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SEYCHELLES General

GENERAL (See Plan) (8) 4 37.0' S., 55 33.5' E.


(9) 4 33.0' S., 55 26.0' E.
(10) 3 43.0' S., 55 25.0' E.
Charts affected: 742, 740, 721.
GEO-POLITICAL: Harbour Master, Ministry of Tourism and Transport, Seychelles.
Capital City: Victoria. (H. 5775/82.)
Nationality: (noun) Seychellois, (adjective) Seychellois.
Population: 82,247. PILOTAGE: Compulsory in Inner and Outer Harbour for any vessel of or
exceeding 150 g.r.t.
COMMUNICATIONS: 24 hours notice, giving draft and length. Telegraphic address Demarine
International Direct Dial Code: 248. through Cable & Wireless (on schedule 500 kHz and 8714 kHz. Schedule
Number of Internal Airports: 9. published in Radio List. Harbour Control equipped with VHF Channels 16,
Major Languages Spoken: Creole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 12 and 6).
3.1%, unspecified 0.2% (2002 census).
Pilot Boat: White hull with white cabin, orange top, flying H flag.
ECONOMY: Signals for Pilot: G by flag and/or whistle.
Currency: 1 Seychelles Rupee (SCR) of 100 Cents. Pilot Boarding Ground: The Pilot boards vessels about 6 cables Northward
Main Industries: Fishing, tourism, processing of coconuts and vanilla and of the outermost buoy (Isolated Danger Buoy) in position Lat. 4 35.7' S.,
coir. Long. 55 29.6' E. There is no night pilotage. Pilot can board in almost any
ENVIRONMENT: weather. While awaiting Pilot; vessel can anchor in any suitable anchorage
Territorial Sea: 12 n.m. in the pilotage area. Vessels should call Victoria Harbour Control on VHF,
Other Maritime Claims: Contiguous Zone: 24 n.m. Channel 16, 2 hours before arrival.
Continental Shelf: 200 n.m. or to the edge of the continental margin. ANCHORAGES: Masters of all vessels are requested not to anchor on
Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 n.m. the leading marks or in any other position so as to block the entrance channel.
Coastline Extent: 491 km. The following anchorages are available in the Outer Harbour.
Climate: Tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (i) Victoria Lighthouse bearing 238 True. Distance 9.75 cables in depths
(late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon of 20 m. to 22 m.
(March to May). (ii) Victoria Lighthouse bearing 232 True. Distance 1 mile in depths of
Natural Resources: Fish, copra and cinnamon trees. 22 m.
Natural Hazards: Lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; (iii) Victoria Lighthouse bearing 224 True. Distance 1.4 miles in depths
short droughts possible. of 18 m. to 20 m.
Terrain: Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others (iv) Victoria Lighthouse bearing 212 True. Distance 1.5 miles in depths
are coral, flat, elevated reefs. of 20 m. to 22 m.
Average Temperatures:
Month High Low Supertankers and large vessels anchor outside the Isolated Danger Buoy
January 28 C 24 C in any suitable anchorage. The Master should always contact Harbour Master
June 27 C 25 C for anchorage instructions.
September 27 C 25 C PRATIQUE: Q Flag or international red over white. Medical
Officer/Environmental Health Officer may board vessels at anchor and before
entering Inner Harbour. Crew Lists with vaccination dates against yellow fever
PORT VICTORIA, Mahe: 04 37' S 055 28' E and cholera if vessel from infected places. Health clearance given at Port
Victoria only, health clearance may be given at Assumption Island by prior
(See Plan) arrangement. Hospital facilities available. Vessels proceeding to the Inner
Harbour may be disinsectised. Radio Pratique may be granted on request
PORT LIMITS: Shown by a line from North Point (Lat. 04 33.6' S., to Port Health Ministry of Health.
