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Old 11-04-2011, 08:22   #1
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USVI Food/Garbage Restrictions

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We will be leaving St Martin soon for the USVI, I seem to remember reading about food/garbage issues, but cannot find any info on the net. Anyone have any insight?

Also, is it now necessary to anchor in Cruz Bay to clear or can one anchor in Caneel?

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Old 11-04-2011, 09:00   #2
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Re: USVI Food/Garbage Restrictions

If your boat is US registered you need those obnoxious placards. I've never been asked about either when clearing into St. John; the standard MARPOL rules apply:

Although since St. John is a national park, they might at some time make problems for grey water - which none of the boats that I know of in the Caribbean have holding tanks for.

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Re: USVI Food/Garbage Restrictions

Try Noonsite: The global site for cruising sailors, go to the country section and info will be there.
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Re: USVI Food/Garbage Restrictions

There's limited space for anchoring in Cruz Bay, so the easiest thing to do is to pick up a mooring buoy in Caneel Bay and dinghy around to Cruz. I always tie up near the Park Service dock and walk around to the Customs/Immigration office. Everyone on board must report in person with passports, not just the skipper--different from most other countries.

They will ask you if you have any garbage on board. Best if you don't. My understanding is that if you say, "Yes", then you'll have to dispose of it in some special garbage facility.
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Re: USVI Food/Garbage Restrictions

And, don't dump your garbage in the dumpster behind the C&I office in Cruz Bay, they can see you from the office.
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