A search and rescue operation has started to locate the missing crew of the Sea Horse following a fire on board the vessel in the early hours of the morning.
The cargo vessel operated by Islands Development Company (IDC) left Mahe on Friday with fuel and food supplies for the Prison Services on Coetivy.
The vessel, which was being manned by a crew of 5 arrived on the island yesterday evening and remained on anchor some 200 metres from the shore, waiting for the high tide to start offloading the cargo. This was planned for today.
Thus far, only one crew member has been found and according to information he provided the fire started on the cargo deck.
Upon noticing the fire, he jumped into the sea and swam towards the island and while he was swimming he was picked up by one of the boats from the island.
The island personnel continued searching for the remaining crew members until the arrival of the military Dornier for search and rescue assistance.
Actually, an IDC plane and a military plane are searching the areas around Coetivy island for the missing crew members. 3 boats from the island are also helping in the search, while the Coast Guard is displacing its naval vessels to assist in the search.
IDC has also sent its medical personnel to Coetivy, in the early hours of this morning.
IDC is in touch with all family members of the crew.
Perseverance Point Condominium being developed by Green Tree Investment Company Ltd, a subsidiary of GICC, in partnership with the Ministry of Habitat, Infrastructure and Land Transport, welcomed its first residents last week. The owners were presented with the keys to their homes during a ceremony held on site on Saturday 11th August 2018.
This block comprises of 10 three-bedroom apartments furnished with built in wardrobes, vanities for the bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, a cooker, washing machine and solar water heaters. In addition, DSTV connection has also been installed.
The new homeowners have expressed great satisfaction with the quality of work on the units and the amount of living space available, which they claim is great value for money.
Construction work on a second block of three bedroom apartments for young professionals first time home buyers has started and the first two-bedroom block is expected to start in December 2018.
From then on, new blocks will be built as and when the Ministry confirms buyers for the units. Once all the blocks are completed, the Condominiums will be within a gated and secured estate with proper management of the common areas through a Management Corporation set up with all the buyers and the developer. Each unit will have one parking bay, while additional parking space will be available for visitors.
A three-bedroom unit for graduates and professionals in the first block is being sold at SR. 1.5 million and a two bedroom at SR. 1.2 million. The floor area for a three-bedroom apartment is 130 m² and the two bedroom is 102 m².
The Estate will also comprise of furnished luxury condominium units for the open market and the mock up should be ready for viewing by October 2018.
As part of activities to commemorate World Environment Day (June 5th), IDC presented a copy of the second edition of the book ‘Outer Islands of Seychelles-Zil Elwannyen Sesel’ to President Danny Faure. This was during a ceremony at State House, to officially launch the Aldabra clean-up project.
“Mr. President, let me take this opportunity to thank you for the interest that you are showing in the development of the islands. The visits that you have started have allowed us to show you firsthand what we do on the islands, how we do it and more importantly, why we do it the way we do. Your comments, ideas and suggestions throughout the visits are valuable to us and will help us build on what we are doing” said Mr. Savy in his address.
The Aldabra clean-up project brings together a team of 6 Seychellois volunteers with 6 Oxford University scholars who will conduct an intensive clean-up expedition starting from March 2019.
During the ceremony, it was announced that alongside the Aldabra clean-up project, IDC will also undertake an extensive clean-up exercise on Assomption and Astove. The two islands form part of the Aldabra group.
The launching of the project at State House was held in the presence of President Danny Faure, the Patron of the Seychelles Islands Foundation and other stakeholders.
IDC has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Seychelles Meteorological Authority for the installation of automatic weather stations on eight islands.
This agreement was signed by the Chief Executive of IDC, Glenny Savy, and the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Meteorological Authority, Vincent Amelie during a ceremony to mark IDC’s 38th anniversary.
Under the agreement, IDC will finance the installation of weather stations on Alphonse, Assomption, Astove, Coëtivy, Cosmoledo, Farquhar, Providence, and Silhouette.
Mr. Savy described the signature as another milestone for IDC since the setting up of the weather stations will result in better data collection for weather forecasting and will provide IDC with accurate information for its flights.
On his part, Mr. Amelie explained that the weather stations, especially those that will be installed on the outer islands, will be important for recording and collecting data about the climate of the southern islands.
“All the information we have recorded over the years have always been collected on Mahé and the inner islands. This has made it difficult to make weather predictions for the outer islands”.
