The government has unveiled plan to keep the lights on until the City of Mount Vema tidal power plant project is completed. The news comes after rumours that vonMelyn the energy provider licensed to keep the lights on in the territory asked for an extension to the deadline.
In a statement issued today, the government confirmed the rumours and said that it is working to build a society free from blackouts, and that electricity generators will be ordered this year to keep the lights on until the Tidal Power Plant is ready.
The City of Mount Vema tidal power plant project is expected to be completed before 2020. Construction of some parts and components of the Plant proposed by vonMelyn – the utility company of Mount Vema has started in December 2018 and will be completed just before 2020, but the assembling of the actual Plant depends on the other parts of the overall project including foundation infrastructures.
The Power Plant Project is designed to become a reliable source of electricity for the entire City of Mount Vema, and according to the company's plans, the output of the City of Mount Vema Power Plant network which will operate 24 hours a day will exceed 3200 MW with a power capacity the equivalent of just over 1 million homes. More than the capacity the territory will need to keep the lights on 24/7, with any excess energy to be stored for later.
Handy Deed announced today that it will begin works with several concrete specialist companies outside Mount Vema to produce the moulds to build the first set of precast concrete to be delivered to Mount Vema which will be used as provisional port and as base for construction activities.
The precast concrete structures will reduce construction time by up to 50%, as the project becomes close to reality thanks to the increasing number of private, corporate and foreign governments investing in Mount Vema securities at Gollexi – The Mount Vema Stock Exchange.
The increasing number of exporters listing products for sale to Mount Vema corporations and government agencies via GolleMARKET, is also helping the project significantly as it is becoming easier for Mount Vema companies and government agencies to find businesses and governments listing and willing to sell goods and services to the Vema Seamount Territory.
The precast concrete moulds will include tetrapod moulds and other precast shapes with better inherent anti-corrosion characteristics and more sustainable material than steel for this type of construction such as the Port of Mount Vema, the floating city docks and the breakwaters.
His Mount Vema Majesty’s Ship ‘HMVMS Mount Vema’ will be ready by the end of the month and will be the first vessel to arrive to start works over Vema Seamount. The ‘HMVMS Mount Vema, is the sovereign’s ship equipped with everything needed to build the island.
The vessel is more like a "Green Yacht" with a minimal environmental footprint. An Explorer and Support Vessel designed for support operations, with reinforced hull, stabilizers, excellent seaworthiness and comfort at sea + a cruising speed exceeding 20 kts.
The vessel which is fully owned by the Vema Seamount Authority, is very reliable and comes with a fitness/spa area, entertainment area, swimming pool, and accommodation for up to 36 guests, and 100 crew members.
The ‘HMVMS Mount Vema’ has an extensive main deck area and large spaces for storage of tenders, exploration equipment, offshore construction support equipment, survey, research, large freezers which can be used when deep sea fishing, landing and storing of helicopter facility with heli-garage, including submarine storage, and dive center.
It comes with a yacht-quality accommodation, a hospital, and desalination capability, making it capable to assist and supply any vessels with extensive storage for provisions which enables it to stay at sea for up to 2 years without the need to refuel. The vessel can also process and recycle its own waste, generate electric power and can maintain contact with land-based operations anywhere with its state-of-the-art communications system.
Handy Deed, the leading building company of Mount Vema is officially bidding to build the aquaculture installations project in Mount Vema, after expressing interest in the project announced by MONTfisheries in August this year when the fisheries company instructed W-Contractors to search for companies to design and build its aquaculture installations project with minimal or no damage to the Vema Seamount marine environment.
The deal made in August, just hours after W-Contractors launched an international campaign to hire sales representatives to invite businesses and organisations to bid for City of Mount Vema projects, both for corporate and government contracts, was part of a plan to expand recruitment that started in New York City – United States, to find potential contractors and sub-contractors with the aim to attract businesses willing to bid for contracts. The sales representatives would strive to secure repeat deals wherever possible and maintain good relationships with those contractors or sub-contractors who would become existing bidders.
With so few companies applying to build the installations, today after a number of consultations and an international recruitment campaign that led to the hiring of Project Architects and Engineers, Handy Deed, the leading building company of Mount Vema said it is ready to bid for the MONTfisheries contract, in line with government policy, which states that competition must be open to everyone and contracts must be awarded to the best proposals.
