HANDING OVER OF HYDROGRAPHY DATA OF SURVEY DONE AT PORT VICTORIA BY INDIAN HYDROGRAPHY SHIP INS DARSHAK (6 March 2020,  Botanical House, Seychelles) Press Releases

HANDING OVER OF HYDROGRAPHY DATA OF SURVEY DONE AT PORT VICTORIA BY INDIAN HYDROGRAPHY SHIP INS DARSHAK (6 March 2020, Botanical House, Seychelles)

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HANDING OVER OF HYDROGRAPHY DATA OF SURVEY DONE AT PORT VICTORIA BY INDIAN HYDROGRAPHY SHIP INS DARSHAK (6 March 2020, Botanical House, Seychelles)

 

The High Commissioner of India to Seychelles, H.E. General Dalbir Singh Suhag, on 6 March 2020 formally handed over the Hydrography data of the bathymetric survey conducted in January 2020 by the Indian Hydrography vessel INS Darshak in Port Victoria, to the Hon'ble Minister of Tourism, Ports, Marine & Civil Aviation Mr. Didier Dogley in digital format at Minister's Office at Botanical House, Mont Fleuri.

Speaking at the event, HC General Suhag remarked “This momentous achievement in providing the data in such a short span is an ample example of the special relationship between India and Seychelles which is unique and founded on a deep sense of mutual trust and confidence and marked by a spirit of respect and equality,” and added, “When the request to undertake hydrographic survey of Port Victoria in addition to Praslin and La Digue came during the visit of INS Darshak in December last year, we were more than happy to accommodate this request in the required timeframe,". He went on to point out its importance for the SPA to save millions of dollars towards the port expansion dredging activities.

HC Suhag went on to stress that India sees Seychelles as a vital maritime security as well as maritime safety partner in the Indian Ocean neighbourhood and noted that the hydrography cooperation between the two countries started with a survey by the Indian Naval vessel INS Nirdeshak around Praslin, La Digue and the northern parts of Mahé in November and December 2003. Thereafter Indian navy survey vessels have carried out numerous surveys in Seychelles waters at the request of the Seychelles government.

“To give maritime safety of Seychelles the right direction, a memorandum of understanding on hydrographic cooperation between the two countries was signed in August 2015,” HC Suhag pointed out.

Expressing his gratitude on behalf of government and the people of Seychelles, Hon'ble Minister Dogley said "We recognise and appreciate that the Indian government has done so much to assist us in having those new charts with updated data produced with the best technology as there was a lot of demand for them." and added “We feel very honoured and proud to accept these data charts. We know a lot of work has been put in to collect, analyse and process these data and priority was given to complete these in a very short time, something we appreciate.”

Principal Secretary for port and marine Mr. Alan Renaud, the Chief executive of the Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA) Ronny Brutus, key officials from the department of foreign affairs, the officers from High Commission of India were present during the handover ceremony.

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India Ministry of Defence, Government of India #Hydrography #IndiaSeychelles Department of Foreign Affairs Republic of Seychelles Sbc Seychelles State House Seychelles Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine - Seychelles