The Vema Seamount Authority has approved a request that authorizes W-Contractors to spend just over 500,000 golles in foreign exchange to pay for an Exploration vessel to be permanently stationed in Mount Vema before the rest of the construction fleet arrives.
More than five ships are expected to arrive later in the year and early next year including cruise ships to be used as floating hotels and floating hospital, supply vessels, work barges and other specialist vessels.
This late announcement is part of the government plan to accelerate funding to purchase ships for the territory, by applying to a new method of purchasing ships for Mount Vema Corporations. Thus, accelerating the availability of capital, so companies can finalize deals to purchase ships before the end of the year.
More funds will be available soon, after a consortium of Mount Vema companies and W-Contractors submit a bid tomorrow to secure enough capital to purchase a fleet of ships. The government aims to negotiate the required contracts in just two weeks, which is much faster than what usually takes months due to the complexity of the contracts. Expenditures for the next five years are expected to near 1 billion golles (about $2 billion USD) in total, significantly more than the original estimate last year.