Long. 55 26.4' E.), running 090(T) to Long. 55 32' E., thence 180(T) to the No animal/pet of any description is permitted to be landed ashore or on
Northernmost tip of S.E. Island (Lat. 04 40.5' S., long. 55 32' E.). the wharf as per Seychelles Quarantine Regulations. Necessary action will
Outer Harbour: The area in Victoria Harbour between limits of the inner be taken against any Master who disregards these instructions in addition to
harbour and a line from Cedre Point to Long. 55 29.84' E., thence South to the possibility of destroying any such animal or pet found ashore. Emphasis
St.Anne Island Shore, thence S.S.W. until Rochon Bridge bears West, then is made on the need to keep the Seychelles free from major animal diseases.
West until Victoria Lighthouse bears North.
VHF: The Harbour Masters Office, call sign, Harbour Control keeps a
DOCUMENTS: 24 hour watch on Channel 16 and 12. Any further information can be obtained
Maritime Declaration of Health forms obtainable from Medical by calling up Harbour Control on Channel 16. Other Channels available are
Officer/Chief Environmental Health Officer. 12 and 6. Channels 16 and 26 available throughout 24 hours; Channel 27 on
Derat Certificate. request.
Crew Lists and Passengers Lists.
Dangerous Cargo List.
TUGS: 21,130 h.p. (13 ton B.P.) and 12,540 h.p. (30 ton B.P.).
Ships Register. BERTHS: Due to limited space no berth can be reserved either alongside
5 Crew Declaration Forms. or at anchorage. All assistance given to position every ship in best available
Declaration of Stores and high dutiable goods. place.
Parcels List. Mahe Quay is in full operation. Two vessels can berth alongside.
Firearms List. Berth No. 1 is allocated to oil and cement tankers and Berth No. 2 to cargo
List of Animals remaining on board (Pets included). and passenger ships. Total length 370.4 m. Maximum depth of water at all
Un-manifested Cargo List. berths is 35 ft. There are connections for fuel, fresh water and telephones at
Cargo Manifests. all berths. Port Offices, Customs and Health are situated at the New Port
Clearance from last Port. area.
Masters and Officers of vessels moored at the 2 above mentioned places
DENSITY: Average 1023 at all states of tide. are reminded of the importance of tending moorings at frequent intervals.
RESTRICTIONS: All shipping movement in Inner Harbour to take place Rat guards are deemed essential. Slack lines present a hazard to the safety
during daylight hours only. In Outer Harbour, night movement at discretion of vessels moored alongside.
of Master after consultation with Harbour Master. No tide restrictions. In the case of tankers and bulk carriers discharging or loading, the hourly
There is berthing space available for vessels with draft over 9.5 m., but difference in draft can be considerable. It is therefore recommended that
not exceeding 11.5 m. This is between bollards No. 12 and No. 20, a distance regular routine checks on moorings be carried out by the Duty Officer.
of 123 m., at the Southern end of the quay. Vessels exceeding 123 m. with Movement of Vessels Moored at Mahe Quay, Commercial Port, Fishing Port
draft of 9.5 m. to 11.5 m. overhang the quay to the South and lines are made or at Anchorage. No movement of any vessel moored at the above mentioned
fast on shore bollards. places is permitted without authorisation from the Harbour Master. Ships
Under these circumstances vessels which overhang come starboard side boats or lifeboats are not to be used as plying boats or on excursions to
to and the port anchor is used. This system is mainly used for tankers as nearby islands. Use of ships own craft for any reason including exercises
the connecting discharge pipe ashore only needs to be in line with the ships must be cleared and authorised in the first instance.
manifold. Cargo ships coming in at a deeper draft than 9.5 m. and less 11.5 m. Loading and discharging by ships gear. Equipment available to handle
can be docked. However it must be noted that cargo cannot be discharged 20 ft. and 40 ft. containers.
from all hatches that overhang and the ship will have to be turned at a certain
stage of discharging.
