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    Dolphins love watching TV too (and David Attenborough and Spongebob Sqarepants are their favorites) Researchers at the Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder in Key Largo, Florida, played videos on a TV screen through underwater windows. Reported by MailOnline 12 hours ago.

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    By Konradus Epa

    Pope Francis has expressed support for Indonesia’s controversial fight against illegal fishing during a meeting with the Southeast Asian country’s Maritime and Fisheries minister at the Vatican.

    Susi Pudjiastuti, who met the pope on Dec. 12, has caused controversy for her no-nonsense approach to dealing with illegal fishing, which she says has seriously depleted fish stocks and damaged maritime ecological systems.

    As part of her campaign she has ordered Indonesian security forces to blow up and sink hundreds of fishing vessels, both local and foreign, caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters. At least 448 ships have been sunk since she took office in October, 2014. Some 125 mostly foreign vessels were destroyed in August alone in 11 locations across Indonesia.

    The papal Nuncio to Indonesia, Archbishop Piero Pioppo, invited the minister to the Vatican in October while he was attending an Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Bali. The conference focused on developing ways to maintain the sustainability of oceans. Pudjiastuti said Pope Francis asked her to continue what she was doing and offered to pray for her to succeed in her struggle. 

    The Vatican also agreed to back Indonesia on marine environmental issues at the United Nations.

    “I am very happy because we have a new friend to support this cause,” she said, adding that she also invited the pope to visit Indonesia. After meeting Pope Francis, Pudjiastuti held talks with Vatican Foreign Minister Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher for 30 minutes to discuss efforts to stamp out illegal fishing and “slavery” in the industry.

    Pope Francis has often voiced concerns over environmental issues, including maritime ones, and called on mankind to act concretely to save the earth through his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’. 

    Franciscan Father Peter Aman, director of Indonesia’s Franciscan Justice Peace Integrity and Creation panel, said the pope invited the minister to the Vatican because what she has done is in accordance with his encyclical. “It was moral support for her to carry on with what she is doing,” he said. Reported by Eurasia Review 7 hours ago.

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    MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured hatch cover orders from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for another eight 1,800 TEU containerships to be built at the South Korean yard for various owners.

    These build on contracts secured earlier this year to supply 18 hatch cover sets for the same series of containerships, bringing to 26 the total number of shipsets ordered by HMD from MacGregor during 2018.

    The order is booked into Cargotec's fourth quarter 2018 order intake, and delivery of the equipment is planned during 2019 and 2020.

    "We are delighted that HMD continues to rely on our expert capabilities when selecting a provider for key equipment such as hatch covers and fixed fittings," says Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Cargo Handling, MacGregor.

    "For the owners of these new vessels, we deliver the best return on investment throughout the lifecycle of our equipment. For the shipbuilder we are a trusted, competitive partner enabling HMD to offer competitive feeder ship solutions to their customers," adds Mr Sjöberg.

    MacGregor hatch covers are fabricated by trusted partners. Close cooperation with them ensures high quality and reliable deliveries to our shipyard customers worldwide.

    *For more information please contact:*
    Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Cargo Handling, MacGregor
    Tel: +46 31 850 919, email:


    Robin Thuillier, Director, Communications, MacGregor
    tel. +65 9730 4301, email:

    MacGregor is a leader in intelligent maritime cargo and load handling with a strong portfolio of MacGregor, Hatlapa, Porsgrunn, Pusnes, Rapp Marine and Triplex products, services and solutions, all designed to perform with the sea.  

    Shipbuilders, shipowners and operators are able to optimise the lifetime profitability, safety, reliability and environmental sustainability of their operations by working in close cooperation with MacGregor.

    MacGregor is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2017 totalled approximately EUR 3.2 billion and it employs over 11,000 people worldwide.  


    · Hatch covers.jpg Reported by GlobeNewswire 5 hours ago.

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    'A torrent of ghastly revelations': what military service taught me about America My first and only war tour took place in Afghanistan in 2010. I was a US Marine lieutenant then, a signals intelligence officer tasked with leading a platoon-size element of 80 to 90 men, spread across an area of operations the size of my home state of Connecticut, in the interception and... Reported by WorldNews 3 hours ago.

