Hello guys! It’s my second week and I started it off at the Eden Island Marina which also falls under Hunt Deltel which I did not know before starting my internship. I met all the staff of the marina and was welcomed with warm smiles from everyone, after that I was given a tour by Mr. Keith Mellon, the Dock Master of the marina itself which consists of the main marina as well as marina north which we took a ride in a club car to reach.
The marina provides many services for its customers the two administrative officers explained to me, Ms. Michealla Belle and Ms. Jemina Jean. The berthing services include electric cars, shower and changing facilities, electricity and water and so much more. As I was attached to the administration office I was able to see how the daily operations take place such as making bills from the electricity and water usage .They use a software called Rolec where you can see all the service bollards in the marina and they can control the electricity and water usage from the computer in the office and know which yachts used a specific amount of said utilities. I never knew such a system existed!
As I am interested in tourism this was very intriguing to me, to see how there are so many tourist who come to Seychelles and use the marina to dock their yachts. When talking to the staff of the marina they did say how the job can be demanding at first but with time you understand how to carry out the daily duties.
I always saw that beneath boats there are seaweed as well as other benthos. I learned from Mr. Jason that it is called marine growth and to prevent or to lower the amount of marine growth beneath the boat they use anti-fouling paints, but what troubled me was that the chemicals that are in the paint such as copper, copper is a naturally occurring element and is essential as a trace element for metabolic processes in living organisms. However, it can also prove extremely toxic in high concentrations. Therefore if copper accumulates to a significant degree in the aquatic environment it can have a detrimental effect on marine life. As I conducted my research I was happy to know that research is there is currently a great deal of research into alternative forms of biocides that is used in the paint, particularly those of organic origin. That it’s for now later guys!
By: Shakur Belle