A new quay to reduce unloading time of purse seiners and relieve congestion in the Seychelles’ Port of Victoria has been offically opened. Ile du Port Handling Services (IPHS) port is a 425-metre commercial fishing quay adjacent Port Victoria.
IPHS constructed and will manage the quay, carrying out stevedoring operations and other port activities. The port will be transferred to the government after recovery of construction and financing costs of US$18 million.
Almost 90 percent of tuna caught in Seychelles’ waters transits Port Victoria. The port is the third largest public-private partnership project made by the Seychelles Government, the others being the Indian Ocean Tuna canning factory and Land Marine, which provides stevedoring at Port Victoria.
The partnership for the port project was between the Seychelles’ government and Luxembourg-based Jaccar Holdings.
Seychelles Government also plans to extend the commercial port to 600m in length.
Monitoring of illegal fishing activity in Seychelles' EEZ will soon be conducted by drones. The Seychelles Fishing Authority will be the project coordinator - called FishGuard - which will be part of the Seychelles Air Force and Seychelles Coast Guard routine routines.
The monitoring of large marine areas will be done using a combination of short-range and long-range drone equipped with artificial intelligence. The drones can be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans by working in conjunction with onboard sensors and GPS. The project will be tested in October by the Seychelles Air Force and Seychelles Coastguard will support the project by providing a ship for drone deployment at sea; the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that the safety requirements are met and the required flight authorizations are obtained. FishGuard is the brainchild of Badr Idrissi and Younes Moumen, co-founders of ATLAN Space, a technology start-up developing unmanned aerial vehicles with artificial intelligence. Drones are programmed to be autonomous and able to make independent decisions based on the data collected.
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