TANKER FACILITIES: Fuel oil is handled at Mahe North Quay and LPG
is handled at Mahe South Quay. Max. LOA 180 m., max. beam 34 m., max.
APPROACHES: New Reporting Points: North Reporting Point for draft 11.5 m. Discharge throughout 24 hours. Discharge lines 8 in. and 6 in.
inbound and outbound vessels is Lat. 04 23' S., Long. 55 29' E. (Bulk white petroleum products and bulk cement).
South Reporting Point for inbound and outbound vessels is Lat. 04 40' S.,
Long. 55 37' E.
STEVEDORES: ETA advice required two to three days before ships
arrival in port. Loading and Discharging: General Cargo: average 15 t.p.h.
Reports are to be made to Victoria Control Tower on VHF Channel 12.
per gang (subject weather conditions). Bagged Cargo: average 50 t.p.h. per
Notice to Mariners No. 1013(P)/86: gang (subject weather conditions). Containers: 22 boxes per hour. All
Indian Ocean Seychelles Mahe Port Victoria Routeing System. stevedoring undertaken with ships own gear.
The following announcement has been made by the Ministry of Tourism
and Transport, Port and Marine Services Division, Seychelles. Hatches: Normally carried out by ships crew.
A routeing system for approaches to Port Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles has CARGO GEAR: All cargo slings and gear supplied by ship.
been adopted. POLLUTION: All ballast discharged over the side must be clean and
All vessels calling to and from Port Victoria are required as far as practicable entirely free from petroleum products of any description in accordance with
to stay within an area bounded by lines joining the following Geographical the Marine Pollution Regulations of 1981. No dirty ballast is to be pumped
points. Points (1), (2), (3), (9) and (10) demark the Northern Approach and overboard as per Laws of Seychelles Cap. 210 Section 18. This includes
Points (3), (4), (5), (6), (7) and (8) demark the Southern Approach. brine from fish tanks in which fish have been stored. All Masters are advised
(1) 3 43.0' S., 55 33.0' E. to familiarise themselves, through their respective Agent, with the Marine
(2) 4 26.0' S., 55 32.0' E. Pollution regulations 1981. The Master of a vessel found guilty under these
(3) 4 30.0' S., 55 39.0' E. Regulations is liable to imprisonment for five years and to a fine of two
(4) 4 51.0' S., 55 42.5' E. hundred thousand Seychelles Rupees in addition to costs for cleaning up
(5) 5 16.5' S., 55 30.0' E. operations, environmental damages and commercial loss.
(6) 5 13.0' S., 55 23.0' E. Whilst transferring fuel and/or taking bunkers all scuppers must be
(7) 4 48.5' S., 55 34.5' E. effectively plugged to prevent accidental discharge of oil into the sea.

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Port Victoria SEYCHELLES
WASTE DISPOSAL: A small fee is charged by the port daily for use of
port bins meant to cater for empty bottles and cans. These must be packed
in plastic garbage bags.
Garbage from the galley and remnants of food are not permitted ashore.
These are cleared by Waterborne Licenced Garbage Contractors for a fee.
Regular disposal of garbage is compulsory.
SLOPS DISPOSAL: No facilities exist at the moment.
It is hoped that such facilities will be provided in the not too distant future.
FRESH WATER: In good supply. By mains when alongside. No water
barge currently available. All water supplied is chlorinated. Vessels should
request water at least 72 hours before arrival through Agent.
FUEL: Gas oil Kinematic CS at 40C. 3.63. Due to limited stock, it is
advisable to give one weeks notice, preferably through nomination addressed
to Seychelles Petroleum Co. (Seypec).
Intermediate Fuel oil now available on North end of berth only. (Fuel oil
180 centistoke). Pour point 70 max. Kinematic 180 max. restriction on flow
of delivery pending improvement of facilities.
CHANDLERY: Ship Supply Services can be made by prior arrangements
with any shipping Agencies by using fast hire crafts, which are allowed to
operate within a range of 60 miles Mahe to any given rendezvous. Contact
Agent.
