By Yunus S Saliu
After a long selection and interviews, the management of Crew Ship Crew Gambia (CSCGambia) is about to deploy its new qualified crews hired aboard the Royal Caribbean Crew, one of the best crew lines in the world.
Reveal this to The voice in an interview in his office in Fajara, AlagieBojang, general manager of recruitment of CSCGambia Limited, said that qualified young Gambians have been recruited for the position of cooks, assistant cooks, waiters, junior stewards, junior bar waiters, utility bar , kitchen, hotel and utility stores among others.
According to him, Cruise Ship Crew Gambia is an international agency registered in the United States and The Gambia which “began operations since 2014 with Norwegian Cruise Line as a management agency providing the cruise line with talented and qualified crews of Gambia. And Norwegian Cruise Line is one of the top three cruise lines in the world, headquartered in Miami.
Starting with Norwegian Cruise Line, “we were able to send recruited Gambians for the catering and cooking departments, among others,” he said.
Mr. Bojang noted that CSCGambia is an accredited organization recognized around the world as a recruiting office that regularizes its status with the Gambian Maritime Agency (GMA), custodian of all legally established maritime activities. “This gave us the opportunity to secure a contract with Royal Caribbean Group, one of the best crew lines in the world after due diligence,” revealed the recruiting of the managing director.
He further revealed that their contract with Royal Caribbean Group was recruiting a partner and that “we are the only agency to hire for them in all of Africa. The Hiring Partner means we can recruit and offer jobs on their behalf while South Africa is just a referral agency. This means that we are higher than them because they cannot directly uplift people but send them back to the company, ”he boasted.
Alhagie Bojang further explained that Royal Caribbean Group has given CSCGambia a great opportunity as its target in The Gambia is 3,000 crew members or almost 5,000 “but at the moment we have challenges ahead. So far we have only recruited 500 Gambians who all have jobs and are waiting to be deployed, while the first deployment teams from The Gambia are scheduled for the 24th.e and 26e October 2021 and will depart for the United States to begin their work in various Royal Caribbean States.
Expanding on the crew recruiting process, he said that “when it comes to recruiting, it is absolutely free for the candidate to get a job because there is no charge or level for whoever it would be. What we do is send the application link and advise them to come to the office for advice so that they can complete and upload the necessary documents.
Once their application is submitted, they will be reviewed and invited for an interview. Anyone who performs well will be given the position they have applied for, confirmed by the Director General of Recruitment.
However, in preparation, any recruited crew are required to complete standard training which is a basic requirement and “this training is provided by the Gambia Maritime Agency (GMA) while they will be certified by the GTTI under the MLC 2006 because you cannot continue on board without training.