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: www.vishipping.gov.vg