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3 Turkish sailors left behind in pirate attack return home

first_imgISTANBUL (AP) — Three Turkish sailors who were on board a cargo ship attacked by pirates off the West African coast have returned home. Fifteen kidnapped sailors remain missing and one Azerbaijani crew member was killed during the attack. The Liberian-flagged M/V Mozart was sailing from Lagos Nigeria, to Cape Town in South Africa when it was attacked on Jan. 23, some 100 nautical miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe. Fourth captain Furkan Yaren told state-run Anadolu news agency he hoped the kidnapped sailors would rejoin their families soon. He said he was wounded from a fall while trying to avoid capture. The pirates left him behind along with two other wounded sailors.last_img read more

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Hurricane Dorian

first_imgHurricane Dorian may bring power outages, downed trees, heavy rain and possibly brief tornadoes to Georgia this weekend and well into next week, according to Pam Knox, director of the University of Georgia Weather Network and an agricultural climatologist.“Dorian’s path has been farther east than originally forecast, which means that its circulation has avoided the mountainous terrain of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. That means it was less disrupted than expected, and now is forecast to approach the east coast of Florida as a potentially major hurricane by Monday,” Knox said.The storm is expected to affect all of the Georgia coast, but Dorian’s path is likely to change significantly over the coming days, Knox said.“The more eastward path has also added time before the projected landfall, so that gives us a little extra time to prepare. There is also a slight chance the storm will recurve to the northeast before it hits the coast — in that case, breathe a sigh of relief and think of this as preparation for the next storm,” she said.Southeastern Georgians should be prepared for tropical storm-force winds to hit as early as Sunday morning. As in any event with potentially heavy flooding, Knox urges Georgians to move equipment and livestock out of low-lying areas before the storm arrives and stock up on fuel and the capacity to provide power for milking, drying of crops, etc. Any outdoor items that could be dislodged by heavy winds and become a projectile should be secured.Knox says the weather should remain dry through Saturday, but after that the chances for rain go up.“Along the coast, onshore flow coupled with the already higher-than-normal tides will increase the chances of flooding, and that will only be made worse by the tropical rainfall,” she said. “Spiral bands ahead of the storm could produce brief tornadoes in isolated thunderstorm cells. Power outages are likely due to the combination of wet soil and strong winds blowing trees over.”With the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael just over a month away, Knox urges southwestern Georgia to not let their guard down.“A number of computer models indicate that the storm could cross the Florida peninsula and enter the Gulf of Mexico, where sea surface temperatures are above normal. A recurve to the north into Georgia is a possibility and, even if the storm weakens as you might expect, heavy rain and brief tornadoes could occur in that situation,” she said.If Dorian crosses Florida, the storm’s timing would move to early next week, she said.Georgians in central and northern Georgia have more time to watch the storm develop. Knox says this valuable time should be used to prepare for potential tropical storm-force winds and heavy rain likely Tuesday through Thursday.“That could change depending on where Dorian actually goes and how fast it is moving,” she said. “The Labor Day holiday weekend means that there will be extra people on the road and in hotels, so don’t wait until the last minute to get gasoline, cash and whatever else you might need in case of power outages and road closures.”Knox recommends Georgians get current information from reliable sources like the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service and local emergency managers. Stock an emergency radio with fresh batteries to stay informed should a power outage occur in your area.For the latest information from UGA agricultural climatologist Pam Knox, follow her on Twitter at @SE_AgClimate, on Facebook at SEAgClimate and on her blog at site.extension.uga.edu/climate.For more storm preparation resources from UGA Extension, https://extension.uga.edu/topic-areas/timely-topics/emergencies.html.last_img read more

