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The Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility, located in Frederiksted, is the only cruise ship port in St. Croix. The 1,526-foot pier has drafts of 29 feet on the north and 36 feet on the south side of the pier.  The existing pier was was built in 1994. 

Voyager-class vessels can berth on the southern portion of the dock, and eagle-class and smaller vessels may berth on either side.  Anchorage is also available in the outer harbor for larger ships.  The platform of the pier is equipped with a fendering system that is designed for submarines. All berths at this facility have access to potable water, and is requested through VIPA's marine office in St. Croix. Bunkering services are currently available from the HOVENSA Corporation via barge. Fuel is available in blends as specified by the cruise lines, and cargo handling is arranged by the ship's agent or directly by the cruise line. A shopping area is located within walking distance to the pier. Additionally, ground transportation and tours are available from the pier to historical sites, beaches and dive venues. 

The facility was named in honor of Ann Elizabeth Abramson of St. Croix by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands via Act No. 6041.

 


The Gallows Bay Dock, located in Christiansted, is a vital link for small cargo vessels serving St. Croix and other Caribbean islands. The dock is conveniently located about a mile from downtown Christiansted. The length of the dock is 400 feet with a maximum draft of 13 feet. It can accommodate mini-cruise vessels, small inter-island sloops, ferries, private yachts, cargo vessels and U.S. Coast Guard vessels.

The facility is equipped with a passenger lounge, a lighted walkway, public telephones, limited covered and open storage areas, and a roll-on/roll-off ramp. Forklifts and other services are available through the ship's agent.  Shopping is also available in Christiansted and nearby at Chandler's Wharf.

 


The Svend Aage Ovesen Seaplane Terminal on St. Croix is located in Water Gut in Christiansted.  Seaplane service is available from this facility daily from Christiansted to downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.  Flights are also available to San Juan Puerto Rico, and packages are offered to connect passengers to the British Virgin Islands via inter-island ferries.  Visit http://www.seaborneairlines.com/ for more information.

The facility was named in honor of the late Captain Svend Aage Ovesen Jr. of St. Croix by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands via Act No. 7335.

 

 


The Wilfred "Bomba" Allick Port and Transshipment Center, located in Krause Lagoon, is locally known as "The Containerport." This facility is located on a 45-acre parcel on the south shore of St. Croix next to HOVENSA and VIPAís Molasses Pier. It is 12 miles from the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility, and it is located close to the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport and an industrial park. This port is the hub for commercial and industrial marine activity on St. Croix and serves as a transshipment center to many other locations.

The length of the dock is 1,000 feet. It can berth vessels with drafts up to 30 feet.  This facility simultaneously accommodates containerized roll-on/roll-off and lift-on/lift-off cargo. The pier also has a 30-ton gantry crane to facilitate the loading and unloading of containers. A 30,000-square foot warehouse is located on the site for storage of cargo that is less than container load. Several acres are also available for the open storage of containerized and other large cargo or equipment.

This facility was named in honor of the late Wilfred Elisha Allick Sr. of St. Croix by the 22nd Legislature of the US Virgin Islands via Act No. 6209.  It was originally constructed by the Hess Corporation in 1982 and expanded by the Port Authority in 1987.

 


The Gordon A. Finch Molasses Pier, located in Krause Lagoon, sits on an eight-acre site on the south shore of St. Croix. It provides docking space for cable vessels, cable storage, molasses and aggregate vessels. The facility consists of a roll-on/roll-off ramp, two separate breasting dolphins for berthing bulk-type vessels and space for bulk cargo storage.

The facility is equipped with asphalt and molasses pipelines that extend from the dock to storage tanks. It is also equipped with a 560-foot by 70-foot concrete lighted working apron and a 560-foot sheet pile bulkhead with breasting dolphins on both ends. It can accommodate large vessels with drafts up to 29 feet.  This multi-purpose facility is primarily used to import molasses by tanker vessels to the Virgin Islands Rum Industries Limited distillery. It is also used for the importation of all liquid asphalt to the island, bulk cargo such as gravel, cement blocks and other construction material critical to St. Croix's construction industry. The pier can also accommodate submarine cable vessels, which are used to lay and repair intercontinental underwater telephone cables. 
VIPA is currently designing plans to shift all cargo operations from the Gallows Bay Marine Facility in Christiansted, St. Croix to the Molasses Pier.

The Gordon  A. Finch Molasses Pier was named in honor of Gordon A. Finch of St. Croix by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands via Act No. 6210. Construction of this facility was completed in 1998.

 


The Loredon Lawrence Boynes Sr. Dock, located in Cruz Bay, is the main port of entry to St. John. The length of the dock is 267 feet. It can accommodate four vessels simultaneously. Several ferry operators provide service from this facility to Red Hook and the Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas. Dinghy dock berthing is also available. There is also a passenger terminal at this facility that houses the Port Authority's dock masterís office, a ferry ticket booth and an open air waiting area.

The Loredon Boynes Dock was named in honor of the late Captain Boynes by the Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands via Act No 5872.

 


The Victor William Sewer Marine Facility (known as "The Creek") is located in Cruz Bay, St. John. The length of the dock is 296 feet with a draft of 10 feet. The facility also has a small, one-acre area for cargo handling and temporary storage. However, after the completion of a new cargo facility at Enighed Pond in 2006, the Port Authority has ceased all cargo operations at this port. This dock is now used for the berthing of passenger ferries and tenders. Passenger ferries and charter vessels that require federal inspection must also use this facility. 

