January 5, 2018 UPDATE: The deadline for mariners to remove their storm anchor gear from Hurricane Hole has been extended to January 31, 2018. All gear remaining after January 31 will be removed by the National Park Service unless previous arrangements have been made.
If you are a boat owner with a damaged vessel in park waters and have not yet contacted NPS with your plan for removal, call (321) 421-9686 or email at Caribbean_Recovery@nps.gov as soon as possible.
To keep updated as the recovery progresses, visit: https://www.facebook.com/virginislandsNPS/
USVI DPNR has set December 1, 2017, as a deadline for owners of vessels displaced by recent hurricanes to let the Coast Guard know of the owner’s intent for salvaging/removing their vessels, or risk DPNR taking possession of the vessel and options for disposition. All owners of vessels displaced by recent hurricanes should call the Vessel Owner Notification Hotline at (340) 423-6353 or email the Coast Guard at USVIDPNR@gmail.com and provide information about your boat and how to contact you. Details here: Boat Owner Information Flyer Final 29 Oct,
and read these common questions and reassuring answers too! USVI Q&A for boaters
If your boat was beached, sunk within the National Park waters and the Hurricane Hole Storm Refuge, please contact the National Park Service at Caribbean_Recovery@nps.gov with information on your boat, where it is and what plans you have.
Let’s work together to get the boats retrieved and repaired — that can be, and have the ones that are too badly damaged removed safely from our precious blue waters and coastline.
Boat owners who lived aboard should contact FEMA for possible financial assistance, the SBA for business loans if you chartered, and after those applications and decisions are reached (so start now…), there is a possibility for assistance from private nonprofit organizations. See CBCC then…to establish those contacts, or to ask general questions now.