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BVIPA Limited Liability Co. in Miami comes under scrutiny from public

- following arrest of BVIPA Managing Director Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard
The BVI Ports Authority, LLC, which address is located as 6303 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, was set up to enable the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) to rent office space in the Miami area to provide an outreach location for its cruise business. Photo: Google Earth
Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5), during a press conference on Friday, May 13, 2022, said he is conducting further inquiries and has requested certain documents and information from the BVIPA, regarding the Limited Liability Company registered in Miami. Photo: GIS
Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5), during a press conference on Friday, May 13, 2022, said he is conducting further inquiries and has requested certain documents and information from the BVIPA, regarding the Limited Liability Company registered in Miami. Photo: GIS
The BVI Ports Authority, LLC is a company registered in the United States in 2019, and has Managing Director Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard named as one of three Principals. Photo: Facebook/File
The BVI Ports Authority, LLC is a company registered in the United States in 2019, and has Managing Director Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard named as one of three Principals. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following the recent arrest of Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard in Miami on drugs and money laundering charges, speculations have been rife about a limited liability company registered by the BVIPA in Miami.

Pickering-Maynard listed as a Principal in Co.

The BVI Ports Authority, LLC is a company registered in the United States in 2019, and has Pickering-Maynard named as one of three Principals.

According to Inter Credit Report Florida, the principal address for the company is 6303 Waterford Building Ste 112, 6303 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, 33126. The company, according to the same source, is listed as active.

The matter of the company was addressed by Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) at a press conference on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Co. was formed to rent office space in Miami- Hon Rymer

According to Hon Rymer, BVI Ports Authority, LLC was set up to enable the BVIPA to rent office space in the Miami area to provide an outreach location for its cruise business.

In addition, according to Hon Rymer, it was decided that the office space could also host the BVI Tourist Board and the Shipping Registry. “It was intended to be a multi-agency space for the purpose of marketing and promoting tourism, ship registration and perhaps in the future serve as a base in Miami for Virgin Islanders, residents and students requiring assistance while abroad.”

Hon Rymer also said the office space could potentially serve as a business hub for VI entrepreneurs requiring office or meeting space during travel and noted that the office is strategically situated near to the Miami airport.

Co. was not to engage in revenue generation- Hon Rymer

The Minister pointed out; however, that the company was registered not to engage in any revenue generating business.

“According to the advice provided, in order to establish the company, a minimum of three (3) Directors were required. The Directors names are Roxane Sylvester, Deputy Chair of the BVIPA Board; Kenesha Sprauve, Member of the BVIPA Board of Directors and Chairman of the BVI Tourist Board; and Oleanvine Maynard the Managing Director of the BVIPA. These persons are holding the shares of the company in the interest of the BVI Ports Authority,” Hon Rymer disclosed.

Office space not being used by BVIPA presently

He added that he was further advised that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the office has not yet been officially opened but it was managed by the BVIPA.

“In 2022 the BVI Tourist Board positioned a Business Development Manager responsible for sales, marketing and promotion of tourism in the Southeast Region of United States. The space has also since been utilised for Government agency meetings whilst officials were on duty travel in the Miami area.”

Inquiries continue- Hon Rymer

Hon Rymer said, as Minister, he is conducting further inquiries and has requested certain documents and information from the BVIPA, and when these are received and reviewed he will be in a better position to determine whether any further action would be required and what that action should be.

“At the present moment, it would be too speculative to make any further pronouncements on the matter.

“However, I give the public the assurance that whatever findings are made from the current ongoing inquiries, these will be shared with the public and I will, of course, advise the public on whatever further action – if any is necessary – is to be taken so that the public can be confident that its interests are secured,” Hon Rymer concluded.

Pickering-Maynard was arrested, along with former Premier of the Virgin Islands Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at an airport in Miami on April 28, 2022. They remain detained in the USA.

18 Responses to “BVIPA Limited Liability Co. in Miami comes under scrutiny from public”

  • sparky (16/05/2022, 11:23) Like (49) Dislike (0) Reply
    Check the bank accounts, follow the money
  • WOW (16/05/2022, 11:28) Like (55) Dislike (1) Reply
    "These persons are holding the shares of the company in the interest of the BVI Ports Authority,”

    Seriously?
    • Common Sense (16/05/2022, 13:48) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
      Under US law they are the owners of the company, not the BVI government or the BVI Port Authority.
      Government officials continuing to put a spin on things proves they are still not to be trusted.
  • investigate (16/05/2022, 13:04) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply

    This is one entangled web. Investigate, investigate, investigate.

    I would also like to see an audit done of the Tourist Board, going back at least 3 governments. When these folks get accustomed to misspending the People's money, they have a difficult time reorienting back into the REAL WORLD. 