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Canadian pension fund, Williams form pipeline entity targeting Marcellus and Utica basins

first_imgCanadian pension fund, Williams form pipeline entity targeting Marcellus and Utica basins FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is expanding its presence in the North American natural gas market through a $3.8 billion joint venture with U.S. energy firm Williams Cos Inc, which will hold pipeline assets in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins, the biggest gas-producing region in the United States.Canada’s largest pension fund will invest about $1.34 billion for a 35 percent stake in the venture, with Williams holding the rest and operating the combined business, the companies said on Monday.“This joint venture will provide CPPIB additional exposure to the attractive North American natural gas market, aligning with our growing focus on energy transition,” said Avik Dey, managing director, head of energy & resources, CPPIB.Pipeline infrastructure in the Utica and Marcellus shale basins, which span Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, are attracting huge investments after a resurgence in drilling activity over the last few years led to tight pipeline capacity.A privately held company backed by CPPIB and Encino Energy last year signed a deal to buy the Chesapeake Energy’s entire natural gas assets in Ohio.The companies said on Monday that the venture includes Williams’ Ohio Valley Midstream system in the Marcellus shale basin and the Utica East Ohio Midstream system.More: CPPIB, Williams to form $3.8 billion Marcellus-Utica shale gas venturelast_img read more

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11 Questions With Comic Jim Jefferies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Leo CapobiancoAustralian comedian Jim Jefferies is internationally known for his funny twist on trending topics, insult style of humor and his short-live TV series, Legit, which lasted two seasons on FX. His seventh comedy special, FreeDumb, is slated to debut on Nextflix July 1 and in the run up to that release, he’s taken his act back on the road, stopping at The Paramount in Huntington Friday, May 20. In advance of that show, Jefferies talked with the Press about why he’ll never sing again, his love of hate mail and how crushed he was when Legit was canceled.Long Island Press: What is your first memory with comedy?Jim Jefferies: Probably with stand-up. Probably with Eddie Murphy’s Delirious was my first movie. But with comedy comedy, I was a big Richard Pryor fan before I even knew he was a stand-up comedian, I used to watch all of his movies. I didn’t even know he did stand up until I was about 18. I used to watch movies like the The Toy and Brewster’s Millions and that type of stuff when I was a kid. Stir Crazy was another big film in my house. But stand-up was the very first thing I watched and that was Eddie Murphy’s Delirious. I was about 5 when I watched delirious, I was very young to be watching all of that stuff.LIP: When did you decide to pursue comedy? Was there a specific event in your life that made you decide that this is what you want to do for a career?JJ: I wanted to be a comedian probably since the age of maybe 13 or 14. I was really thinking that’s what I wanted to do. Growing up in Australia, there wasn’t a lot of comedy clubs and there weren’t a lot of comedians. I didn’t even know how to get started. So I went to university and studied musical theater. I was singing a lot at university and I got nodules on my vocal cords and they basically said, “you’ll never sing again.” I was genuinely upset about it but then I figured that this was a good excuse to start my stand-up career. I was about 23, no, 22 when I did that. So I went off and became a stand-up comedian. I’ve gotten some university out of the way to appease my parents. I don’t think I had the freedom to just do that straight out of high school, you know? Or the confidence—I’m not going to blame my parents—the confidence to do that was definitely a thing.LIP: In your acts you address a lot of hot-button issues like gun-control, personal rights and things of that nature. Has it ever gotten you into trouble?JJ: Only in the sense that sometimes the things I say up there, like my opinions, can be proven incorrect. There are always statistics that prove each point or each side. But, you can always give a statistic that makes your side sound better than their side. So it hasn’t really backfired in the sense that someone has yelled something out that makes me look stupid or something. But, I get a lot of heckling. I find that the hate mail is good because people are watching and there is a conversation happening and it’s making a lot of people angry. I realized a long time ago in stand-up that you don’t have to have a fan-base, you don’t have to entertain 89 percent of the population. In America you don’t even have a fan-base of one or two percent. Even if you turn on less than one or two percent of the public you can have a very good career. That’s all you need. You don’t want to be a global mess, boring kind of thing. You want a big cult. A cult means you’re playing to people that are like you. You know, I’m not like 89 percent of the population. I’m a one or two percenter myself. I just want to have people like me watching me. People that like to hear what I’ve got to say. So if I’m pissing off say, half the population, the other half don’t really give a shit either way and they don’t really think anything of it, that’s really cool for me.LIP: What was your best day in comedy? Is there a specific time that you feel was the highlight of your career so far?JJ: You could say Carnegie Hall was a good day. The day of my first HBO special was a pretty good day. But I