CHARTERING REGULATION GUIDANCE
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Always consult USCG Sector San Juan for the latest updates and information regarding your vessel's compliance.
Uninspected Passenger Vessels
Is your vessel a U.S. Flagged UPV legally operating with the correct number of passengers with the correct documentation?
The below steps are the minimum standards of compliance. Please see the USCG website and guidebook for official advice, this is a guideline only.
If only operating within the U.S. Virgin Islands then see STEP ONE.
If also operating in International waters then see STEP TWO.
Foreign- flagged vessels skip to STEP THREE.
U.S. Flagged vessels operating only in the U.S. Virgin Islands can operate with a "SIX PACK" (up to 6 passengers). The following must be current as a minimum requirement:
To operate in International Waters or with up to 12 passengers (USVI also) on a U.S. flagged vessel special permission can be granted for your vessel to operate as a TWELVE PACK. Contact the U.S. Coast Guard to see if your vessel complies. You will likely be advised that your vessel requires the following:
US Citizenship or Green Card or C1/D
Yellow Code COI (MCA) (Power with 1-12 passengers)
Blue Code COI (MCA) (Sail with 1-12 passengers)
Correct number of crew per Passenger License
If your vessel is Foreign flagged and your crew are not US citizens, you may only pick-up and drop off guests in the US Virgin Islands IF your crew carry valid B1/B2 visa or C-1/D visas. Conducting charters in the U.S. Virgin Islands is not permitted if it is to be considered to be "U.S. employment", however transit through the U.S. Virgin Islands with your guests is permitted. Captain must hold a valid license (equivalent to USCG Master 100) issued from a source appropriate to his/her nationality.
Prior to leaving and re-entering the U.S. Virgin Islands an electronic notice of arrival and departure must be filed by the Captain or appointed designee.
- At www.nvmc.uscg.gov create an account and a template for filing submissions.
- Any changes in departure/arrival time (within a six hour window) or changes in crew or passengers must be reported prior to departure/arrival.
- Moorings in the BVI marine park can be purchased at the time of check in at Immigration and Customs. For BVI Clearance Procedures
- Edward Wilmoth Blyden Marine Terminal, St. Thomas 877.305.8774 | 8 am-5 pm Seven Days a Week
- Cruz Bay CBP Terminal, St. John 877.305.8775 | 7 am-6 pm Seven Days a Week
- Gallows Bay, St. Croix 340.773.1011 | 8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday | After Hours: 340.773.1490
- For information specific to the British Virgin Islands: https://www.nauticaltrips.com/charter-consulting/
- For information specific to the Spanish Virgin Islands: https://www.dreamyachtcharter.com/destination/puerto-rico/