In a ceremony at the IDC Aviation departure lounge at Pointe Larue, Pedro Junca and Francis Serpes were presented with their four bar shoulder boards as Captains on the Y12, while Joseph Pillay received his three bar epaulets as First Officer on the Beechcraft.
They were presented with their epaulets by the General Manager of IDC Aviation, Captain Marcus Labrosse and Captain Christiaan Sheffer, IDC’s Flight Operations Manager, who were their mentors throughout their journeys.
“This is a dream come true and a massive personal achievement since my childhood dream was to become a pilot” remarked Joseph Pillay, IDC’s new First Officer.
Four students from the Seychelles Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture (SIAH) are on Desroches to gain first-hand experience working in agriculture on an outer island.
Their work based experience training programme has been organised by IDC in collaboration with SIAH.
Apart from work experience, this will also be an opportunity for the young aspiring farmers to enjoy the island life.
Kelvyn Gonzalves, Dylan Lusta, Alvin Pauline and Azarius Adrienne were flown to Desroches this morning. They will spend a month on the island in the company of a team of experienced personnel in the fields of livestock and crop farming.
This work attachment programme for the students is also part of IDC’s strategic plan to encourage young Seychellois to join the company and take up employment on the islands.
IDC’s subsidiary, Green Island Construction Company (GICC) has handed over the Coast Guard hospital to the Ministry of Health.
This follows certain modification work to the external façade of the field hospital at Perseverance by Green Island Construction Company (GICC), which was necessary to deal with the weather conditions. As part of the project, GICC also built the support facilities which are essential in the efficient running of a hospital, such as consultation room, toilet and shower facilities.
The 60-bed hospital at the Seychelles Coast Guard base was a gift from the state of Qatar and the first phase of the project was carried out by the Qatari armed forces in September last year.
The completed project was handed over to the Minister for Health, Mrs. Peggy Vidot by the Chief Executive Officer of IDC, Mr. Glenny Savy in the presence of President Wavel Ramkalawan.
Seychelles' Desroches island is consuming 90 percent less fuel thanks to the installation of a 2.5-megawatt solar farm commissioned by the Islands Development Company (IDC).
The solar farm on Desroches was inaugurated on Saturday by President Wavel Ramkalwan and chairperson of the IDC board of directors, Patrick Berlouis. The farm is the second-largest solar plant in Seychelles after the one on Ile de Romainville, a man-made island.
With tourism being the number one economic driver of the island, followed by agriculture, Desroches is home to a branch of the Four Seasons resorts chain which consumes almost half of the electricity generated by the solar farm.
A third 19-seater Beechcraft airplane worth US $2.8 million has been added to IDC’s fleet of aeroplanes.
S7 ALP, names after Alphonse island, arrived in the country earlier this month from South Africa.
A ceremony to welcome the plane was held this morning at the IDC Aviation hangar at Point Larue.
Present for the ceremony were Vice President Ahmed Afif, Minister for Transport Antony Derjacques, IDC chairman Patrick Berlouis, Chief Executive of IDC Glenny Savy, Chief Executive of Al- Salaam Bank Asim Kumar, IDC board members and Aviation staff.
S7 ALP was bought in the United States of America (USA) following an upgrading maintenance of its cockpit and mechanical system. From there it flew to South Africa for internal refurbishment and painting in the IDC aviation colours.
In an interview after the ceremony, Mr. Savy claimed that for the further development needs of the outer islands, a third such aircraft was needed. He also claimed that as a result of the increase in the number of flights to the outer islands, the third aircraft would be handy in the case when another is undergoing maintenance works.
In his remarks the General Manager of IDC Aviation, Captain Marcus Labrosse said in view of continued development and activities happening on the islands, IDC has plans in the near future to replace the three Beechcrafts with a more comfortable and larger capacity fleet of ATR-42 aircrafts fabricated by a European company associated with Airbus.
In his speech to mark the occasion, Minister Derjacques said the new Beechcraft marks another milestone in IDC’s development.
“This shows that there is a thirst to continuously improve connectivity between our islands as well as our country to the world,” Minister Derjacques said, noting that IDC has been a significant contributor to the economy and foreign exchange earner.
The new Beechcraft was blessed by Deacon Louis Agathine from the Catholic Church after which the guests were invited for a tour on board.
The IDC bought its first Beechcraft in 1998 and a second in 2018. The fleet of aircraft also comprises a Dornier and a Y-12.
The tropical cyclone baptised Jobo, formed over the south-western Indian Ocean, hit some of our outer islands earlier this week with maximum sustained winds up to 130 km/h.
“Since Wednesday April 21, Farquhar, Assumption, Astove, Cosmoledo and Aldabra experienced heavy rains, strong winds and high waves but no major damage was caused,” IDC’s chief executive Glenny Savy said in a press conference held yesterday at the IDC (Islands Development Company) headquarters.
On his way back from UNESCO World Heritage site of Aldabra, President Ramkalawan and his delegation stopped on Astove and Farquhar for the official launch of the solar farms on these islands.
The project is an initiative of IDC as a source of alternative energy to reduce the costs and the amount of fuel used to power electricity generators on the islands. The project will also help to protect the environment from pollution.
Work on the two sets of solar farms commenced in October last year and completed in April.
The photovoltaic power station on Astove comprises 342 glass solar panels, capable of producing 150 KW of electricity, which will make up for 93% of the island’s consumption of electricity.
The one on Farquhar has 510 panels which gives an output of 250 KW of electricity. 94% of the island’s electricity needs will be produced by solar energy.
With the setting up on solar farms on another two islands, IDC will make further savings on fuel consumption and transportation of fuel to the islands. The money saved will go towards further infrastructure development on the islands.
The presidential delegation also stopped on Desroches to see ongoing work on the solar farm there. Its capacity will be 2.5MW and will come online in May.
The first solar setup on the outer islands on Alphonse was inaugurated in November 2018.
While on Desroches, the Presidential delegation made a tour of the island and visited the ICS Tortoise Sanctuary, IDC Village, Farm, Guest Houses and the North Point Nature Trail.
Present for the two inauguration ceremonies were the First Lady, Mrs Linda Ramkalawan, the Vice-President, Mr Ahmed Afif, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, the Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment, Mr Flavien Joubert, the Minister for Finance, Economic Planning and Trade, Mr Naadir Hassan, the Chairperson of the Board of IDC, Mr Patrick Berlouis, the CEO of IDC Mr Glenny Savy, the Deputy CEO of IDC Mr Christian Lionnet, Member of the IDC Board Mr Denis Matatiken and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
IDC continues to invest in key infrastructure on the islands under its management.
Further to receiving Environmental and Planning Authority approval, work has started to construct an airstrip on Grand Ile - Cosmoledo Atoll.
A much needed infrastructure to ensure the safety and well being of the islanders. The possibility of having flights to the island will also increase significantly the air surveillance possibility of the atoll.
Thus far, access to the atoll included an air transfer to Astove and sea crossing to Cosmoledo. A risky and challenging affair especially during the south east monsoon.
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