Boat Owners Must Arrange for Removal of Wreckage Within 30 Days

Sailboat grounded at St. Thomas Yacht Club after Hurricane Dorian. (Kyle Murphy photo)

Pursuant to Virgin Islands law (debris and wreckage removal in emergencies and major disasters), all boat owners of vessels that have sustained significant damages during Hurricane Dorian must make arrangements for the removal of that vessel, according to a press release issued Thursday by Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR).

Boat owners who do not make arrangements with a salvage company will be responsible for the full cost of salvage, removal and storage incurred by the department. All vessels beyond restoration will be destroyed and disposed of at the local dump.

Boat owners have 30 days from the date of this notice to contact the Division of Environmental Enforcement to avoid incurring such costs.

Contact the Division of Environmental Enforcement on St. Croix at 773-5774 or on St. Thomas-St. John at 774-3320.