Greetings, tis Anna for (perhaps) the last time! Those who followed my journey would know that my two weeks at SEYPEC has ended. Not to be cliché, but it was truly an educational and inspiring experience. “Educational” because I learnt so much, for example how to deal with an oil spill, as well as see business concepts from the syllabus applied in real life, like motivation theories. “Inspiring” because Seypec is an exemplary company that puts emphasis on maximizing the potential of the people as well as having international standards though it is owned by a small country; it has taught me to widen my mindset and think in global terms.'
Hello, Anna again! The title is a question posed by my sister when she first heard about the term “blue economy.” It is a term that not only confuses children but also adults. There is no best definition, but to my understanding it is the usage of the ocean and coastal areas to create economic growth, which would create improved social equity and living standards, whilst reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Courtesy of an enlightening presentation from Rebecca Lousteau-Lalanne, Principal Secretary of the Blue Economy Department on the very subject, I’ve learnt that its wide scope covers tourism, marine conservation, shipping, oil/mineral extraction, marine renewable energy, fishing and aquaculture, coastal development, port development, maritime security and education.
Greetings and salutations, Anna again. Thursday was a busy day for me, not only did I visit the tank farm, I was also lucky to visit the Airport Depot and observe the refueling of airplanes as well as the bunkering of vessels, two activities that contribute a lot of revenue to SEYPEC.
Hello, it’s Anna again. On Thursday, I got a tour of the tank farm alongside the SMSA intern, Nathanielle and Ryan, conducted by Mr. Jaimie Formert, Tank Farm Manager. What is a tank farm, you ask? It is the storage site for all the fuel and fuel-related products SEYPEC purchases, some tanks are also rented out to SEYPEC’s current supplier. So we marched, clad in clunky safety shoes and safety helmets, amongst the towering tanks (ranging from 20m to 25m high). The farm is separated into two sections, North and South, the North tank farm consists of the oldest tanks (some even dating from 1972) whilst the South tank farm contains the newest (some even built by Vijay). The black ones pictured contains fuel oil, and it is painted black to absorb light from the sun and help to keep the temperature of the product at a higher level than the observed temperature (i.e. normal temperature).Whilst the green tanks are an assortment of other products types supplied by SEYPEC like MOGAS, Jet A1, Gasoline, kerosene.
When I first heard that I was going to be interning with SEYPEC, I was a bit skeptical due to my misunderstanding of the company. For example, I (stupidly) believed that SEYPEC was also involved with oil exploration (was actually PetroSeychelles which was merged with SEYPEC until 2013), as a student leaning towards business and humanities subjects I thought I was unqualified for the job. Thankfully, during my two weeks of internship with the company I have a better understanding of the business and my past misconceptions have disappeared, and I hope that this blog will help readers understand SEYPEC better.
Hi all! Camilla here *wavy hand emoji*. The second (and final :)) week of the #BEinternship was simply the bomb! I got the chance to head out on the field and spend a day at the FIQCU, a division of SBS (Seychelles Bureau of Standards) which abbreviates to Fish Inspection and Quality Control Unit situated in Victoria.
It was heart breaking walking into the office that morning knowing it would be my last time. I already felt like a part of SEC and had done so much in just two weeks. I had been dreading Friday, the end of my internship at SEC, but when Mr Tony called me into his office to give me a proper farewell he assured me that it was not the end. To my delight I was invited to come back if I ever wanted to do so and I’m already considering working with the SEC again during my next holidays. We talked about how the internship was and I thanked him for all the trouble he’d gone through making sure I had a memorable experience at the organisation. I am really grateful and especially happy because the work they do is related to what I want to study in the future and only made me even more sure of my decision.
#BEintern Nikita Rennie interviews Denis Morel from the Seychelles Energy Commission to get further insights on his job.
They can be observed along the dock. Walking around grouped into trios, in dull outfits in an attempt to blend in with the grey worn out cement colour of the ground; carrying and pulling heavy ropes, sporting thick combat look-a-like boots. They’re only seen when vessels border the port for berthing or mooring however, with the aid of their walkie-talkies to facilitate communication they can disperse quite rapidly. No one dares go near them, not even the solid men and women in our security crew (we have about 60 personnel at our Mahe Ports). ***