think the best day I ever had in comedy was when I played the Beacon Theater last year in New York. It’s only like a 3,000-seat theater. It just felt like it was a really hard theater to get and the audience was so happy when I walked out. I remember that the first ever gig I ever did in America was supporting Denis Leary at the Beacon Theater where I did a bit for five minutes. So as far as theaters go I really admire it. It was an achievement that I actually reached. So that was my best day in comedy.LIP: So would you say that was the moment where you felt like you’ve “made it?” Like you felt that you finally established yourself as a comedian?JJ: Well, you never think you’ve made it, you know? But there was one day that I took an extra moment to smell the roses.LIP: So, what was your worst day?JJ: Probably when Legit was cancelled. Actually, that was the worst day by a mile. I produced a TV show that I enjoyed, it was a TV show that I really wanted to make. Everything came together just how I envisioned it. Sometimes even when you give it your best it’s still not good enough. Someone in an office somewhere will deem whether something is good enough. I’ll say without a doubt that it was good enough, I did deserve more seasons. I think the people who canceled it were wrong. I think now if you look on any web page, Metacritic, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, or whatever, you’ll see that it’s a highly rated show. People do like it, it was just never given enough time. It also never was advertised properly. Now that it’s on Netflix people are watching it and enjoying it. When it was cancelled it was heartbreaking. I just put so much work into it.LIP: Are there any added pressures on your personal life as a result of your work? Is it hard being known as the funny guy?JJ: The only added pressure on my personal life is the fact that I am constantly on the road. I’m away so much and that puts strain on a relationship of course. And also, I talk about my personal life on stage so you can upset people. To my girlfriend and my kid that I talk so much about on stage I always say to them, “Look, we live in a nice house, we drive nice cars, and the jokes have to come from somewhere and you guys are sitting at home. You just have to put up with it.” They actually reap the benefits. The people I feel sorry for are my parents that I tell jokes about or my brothers and sisters. They don’t get any of the money. I feel bad for them because they get picked on a lot on stage.LIP: Do you have any advice for young comedians?JJ: The secret to comedy is to write as much material as possible. Never rest on the 20 minutes that you’ve honed and skilled. There is an old-school theory in comedy that you need to hone and master joking. In my opinion, as soon as you get bored of a joke get rid of it. If you’re just going through the motions, get rid of it. And as soon as your record something, never say it again. That’s the secret, quantity. People want to see new stuff from me all the time. To become prolific don’t rest on the 20 minutes that you’ve written.LIP: Are there any misperceptions people have about your work that you would like to clear up?JJ: Yea, I think people think I’m a raving misogynist…I don’t think I am. That’s like someone saying, “People think I’m a racist but I’m not one” and then going into some racist chant. No but, I don’t think I’m really that bad. I don’t think I’m any worse than female comics that make jokes about their husbands or one that standing heavily guarded with a little dick. I don’t think I’m any worse than that. I’d like to think that in my actual life that I’m pretty respectful toward women and I’ve worked with many women. I don’t think I’m a misogynist. Now in saying that maybe I shouldn’t be saying so many misogynistic jokes and that I deserve some of the backlash that I get…For some reason it seems to me that the one people don’t remember is that I’m joking. With anything else people think I’m joking but when it comes to this they think I’m serious.LIP: Are there any new TV shows/movies/etc in the works that we should be looking out for?JJ: I got two scripts out at the moment at two different networks. I can’t really say anything about them. But, one is a live-action show where we do interviews and stuff like that. And the other show is a sitcom. Hopefully one of them will get the go-ahead. But I’m on No. five or six script development and only one of them has gone to series. I’m not optimistic. It’s a very hard road to get something going. It’s like winning the lottery five times in a row. You get the script, then you get the pilot, then you get the series, then you got to get the second season. Once you get to the third season, it turns into something that you get entrenched in and you can keep going. But, it’s a long road before any of these projects are being aired. I’d like to say that I’m optimistic but I’m not. But, I’m working on two things I’ll tell you that.LIP: You talked about how you looked up to Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor earlier. Are there any other people you looked up to?JJ: George Carlin is my favorite comedian. But I didn’t get into him until I was in my 20s. It wasn’t like here in America where there is HBO specials and of this great stuff. In Australia, my only exposure to George Carlin as a teenager was when he played Rufus in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. If there is anyone I could emulate it’s him and I’ve had to stop watching him because I would copy him if I watched too much. It’s gotten to the stage where I like the guy so much I can’t watch any of him.Funnyman Jim Jefferies will be cracking up The Paramount in Huntington on Friday, May 20. For tickets and more information, check out paramountny.com!last_img read more

