The Virgin Islands Ship Registry (VISR) recently announced the designation of two new Ports of Registry which are now available for registration and administration under the Virgin Islands flag. The new ports, being “GORDA SOUND” and “WHITE BAY” bring the total number to three, the mainstay port for the Territory up to now having been “ROAD HARBOUR”.  The new ports are yet another step by VISR as the Territory seeks to take full advantage of its status as a Category 1 Red Ensign jurisdiction. 

Johann Henry from Harneys’ Shipping team commented: “The addition of Gorda Sound and White Bay provides greater choice for those seeking to take advantage of the BVI’s attractive portfolio of wealth management and asset-holding tools for vessel registration in the context of the Territory’s Category 1 status and its position as a reputable offshore financial services centre.”

The new ports of registry are closely associated with the British Virgin Islands’ popular cruising waters which draw thousands of pleasure boats annually. Gorda Sound is located on the island of Virgin Gorda and White Bay on the island of Jost Van Dyke.