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