Seychelles Nation has highlighted that a new survey to explore potential oil reserves is expected to begin in an area jointly managed by Seychelles and Mauritius. Chief executive of PetroSeychelles, Patrick Joseph, confirmed the joint interest and said, “To achieve this, we need to know what is there. This can be achieved through conducting seismic surveys as a first step and drilling later. The best way to get the data acquired is through a multi-client survey whereby a seismic contractor undertakes the survey at their costs and sells the data to multiple interested parties.”
The seismic survey will be undertaken by Spectrum Geo, a UK company with great experience in this area. It's not yet known when the survey will begin. The Joint Management Area is an area of the seabed in the Mascarene Plateau.
A treaty was signed in 2012 between Mauritius and Seychelles securing rights to additional seabed covering over 400,000 square kilometres. Seychelles and Mauritius have established the world’s first Joint Management Zone covering such an area, and a Joint Commission to coordinate and manage the exploration, conservation and development of the living and non-living resources of the seabed in the area.
The cruiseship Aurora called at Port Victoria on Monday 28 March 2016. It is the longest ship of its kind to ever berth at Mahé quay. Launched in 2001, Aurora is one of the largest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet with an overall length of 273 metres. At maximum capacity the ship can accommodate up to 1,878 passengers in 939 cabins.
Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St Ange, Seychelles Ports Authority CEO Colonel Andre Ciseau visited the ship during the call. In the photo below, Lynze Marimba of Mahe Shipping Company, makes a presentation to Captain Peter Philpott to mark the occasion.
The cruiseship "Nautica" owned by Oceania Cruises, visited Seychelles on 8-10 November 2015. Formed in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Frank Del Rio, Joe Watters and Bob Binder, Oceania Cruises is the world’s largest upper premium cruise line. Nautica features four open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness centre and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas.
The seismic vessel Polarcus Adira arrived at Port Victoria on 9 December 2012 to commence a 70 day seismic programmeon Seychelles waters. The 3D survey will be done southwest of Mahe in an area covering some 600 square kilometres. This will be followed by a survey northwest of Mahe in an area of 2,750 square kilometres.
Polarcus Adira is a ultra-modern, super high ice class, seismic vessel combining the latest developments in maritime systems with the most advanced seismic technology. The vessel is also amongst the most environmentally sound seismic vessels in the market with dieselelectric propulsion, high specification catalytic convertors, double hull and advanced ballast water treatment & bilge water cleaning systems.
To download the newspaper coverage of the visit in Seychelles Nation click here
The 110 passenger expedition cruiseship, Clipper Odyssey, called at Port Victoria on 28th January. On charter to Zegrahm and Eco Expeditions, the vessel's itinerary also features some of the finest islands of Seychelles including the nature reserves of Aride and Aldabra. To download the newspaper coverage of the visit in Seychelles Nation click here.
New additional services have commenced connecting to and from Europe, with various ports in East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands via Jebel Ali/UAE. The first vessel southbound is the Rio Bravo 200/205 sailing from early February 2012. Northbound bookings have also commenced with immediate effect. The new service offers very attractive transit times (see above.)