I can’t believe it has actually comes to an end, the journey I started and now I have reached my destination. A very fruitful journey where I have learnt new things and useful experiences. But as I knew it was my last day I walked down the corridor feeling sad because I have come so far, and I said to myself, goodbye corridor, the same one that I walked in, at first nervous and now I walk in with a pride that I fueled by the fact that I worked for one of Seychelles important sector.
My last day was full of surprises, I got into the office and turned on my computer I started working on my final task and I realized that I had a site visit with Denis. He had planned to take me with him to different houses to see on a project they are currently working on. We left the Office at around 10.00am to go to the houses. He went to get the car and as I stood there waiting for him to pick me up, I stared at the office and thinking to myself that I didn’t know what was up there once and now I worked there even if it was for two weeks.
Denis came and I got into the car to start our journey which was in the north. Denis explained to me how the project works and I quickly caught on his every word the project was to see how different household appliances use electricity and also to help them better regulate electricity. Sounds exciting right? It was, as we got there we greet the owner and she invited us inside.
Denis explained what the meters that are connected to these different appliances and how they work, it was a lot of technical things involved and I wanted to know more but we had to do what we came for. We first have to locate where these meters are placed and to check if they are in the right place. We had to make sure everything is working well. It took us a couple of minutes to solve some problems, but Denis quickly resolved it. The main aim of these visits is to collect data from each meters to see if the meters working and how much energy it has consumed during the one month the project has been implemented and it is supposed to last for one year. These projects started last year and will end in December, this year. We returned to the office and went for lunch. When I came back, I was informed that we have two more visits. This time one at Ile Perseverance and one at North East point.
We went to the first house for the afternoon at Ile Perseverance, unfortunately, the owner wasn’t at home, so we proceeded to our next destination which is at North East Point. Of course I had no idea where the house is and since Denis was the one doing the project, I thought he knew, but this was not the case. Actually, I don’t blame him since 50 houses participated in the project and he has to take care of and there are approximately 500 meters. We asked for directions and with the help of the owner who gave us the exact direction on the phone, we finally reached the house. We greeted the owner and she invited us inside. Denis located the meters and we quickly check if everything was working perfectly. Again, we encountered another challenge, all the meters were working apart for the one placed for the lights and it seems that the household have removed one meter and have used the socket and placed it back afterward and that is not advisable as it causes technical issues. We finished our work and headed back to the office.
When we arrived it was around 4 pm and it was time for me to leave, I went to collect my things and said my goodbyes and as I made my way towards the door Ms. Christine called me and handed me a goodbye gift, I smiled more than I should have and I felt sad because I already got use to my new working life and to my new coworkers, they became friends and we all know how much losing friends feel like. I handed in my keycard and turned to the door and walked out. Walking out into the corridors that I now walk head high and proud to have spent my weeks working there.
The internship has indeed brought me to a higher level and I have acquired new knowledge and skills. I’m so blessed and thankful for having had this opportunity. I had an amazing and exciting journey and now I have a new task and that is to educate my peers on Energy Efficiency and to tell them about an amazing place called Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) and how they are working towards a better Seychelles. And also to take this time to say SEC alone has a vision but if we work together it will be our mission too, so what do you say?
End of my journey.
Ever wonder how a wind turbine works? Or how PUC generates electricity? Well I had a chance to see how they work and also had a little adventure along the way. My journey began at Eden Jetty with Cynthia one of the coworker who accompanied me on this adventurous tour. We headed to Romaine Ville Island to see the turbines. As we waited for the boat Cynthia explained to me a bit about wind turbines and how it works and the amount of time it took to get the ideal location to place these turbines.
