NIGHTMARE TO END FOR RENAISSANCE CREWS IN TAHITI

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti (October 7, 2001 - Tahitipresse/PINA Nius Online)---The nightmare will soon end for the crews of the two Renaissance cruise ships stranded in Pape‘ete Harbor since September 25th.

One of the companies in charge of the employees, ECS Apollo, announced that wages due will be paid this week.

The company also said that about 440 crewmembers will leave Tahiti over the next several days. Three different flights have been scheduled.

The seamen come from 40 different countries, mostly in Asia and Eastern Europe.

About 200 crewmembers will remain on board the two Renaissance ships to provide maintenance and assure safety.

The collapse of Renaissance cruises in French Polynesia followed the September 11th terrorist attacks in America, from where most of the ships’ travelers came.

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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