3rd February 2015 - To guarantee the highest safety standards on the Seychelles International Airport’s runway and vicinity the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) has purchased a new runway sweeper.
This new vehicle that cleans and removes debris on the runway and other aircrafts’ movement areas is to replace the existing one which has been in service for about 12 years and has reached its economical useful life.
The new sweeper has been manufactured in the United Kingdom by a well-known company called Johnston Sweeper Limited. This firm had to build the cleaning mobile equipment as per the SCAA specification. As part of the project an instructor from the company has also provided a two-day local training for staff who will operate and maintain the vehicle.
The SCAA chief executive Mr. Gilbert Faure says that the purchase of the new sweeper is part of the organisation’s plan to bring in new equipment in order to upgrade its service and ensure safe operations.
“A new sweeper will keep the airport’s runway, service road and apron free from hazardous debris for years to come.”
Any debris, fuel or oil spillage which may occur on the apron and manoeuvring areas can also be cleaned by such a vehicle, Mr Faure adds.
The cleaning mobile equipment which can sweep, wash, vacuum and collect any kind of debris is to be used daily as part of the cleaning routine of the runway and its vicinity. Its operational aspect will fall under the SCAA Fire Service.
The sweeper has been funded by SCAA at the cost of £174,158 equivalent to R3.7 Million - this includes the sum for the vehicle, optional extra equipment and spare parts.