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    Mr. Charman and Mr. Frudd to Join Sompo Holdings New Global Executive Committee

    PEMBROKE, Bermuda, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sompo International Holdings Ltd. (Sompo International), a Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, announced today that effective April 1, 2019, Mr. John Charman, currently Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Sompo International, will be promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Overseas Insurance Business in Sompo Holdings, Inc. (Sompo Holdings). This segment of Sompo Holdings’ business currently represents more than 27% of Sompo Holdings Group’s adjusted profit, employing around 9,000 people in 30 countries and regions and is projected to have more than $10 billion in gross premiums by 2020. In such capacity, Mr. Charman will join the new Global Executive Committee of Sompo Holdings (Global ExCo) which will be established in April 2019 to provide expertise and input on group-wide strategic decisions. Mr. Charman will remain as Executive Chairman of Sompo International’s Board of Directors, a role he has held since joining the company in May 2013.Mr. Nigel Frudd will become Chief Executive Officer of Sompo International, effective January 1, 2019, subject to applicable regulatory approvals. Mr. Frudd will also join the Global ExCo and be appointed to the new role at Sompo Holdings of Senior Executive Vice President and Chairman of Overseas M&A. 

    Consistent with the planned build out of Sompo International, the company is expanding its Board of Directors. Mr. Katsuyuki (Dave) Tajiri will be appointed to the Company’s Board as an Executive Director effective January 1, 2019. Having joined Sompo Holdings in 1990, he brings a wealth of experience in the retail insurance market including his recent tenure as Executive Director of Sompo Holdings (Asia) Pte. Ltd., which serves the ASEAN countries. Last year, he was appointed Executive Officer of Sompo International Retail, responsible for laying the foundation for this new integrated retail platform, which primarily focuses on personal lines products.

    Mr. Recai Dalas, currently Chief Executive Officer & Director, Sompo Japan Sigorta serving the Turkish market, will be appointed to Chief Executive Officer of Retail and Chairman of Retail Executive Committee in Sompo International. In this role, he will drive the integration of retail business outside of Japan as well as continuing to lead Sompo Holdings’ subsidiary in Turkey, a role he has held since that company was founded in 2001.

    The Commercial Property and Casualty executive leaders currently reporting to Mr. John Charman, along with Mr. Dalas in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer of Retail, will now report directly to Mr. Frudd as Chief Executive Officer of Sompo International. 

    Mr. Kengo Sakurada, Group Chief Executive Officer of Sompo Holdings, commented, “We are excited that these strategic management changes will enable Sompo International to reach the next level of growth, with a greater presence globally in both the commercial and retail insurance industry. At the same time, Sompo Holdings is also strengthening our corporate governance structure in order to promote diversity and globalization. One of the key elements is forming the Global ExCo and we are very pleased that John and Nigel will be coming on board as inaugural members.”

    Mr. Charman commented, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work even more closely with my Sompo Holdings colleagues in Japan and to further the substantial progress we are making toward our shared vision of increasing the contribution of the overseas business. Nigel has played a strategic role in the creation and integration of Sompo International to date and I have every confidence in his ability to lead the expanded organization as we develop a unified platform for all commercial and retail business outside of Japan. I look forward to working with him in his new role. Also, we now will have the opportunity to make a greater impact on Sompo Holdings’ future success as members of the Global ExCo, a singular arrangement among the major Japanese insurers.”

    Mr. Frudd added, “I am extremely optimistic at the prospects for Sompo International to grow on the very strong foundation that we have built to date. We have a highly experienced and capable leadership team who will continue to build our global presence and deliver exceptional value to our clients, business partners, shareholders and employees. We now have several very talented leaders with extensive experience and skills in the retail business joining Sompo International and they will drive profitable growth as we integrate Sompo Holdings’ overseas businesses. I am pleased to be appointed to the new Global ExCo with John as it further strengthens the relationship between Sompo International and Sompo Holdings and provides a platform for proactive global co-operation. I look forward to leading Sompo International and contributing to the overall vision and success of Sompo Holdings in this particularly challenging global business environment.”

    Mr. Frudd was appointed by Sompo Holdings as a Non-Executive Director of Canopius upon its acquisition in 2014, taking on a full time role with Sompo Holdings as Managing Executive Officer Global M&A in 2015 in which capacity he led the acquisition of Endurance and later the sale of Canopius.

    Mr. Frudd joined Sompo International in March 2017 as Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. At the time, he also retained his role as Managing Executive Officer of Sompo Holdings where he was Head of Global M&A. Previously Mr. Frudd has held senior positions in leading UK insurance companies, been a partner in City of London law firms, specializing in the corporate and financial services sector, and a Partner in the Corporate Finance division of a leading UK firm of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Frudd has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds, qualified as a Barrister (Gray's Inn) and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court.

