The past two weeks has been nothing but a blur. Time really does go fast when you’re having fun. I still remember Saturday 03rd December like it was just yesterday. That was when the Blue Economy Internship Program officially kicked off. Time flew like it was nothing and it is now my last day as a #BEintern at SMSA. I was fortunate enough to be place there, as I have learned so many new aspects of the blue economy and what the marine sector of Seychelles really entails. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have enjoyed myself as much as I did at SMSA. It was really an amazing, thought provoking experience. So a very big thank you to whomever placed me there and especially to Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration for hosting me and my fellow intern buddy Nathanielle, we really did appreciate this opportunity.
So the main things that I enjoyed this past two weeks were:
Finally, the moment I was waiting and dreading for was to pilot Costa neoRomantica out of Port onwards to her next destination. So after a really hot lunch break, it was refreshing to board Pilot Merle, breathing in the fresh air of the ocean. The bitter sweet moment came way to fast. The horn on neoRomantica started to blow and the ropes keeping the ship steady at port was unfastened and the engine began to roar. The next step for the ship was to start moving out of port in a parallel manner on its starboard side and this was a jaw dropping moment for me. Who knew that such a big ship could do that? This is possible by the thrusters available which allows this kind of movement. After that I had the best view of all, I had a front seat of all the action¸ waving goodbye to all the “Romanticas”. Watching the ship on board Merle begin its journey at sea was a great way to end my journey with SMSA.
I would like to say a big heartwarming thank you to my supervisor Brigitte and Captain Valmont for being such great mentors; you’re both one of the many reasons why I’ve taken a passion for the marine life. Not forgetting Terry and Richard for being great with Nathanielle and I. I wish nothing but great success for the SMSA, who wishes to be transformed into a full fledge authority. There so many thing that the organization wants to achieve but do not have the necessary power to do so.
All the best!