MONTfisheries aquaculture project will not only be beneficial to the economy, but it will also provide for crucial ecological functions and could potentially increase abundance and maintain biodiversity. The shelter will raise stocks of prey fish and small crustaceans by increasing recruitment opportunities in turn providing more prey for higher trophic levels
With two runways in the south of the island where issues and problems of land-based airports could be minimized by its location several kilometers off the residential area, The Ministry of National Development and Land Maintenance confirmed that the construction of the City of Mount Vema international airport should be completed by 2020.
Takeoffs and landings would be over water, not over populated areas, thereby eliminating noise pollution and reducing risks of aircraft crashes to the population. Since little of the ocean's surface is currently being used for human activity, growth and alterations in configuration would be relatively easy to achieve with minimal impact to the environment.
Water taxis and other high speed surface vessels will be a part of the offshore mass transit system that will connect the airport to the community with minimal traffic issues. Most of the airport will be made of floating structures which will have less impact on the environment than the 100% land-based alternatives.
The airport would not require much, if any, dredging or moving of mountains or clearing of green space and the floating structure will provide a reef-like environment conducive to marine life, and extra benefits to the community as wave energy could be harnessed, using the structure to convert waves into energy to help sustain the energy needs of the airport.
The City of Mount Vema plan has been redesigned to extend the Port of Mount Vema in the north of the territory and to add a second runway to the Mount Vema international airport project, which has been moved to the south according to the new master plan to increase capacity.
The Mount Vema Airport, will be a major international airport in the region. Now it lies south of the City of Mount Vema on the planning boards, with two parallel east–west runways along with an operational terminal on the site, to be the primary hub for W-Southern.
The terminal will lie within 5 kilometers by ferry to the airport from the Pashant Terminal, or 14 to 30 minutes driving (a 14 kilometers distance if driving at 60 km/h) depending on the traffic via the Mount Vema highway which will connect the airport with the city through the Port of Mount Vema.
The Port of Mount Vema will be a deep water port, designed to handle every kind of traffic.
The government prepares to spend 600,000 golles on one of the first ships that will set sail to Mount Vema to be joined later by the rest of the fleet, forming part of Group 1, and Group 2 due to be inspected next week, as part of the 10 ships to be purchased this month to participate in the initial stages of development of the City of Mount Vema.
Surveyors are already on the job, and many are getting ready to join to conduct the scheduled inspections, surveys and examinations of merchant vessels, and other work boats to assess, monitor and report on their condition. Ensuring that best practices are observed and to offer guidance and intervention where the interests the interest of the Kingdom of Mount Vema are at risk.
The operations are part of the much bigger plan to secure ships throughout the year, through partnerships, leases, purchases to convert, purchases to use now and orders to build new ships to support the City of Mount Vema during and after construction.
Before they set sail, some of the ships will be inspected by The Vema Seamount Authority himself if possible, and if not, they will be inspected by other officials. However the Vema Seamount Authority will be in Mount Vema to coordinate the construction activities as final security detail are taking place, including transportation, and logistics.
The Government has confirmed rumours that it has authorized W-Contractors to spend 1.6 million golles to pay for a floating dry dock before the end of October. The purchase is part of a plan to acquire three large floating dry docks for building, maintenance, and repair ships, boats, and other water craft in Mount Vema.
The docks will be used during the construction of large structures for the City of Mount Vema, as they have always been the key in construction of large structures. One example is the dry dock on the artificial island of Neeltje-Jans used for the construction of the Oosterscheldekering, the large dam in the Netherlands that consists of 65 concrete pillars weighing 18,000 tonnes each. The pillars were constructed in a drydock and towed to their final place on the seabed.
The dry dock will be the work place for architects, project engineers, naval architects and foremen, and will be key to ensuring the safe, timely and well-resourced completion of projects in many areas including buildings the Port of Mount Vema, the Yacht Harbour, the floating city ducks and breakwaters.
Dry docks will continue to be used after the construction of the City of Mount Vema, by naval architects to design, build and repair floating structures and homes for the City of Mount Vema project, including build and repair ships boats and other seafaring vessels and offshore structures including ferries, high-speed craft, merchant ships - tankers, cargo ships, passenger liners, pleasure craft - yachts, power boats, working vessels - fishing boats, and rescue boats.
