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VIRGIN ISLANDS PORT AUTHORITY
Celebrating 50 Years of Connecting the US Virgin Islands
to the World by Air and Sea

February 11, 1969 - February 11, 2019

St. Croix  |  St. John  | St. Thomas
United States Virgin Islands

Gateways to the USVI's Economy

The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) is an autonomous agency that owns and manages the two airports and the majority of the public seaports in the United States Virgin Islands. We are also charged with maintaining the harbors in the territory. The law stipulates that VIPA must make its properties available to the public so that the populace may reap the benefits of these facilities.

 

Our Diverse Operations

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AIRPORTS SEAPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE BUSINESS

The territory has two airports: the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (HERA) on St. Croix and the Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA) on St. Thomas, Both terminals are host to dozens of flights daily and provide services to inter-island, U.S. mainland and other international destinations.

VIPA's portfolio of 14 marine ports include cruise, ferry, a marina and cargo ports on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands was struck with two devastating Category 5 hurricanes in September 2017. VIPA is in the process of rebuilding its 119 affected properties. We have also used this opportunity to renovate and expand our facilities to better serve the traveling public. Follow our infrastructure development journey via our news releases and social media posts.

VIPA plays a key role in stimulating the economy of the US Virgin Islands. We employ over 350 residents territory-wide  Our facilities and port projects also provide direct and indirect jobs for thousands of people.

 


An Upscale Passenger Seaport for St. Croix

The Gallows Bay Marine Facility is being transformed into a passenger and luxury vessel seaport.  Construction of a new dual-purpose Welcome Center has recently been completed.  The new building cost $1.5 million and was funded via bond financing.

VIPA will shift all existing cargo activity from this facility to the Gordon A. Finch Molasses Pier in Krause Lagoon, St. Croix.  The second phase of the project involves dredging the Schooner Bay Channel to accommodate mini-cruise vessels.  VIPA has submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeking permission to dredge the channel.

 

A New Crown Bay District

The Virgin Island Port Authority hosted a presentation of the final draft of the Crown Bay Districtís 20-Year Vision Plan on September 5, 2019.  The plan was developed by Moffat and Nichol for VIPA and was presented by Scott Lagueux (Director of Waterfront Planning), Mark Pirrello (Senior Waterfront Engineer) and their team at the public meeting held in the Crown Bay Center Cruise Lounge on St. Thomas.  It combines suggestions from our community offered at a charrette held November 15, 2018; residents, stakeholders, and cruise passenger surveys; feedback from cruise line officials; the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA); Crown Bay Center tenants and VIPA staff.  If you missed the live-stream of the presentation, you can watch it here and and download a copy of the Vision Plan.  Be sure to visit RenewCB.com for more information about the transformation of this historic seaport located on the western end of St. Thomas.


Download a copy of the
Crown Bay District Vision Plan

 

Improving Inter-Island Travel

 

VIPA's permit application to build a new U.S. Customs & Border Protection Facility at the Urman V. Fredericks Marine Terminal in Red Hook, St. Thomas was approved by the 33rd Legislature of the USVI. The application was forwarded to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for final approval. Once this facility comes online, it will augment the CBP services provided in the territory. It will also significantly reduce travel time between the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.  There are about 300,000 travelers between the USVI and the BVI annually.  The construction of this new Customs facility in Red Hook, St. Thomas will not affect CBP services provided in St. John. VIPA is currently building a new Customs building at the Victor Sewer Marine Facility ("The Creek"). CBP services will continue to be provided in Cruz Bay, St. John.


Rendering of the proposed UVF Marine Terminal
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Building
to be built in Red Hook, St. Thomas

 

A Royal Partnership
 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Limited officials, VIPA's Chairperson Ms. Leona Smith and Executive Director Mr. Carlton Dowe met in August to discuss upcoming developments in the U.S. Virgin Islands' cruise industry. RCCL and VIPA committed to a mutually beneficial 10-year berthing agreement in 2015.

 


Investing in the USVI's Future

VIPA Receives $27 Million in Grants from
USDOC-EDA to Upgrade the Territory's Airports

 

Long awaited and much needed improvements to the U.S. Virgin Islands' airports will soon become a reality. U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration Deputy Assistant Secretary Dennis Alvord announced that the Virgin Islands Port Authority has been awarded two grants from the USDOC-EDA totaling $27 million to expand and upgrade the Cyril E. King Airport Terminal on St. Thomas (CEKA) and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Terminal (HERA) on St. Croix. VIPA announced plans to undertake major airport renovations at community charrettes held in both districts last year. The funds will be used to fund the first phase of both projects.

Each terminal upgrade project will have four phases, and each phase will take 18-24 months to complete. VIPA already has the designs for the first phases and hopes to have the projects out to bid soon. VIPA is also actively seeking funding for the remaining phases.

Major Improvements Scheduled for Both Airports

Each terminal upgrade project will have four phases, and each phase will take 18-24 months to complete. VIPA already has the designs for the first phases and hopes to have the projects out to bid soon. VIPA is also actively seeking funding for the remaining phases.

On St. Thomas, phase one of the CEKA Upgrade Project entails construction of a $20-million-dollar, four-level Parking and Transportation Center with about 700 parking spaces. A dedicated location will be provided for ground transportation and car rental operations. By removing these services from the terminal, this will give VIPA much needed real estate to expand the 30-year-old CEKA Terminal.

VIPA will use $7 million in grant funds to begin the first phase of upgrades to the HERA Terminal by:

- Enclosing 5,500 square feet of walkway space to increase seating capacity in the lounge;
- Refurbishing the existing passenger lounge space and restrooms;
- Enclosing the 1,100 square-foot open-air garden with a new roof structure to provide additional concessions space; and
- Upgrading the mechanical systems for the additional air-conditioned area.


 

 

 

 

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St. Thomas
St. John
St. Croix
161-A Subbase
PO Box 1707
St. Thomas, VI 00803
Theovald Moorehead
Dock & Terminal
Cruz Bay
PO Box 1707
St. Thomas, VI 00803
 
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Terminal - 2nd Floor
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PO Box 1134
St. Croix, VI 00821

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