The 180-metre long cruise ship MS Nautica called at Port Victoria today. With accommodation for 684 guests in 342 cabins (70% with private verandas) Nautica is owned and operated by Oceania Cruises. She was built in 2000 in France for Renaissance Cruises and renovated in 2014, becoming a practically new ship. The decks are made of the finest teak, custom stone coating and high quality tiles. The facilities are luxurious with four first-class restaurants, eight lounges and bars, a fitness centre and a spa.
Le Lapérouse arrived at Port Victoria tosday. This brand new vessel is the lead ship of Ponant Explorers-class cruiseships operated by Ponant. Each member of the class has been allocated the name of a famous French explorer. Le Lapérouse is named after naval officer Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, who was appointed in 1785 by Louis XVI to lead a scientific expedition around the world. This followed the Pacific Ocean discoveries of Captain James Cook, who Lapérouse greatly admired. Built by VARD, Le Lapérouse was launched on on 18 December 2017, and following successful sea trials that began in May 2018 she was delivered to Ponant in Ålesund on 15 June 2018.
The cruiseship Boudicca operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines made it's third call of the 2018/2019 season at Port Victoria on 20-21 November. The vessel made inward clearance at Praslin on 19 November. Two further calls are planned, one in December and one in January 2019.
The cruiseship Boudicca operated by Fred Olsen Cruises has called at Port Victoria, Mahe on 5 November, sailing on 6 November bound for Praslin. Mahe Shipping acted as agents for the vessel.
Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca caters for up to 880 passengers. Three further calls are scheduled before the end of 2018 with a further two calls in 2019.
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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A U.N. ruling has extended Seychelles’ Exclusive Economic Zone by 14,840 square kilometres, about 30 times the entire landmass of the archipelago. The area is said to consist of seabed and subsoil that is possibly suitable for resource exploration.
The chief executive of PetroSeychelles, Patrick Joseph, described the extension as “an additional area where we can conduct research for resources under the sea, for example, oil exploration. We don’t know if there is but we have the opportunity now to do the research because the area is now ours.”
Vice President Meriton said, “There is now the possibility to work towards getting more data with our international partners and then invite people who are interested to see what can potentially be exploited in the area, of course on a sustainable basis, to ensure that anything we find can be used for the economic and social development of our country,” added Meriton.
Seychelles is also in the process of claiming an area around the remote island of Aldabra and together with Mauritius, jointly manages part of the Mascarene Plateau.
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Seychelles News Agency
Seychelles Ports Authority and partners have imposed stricter controls at the commercial port as the new cruise ship season begins.
The Ports Authority has in the past had problems controlling operators who provide services to tourists with the increase in activity in the port during the cruise ship season, which starts in mid-October and runs until early May each year. For this season, a schedule has been introduced by which taxis, destination management companies and tour operators will be granted access to the port to collect clients.
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Mahe Shipping has completed transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015. The company has been audited by an independent auditor from UK and has successfully passed the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System in respect of Shipping Agency, Cargo Handling and Courier Services.
The ISO 9001:2015 standard is recognised worldwide and customers benefit from working with companies that are ISO 9001 certified. Increasingly, many customers will only do business with certified companies because it gives them assurance that management systems are constantly assessed and approved. Advantages include:
A new quay to relieve congestion and reduce unloading time has been officially opened.The Ile du Port Handling Services port is a 425-metre commercial fishing quay adjacent the existing port fcilities of Port Victoria.
Didier Dogley, Minister for Tourism, Port and Civil Aviation noted since the commissioning of part of the quay in January 2016,operations have improved significantly. On behalf of the new facility, Arthur de Bretagne, said that the new quay “will be a cornerstone for new investments and new businesses dedicated to the fisheries industry.”
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Seychelles News Agency: Port upgrade.