Press release

Indian naval ship hands over Hydrography Charts of Seychelles’ EEZ

January 17, 2020

Vice-President Vincent Meriton, today attended the handing over ceremony of Hydrography Charts of the Seychelles’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), on-board a Hydrography Indian Naval Ship ‘INS Darshak.’ Also present at the ceremony, was Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Didier Dogley, the High Commissioner of India, H.E Dalbir Singh Suhag, and other high ranking government officials.

Upon delivering his opening address, the Captain of INS Darshak, Captain Gurumani explained the role and mission of his crew during the 3 week visit in Seychelles, in conducting Hydrography Survey in the port areas of Praslin, La Digue and Victoria.

The Indian High Commissioner, H.E Dalbir Singh Suhag followed with his address in transmitting: “The relationship between India and Seychelles is unique and special, founded on deep sense of mutual trust and confidence and marked by a spirit of respect and equality.”

The High Commissioner goes on to explain that the hydrography charts is not only an enabler to the Blue Economy but most importantly acts as sustenance to the Blue Economy as well.

“Maritime Security and Maritime Safety are two important arms of the Blue Economy. I assure you that the Government of India will remain committed to its resolve in supporting the Republic of Seychelles’ Blue Economy initiative, both in terms of security and safety,” conveyed the High Commissioner.

On his part, Vice-President Meriton, stated: “The handing over of the hydrography charts serves as a testimony to the excellent relations that exists between Seychelles and India and the extent of the two countries’ cooperation that dates back over 43 years. Since our Independence in 1976, our relations have truly evolved and together we have built a strong partnership, which covers numerous areas of cooperation and collaboration.”

In thanking India for its support with the project, Vice-President Meriton expressed his honour in accepting the Hydrography charts presented by the Indian High Commissioner and applauded INS Darshak for being true to its motto, of being a “Guide to the seafarers.”