Economic activity in Mount Vema will increase as Marine Surveyors are preparing to inspect more than 10 ships to be purchased next month to participate in the initial stages of development of the City of Mount Vema.
Eight marine surveyors so far with more being recruited to carry out duties of inspections prior to purchase of ships for the City of Mount Vema Project. Some are not only inspecting but are also assisting with procurement of suitable vessels.
They are conducting inspections, surveys and examinations of merchant vessels, and other work boats to assess, monitor and report on their condition. Ensuring that best practices are observed and to offer guidance and intervention where the interests the interest of the Kingdom of Mount Vema are at risk.
The operations are part of a much bigger plan to secure ships throughout the year to secure ships through partnerships, leases, purchases to convert, purchases to use now and orders to build new ships to support the City of Mount Vema during and after construction.
The action is also part of the new method approved by the Vema Seamount Authority on the 22nd of May this year to enable the government to accelerate the availability of capital, so companies can finalize deals to purchase ships before the end of the year.
The new approved method becomes effective in June, after it was signed by the Vema Seamount Authority in May this year, following a bid submitted by a consortium of Mount Vema companies and W-Contractors to secure enough capital to purchase a fleet of needed specialist ships.
A few days ago, no one could say anything, now we know why. A major announcement was due. The Government announced this morning that it has all in place to start what some have waited for 12 years. “There are some key deals with hundreds of contractors still to be negotiated, but we have the basics to get started.” Said the government in a statement this morning.
Until more companies join the pioneering journey to Mount Vema, transportation services for the workforce will be provided by W-Southern, all paid for by the employer. Jobs will be rotational, and staff will be 3 months at sea 1 month off, meaning 3 months off each year and 9 months at sea, until January 1st, 2020.
Workers travel expenses will be paid by the employer 3 times a year however people will be able to travel as often as they wish, at their own expense. From 2020 everyone will be responsible for paying their own transportation fare whenever they decide to travel.
Temporary accommodation will be provided by Bavarolle, paid by the employer until January the 1st 2020, the year when workers will be responsible for paying for their own accommodation. One thing the employers will not pay for is the entry visa/work permit fee.
Temporary work permits/entry visa have nothing to do with the employer, the entry fee at this stage should be waved too, however it won’t according to the government as it will be needed to maintain essential services including healthcare, security and emergency.
Meals will be prepared by specialist private contractors to be appointed from time to time, paid by the employer until January the 1st 2020. From this date workers will be responsible for paying for their own meals.
Healthcare will also be provided by private contractors, paid by the employer until January the 1st 2020, when the health service will be provided from hospital or clinics and will remain generally free for everyone.
Internet will be provided by private contractors to be appointed from time to time by MVScloud, until January the 1st 2020, when everyone will be responsible for paying for their own internet bills. The government is advising that some cell phones may not work in the area, but there will be other means to call home. Or people will need to buy a Mount Vema cell phone.
W-Southern, the transportation company of Mount Vema, announced plans to raise more capital at the Gollexi, to invest in more yachts to increase the number of luxury yachts available for charter in Mount Vema as demand increases from owners of Mount Vema properties off-plans planning to travel to the territory to visit and experience the underwater world where their floating homes will be.
The company realised that the practice of renting or chartering, a sailboat or motor yacht to stay in Mount Vema, for privacy, relaxation or fishing within the Vema Seamount Territorial waters for individuals, families or as a corporate event is about to become big business.
W-Southern plans to have two main kinds of charter available. One will be bare-boat and crewed charters which involves a person renting a boat or cabin and skippering it if renting the whole yacht, and the other way is gathering up a group and renting the yacht with them.
People associated with the plans, have told VSBCnews that they are already in talks with RMVFA – The Royal Mount Vema Foundation Academy to offer courses to teach basic seamanship and prepare people for bare-boat chartering.
The academy will not offer the courses directly but will use its licence to sub-contract the services to foreign companies, as it already has a database of foreign private education businesses who regularly express their interest in providing private education and training to Mount Vema if required.
With W-Southern plans, people will have the option to book crewed charter, which means the yacht will come with a crew. This can be anything from a 35-foot boat with a husband-and-wife team serving as captain and chef to a 300-foot boat with a squad of 30 or more crew members including stewardesses, engineers, mates, deckhands, scuba dive masters, and more.
