No confirmation has been provided as to whether the harbour charge that was recently announced by the BVI Ports Authority, and subsequently postponed would be scrapped or given a green light following adjustments.
Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced that the views of persons with yachting interest is being considered.
Speaking to the media on 21 April Hon. Smith in announcing the postponement of the fee stated that: “The yachting sector is one of the major drivers in our tourism sector, and it is important that we remain attractive for pleasure boaters whose sailing helps to generate revenue within the industry.”
The Premier added: “As a result, the BVI Ports Authority saw it fit to postpone the recently introduced harbour charges for all charter vessels, including private vessels, entering and remaining in the BVI ‘territorial waters.’ We will continue to work with industry stakeholders to find an amicable solution to further strengthen this sector of the economy.”
Among the concerns of persons in the yachting sector was the fact that the charge was being calculated at $1.00 per foot. Which means that the length of the vessel will determine the charge.