Hi my name is Nathanielle Soomery, 18 years of age, currently studying AS level subjects at Independent school. I’ve always been fascinated by the sole topic of the environment, in particular the environment of Seychelles. For a small island girl the environment of Seychelles places a big role into my future, without it I have no future. In order to conserve this future of mine I try to engage in various activities concerning the environment.
In particular the Blue-economy internship, I am currently working as an intern at Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA) accompanied by the new pal Ryan Dewea .Before I started the internship I had no clue of such an organisation and how important it was. SMSA implements regulations and policies that support a safe and efficient marine transportation system, and promotes sustainable marine practices.
Main Acts that the organisation deals with –Merchant shipping Act, along with other regulations -
On day one at SMSA we spent the day going through each sector of the organisation and getting to know everyone by face and by name. We also learnt about the different division in the office and their roles which they play in the company.
We met the legal officer Brigitte Ciseau (also known as chuchu) who is also our superior, her role is to implement statuary laws, give advice on matters relating to international shipping legislation and preparing or drafting documents.
The next sector is Survey /inspection, makes sure that boats registered under the Seychelles flag are following all the rules and regulations imposed by the organisation. In this division boats are surveyed and safety certificates are provided. Surveying includes checking the engines, different equipment onboard such as safety kit, important devices such as radios , compass and the lights must always be working . This sector is also responsible for the renewal of Hire Craft survey license. They also take care of any legal marine activities.
Lastly the registration / admiration, they register vessels, which may seem like an easy tactic. However there is a lot more to it. They include issuing certificate of competence, endorsement and requisition purchase.
At the end of the day I found that I had learnt more about Seychelles’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and a lot more about vessels than I ever expected too.