    *About Sompo International *

    Sompo International Holdings Ltd. is a global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, headquartered in Bermuda. Through its operating subsidiaries, Sompo International writes agriculture, professional lines, property, marine, energy, casualty and other specialty lines of insurance and catastrophe, property, casualty, professional lines, weather risk and specialty lines of reinsurance. Sompo International companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Sompo Holdings, Inc., whose core business encompasses one of the largest property and casualty insurance groups in the Japanese domestic market. We maintain excellent financial strength as evidenced by the ratings of A+ (Superior) from A.M. Best (XV size category) and A+ (Strong) from Standard and Poor’s on our principal operating subsidiaries. Sompo International’s headquarters are located at Waterloo House, 100 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08, Bermuda and its mailing address is Sompo International, Suite No. 784, No. 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda. For more information about Sompo International, please visit

    *Portland Communications (PR advisor to Sompo International)
    Steffan Williams
    Phone: +1 44 (0)20 7554 1800

    Investor Relations
    Phone: +1 441 278 0988
    Email:  Reported by GlobeNewswire 4 hours ago.

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    These honorees of the Top Women in PR Awards represent the highly influential women who work tirelessly to propel their teams forward, all while inspiring the next generation of communications professionals.

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) December 18, 2018

    On January 25 at the Grand Hyatt in NYC, PR News will bring together bold women who are making an impact in the communications field for an afternoon of celebration, networking and team bonding. The luncheon will include an opening cocktail reception, awards ceremony and keynote presentation from Justine Davie, communications strategy officer for the Marine Corps Reserve. Justine will share how she infuses humor and emotional vulnerability into her own writing and communications work, as well as speaking to the wider movement that female communicators have sparked as they lead the next big trends in messaging, marketing and communications.

    The 2018 Top Women in PR Honorees are:· Kristina Adamski, Nissan North America, Inc.
    · Adriana Arvizo, Comcast
    · Lina Baena, CCOM GROUP
    · Christin Baker, Ford Motor Company
    · Katherine Button Bell, Emerson
    · Amy Binder, RF|Binder
    · Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn
    · Robyn Blum, Cisco
    · Jeannine Booton, Agero, Inc.
    · Linda Wharton Boyd, PhD, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority
    · Anita Brikman, Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)
    · Amanda Brinkman, Deluxe Corporation
    · Darcy Brito, Aflac
    · Becky Brooks, Animoto
    · Laura Burke, Prudential Financial
    · Alexandra Canale, GCI Health
    · Lorri Christou, Choice Hotels International
    · Shirine Coburn DiSanto, Coburn Communication
    · Catherine Cole, R&R Partners
    · Andrea Coville, Brodeur Partners
    · Lisa Cruz, Red Shoes Inc
    · Judy Davies, Advantest America, Inc.
    · Lauren de la Fuente, Boingo Wireless
    · Liz Hogue Densmore, LEC, Incorporated
    · Elissa Dodge, Qorvis Communications
    · Darlene Doyle, PAN Communications
    · Nicole Draznik, Procter & Gamble
    · Nicole Dye-Anderson, Barclays
    · Dale Emanuel, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette
    · Sarah Engel, DynamicAction
    · Liza Burnett Fefferman, MTV, VH1 and LOGO
    · Brenda Foster, Vanguard Communications
    · Johanna Fuentes, Showtime Networks Inc.
    · Erin Gallagher, Golin
    · Laurie Goldberg, Discovery and Science Channel
    · Carmen Gonzales, Live! Casino & Hotel
    · Rita Gorenberg, The Clorox Company
    · Caroline Guscott, The Cleveland Museum of Art
    · Megan Hakes, Reputation Partners, LLC
    · Lisa Hannum, Beehive Strategic Communication
    · Cheryl Heinonen, Macy's
    · Kari Hernandez, INK Communications Co.
    · Emily Horn, HP Inc.
    · Erin Hutchinson, Merkle
    · Gabrielle Jasinski, Bospar
    · Carrie Jones, JPA Health Communications
    · Katrina Jones, Hilton
    · Dawn Kahle, Children's Health
    · Ashton Kang, Delta Air Lines
    · Janice V. Kapner, T-Mobile
    · Monique Kelley, Weber Shandwick
    · Carrie Kurlander, Chick-fil-A
    · Debra Lund, FranklinCovey
    · Janice Maiman, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
    · Anitra Marsh, Procter & Gamble
    · Jennifer Mayfield, Nextdoor
    · Stephanie McCarty, Taylor Morrison
    · Lori McFarling, Discovery Education
    · Stephanie Moritz, American Dental Association
    · Faith Morris, National Civil Rights Museum
    · Amanda Munroe, SHIFT Communications
    · Teri Murphy, Ceridian
    · Kirby Nardo, MillerCoors
    · Juliet Niczewicz, PayPal
    · Jessica O’Callaghan, DeVries Global
    · Bettina Papirio, Hotwire
    · Hannah Peters, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
    · Stephanie Peterson, IHOP
    · Kali Pickens, Allison+Partners
    · Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR, Saint-Gobain
    · Kathleen Prause, USG Corporation
    · Staci Rawls, KFC U.S.
    · Cindy Riccio, CRC Agency
    · Jennifer Risi, Ogilvy
    · Julia Roberson, Ocean Conservancy
    · Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno, Loyola University Maryland
    · Kerstin Sachl, Marriott International, Caribbean & Latin America
    · Sukhi Sahni, Capital One
    · Izzy Santa, Consumer Technology Association
    · Annie Scranton, Pace Public Relations
    · Merrie Spaeth, Spaeth Communications, Inc.
    · Jessica Stacey, SEPHORA
    · Cortney Stapleton, Bliss Integrated Communication
    · Kim Stockham, Expedia Group
    · Erin Streeter, National Association of Manufacturers
    · Michelle Strier, Spectrum
    · Christine Szustaczek, Sheridan College
    · Esther-Mireya Tejeda, Entercom Communications
    · Laura Tomasetti, 360PR+
    · Duyen Truong, Sage Communications
    · Tuesday Uhland, Visa
    · Therese Van Ryne, Zebra Technologies
    · Christine Vaughan, Blue Shield of California Foundation
    · Jill Vitiello, Vitiello Communications Group
    · Julie Walsh, Finn Partners
    · Heather Wilson, SKDKnickerbocker
    · Cheryl Wipper, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
    · Dawn Wotapka, UPS
    · Eileen Ziesemer, MSL

