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New Regulations Being Enforced In All US Ports

The Virgin Islands Charteryacht League, (VICL) St. Thomas,
US Virgin Islands, reports stricter enforcement of the Federal regulation
commonly referred to as a 24 Hour Notice of Arrival (33 CFR Part 160). Pamela Wilson, General Manager of the
League, states that as of October 4, 2005 this regulation, formerly enforced
only on vessels over 300 ton gross weight, is now being applied to all vessels
carrying paying passengers in and out of US waters. Vessels carrying paid crew but no
passengers entering or leaving US Ports for the purpose of picking up charter
guests must also file.The only
exception at press time is a commercial ferry. Private water taxis, private ferries,
day charters and term yacht charters must file. In addition, a Notice of Departure from
US Ports must also be filed.All
filings must be transmitted electronically at www.nvmc.uscg.gov. Emails, faxes, etc. are not considered
correct filing formats. While
this is commonly known as a 24 Hour Notice there are some timing regulations
depending upon the length of your voyage. 
Ms. Wilson further states, “US
Customs and Border Protection, USCG, Homeland Security and VICL are working
closely with the yachts to bring everyone into compliance in a timely manner. While we foresee many challenges for our
fleet in complying with this regulation, it is simply an unfortunate by-product
of September 11, 2001.” 
Contact the Virgin Islands Charteryacht League at 340-774-3944, email pamela@vicl.org if you have any questions or
comments. You can also visit their website at www.vicl.org
for the latest updates as they occur.

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