This facility was named in honor of the late Captain Victor Sewer by Legislature of the Virgin Islands via Act No. 7008.

 


 

The Theovald Eric Moorehead Dock and Terminal at Enighed Pond, St. John was officially opened on April 21, 2006. The pond was developed into a cargo facility to accommodate the increase of cargo traffic at the St. John Cargo Dock, which previously handled cargo and foreign vessels in a limited space in Cruz Bay, St. John. VIPA has shifted all cargo activity to Enighed Pond.

The facility consists of 650 lineal feet of berthing space for cargo vessels, six acres for cargo handling and storage, and a channel and turn-around area for vessels up to 175 feet in length with a draft of up to 12 feet.  VIPA completed the construction of an administrative building at this cargo port houses the VIPA dock master's office and public restrooms.

This facility was named in honor of the late Theovald Moorehead by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands via Act No. 6936.

 


 

The Austin "Babe" Monsanto Marine Terminal,  located in Crown Bay, is one of two cruise ship ports in St. Thomas. It has two docks, which can accommodate three cruise ships simultaneously. 

 

The main dock has two berths. The south side of the dock is 940 feet in length with a draft of 37 feet, and the north side of the dock is 940 feet in length with a draft of 28 feet. The adjoining dock is 435 feet in length with a draft of 27 feet. There is also a smaller excursion dock used by tour vessels at this facility.  The excursion dock is 15 feet wide by 220 feet long.  Vessels can obtain access to the Crown Bay Cruise Ship Port through the East Gregerie and the West Gregerie channels. Potable water, telephone and taxi services are available at this site.

 

In an effort to meet the demands of the cruise lines who are building larger ships with more passengers, the Port Authority invested $28 million in 2003 to develop the Crown Bay Center - an upscale commercial mall that offers dining, shopping and other entertainment venues that can be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.  Construction of the mall and main cruise ship pier expansion were completed in July 2006.

 

This facility was named in honor of Austin Monsanto by Legislature of the Virgin Islands via Act No. 6935.

 


 

The Crown Bay Cargo Port is comprised of 20 acres. The bulkhead at the facility is 2,720 feet, with a maximum draft of 30 feet. Containerized and general cargo are handled at this facility.  This port is a vital link to the Virgin Islands economy as most of its foods, materials and other goods are imported.  The Crown Bay Cargo Port also serves as a trans-shipment port for cargo being shipped to many of the other Caribbean islands.
 

 

 

 


 

The Edward Wilmoth Blyden IV Marine Terminal is located in Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the Virgin Islands. This facility is a hub for seaplane service between the U.S. Virgin Islands, and ferry service between the USVI and the British Virgin Islands, and between St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. The terminal houses the St. Thomas offices of VIPAís Marine Division, the federal inspection services, ferry ticket booths and an open-air waiting area. The terminal sits on the St. Thomas waterfront apron and hosts a restaurant specializing in Caribbean cuisine on the second floor with impressive views of the harbor.

 

This facility was named in honor of Mr. Blyden by the Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands via Act. No. 5924.

 

 

 

 


 

The Charles F. Blair Jr. Seaplane Terminal in St. Thomas is located adjacent to the Blyden Terminal, downtown Charlotte Amalie.  Air service from St. Thomas to Christiansted, St. Croix, San Juan, Puerto Rico and also offers connection packages to the British Virgin Islands via inter-island ferries.

 

The terminal was named in honor of the late Charles F. Blair via Act No. 7172 by the 28th VI Legislature.

 

 

 

 


 

The Waterfront is located in the Charlotte Amalie Harbor and was constructed in the mid 1950's by the US Navy.  It encompasses 3,200 feet of bulkhead space that runs parallel to the shopping district in St. Thomas. The Waterfront can accommodate mini-cruise ships and cruise ship tenders. The draft alongside the Waterfront ranges from four feet to 14 feet.
 

 


 

 

Urman Victor Fredericks Marine Terminal (Red Hook, is located on the eastern end of St. Thomas and primarily serves passengers traveling between St. Thomas and St. John, and St. Thomas and the British Virgin Islands.

 

This facility was built in 2007 by Island Roads Corporation.  Amenities include a 9,500 foot terminal with additional open-air seating along the dock. Inside the terminal are inter-island ferry ticket counters, a bar, small restaurants and a variety of other stores.  The VIPA dockmasterís office is also located within the terminal. 

 

VIPA constructed a roll-on/roll-off cargo facility, created additional parking spaces, a passenger pick-up area, and a pedestrian walkway along the main road. Construction began in the fall of 2005 and was completed in Sept. 2007. VIPA added restroom facilities near this dock for passenger convenience. The $10 million construction of the cargo dock was financed in part by the Federal Highway Administration GARVEE Bonds ($2.5 million) and a grant from the Federal Economic Development Administration ($1.5 million). The remainder was funded by the Port Authority.

 

This facility was named in honor of St. Thomas-born Urman Fredericks by the USVI Legislature via Act No. 6897.

This page was last edited on May 04, 2016 10:00 AM.

   
 

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