The weather stations are expected to cost approximately R250,000 and the first station will be set up on Farquhar in one month’s time.
Another highlight of the celebrations was the official launch of the second edition of the ‘Outer Islands of Seychelles - Zil Elwannye Sesel’ book, authored by Adrian Skerrett.
It is an updated version of the first edition with supplementary maps, diagrams, stories and interviews added on to its original content.
Also launched was IDC’s revamped website which has been designed by Malinda Skerrett in such a way as to offer a better browsing experience for users.
The newly restored iconic plantation house originally built by the French Dauban family in the 1860s, reopened after some six months’ restoration works.
Together with the reopening of the Grann Kaz was also that of a new history museum set up in the living room of the old house.
An initiative of Richard Touboul, cultural attaché of the department of culture, the museum showcases a number of rare artefacts and documents retracing the history of Seychelles and that of Silhouette. Other than the history museum on the ground floor, on the upper floor, which used to be the sleeping quarters, there is now an exhibition showcasing the Dauban family through a collection of photographs, short write-ups and artefacts.
Renovation work on the house has been carried out by Islands Development Company.
The Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture Mitcy Larue officially cut the ribbon in the presence of the Minister responsible for tourism Maurice Loustau-Lalanne and the General Manager of Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Andre Borg.
“I am happy that we have managed to repair the damages to the house caused by the extreme climate on the island by retaining its original walls and floors” commented Mr. Borg.
He explains that the kitchen on the ground floor has also been restored to continue providing the Grann Kaz restaurant with authentic Creole cuisine.
“The Grann Kaz and its restaurant and now museum is open to the Seychellois public and the management is currently working on a concept and package to make it more accessible to the locals to come and enjoy for instance Sunday lunches and visit the museum and the island as a whole” he concluded.
IDC attaches great of importance to cultural heritage on the islands and the Silhouette Grann Kaz is a great source of pride.
President Danny Faure visited Marie Louise island to witness the signing of an agreement which establishes the basis for cooperation and assistance between Island Development Company (IDC) and Island Conservation Society (ICS) to conserve, restore, and enhance the ecosystems of Marie Louise, together with the associated marine environment.
The agreement was signed by the Chairman of ICS, Mr. Adrian Skerrett, Chief Executive Officer of IDC, Mr. Glenny Savy, and representing the Minister of Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, Minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne.
The President welcomed the signing of this agreement which paves the way for Marie Louise to provide facilities for local tourism, excursions for tourists, and provide environment conservation activities for students from various schools.
The programmes, monitoring and evaluation, and management plans will be under the responsibility of the Island Conservation Society, and funded by IDC's annual budget commencing 1 April 2018.
After witnessing the signing, President Faure toured the island to see its existing facilities and was briefed on future developments.
The President also visited Poivre and Remire to familiarise himself with the islands and review their proposed development plans going forward.
The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island will today open its doors to the first guests to the island since the previous resort closed over two years ago.
Featuring a total of 71 accommodations, the brand new Four Seasons resort offers a choice of beach bungalows, villas and suites and multi-bedroom residences, all with private pool and direct beach access.
For dining, panoramic sunset views are offered at the new Lighthouse restaurant, while Mediterranean fare is served at the all-day dining Claudine restaurant and a poolside bar and Deli provide further options for culinary refreshment.
The organic Circle of Connection Spa with five treatment suites and a beauty salon is the place for island goers to unwind, as the perfect complement to the many resort activities available.
Opportunities for island adventures include world-class diving and fishing, cycling along 15 kilometres of forested pathways, guided nature walks with the Island Conservation Society and learning more about the unique Seychelles flora, fauna and sea life at the new, interactive Discovery Centre.
General manager Edward Linsley commented: “I’m so immensely proud of our entire team and what we have achieved. Desroches is an incredibly special island and I cannot wait to welcome our first guests to discover this destination and to experience first-hand the passion, dedication and warmth of our team who have worked so hard together to make this dream a reality.”
Through recruitment drives and advertising, both locally and internationally, the resort has employed over 200 staff from 39 nationalities, including a significant proportion of Seychellois at all levels. Three local team members from the existing Four Seasons Resort on Mahé have furthered their career in the Housekeeping and Front Office departments by transferring to Desroches, while Seychellois chef, Joel Laporte, who previously transferred to Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi has returned to his home country to join the pre-opening team as a Demi Chef de Partie.
