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PUBLIC UTILITIES, PORTS NOT ANTICIPATING Y2K PROBLEMS

No extra precautions are being taken by the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority for the millennium weekend, according to Patricia Simmonds, WAPA public relations officer.
"We have been prepared for a long time," Simmonds said, "and we don't anticipate any problems."
Asked whether there was a water backup system in effect, or any extra personnel on duty for the weekend, she repeated that WAPA is prepared.
At the Virgin Islands Telephone Corp., Samuel Ebbesen, president and chief executive officer, said that the company is preparing as it would when anticipating a hurricane.
"We have had Y2K compliant systems in effect for quite a while," he said, "so we aren't anticipating any problems." However, he said, the company will have additional personnel in the office and the field, and standby personnel to call in as needed.
"We are confident in our systems," Ebbesen said, noting that they have been running them for some time now.
Vitelco will be working closely with the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, as is WAPA.
Calvin Wheatley, spokesperson for the West Indian Co. Ltd., said it would be business as usual for the weekend. He noted that the company has sufficient personnel and guards to cover any emergencies.
"We aren't expecting any trouble," Wheatley said.
WICO expects two ships on Dec. 31 and another two on Jan. 1.

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