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‘Reckless’ expat captains @ North Sound

- Concerned resident & boat captains call on BVI Ports Authority to investigate immediately
Boat operators and residents alike are calling on the BVI Ports Authority to dialog with expat boat captains as it relates to safety measures. Photo: pokerrun.com
It is alleged that when foreign captains get involved in accidents in the territory's waters they are often allowed to leave without facing the law. Photo: Team of reporters/File
It is alleged that when foreign captains get involved in accidents in the territory's waters they are often allowed to leave without facing the law. Photo: Team of reporters/File
The most recent boat accident victims were Kari Ann Way (left) and Jamaican national Howard Anderson who lost their lives while Mincainton Laurent and Steve Fossi (the captain) were seriously injured. The latter two have since allegedly returned to their homelands. Photo: Provided/File
The most recent boat accident victims were Kari Ann Way (left) and Jamaican national Howard Anderson who lost their lives while Mincainton Laurent and Steve Fossi (the captain) were seriously injured. The latter two have since allegedly returned to their homelands. Photo: Provided/File
NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI – “The Port (BVI Ports Authority) needs urgently to come up here and have some safety talks with these expat boat captains who seem not to have any care about practicing safety when leaving port, they taking off at high throttle with no care for who is coming behind.” This was a deep-hearted plea of a local boat captain from the North Sound area.

“These expat captains are not using the required safety precautions when running through the harbour at full throttle, which is wrong. It is illegal I cannot emphasise this any stronger,” insisted a concerned resident.

The captain was contacted by this news site following similar complaints made by a concerned resident of the North Sound area who claims to fear the worse as the population of expatriate boat operators has seen a substantial growth as of recent.

According to the captain, he recently suffered as a consequence of an expat captain leaving a named port at high throttle. “He has his high profile license but they coming down here and thinking that it’s all and well to do as they like showing off because they have high profile customers on board. Most of them love the speed but one of them only yesterday nearly cause my boat to get damage up and this is not something new, ports need to address this thing now or something serious is going to happen up here then they will say nobody complained.”

The person who first brought this concern to Virgin Islands News Online had said, “The next thing when they get into accident and people would lose their lives or whatever the next thing you hear is that the captain skip town.”  

“There was a captain who was in an accident and we inquiring and all we hearing is that he skipped town… the captain who claimed the lives of two people and leave others seriously injured, all you hearing is that he skipped town. Our people would have had to face the law, DPP would have ensured that for sure, now two lives gone and very likely they would not get any justice, their lives just gone and the captain is very likely to continue with his license untouched in another jurisdiction,” alleged the resident.

The resident and other captains in the North Sound all expressed that the way the captains are operating their vessels through the Gorda Sounds make them prone to accidents. “They are doing it wrong, I don’t care what tonnage their license might be, you don’t leave no port at full throttle, somebody need to caution them.

No one from the BVI Ports Authority could be reached for comment up to post time.

13 Responses to “‘Reckless’ expat captains @ North Sound”

  • stop it! (04/03/2015, 09:07) Like (88) Dislike (1) Reply

    Come on, expat and local captains alike to this bull$*** so why pick on one set? THEY ALL need to abide by the laws and take being on the sea water more seriously, especially at nights.

    • Sarah (06/03/2015, 01:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The fact that they have yet to release the expats name who kill the 2 ppl oil nut bay, tells u that they are getting special treatment!!! If that was a local, his name would have been all over the net and airwaves that day.
  • in the know (04/03/2015, 09:20) Like (48) Dislike (0) Reply
    Steve Fossi was Director of Marine Operations at Oil Nut Bay. Ask Clyde what went on that night that caused the loss of life. That operation is seemingly untouchable. They do what they want.

    I'd also like to note that it is "some" expats who are reckless, not all. There are plenty of locals doing stupid things in the North Sound and elsewhere too. The marine police need to make their presence known in the various anchorages such as The Bight at Norman Island, Soper's Hole, Cane Garden Bay, Trellis Bay, White Bay and Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke. They need to start giving hefty fines to those who do not adhere to the law.

    You never know, it could be another revenue stream for the marine police so they can hire more cops and put more patrols out on the water.
    • Proactive (05/03/2015, 14:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly, the RVIPF Marine Unit need to do a lot more, and be given more support by the senior RVIPF management. Too often this unit lacks fuel / resources and does not go out unless reacting to something. More effort needs to be put into marine patrols, building bridges with the boating community, and catching offenders at night.
      Its not just an expat thing.
      How many times do we hear the go fasts out at night and not a running light in sight. Lets be proactive.
  • weed (04/03/2015, 09:25) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    well saw deeds boat peole
  • Buy Local (04/03/2015, 09:42) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well in this technological era where cellphones with video recording capabilities are ubiquitous, one would hope that someone would have some video footage of the dangerous and illegal handling of vessels by those captains. I mean it has been an ongoing practice based on the report here. So, there must have been numerous opportunities to record at least one incident. This would have made this person's case much stronger and provode a basis for the relevant authorities to take action. As it is right now, there seems to be another motive behind this report. The allusion to the "high profile license" of these "expat boat captains" serves what purpose?
  • HAHA (04/03/2015, 09:49) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    the scariest thing to me is poker run - that is an accident waiting to happen
  • TurtleDove (04/03/2015, 11:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    dem boat nice mehson
  • Sailor (04/03/2015, 12:06) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm not clear how the national origins of boat captains can be established from another boat. That said, as a frequent user of the North Sound, plenty of boats, sometimes including ferries appear woefully ignorant of the rules of the road regarding either sailboats, or overtaking boats. I have had to take unnecessary evasive action more than once to avoid being dead right. Power and tonnage (instead of Colregs) seem to rule which does not bode well. A little nautical courtesy would also go a long way.
  • LCS (04/03/2015, 12:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    These complaints are obviously pointing at some specific captains. Take a video, as Buy Local suggests to provide proof and give to the authorities. Nevertheless, not acting responsably while operating a vessel is witnessed all the time. I've ridden to Marina Cay with the vessel operator texting almost all the way, with the controls held on in position with bungy cables and not paying attention. And God forbid you tell them anything. I've taken the ferry service to Scrub Island and they speed like crazy!!! They are not concerned about safety of passengers and/or any navigational rules.
  • Mistic (04/03/2015, 12:41) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    This rasies another issue. When are we "John Public" going to get an update regarding the investigations into the fatal boat accident that occurred at Mountain Point Virgin Gorda that resulted in the lives of two persons?
  • zoe (04/03/2015, 15:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just do not get in the wsy of my porker run
  • rr (04/03/2015, 21:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow


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