Marc Bonnelame, human resources manager commented: “We have put together a great team full of talented individuals and it is exciting for all of us to be part of such a historic opening. For me as Seychellois, I am proud to be working with such a renowned international brand and to be able to extend the same opportunity to other Seychellois.”
Further information on Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island, plus detailed rates and availability can be found by contacting the reservations team at firstname.lastname@example.org, calling +248 4393000 or by visiting the website www.fourseasons.com/seychellesdesroches.
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IDC has welcomed a second Beechcraft plane to its fleet.
“There was a need for this additional plane because we now have more tourist flights to the islands, especially with the reopening of Desroches hotel, which now have two flights a day rather than one a day previously. We are also now, twice a week operating flights for the Guest House on Astove, once a week for the Guest House on Farquhar, plus 2 to 3 times a week for Alphonse Hotel and of course all the other flights that are required by the IDC Management, and private charters. We now basically have additional capacity.” explains Glenny Savy, IDC Chief Executive Officer.
If all goes well, IDC might even consider purchasing a third Beechcraft later this year and selling its two smaller aeroplanes, being the Caravan and the Dornier.
“Having a fleet of Beechcrafts only will rationalize our operational cost as there will be only one type of operation rather than three different types of aircrafts” adds Mr. Savy.
The Beechcraft has been purchased in South Africa at a cost of $2.151million. It has been inspected by the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority and is already registered on the SCAA registry.
As a continuation of his tour to outer Islands, President Danny Faure visited Desroches Island from 2nd to 4th February 2018.
During his visit, the President viewed the new Four Seasons Resort due to open March 2018. The new luxury resort, will feature some 71 lodgings including beach bungalows, villas, suites and private residence villas.
The familiarisation tour, also provided the President with the opportunity to see first hand the IDC operations on the island as well the environment protection efforts by Island Conservation Seychelles (ICS) located on Desroches featuring ongoing programmes such as vegetation rehabilitation, turtle, bird and coral reef monitoring, tortoise conservation and beach profile surveys.
President Faure was accompanied on his visit by the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne and the Chief Executive Officer of IDC, Mr. Glenny Savy.
In December, President Faure visited Astove, Assumption and Aldabra.
For the first time in Eco-School history, a group of eight young eco-warriors were rewarded with a five-day trip to Desroches funded by IDC. The trip comes after their respective schools ‒ Plaisance secondary, English River secondary, La Retraite primary, Praslin secondary, Independent School, Takamaka primary, Belonie secondary and Anse Boileau secondary ‒ excelled in their eco-school programmes for 2017. Although not among the top six, Eco School, the national environmental programme managed by the Environment Education Unit of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, felt that these eco-friendly schools were equally deserving of an educational trip.
“The top six most outstanding schools are automatically guaranteed an educational trip to Aldabra every year. This is facilitated by the SIF (Seychelles Islands Foundation) and that trip is due for early 2018,” Shane Emilie, the Sustainable Development Coordinator at the unit, explained. These top six schools are: Anse Royale primary, Beau Vallon secondary, Anse Etoile primary, Baie Lazare primary, English River secondary and Plaisance secondary. “In order to complement SIF’s programme, Eco School negotiated with IDC to reward the top eight schools following these top six outstanding.”
During their trip, the eight students were able to see first-hand the different types of work in demand on the outer islands managed by IDC.
Mr. Emilie clarified that the jobs available on outer islands are not necessarily directly concerned with the environment but also includes jobs related to the social and economic sustainable development of these islands.
Hence the students were attached with staff in various fields of work during their sojourn. Ethelle Aglaé, a student from Belonie secondary, said that the trip was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity wherein she experienced a lot of things she would otherwise not have on the main islands. The same sentiment was expressed by fellow eco-warrior from Independent school, Sebastien Contoret, who added that the trip made him seriously consider taking on a career as a conservationist on Desroches ‒ provided that his first career option as a pilot does not pan out.
Michael Payet, the Public Relations and Communications Manager at IDC, stated the company’s greatest challenge is finding enough workers who are willing to work on the islands they manage. “IDC finds that this is a great initiative to support because it builds an interest in the outer islands at a very young age.”
Twelve more students from other registered eco-schools will also be able to visit Silhouette in January 2018, a trip fully funded by IDC.
See link below for a full account of the Eco School trip to Desroches.
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