The waiting was over and we board the boat by greeting the boat owner. We headed straight to the sea. Excitement sparked up as I saw the turbines getting taller in the distance. We had to make a quick stop to pick up Mr. William our guide for the day. Mr. William is one of the staff who takes care of the turbines. As we continued our journey to the island which wasn’t that far away I started to hear turning sound of those giant turbines humming. We got off the boat and made our way towards one of the turbines and as we walked, we had a quick lecture about the turbines and the future plan to insert a Solar PV farm on the island. That is indeed a plan I wish to see it happened. Once on the turbine location we had a chance to enter one, I was quite roomy and there was a lot of things in there from wires to safety gears. Mr. William explained how it all works and it’s quite a process that takes time and is vast.
The turbines has the ability to generate 750 kW of electricity if the conditions is ideal, I mean if the wind is blowing on the turbines propellers and with the right temperature. We then proceed towards the boat. We made our way toward the Electricity House, we had a tour of the whole electricity plant and it was amazing. We were lucky to even have a chance to have a tour in there, I was excited to see where everything is being controlled and where the generators are monitored. We observed one generator at work, it is amazing to see what exactly is giving us electricity and you will really appreciate its value, if you don’t, I have a question to make you see what I really mean. Without electricity how would your world be? A simple question with a lot of answers right?
We all know that when there is black out in our neighborhood everyone starts complaining and blames PUC. To tell you the truth I did that too, but when you come to see at firsthand how hard these people work to keep us comfortable, you won’t complain any more, trust me I’ve stopped. I now know where the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) gets all their data which they use to help regulate electricity. I have also saw the peak times of electricity demands and just a friendly tip of how to try and make it go down at least a little bit, each time you put on an air condition try not to put it too high. Also, once you reach your home and you are not using electrical appliances, please turn them off and don’t leave it on standby because if you didn’t know standby doesn’t means it is turn off completely, the appliance is still using as much electricity as it does when it is on. So think efficient to help save energy.
Write to you all later
Hi it’s me again! Today I got the chance to visit the fishing port and met Mr. Robert, the manager for stevedoring and shore handling. He explained his daily duties, and let me tell you it’s not easy and it includes many responsibilities. With my 2 sizes bigger than my feet boots I boarded the green Guatemala and the Jai Alai .The Jai Alai and the Green Guatemala are both fishing vessels.
I got the chance to see a couple of stevedores hard at work. It is not easy to do their job and I applaud them for being so courageous. Some of them work in areas that are -20 degrees, this is so because they have to keep the fish as fresh as possible. I then proceeded onto a lower deck where I saw other stevedores busy with their work. As the fish were being transported from the Jai Alai to the Green Guatemala. They have to be sorted those with ‘defects’ are taken out from the batch, and some are also used to check if the fish are at the correct temperature.
After that I proceeded to the area where the cabins are located, it was very quiet which was the total contrast of the lower decks. The control room was beyond amazing with so many computers that are needed for the vessel to operate. I did not know where to look first it was all so new to me, I was smiling the whole time from all the excitement. Meeting the crew members was such an honour,they are so passionate about what they do, it was inspiring to watch them. It showed that they were passionate about the ocean and what it contains. As we were heading back from our visit I asked Mr. Robert if he finds his job to be challenging and he answered by saying “Yes, it is but as times passes, you get the hang of it”. From the way he talked about his job, I could see he loved what he does, as he was smiling the whole time.
As each day passes I discover new things related to the blue economy that I never knew, and I know I have so much more to learn. Until next time!
It’s Aniella here. This week I am back with more exciting adventures. Last week I spent all my days in the office visiting different department and attending different meetings with different delegations to see how they operate.
This week my adventure was more fun and I’ve gained a lot of experience. I was attached with the Operations Department. Many of you are probably wondering what kind of department is this.
Well in this department it consists of a group of people, who work on a shift basis, who have to go on the pilot boat to complete different tasks and make sure everything is in order and most importantly they have to bring the captain to board the vessel. Sometimes, this can also take place at night also if there is any cargo coming in as the other people on REMORKEN must pull in the ship and pull them out also, so they have everything they need on this boat. Another task includes helping boats in distress. Mr. Chetty who is in charge of this department was very friendly and introduced me to all his employees. I was later attached to Dario who taught me how to read charts, about safety and how the boat works.
