For the last 3 days of my first week I was attached to the documentation and shipping section. At the documentation section I met Ms Jacqueline Jaques and Ms Shahira Comme, where they handle all the documents needed for customers to get their releases so they can receive their shipment. I was able to contact some of the customers to inform them about the incoming vessel, TG Aphrodite that would be docking into the port two days after so they can get all their documents ready. I was a little anxious at first to do the calls but I got the hang of it after the first call.
After that I met Ms Sherbra and Ms Vicky who handle everything that has to do with import and export, I was taught how information of each container is entered into the system. I even gave it a try as well it is quite complex but it is manageable. When it comes to containers there are different types such as dry storage, flat racks, open top refrigerated and so much more, there are also containers that are 20 and 40 feet tall.
The highlight of my day was attending the port meeting. So what is a port meeting held for? It is to allow the port authorities to efficiently manage the port space, and everyone that uses the port facilities should attend, Organisation such as SRC, SPA as well as Hunt Deltel was present the day that I attended the meeting, it is held basically to provide communication between the agencies. It was interesting to know that this takes place every day at a specific time. As there is so much going on in the port as well as changes that take place I find this meeting to be efficient.
On my second day, I was attached to the operations section where the Cargo, Yachts & Cruise and reefer agents work. Ms. Meggy Gertrude and Mr Steve Gappy gave me an overview of what happens when a cargo vessel is to arrive at the port. There are so many procedures that take from place from the moment the vessel arrives to the moment it departures from the port. But the agents have showed me that even if what they do is complicated with time you are able to do the job without a hitch. One new thing that I learned that I did find it to be very intriguing was that different colour flags have different meanings. For example if a yellow flag is raised you have to wait until it is lowered to board the ship.
On my last day in that department I worked with Mr Christophe Lafortune, who showed me what he does daily from checking emails to see if any request have come through for clients to meeting with the clients themselves. I am a person who will read basically anything so, reading the Harbour Act was no problem for me. The Harbour Act contains regulations citied by the harbour. In this act I could see terms such as ‘Authority’, ‘Coastal Vessel’, ‘Gross tonnage’, and ‘Harbour’ which means the harbour of Victoria and any bay or place within the three nautical miles from any coast within the Republic of Seychelles.
This week has been so educational and fulfilling .I did not know there was so much in store for me, and so much more to come. Till next time! Bye J
By: Shakur Belle.