Red Ensign Group


Latitude / Longitude:
18°25' N, 64°37' W

Virgin Islands Shipping Registry of Shipping 
Sebastian's Building, PO Box 4751 
Administration Drive 
Road Town, Tortola 
British Virgin Islands 

Tel: +1 284 468 2902/2903
Fax: +1 284 468 2913



British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is the latest member of the Red Ensign Group of British Ship Registries (REG) to attain full Category 1 status; since 2014, the BVI is now able to register all ship types of unlimited size.

Despite geographically being a small group of islands in the Caribbean Sea, the BVI is a renowned offshore financial centre and a leading corporate register, coupled with a stable government and a solid legal system, based on English common law.

An active participant at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), all major maritime conventions have been extended to the BVI Government and enacted through BVI law. The role of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry (VISR) is to implement the maritime policies of the BVI Government, principally through the BVI Merchant Shipping Act, 2001, covering, amongst other things: ship registration; plan approval; statutory surveys; ship operations; crew competence; safety; and pollution prevention.

Headquartered in the BVI, with a satellite office in London and a network of surveyors available around the globe, VISR can attend to any needs on a 24 hour basis. With a fleet of some 2,500 vessels ranging from small yachts to an 82m superyacht and commercial ships from tugs to passenger vessels; VISR is more than capable of managing any vessel type. The relatively small size of the fleet allows for a good working relationship with the shipowner/manager which leads to a pragmatic approach to resolving any issues that may arise during the life of the ship.

To ensure that shipowners can have the ship name they desire, there are three ports of registration in the BVI: Road Town; White Bay; and, Gorda Sound.

For further information, please visit VISR's website:


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