After a, what I was secretly dreading two weeks, I closed the door to the SMSA office and walked down the steps with a feeling of sadness and nostalgia. I never thought I would feel this way at first, but now look at me, wishing I had two more weeks at the organisation.
Two weeks ago, I knew literally nothing about SMSA, its functions and all. I remember having to google it when I first found out where I would be spending the two weeks of my internship and was yet still feeling lost even after visiting the organisation’s website. Now thanks to this programme, I’ve learnt not only what SMSA is, but as I’ve gotten the chance to visit the Port and the coast guard as well, I have a general idea of what goes on in these places as well.
I have learnt that The Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA) is the regulatory and supervisory authority within the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine. Created in October 2004, the authority’s purpose is to safeguard that without exception, the mariners use our waters and all associated, respectfully and in a lawful manner. The authority’s regulations ensures the preservation and protection of our marine ecosystems thanks to their regulations and policies.
This internship programme has taught me quite a lot. Blue economy itself is a very diverse topic and is quite interesting. I can gladly say that I have left this workplace with a bag full of newfound things, ready to be shared with anyone and everyone.
Sadly, this is my last blog for my SMSA internship but that does not mean that the journey is over! You’ll find out just what I mean in a week or two!