Safe responsible boating on the territorial waters of the United States Virgin Islands is the responsibility of each user group. The commercial, recreational and freight vessel operators together utilize the Territory’s waterways to make a living, for commercial and recreational enjoyment of our marine resources, and to transfer goods and people. Safe boating does not happen by chance.
The territorial waters of the Virgin Islands are busiest during the months of October through May of each year; therefore, boating safety in a responsible manner ensures safe operations and positive experiences on our waterways.
It is the responsibility of each vessel operator to know and comply with the Territory’s boating laws that seek to protect each user group, preserve and conserve our marine resources, and guarantee a safe and pleasant experience on the waterways of the United States Virgin Islands. Your safety and an enjoyable experience on our waterways are our goals at the Department of Planning & Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Enforcement.
We want you to enjoy your marine experience. Take time to learn more about how to “Boat Smart” by taking a boating safety course. Be a responsible boater by being mindful of our marine environment, staying alert, operating in a responsible manner and wearing your life jacket at all times, especially when underway.