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Perhaps it is past time for the charter bases to insist on closed heads and provide for pump outs at the charter base.
A couple of thoughts:

First, as noted above just what do you expect to happen to the product? In the BVI all waste gets pumped out into the Sir Francis Drake Channel anyway. So shall we expect the BVI Government or the charter companies to spend a lot of money on pump-outs to consolidate the waste and pump it into the Drake? Where is the value in that?

Second, although part of the UK, the BVI is "managed" by a third-world government. They have trouble with basic infrastructure like electrical power. The government is riddled with corruption and incompetence. Waste treatment has been on their agenda for a long time but nothing happens, overwhelmed by catering to the cruise ship companies and trying to attract more offshore financial business.

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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?

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In my experience, simply having the head open doesn't assure that the holding tank is empty. Rather, you have to pump the tank empty it. Even then, you need to observe the brown trail to assure that the pump was actually evacuating the tank when you do this.
Every bareboat I've been on had a gravity drained holding tank: Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau.

I would love to contribute funding to a scientific study of dumping recreational holding tanks. I believe it has zero impact in large bodies of water, such as Drake Passage and Narragansett Bay (illegal in the latter). I also believe it is inappropriate in closed harbors, whether illegal or not.

However, human intuition is not good enough to lay down the law, IMO. I want to see a study on the effect of dilution. While gross, I've witnessed the "cloud" exit our bareboat in the clear blue water of the BVI. It was completely indistinguishable within 10 ft. There are millions of cubic feet of water even in a closed harbor. Someone really needs to do study.
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