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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.