Even though my week was full with so many tasks I did get some time to do some research about the Seychelles Ports Authority - the amount of income that comes in and number of jobs that the blue economy produce.
I also met new people on board which they are very friendly and welcomed me on board.
As it was so much fun and so much fun for me that I asked if I can come in next week. Guess what! Next week I am going again.
My name is Chloe Charles. I am 20 years old and I live at Les Mamelles. I was selected to join the Blue Economy Internship to help out and live up my dream to help our ecosystem. I was sent to the Seychelles Air Force to see how they contribute to the Blue Economy.
Tuesday 29th August was my first day at the Seychelles Air Force. I was unable to do much today but I had to attend the Aviation classes to fully understand the training and procedures that are in place.
They did plan to take me on a surveillance trip the next day but as from today I was only introduced to how everything works there.
One of the lieutenants showed me to how to start the plane and everything else that they need to conduct a flight.
Wednesday 30th August, I went on the surveillance trip with the Air Force.
We went across a planned route through the EEZ. We were checking if there were any illegal or suspicious activities in our EEZ.
So far, we only saw local fishing vessels on the aircraft’s radar and we encountered two whales on the surveillance camera that is installed with the aircraft to allocate any mischief on our ocean.
Thursday 31st August, I was learning about the importance of the engineers at the Air Force. I was observing on how they were repairing the nose gear shock strut of the aircraft (this is used to help the aircraft land and helps with the steering).
You know that feeling you get when going to a concert or on a roller coaster? Your stomach rumbles from both excitement and anxiety? Well that is how I felt on the first day of my internship which was on the 28th of August. OH! Before I get carried away, hello! My name is Shakur Belle, I am aged 16 and currently an S5 student at Plaisance Secondary and I’m interning at Hunt, Deltel & Co.Ltd. Hunt Deltel was founded in 1937 by two business man Percival Hunt and Alexandre Deltel, back then their principal activities was to handle commercial vessels, they also offered services and products such as insurance, cigars as well as alcohol. But there has been major developments to date, as they do call it ‘The Total Service Company’ as they offer services such as transfers, hotel reservation for cruise ships.
As I made my way to The Quadrant (which is where one of the branches of Hunt Deltel is located), I felt intimidated just by looking at the building itself. I stood at the entrance for a brief moment took a deep breath and made my way to the elevator. Upon arrival at the reception desk I met the lovely Ms. Jenna who welcomed me with a nice smile which eased my nerves a bit. I then took a sit as I awaited to meet my supervisor.
It did not take long for me to meet Mrs. Isabelle Adrienne who gave me a warm welcome and a goodie bag! She then directed me to the boardroom and gave me an informative introduction in the form of a PowerPoint Presentation to what Hunt Deltel is all about and the developments which have occurred so far. After that I met Ms. Daine Uranie, the receptionist, she explained thoroughly her duties and responsibilities which I did find quite interesting. Ms. Uranie then went one by showing me how to use a franking machine which honestly, I’ve never heard of before! What it does basically is calculate the postage automatically, you then insert your envelope or label into the machines printer slot and the mail is then franked with the correct date and postage.
Later in the afternoon I met Ms. Nicole Port-Louis the Human Resources Assistant whom explained to me the organogram of the company which shows all the sections of the company, I even got a clear understanding of how their database works as well as how information is obtained for each of the employees. One of the most exciting part of my first day was doing the fingerprint scan so I could enter the office, it was exciting because except for the fingerprint scanner on my phone I’ve never done it before!
As the day came to an end I got the chance to visit the office gym which also has a pool table! I even met a few other employees and watched a match of pool, might I say I have no idea how it’s played but I did get an idea, I guess? Ha-ha. I had an amazing first day and cannot wait to see what is in store for me in the days to come. Until next time bye!!