SERVICES: No tank-cleaning equipment, no facilities for discharge of tank
washing, no compass adjusting, radar or radio engineer available for small
repairs.
DRY DOCK: None, but being considered.
REPAIRS: Slipways for vessels under 300 g.r.t. Mechanical engineering
and fabrication. Electronic and electrical engineering. Commercial diving
services (hull cleaning, inspection and repairs). Shipchandling (marine
equipment).
SAFETY: There shall be no smoking on board vessels carrying petroleum
products, chemicals or LPG except in such safe places as may be approved
jointly by the Master and Harbour Master. Responsibility for ensuring that the
crew of the vessel are informed of the safe places so approved, and that the
regulations are complied with, rests with the Master. Such vessels when
berthed alongside a quay must have the eye of a wire hanging over the
outside bow and quarter to enable tugs to connect up readily in an emergency.
The said wire must be suitable for such purposes and shall have sufficient
scope on deck for free running.
Engines are not to be immobilised whilst the vessel is berthed alongside
the wharf without prior authorisation from the Harbour Master.
Any unsafe condition or action observed on board a vessel will result in
immediate cessation of cargo or bunkering operations until such condition or
action is corrected. Continued or blatant disregard of these requirements by
any ship will result in the removal of the ship from berth or quay at the cost
of the vessel and the Owners/Operators/Charterers informed of the
circumstances.
Use of radar and radio transmitter forbidden whilst alongside the wharf.
Walkie-Talkies not permitted outside port area.
Portable R/T sets or transceivers must be of an approved design and those
used on tankers must be intrinsically safe.
POLICE/AMBULANCE/FIRE: Emergency: Ring 999 otherwise Police
Tel: 248 (3) 22011 and Hospital Tel: +248 (3) 24400.
SECURITY/GANGWAY: Customs Officer on duty at all times if vessel
is discharging cargo.
TIME: GMT plus 4 hours, throughout year.
LOCAL HOLIDAYS: New Year (1st and 2nd January); Good Friday;
Labour Day (May 1st); Corpus Christi (June 2nd); Liberation Day (June 5th);
National Day (June 18th); Independence Day (June 29th); Assumption Day
(August 15th); All Saints Day (November 1st); Immaculate Conception
(December 8th); Christmas Day (December 25th).
DELAYS: Berthing: Limited berth. Loading or discharging: Weather
conditions. Bunkering: Space alongside.
CONSULS: Embassies: China, France, Russia.
High Commissions: India and United Kingdom.
Consuls: Belgium, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy,
Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, U.S.A.
TELEPHONES: Available to ships from Cable and Wireless G.S.M. on
request. Telephone kiosks using cards are located on the main and fishing
quays.
NEAREST AIRPORT: In operation. Several flights weekly.
CUSTOMS: At Custom Officers discretion.
SHORE LEAVE: All members of the crew are allowed ashore. No limit
to shore leave. Crew to be in possession of identity card or Discharge Book.
REPATRIATION: Crew changes possible. Undertaken by Agents in
connection with Immigration Authorities.
IDENTIFICATION CARDS: See Shore Leave.
SEAMANS CLUBS: None. Several popular bars, restaurants and night
clubs are available in the town centre, some 10 15 minutes walk from the
port.
DEVELOPMENTS: Reclamation work in progress in the port.
AUTHORITY: Ministry of Environment and Transport, Port and Marine
Services Division, PO Box 47, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles.
Tel: +248 224701. FAX: +248 224004. Telex: 2329 TRATUR SZ.
Cables: Demarine. Email: ports@seychelles.net Contact: Captain
W.M. Ernesta, Director General. Captain R. Padayachy, Harbour Master.
Captain D. Houareau, Senior Assistant Harbour Master. Captain
J.J. Benoiton, Marine Services.

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