Two sub categories of yacht chartering will also be available. One will be un-inspected passenger yachts, also known as 6-packs which carries only six or fewer passengers. All captains will start out by getting their "six-pack" licence which must be issued by the Royal Mount Vema Coast Guard.
6-pack yachts according to W-Southern, will be ideal for smaller groups of six or less, and these yachts have a variety of types and sizes. For example, six packs can be sailing yachts, fishing boats, or power yachts and anything in between. While this type of charter will be the least expensive of the two, people will still need a licensed captain, or skipper with them at all times.
On six-pack charters people will be able to choose their menu and the type of cruise they wish to take be it to liveaboard in Mount Vema, diving expeditions, deep sea fishing and visit different sites during and after the City of Mount Vema construction, or an ocean adventure voyages to the South Atlantic Islands, South America, Southern Africa and beyond.
The other option will be the inspected passenger vessels. Inspected charters are designed to carry groups large than six passengers. These charter vessels can range from large sailing yachts to dinner cruise ships. These charters will be designed to carry up to several hundred passengers. Inspected vessels will offer many different features that an un-inspected passenger yacht cannot. Features like catering, live music, or a DJ will be available on these larger ships.
Prices will vary the cost of a chartering will be determined by several factors including the size of the yacht, its age, its pedigree, the number of crew, and the destination. W-Southern range of charter prices per person per week will start from the equivalent of 500 golles up to and in excess of 10,000 golles. Mega Yacht or Super Yacht that are over 150-foot to 300-foot could cost anything from the equivalent of 25,000 golles up to 350,000 golles per week.
MONTfisheries instructed W-Contractors to search for companies to design and build its aquaculture installations in Mount Vema. The deal was made just hours after W-Contractors launched an international campaign to hire sales representatives to invite businesses and organisations to bid for City of Mount Vema projects both corporate and government contracts.
With this new deal, W-Contractors will expand recruitment that started in New York City – United States this week, to find potential contractors and sub-contractors with the aim to attract businesses willing to bid for contracts, the sales representatives will strive to secure repeat deals wherever possible and will maintain good relationships with those contractors or sub-contractors who will become existing bidders for contracts.
Handy Deed, the leading building company of Mount Vema is also bidding to build this MONTfisheries project, however as part of government policy, competition must be open to everyone and contracts must be awarded to the best proposals.
While some forms of aquaculture can be devastating to ecosystems, other forms can be very beneficial. So MONTfisheries is looking for a company that will propose installations with minimal or no damage to the Vema Seamount marine environment.
MONTfisheries aquaculture project will provide for crucial ecological functions and could potentially increase abundance and maintain biodiversity. The shelter will raise stocks of prey fish and small crustaceans by increasing recruitment opportunities in turn providing more prey for higher trophic levels.
Talks to secure ships will intensify today and throughout the year to secure ships through partnerships, leases, purchases to convert, purchases to use now and orders to build new ships to support the City of Mount Vema during and after construction.
The action plan is part of the new method approved by the Vema Seamount Authority on the 22nd of May this year to enable the government to accelerate the availability of capital, so companies can finalize deals to purchase ships before the end of the year.
The new approved method becomes effective today, 30 days after it was signed by the Vema Seamount Authority in May, following a bid submitted by a consortium of Mount Vema companies and W-Contractors to secure enough capital to purchase a fleet of needed specialist ships.
Negotiations that typically took months due to the complexity of the contracts, was settled in a matter of days, after the Vema Seamount Authority got involved. Representatives responsible for budget will now proceed with talks to secure the required number of ships to stay on schedule.
Vema Seamount Legislation
The Statutory Laws of the Kingdom of Mount Vema
Law of the Sea Treaty (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea)
MARPOL 73/78 (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships)
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963
The Right to Self-Determination
Many believe because our community is not a member of the United Nations and is only just over a decade old, doing business with the Kingdom of Mount Vema is not possible for foreign nationals and foreign companies seeking to take advantage of the business opportunities the floating city project is creating. Nothing could be further from the truth. The territory doesn't need a United Nations membership to function as a sovereign territory, or to exercise its inalienable right for self-determination