By: Shakur Belle
My week at Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) was full of tasks, compiling data, research about renewable energy and what SEC is doing to achieve their goal to make Seychelles run on 100% renewable energy. That is indeed a big goal to achieve, but I know it is possible and will happen. SEC works with different other organisations to build an even better greener Seychelles. And I had a chance to see and spend a day with one of those organisations and it was worth it.
For one day I was allocated to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office. The day spent at UNDP was beyond my expectation and even though, I didn’t go there to actually work with the departments, but to work with the Event Planner, Ms. Elaine. She told me about the different events that she has planned and that are taking place. If you haven’t heard yet there is this loan called SEEREP where you can buy any energy efficient household appliances, and Ms. Elaine is currently working on that project and it’s proving to be effective and successful.
I had to sort out an excel file and also help her get some ideas on some illustrations to be printed on bags, to try and make people use greener products that is safe for the environment. It took me quite a while, I thought it would be easy but I learnt that when you are trying to send message to people through posters, pictures, brochures, stuff like that you should ensure that right message is clearly shown. In doing so, people will understand exactly what you mean to help them understand from the different messages being illustrated.
At first my design was to print (Why Not Go Green?) on the bags and to use emoticons, to make it look funny and eye catching. But there were a few problems with it, because I only saw it from my point of view. But then after I thought of how other people might react to it and with the help of Ms. Elaine I made the new design. The aim was to make it so that when one reads it, they will get the impression that going green is the new trend or that going green can be fun and exciting. What’s your opinion?
After completing my work, I took the liberty to do some research on the UNDP and the first word I typed on the UNDP webpage search bar was Blue Economy. There were lots of things about it, and I also found out about their goals, and the ocean is one in there at number 14, Life below Water. I won’t go too much off topic but you can find out more on their webpage.
Write to you guys later sincerely: Richard
Hi it’s me again, I started my day focusing on the process of learning how the office operates and how the staff gets along with their day to day job and I also learned about different type of connectives that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has with Seychelles and discovered many more interesting new things. First of all, the IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for the measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent marine pollution from ships. IMO has over 17 statuses of conventions with Seychelles up till today. As my week go by I’ve been very fond of the term ‘maritime law’.
A maritime law is a distinct body of law that governs maritime questions and offences but also govern the relationships between private entities that operate vessels on the oceans. They deal with matters including marine commerce, marine navigation, marine savaging, shipping, sailors and the transportation of passengers and goods by sea.
The highlight of my day was Miss Liyuwoak Shiferaw the 33-year-old legal consultant of SMSA who now every morning invites me for coffee and ice cream in lunch time. I have grown very fond of her and may I say that she is indeed an incredible woman. A strong woman who has passion and an immense love for her job. She is from Ethiopia and she is a maritime lawyer by profession, I mean how cool is that right!! I also got the chance to ask her some questions on how her stay in Seychelles is, and how she founds Seychelles overall.
“I used to work for the Ethiopian maritime authority and I hated their administration department. I have served over 8 years in the maritime industry and by far am really loving it here. The people are really friendly and helpful; the environment the ocean the atmosphere has such a pure sequence to it the country itself is beautiful it is indeed a paradise as you all say it. I’ve fallen in love with it but the people should be more active in protecting their treasure as this is what makes Seychelles special and stand out with all the other countries” her exact words.
So you see how it’s really important to help and protect our oceans and environment is?
If not us, then who?
