Zanshin, I justed looked at the NVMC Newsletter
and it appears to say that the 300 ton exemption does not apply to foreign-flagged vessels entering the USCG's Seventh District, which includes St. John and other US territory in the Carribean:
Foreign Recreational Vessels
Foreign flagged recreational vessels arriving in the
Coast Guardís Seventh District (South Carolina,
Georgia, most of Florida, Caribbean), must submit
NOAs regardless of tonnage. This is in accordance
with 33 CFR 160.203 (b)(1).
Foreign flagged recreational vessels arriving in any
other area of the United States must submit NOAs if
they are above 300 gt, in accordance with 33 CFR
(I am assuming that the Sunsail sailboat is a British-flagged vessel.)
And 33 CFR 160.203(b)(1) seems to confirm that position:
PART 160 - PORTS AND WATERWAYS SAFETY - GENERAL
subpart c - NOTIFICATION OF ARRIVAL, HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS, AND CERTAIN DANGEROUS CARGOS
160.203 - Exemptions.
(a) Except for reporting notice of hazardous conditions, the following vessels are exempt from requirements in this subpart: (1) Passenger and supply vessels when they are employed in the exploration for or in the removal of oil, gas, or mineral resources on the continental shelf.
(2) Oil Spill Recovery Vessels (OSRVs) when engaged in actual spill response operations or during spill response exercises.
(3) Vessels operating upon the following waters: (i) Mississippi River between its sources and mile 235, Above Head of Passes; (ii) Tributaries emptying into the Mississippi River above mile 235; (iii) Atchafalaya River above its junction with the Plaquemine-Morgan City alternate waterway and the Red River; and (iv) The Tennessee River from its confluence with the Ohio River to mile zero on the Mobile River and all other tributaries between those two points.
(b) If not carrying certain dangerous cargo or controlling another vessel carrying certain dangerous cargo, the following vessels are exempt from NOA requirements in this subpart: (1) Vessels 300 gross tons or less, except for foreign vessels entering any port or place in the Seventh Coast Guard District as described in 33 CFR 3.351(b).
So, if you're a US vessel, you don't need to file. But if you're a non-US vessel, it seems like you need to file, regardless of tonnage, if you are visiting the USVI.
What do you think?