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Aerial photo shows the parcen on Crown Bay the V.I. Port Authority is seeking to turn into a marine center.

VIPA to Negotiate for New Marine Center

Virgin Islands Port Authority voted to negotiate with Off-Shore Marine Services, Inc. to lease two Port Authority properties in Crown Bay to develop a marine center and revamp the dilapidated land.
An empty runway at the Cyril E. King Airport will be a common sight in upcoming months as airlines reduce their number of flights. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

COVID-19 Slashes Port Authority’s Marine and Aviation Revenue

The additional 100 day “No Sail” order put out by the Centers for Disease Control, in combination with airlines pulling flights from their schedules, has impacted the Virgin Islands Port Authority.
Blyden Terminal, St. Thomas (File photo)

Port Authority Waives Late Rent, Fees

The V.I. Port Authority governing board met in an unannounced closed meeting on Tuesday, March 31, and voted to authorize Executive Director Carlton Dowe to temporarily waive late charges and other financial fees for its tenants.

V.I. Ports Maintaining Critical Operations

The Virgin Islands Port Authority does not foresee a shortage of critical, imported supplies over the next month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All Cruise Lines Hit Pause, Inflicting Blow to USVI Economy

Days after the new coronavirus epidemic led both Princess Cruises and Viking Cruises to halt all cruise operations until May, all other cruise lines have followed suit.
Airport STT Phase 2-4: The Port Authority estimates that it will take six to eight years to complete construction phases two through four on the Cyril E. King Airport. (Artist's rendering provided by VIPA)

VIPA Says Construction to Begin Soon on Territory’s Airports

The Virgin Islands Port Authority will start spending the $27 million received last year as a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration to begin construction on the Cyril E. King and Henry E. Rohlsen airports.
Princess Cruise ship in Crown Bay (Photo by Semele A.C. George)

Coronavirus Impacts: Princess, Viking Cruise Lines Pause Operations

The coronavirus pandemic led both Princess Cruises and Viking Cruises to halt all cruise operations until May, which means several cancellations to the U.S. Virgin Islands representing several million dollars in lost revenue for businesses.

USVI Turns Away Royal Caribbean Ship but Allows Injured Passenger

The Port Authority confirmed that the U.S. Coast Guard denied Royal Caribbean’s 2,446 passenger Grandeur of the Seas’ request to berth at the Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay, St. Thomas on Thursday.
Dodson James, nominee for a position on the U.S. Virgin Islands Horse Racing Commission, testifies during Monday’s Rules and Judiciary hearing. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert)

Racing Commission Nominee Dreams of Horse Racing Reemergence

Dodson James has been in the business of horse racing for more than 40 years. During Monday’s Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing he passionately expressed his dreams for what the industry could be in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Delays May Be Over at STT Airport and Blyden Marine Terminal

After two weeks of long lines at Cyril E. King Airport and Edward W. Blyden IV Marine Terminal on St. Thomas, repairs to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection screening areas have been completed and normal operations will resume Friday.

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