Anchoring & Mooring

A message from our Governor

March 27, 2020

Good Day All:

As Governor of the US Virgin Islands, I want to welcome you to our US Territory at this time of great world pandemic crisis. Whether you have visited regularly in the past or if this is a first visit, we are pleased to be able to extend to you a safe haven under US Flag protection at this grave time.

While here, we request that you abide by the orders and compliance requests of the US Coast Guard (USCG), the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and the Emergency Executive Orders (as supplemented) issued by me. In particular, we request you abide by the rules for mooring by DPNR. We, also, request that the provisions of the Executive Order for Stay in Place on your vessels and to report any health issues of persons on your vessels to the local Depart of Health (DOH). Information on how to make those reports will be provided to you.

Please also note that while we welcome you to continue to stay in the USVI for the duration of this crisis, you will need to follow the regulations of DPNR on continued mooring in approved bays. We also extend a welcome to you to consider staying in the USVI beyond the pandemic crisis and join the USVI marine family and economy.

Thank You and Welcome.



Albert Bryan Jr. Governor


COVID-19 Health Assessment Questionnaire

Short-Term Anchoring 2020 Fillable (July-2020)

Long-Term Anchoring Application

Mooring Application

All Forms & Applications Available Here


Please read below to learn about vessel waste discharge laws in territorial waters of the US Virgin Islands

(c) No person shall throw, discard, discharge or deposit refuse of any kind into the shoreline areas or territorial waters of the Virgin Islands. No person shall dump or discharge pollutants such as gas, oil, petroleum products, sewage, or any other pollutants into the territorial waters of the Virgin Islands. Any person who discharges, dumps, or deposits refuse or pollutants in violation of this chapter shall immediately remove or arrange for the removal of such refuse or pollutants to the Department’s satisfaction. If the vessel’s owner or the person responsible for the violation fails to so act, the Department may arrange for removal and clean-up and may contract with and retain agents for such purpose, and the costs thereof, shall be borne by the owner and any person responsible for the discharge, discarding, dumping, or depositing of the refuse or pollutants.
(e) Except as provided in section 409 of this chapter, any person who violates the provisions of this section may be fined an amount not to exceed $10,000 for each offense.