor Shoppers; and, La Royale Cosmetics.




VIPCA is the territory’s 501(c)(6) nonprofit marine association, whose purpose is to promote, protect and further the capabilities of charter yachts and the marine businesses that sustain them. Projects and initiatives VIPCA membership supports includes producing a marine directory of local information, technical advice and resources; improving Customs and Border Protection facilities; facilitating access for charter vessels between the USVI and Spanish Virgin Islands; compliance guidance; installation of territory-wide new transient moorings; and marine vocational training for V.I. youth under the organization’s charity fiscally sponsored by Community Foundation Virgin Islands (CFVI.net), the Marine Rebuild Fund.


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