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Human trial of ricin vaccine planned in Texas

first_img The university is already posting notices for human volunteers, said John Schindler, PhD, an assistant professor at the Cancer Immunobiology Center and director of the clinical trial. Fifteen volunteers will be split into three dosage groups and receive one injection a month for 3 months. Ricin has been used as a weapon. Bulgarian writer Georgi Markov was killed in London in 1978 when an attacker used the point of an umbrella to inject a ricin pellet under his skin. Ricin powder was found Feb 2, 2004, in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., prompting the temporary closure of several Senate office buildings. Volunteers’ immune responses to the vaccine will be tested, and serum from the human volunteers will be injected into mice, Schindler said in an interview today. Then the mice will be exposed to high levels of ricin to test whether the human serum contains protective antibodies. An approved vaccine would be at least 4 years away, Schindler said. See also: “Even in cancer patients whose immune systems are suppressed, we have an antibody response,” Schindler said. From there, it was a relatively short step to creating a recombinant vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration and the university’s institutional review board have approved the phase 1 trial involving the Category B biological agent. The toxin is processed from castor beans. Exposure can result from breathing ricin, eating or drinking it, or being injected with it. This round of testing is intended to confirm the vaccine’s safety at doses that elicit effective antibody levels in healthy people, according to the news release. Funding for basic work, such as setting up the ricin aerosol and oral challenges, comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Vitetta noted in an e-mail. However, the trial is being funded by the Cancer Immunobiology Center. “As far as we can tell, the vaccine is completely safe and has no side effects,” said Dr. Ellen Vitetta, director of the Cancer Immunobiology Center, in a news release issued by the university. DOR BioPharma, Inc., has an exclusive license for the vaccine, the news release said. The company is planning to produce a stockpile for more advanced clinical trials, product licensing, and potential purchases by the US government and others. The vaccine is the result of coincidental timing, said Schindler. Vitetta’s group has noted that a genetically modified form of ricin used as an immunotoxin to kill cancer cells produced an antibody response in cancer patients during experimental therapy. At the same time, public concern about the potential for bioterrorism was heightened, providing enough interest to make creating the vaccine worthwhile, he said. “Is the common man on the street going to need a vaccine to protect against ricin? I sort of doubt it,” Schindler said. But the military has an interest in defenses against the potential bioweapon, and high-ranking public officials may as well, he added. Dec 8, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Human testing of an experimental vaccine against the deadly toxin ricin will begin early next year at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. UT Southwestern announcementlast_img read more