Think about it before it’s too late, till next time;)
My journey to the island started off on a boat trip from Grand Anse Praslin to Aride which was about thirty minutes long as the sea was considered to be quite calm compared to how rough it usually is daily. The very first glimpse of the island promised endless adventures as different types of birds namely; Brown Noddies, Lesser Noddies, Ferry terns, White-tailed Tropicbirds, Sooty Terns, Shearwaters and many more were circling the island and sea. They were flying so freely over the sea searching for food not even minding the boat as they knew they were safe from any harm. However, what really caught my attention was the how blue the ocean surrounding the island was and the white sandy beach. Reaching the shore we had a warm welcome by all the staff members who were all quite friendly and helpful. That’s when I realized that they weren’t just a group of people working together for the sake of working, they were more than that, they were as united as a family. I must say, I quickly adjusted to the island life whereby the electricity was run by the solar panels from 9am until around midnight. Furthermore, I had to boil rain water before drinking instead of drinking it straight from the tap as I would have done at home but it wasn’t that difficult to switch to this new lifestyle. My very first roommate was a gecko which surprisingly I wasn’t frightened of despite being a lot bigger than the ones I’ve seen before.
These birds possess such beauty that is quite captivating to the eye as they soar high above the island or even at their nesting sites. Their long tails are just hard to miss as they’re seated on their eggs or keeping their chicks warm. When the hatchlings are born they’re like a fluffy white ball and they are referred to as a C1 at that stage. As they get older they lose a bit of their fluff and start growing their new feathers which normally starts on their wings and at this stage they’re known as a C2. Furthermore, as they reach the C3 stage they grow other feathers on their wings, backs and heads and start looking bigger than their parents as they are fed every morning. However, they don’t have the long tails. At this stage their parents stop looking after them and when the chicks starts getting hungry they start walking around to find food and eventually start flying. After a certain period they become adults and grow the longs tails.
As many of you know Aride hosts one of the largest bird populations in Seychelles and ICS is working hard to maintain that population, ensuring the plants are well protected against the hairy caterpillars that had once infested the island, against mice and also poachers who come to steal seabirds and their eggs for example; the sooty terns and shearwaters. The birds, trees and waves are what make up the island as they keep the island noisy, vibrant and full of life. Without the trees there wouldn’t have been the amount of birds there is presently. Most people think that Aride is all about the birds and that ICS focuses mainly on the birds. However, the actual truth is that ICS also ensures the population of the trees keeps growing especially the endemic plant, Wright’s Gardenia. A census is conducted every five years whereby thousands of plants are counted and tagged. The island is always full of surprises and everywhere you turn there’ll be awaiting adventures as there’s always something new to discover.
By Priya Dodin
My Journey started on Saturday 19th August 2017, as I signed the paper for my blue economy internship, with great excitement.
Hi I am Aniella Servina, a 16 year old student from Anse Boileau School. I have been assigned an internship at the Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA), New Port.
As it was my first day of work, I was a bit scared but excited at the same time that I woke up at 5.00 am. I quickly got out of bed, prepared myself and rushed to catch the bus. I realized that I have to be punctual since it was my first day.
I arrived at the gate, of the Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA) on time. I was so amazed about the level and number of securities personnel at the gate, making sure the Port is safe. I did get some problem at the gate since they are very strict as I didn’t have the pass. I finally managed to convince the security personnel I was on the internship.
On my way to the office I was not that nervous since I already knew my host Mr. Vincent Didon but I was in deep thought and was a bit hyper. I could feel the adrenaline through my veins. Vincent, the Business Development Manager, introduced me to other staff members. I was also introduced to the Harbour Master, Captain Percy Laporte who now every morning invites me for coffee. I also had the pleasure of being introduced to CEO Colonel Andre Ciseau. I walked pass everyone with the smile on my face and with much excitement as it was my first time working.
I got the chance to visit the port and to see how things work.
From then on, I started the process of learning how the ports operate and how the staff gets along with their day to day job. I also found out things that I didn’t know as I went around the building asking everyone questions.
SPA was established in October 2004 by the SPA Act. It operates as an autonomous public authority under the governance of a Board of Directors. Their mandates are:
I have already adapted to the environment and the staff and I’m looking forward to completing my internship with the SPA.
Till next week