EDWARD WILMOTH BLYDEN IV MARINE TERMINAL
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
The Edward Wilmoth Blyden IV Marine Terminal is located in Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the US Virgin Islands. This facility is a hub for seaplane service and ferry service between the USVI and the British Virgin Islands, and between St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico.
The terminal houses the St. Thomas/St. John marine manager's office, 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.
Recent upgrades to this facility were completed to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act - to include a new elevator and renovations to the restrooms in the terminal.
Victor W. Sewer Marine Facility, Cruz Bay
U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
Port Code: 5101
Phone: (340) 774-6755
Fax: (340) 777-5432
Daily Operational Hours:
8:00 AM-5:00 PM (AST)
Hours of Operation:
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Overnight parking is not allowed at this facility.
$0. 25 per half hour (Maximum of two hours)
Vehicles parked at expired meters will be booted at a cost of $125.
Edward Wilmoth Blyden IV
Edward Wilmoth Blyden, IV was born on St. Thomas on June 13, 1924. On March 1, 1941, he began his career with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service as a messenger/janitor. He took leave to serve in World War II as a member of the Armed Forces in the US Army.
He was honorably discharged and returned to St. Thomas in 1946. Blyden resumed his former position at Immigration and worked his way up the ladder by being promoted to a clerk, an investigative aide, an immigration aide, and an examiner.
In 1972, he was promoted to the rank of an immigration inspector, which he credited as being his favorite position of his career. He enjoyed interacting with the interesting travelers he met each day. Blyden worked at Immigration for over 52 years and was recognized as the agency's longest-serving employee. He was commended by Congress for his expertise, contributions, and distinguished work ethic in 1991.
On December 14, 1993, the newly constructed Tortola Wharf building owned by the VI Port Authority was renamed in his honor via Act. No. 5924. It was signed by Governor Alexander A. Farrelly on December 23, 1993.
The VI Port Authority officially named the building in honor of Mr. Blyden via a commemoration ceremony held on May 6, 1994. Today, the Edward W. Blyden IV Marine Terminal is one of VIPA's busiest passenger ferry facilities, connecting travelers between downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas to St. John and the British Virgin Islands.