Press Release

Premier's Office
Release Date:
Thursday, 14 December 2023 - 4:45pm

The Government of the Virgin Islands is providing the opportunity for suitably qualified persons to serve as members on the Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Shipping and Maritime Authority, established under Section 3(1) of the Virgin Islands Shipping and Maritime Authority Act, 2023 (the “Act”). 

The Authority’s functions are primarily to:

  • continue the functions relating to maritime affairs under Part II and Part XIX of the Merchant Shipping Act, 2001 (as amended);
  • administer and enforce all matters for which the Minister is responsible under the Act, and the laws in force in the Virgin Islands relating to merchant shipping and seamen; and
  • promote the proper development of ship registration, survey, inspection, safety management of audits and related services.

The Authority’s decentralisation from Government empowers it with direct management and control over maritime matters for the purpose of achieving self-sufficient and sustainable revenue levels for the a Authority and additional economic contributions through increased company registration and tourism products.

To serve on the Board of Directors, candidates should have experience or capacity in matters relating to maritime affairs, industry, commerce, transportation, finance, law, Government or administration.

Interested candidates are required to submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae electronically to the following by closing date 29th December, 2023:

Permanent Secretary

Premier’s Office

Government of the Virgin Islands 

Road Town, Tortola VG1110

Virgin Islands


Successful candidates would be responsible for determining the strategic direction of the Authority through the development of its strategic plan, and implementing policies to enable the Authority to effectively achieve its strategic objectives.

For more information, please send your inquiries by e-mail to or contact our office directly at (284) 468-2152.


Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS)

354 James Walter Francis Drive
RJT Edifice Building, 5th Floor
Road Town, TORTOLA VG1110

Tel: 284 468 2730
Fax: 284 468 2750