  • WEW (16/05/2022, 13:31) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    They needed a nice office to coordinate "business". The BVI people paid the rent !
  • So many questions (16/05/2022, 13:46) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was this significant overseas investment discussed by the HOA? How much is the rent and furnishing? Why are the government acting via 'nominee' shareholders, Miami Covid laws have been relaxed for some time so why is the office not operational? How many months did we pay for an office not in use? it does not seem transparent (i guess its too late to check any boxes stored there lol)
  • News (16/05/2022, 14:19) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    DONT FORGET THE ONE MILLION DOLLA ALEVATOR COMES UNDER MORE SCRUTINY . WE OUGHT NOT TO FORGET THIS, SOME INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM WOULD BE A WELCOME THING IN BVI. JOURNALISM HAS A MAJOR ROLE TO PLAY IN GOVT ACCOUNTABILITY
  • 911 (16/05/2022, 14:26) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is very disrespectful how the political sector and public sector have caused the rest of this population to come under serious scrutiny. I have to change my passport because when traveling to the USA and put down that BVI passport I might be hall off a room to be searched
    • Lily Ann (16/05/2022, 18:42) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      You still got BVI passport to this day ????? Girl go apply for your UK passport and leave that NON ESSENTIAL passport alone. $14 ESTA waiver for 2 years won't kill yuh..
  • Sensible (16/05/2022, 14:32) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why didn’t they rent standard serviced offices available at a reasonable price for when they needed to use them? Any sensible firm would have done that. What they did stinks! More investigations please
  • WOW (16/05/2022, 14:47) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply

    How can these 3 people name on a company and he saying the are Holding shares on behalf of BVIPA , pure nonsense.
    Now they trying to cover up , dem no good either. We would have never know if they didn’t get Locke now , money would be filtering through this company constantly, BVIPA Money. as one person said follow the Money. And lock them up if found stealing. Then he too must resign. Can’t be trusted.

  • Just Sayin' (16/05/2022, 15:22) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    So how on earth can it be justified that PRIVATE CITIZENS hold shares in a company on behalf of the BVI government.
    I am really interested to know who owns shares in the company that signed the lease on BVI House UK, which is worth millions. I bet that was done properly, with correct authorities. Or who signs the lease in hong kong ..tell us, how was that set up. Did the owner of the building near the moorings who was also on the board of directors of BVIPA sign her own lease ?? c'mon Hon Rymer, you act like there is nothing wrong with this and maybe it is indeed normal practice, but it does make you wonder.
    There is no reason on earth that a bvi company ( BVI Government) couldn't sign that lease in Miami and surely that has to be the AG office heading that up. have proper accounts been audited for this, was it even discussed in HOA. ?

    You can almost hear it now.....oh yes Mr. cruise ship companyjust make the cheque to bvipa miami office please for your port fees this year...... ( i.m just joking and not suggesting in any way that this has happened ...but...hhhmmm )

    Ironical that it is close to Miami airport and Maynard is one of the shareholders !!
    very frustrating.
  • The affidavit I read.. (16/05/2022, 16:15) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The wording of the affidavit for the charges by Fahie and Maynard all most seem like our Ports that were proposed to used by Fahie and Maynard can be seized by the US...It's going be a lot of property seizures..We in trouble...
    • @ affidavit i read (16/05/2022, 16:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      i dont think they could seize out port...but you do raise a very interesting point...if maynard is a sharholder of bvipa miami...then those shares are an asset of hers..usa authorities could very well seize those as her assets...and in general it does connect well with what she has been accused of.....i wonder where that would leave the bvi government..paying her defence costs like they did the speaker of the house ?? :-)
  • Sleeper (16/05/2022, 16:26) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Isn’t Sprauve also chairman of the BVI tourist board? Why do we have the same members sitting in a million boards when there are so many others who can serve? Is this another way of influence decisions so that corruption can be facilitated? I am ashamed of the members of the House of Assembly and the governor for allowing these things to take place. I am ashamed of myself as a citizen for not being more vocal in my opposition to this despicable practice.
  • NezRez (16/05/2022, 17:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can't believe how large this scandal has grown. These people had no fear of ever getting caught, setting up a place in the United States. WOWWWWWWWW!
  • LilyAnn (16/05/2022, 19:06) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    UK please take over !!!! The sitting govt STILLLLLL making excuses for establishments under Maynard !!!! Lord God, when will it end ??????
  • Just Sayin (16/05/2022, 23:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    i wonder who the owner of the property is in miami that the bvi bvipa is leasing...now that would be interesting to find out..

    answers please Hon Rymer


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