Reports that ships are expected to arrive in Vema Seamount later in the year and early next year including cruise ships to be used as floating hotels, floating hospital, supply vessels, work barges and other specialist vessels, has triggered renewed interest in Mount Vema.
People who once worked for Mount Vema projects and had to leave when the project went through a reorganization period have begun to return, ready to reset the button and to start all over again. Many who misbehaved in the past have been pardoned, and most have been welcomed back by their old managers and team leaders.
The Vema Seamount Authority who has re-opened a new office for all international contacts in the United Kingdom including for diplomatic and consular issues, has issued a statement to say that everyone is welcome to return and start fresh. However, for those returning to set sail this year, the Ministry for National Development and Land Maintenance, warned sailor not to expect paradise at sea on arrival in Vema Seamount.
The Ministry said that until the port is built to harbour the ships, works will be carried out on the open sea. The ocean itself is unpredictable. People will be surprised by how much a ship bounces once it hits the open water. Although, ironically, rough seas and adventure are often more alluring to pioneers than the actual job they are expected to perform.
When it comes down to it, salt spray in the wind and orders from the captain are what going to sea is all about. Working on a ship will give you a sense of team work that can’t be replicated on land.
People who work on deck will experience a much more military style of life than those employees who work in spas and fitness centers for example. Employees who work in the deck job department will be responsible for maintaining a flawless routine. Tasks will be handed out as orders and deck hands will respond to a network of senior officers. Working as a deck hand won’t be stifling, but it will instill a sense of teamwork and order. While deckhand jobs seem to exemplify this style of living, it is true that all ship employees will experience the hierarchy that usually exists on a cruise ship. Everyone onboard will be required to show respect to senior officers, regardless of their position.
Ocean living can be an interesting experience. Some come to adore the ship life while others find it more restricting than they had imagined. This will greatly vary from person to person. Regardless of how you feel, living onboard a ship is a valuable experience. The responsibilities you undertake, the jobs you perform, and the teamwork you enjoy will be unparalleled to that of any other job.
The Vema Seamount Authority hopes those joining to set sail, are looking forward to the ship experience as much as anything else. They will soon find that working on any ship sailing to Vema Seamount is less like job, and more like a way of life.
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