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The Krapina Neanderthal Museum celebrated its tenth anniversary

first_imgThe Museum of Krapina Neanderthals and the Hušnjakovo Site are the bearers of the European Heritage Label, which emphasizes the world value of cultural and natural heritage. The colloquium was followed by a ceremonial part of the program in which visitors were shown a film about the Museum of Krapina Neanderthals and a presentation of numerous exhibitions, educational programs, events and other events that marked the past 10 years of the Museum of Krapina Neanderthals. Through the presentation, the head of the Museum, Jurica Sabol, reminded the audience of the most important museum programs of the past decade and presented statistics with commendable figures: 17 completed guides, 16 participants in educational programs and almost a million visitors. The Museum of Krapina Neanderthals marked and celebrated the tenth anniversary of its successful work. As part of the program to mark this important anniversary of one of the most visited museums in Croatia, a scientific colloquium “120 years of knowledge of prehistoric man from Krapina and 10 years of the Museum of Krapina Neanderthals” was held. Source: Krapina-Zagorje County Tourist Board i Museum of Krapina NeanderthalsPhoto: Facebook Museum of Krapina Neanderthalslast_img read more

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Wulguru a cool place to live

first_imgWulguru locals Judy and husband Greg Tam out the front of their Wulguru home.JUDY TAM and her husband Greg have listed their home for sale and will be saying goodbye to the suburb they love after more than 17 years.Mrs Tam is one of many residents living in Wulguru who have held on to their home for more than a decade before selling. The quiet suburb south of Townsville recorded the third highest hold period in the city according to Core Logic figures, with residents on average hanging on to their homes for 14.6 years.Mrs Tam said she had raised her two sons in Wulguru, one of whom has bought his own home in the suburb. She said she had loved Wulguru’s cool breezes and sense of community.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I think it’s that real rural aspect of the suburb that people love and when we first bought there were only eight houses in our street,” she said.“It’s developed more now but we still have no rear neighbour and we get wildlife around, and there are horses.“Wulguru is also cooler and ‘Wulguru’ is actually Aboriginal for windy place so it’s always a couple of degrees cooler. It’s just a real community and a lot of people here having been living here for a long time.”The Tams have reluctantly listed their three-bedroom home at 2 Combe Ct for sale to move closer to their elderly parents in Mackay. The couple first moved into the suburb in 2000 when they were both working at Lavarack Barracks.“We’ve done a lot of reflecting since we put the house on the market and it has brought home the reality of the fact we are going to lose what we love so much,” Mrs Tam said.“Wulguru has provided a really good upbringing for the boys and we’ve never had any crime here. I would like to see a family with young children buy the home and create the same happy memories we’ve had there.”last_img read more

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​IORP II compromises on cross-border funding, requires stranded-asset check

