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Employment agency deploys 10 Gambians on cruise ship to Europe

May 5, 2015, 11:30 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Crew Ship Crew Gambia (CSCG), a Gambian-based international employment agency, has deployed ten Gambians on a cruise ship to Europe.

Alhagie Bojang, acting general manager of CSCG, said the crew of eight men and two women were deployed abroad a luxury cruise ship called the EPIC.

Speaking to journalists during a press briefing at the Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute in Kanifing, Mr Bojang said EPIC is currently the largest cruise ship owned by the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), an American-based company.

He said the ten youths are the first to be deployed out of 88 Gambians hired by NCL in August 2014.The 88, out of 116, were hired following a long process of screening and interviewing.

“The qualified Gambian youth were recruited for different positions: assistant cooks, assistant pastry, assistant waiters, junior stateroom steward, junior bar servers, restaurant stewards, utility bar, utility gallery, utility hotel and utility stores,” Mr Bojang said.

He explained that the Gambian crew has joined the EPIC cruise ship in Barcelona since April 30, 2015.

Bojang said EPIC accommodates 4,100 guests and 1,753 crewmembers.There are 17 restaurants and 18 bars aboard the ship which weighs about 153,000 gross tonnages and 18 decks tall.The ship goes on 11 and 7 days cruise throughout the year.