first_imgSweeping reforms of European pension regulation are set to be announced imminently, including a concession on funding for cross-border IORPs and new requirements to assess the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks of holdings.After more than a year of negotiations between the European institutions, the European Commission has also dropped proposals for delegated acts on the proposed Pension Benefit Statement, while the risk evaluation for pensions (REP) is to be replaced by an own-risk assessment – details of which will be decided by national regulators.The draft of the revised IORP (Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision) Directive – dated 20 June and seen by IPE – is understood to be the finalised text, expected to be unveiled by the Commission on Monday (27 June) after protracted negotiations between the Commission, European Parliament and EU member states.A source who has seen the compromise text told IPE: “It’s not perfect, but there’s something for everyone.” No further comments or drafting suggestions are being allowed on the compromise text, according to a note sent by the Dutch presidency to those with access to the text.“The Presidency considers this as a final package, a balanced compromise and the best result that could be achieved,” it said. “There is no room to push the things any further.”Cross-border victoryIn possibly the biggest single victory for the industry, the compromise agreement acknowledges the possibility of cross-border IORPs being underfunded, although the overarching requirement is still that they be fully funded at all times.If this condition is not met, according to the text, the home member state’s regulator must “promptly” intervene and require the IORP to develop and implement measures “without delay” to protect beneficiaries and members.Speaking at the PensionsEurope conference in Brussels on 23 June, Janwillem Bouma, chair of the association, suggested that this compromise had been struck.“It seems the decision makers maintained the requirement for cross-border IORPs to be fully funded at all times, but that the possibility for a cross-border IORP to be underfunded is now mentioned,” he said. “PensionsEurope warmly welcomes this.”However, he warned that an interpretation of the compromise would be possible only once a final text were available, a comment in keeping with a general pretence among lobbyists and EU lawmakers in recent days that a compromise had not yet been reached on the revised IORP Directive. A formal announcement is understood to have been held back due to the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union, which has resulted in a vote to leave.Attempts to establish cross-border funds, or transfer assets from one member state to another, are also set to be eased.Detailed rules about how such transfers must progress have been drawn up, including rules for negotiations with pension scheme members.The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has also been given a non-binding role as mediator, should a home member state’s regulator object to a move to another country.As Bouma had also indicated at the conference in Brussels, the authorities in both the host and transferring countries must give their consent to cross-border transfers, based on a list of assessment criteria. While EIOPA has been granted a bigger role in overseeing cross-border transfers, member states have succeeded in their attempts to strip it of the ability to impose solvency requirements on the pensions sector.All mentions of delegated acts, which allow the Commission to impose new rules after the final Directive has been passed by Parliament, have been removed, requiring all details to be agreed during the trialogue.Still, Jonathan Hill, European commissioner for financial stability, had earlier reassured delegates at the PensionsEurope conference that the EU executive did not “have any more changes up our sleeve”.“Once this legislation is agreed, that will be it,” he said. “There are no plans to harmonise solvency rules for occupational pensions, and there are no plans to introduce a standardised risk-assessment process.”Meanwhile, the contentious Pension Benefit Statement – a matter of concern in the Netherlands, as the Commission proposal removed a member state’s ability to cater to its market – has been slimmed down, and national authorities have been given the ability to set the assumed rate of return in instances where benefits must be assessed.Stranded assetsThe responsible investment community also won a significant victory, and sees mention of stranded-asset risk included within the own-risk assessment, strengthening the references to environmental risks initially included in the Commission’s first draft.Instead, pension funds will now be expected to consider the risk of climate change, environmental and social risks and risks related to the depreciation of assets due to regulatory change – a direct reference to the impact of a carbon price on resources yet to be exploited by oil, gas and coal companies.The change is a victory for the responsible investment lobby, which has been calling on the institutions to include stricter assessment of climate risk.last_img read more

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OKEA commits to 3D seismic survey near Draugen

first_imgNorwegian oil company OKEA has said that it will “continue” exploration license PL958 in the Norwegian Sea, meaning the partners have committed to a new 3D seismic survey.OKEA acquired a stake in took over Shell’s 50% working interest and operatorship of the license in March. At the time, the company said the acreage was in the exploration phase and that data coverage was limited.The block sits east of the OKEA-operated Draugen field, which OKEA also bought from Shell.Commenting on the decision to continue the PL958, OKEA said “this commits the license partners to acquire new 3D seismic data and they have already decided to prefund a 3D seismic multi-client acquisition by PGS ASA, starting up in July 2019.”OKEA’s SVP Subsurface, Andrew McCann said the company was excited to be able to accelerate the exploration program on PL958 “by at least a year through this early commitment.”“This is an essential data component for further maturation of the resource potential in the acreage, particularly to map the extension of the Draugen Rogn trend into the unexplored area, which has not previously been covered by 3D seismic data. PGS, as contractor on data acquisition and processing, is the ideal partner to secure an optimal data quality for further work. We are privileged to have a promising, unexplored area within 30km of our production hub.”The survey is planned to be carried out by Ramform Vanguard and covers an area of approximately 850 km2.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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Jifmar Buys Two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers

first_imgDamen believes that the vessels will provide Jifmar a diversification of its fleet and will enable the France-based company to engage in new activities. Source: Damen According to Damen, both vessels were built in 2013 and have worked on several offshore wind farm projects in Europe as crew transfer and support vessels. Jifmar Offshore Services has purchased the Damen Fast Crew Suppliers 2610 Twin Axe and FCS Seagull. This purchase comes eleven years after Jifmar bought the Damen Multi Cat 1908 m.v. Paul B, ex DMS Beagle.last_img read more