    These honorees of the Top Women in PR Awards represent the highly influential women who work tirelessly to propel their teams forward, all while inspiring the next generation of communications professionals. Individual tickets and tables of ten are available. The Platinum Package is our best value that includes guaranteed best seating with a table in the front of the room for the whole team to enjoy all the action up close, two bottles of champagne, a half-page program ad and more:

    For questions regarding the Top Women in PR Awards program or the luncheon event, contact PR News' Marketing Coordinator, Megan Sigg at

    The PR News Group is a go-to source that serves the communications and marketing community at corporations, agencies and nonprofits. The PR News Group focuses on honing and growing PR and marketing professionals’ skills in social media, crisis management, digital PR, measurement, employee relations, media training, CSR and writing through its flagship newsletter, webinars, conferences, awards programs, workshops and guidebooks. With the launch of its weekly newsletter over 70 years ago, PR News has remained dedicated to supporting the growth of communicators and marketers all while keeping them abreast of the latest news affecting their industries. For more information, visit Reported by PRWeb 3 hours ago.

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    Dublin, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Global Security Robot Market - Segmented by Type of Robot End User, Application, and Geography - Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2018 - 2023)" report has been added to *'s* offering.

    In 2017, the global security robot market was valued at USD 1.930 billion. The market is expected to register a CAGR of about 7.93% during 2018-2023 (the forecast period).

    Developments, like K5 by Knightscope, are indicating a potential for security robots. Earlier, these robots had insufficient capabilities, but with the improvements in sensor technology and automation capabilities, these robots have been developed to be useful in practical applications.

    The development and enhancements of neural network technology have also given these robots the capability to learn over time and improve their functionality. The inclusion of different sensors has improved the capabilities of robots in analyzing their environment and providing more reliable data. This factor has significantly benefitted their incorporation in military devices.

    In addition, the remote sensing abilities provided by these robots (due to the inclusion of wireless sensors) are expected to boost their utilization in residential and commercial applications.

    *Increasing Usage of Robots in Security and Surveillance Applications is Driving the Market*

    Robots are being preferred in to the surveillance market, to patrol shopping malls, parking lots, college campuses, and other public areas. Surveillance robots are mainly equipped with inertial, GPS, LiDAR, biomimetic, and ultrasound-based range sensors. Owing to the improvements in features and functionalities, they are also equipped with hyperspectral, thermal, and multispectral sensors.

    The emergence of hybrid UMV systems is identified as one of the key trends, which is expected to propel the growth prospects.

    Recent technological advancements in a wide range of sensors and their miniaturization, coupled with the increasing investments in the surveillance robots domain, is driving the growth in demand for surveillance robots across the country. For instance, Cornell University researchers formed a team to create an integrated network of diverse robots for security and surveillance.

    Security and surveillance robots boast of futuristic designs, which enable them to be put into diverse uses. This factor is expected to enable the US security robots market and gain immensely from the rising applications of the technology in the near future.

    *Spying Application is Accelerating Market Growth*

    Spying applications are predominantly conducted by the military & defense sector. Night vision cameras, microphones, processors, and other wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth for communication, enable the drones and robots to be deployed for spying applications.

    Many robots are used in war field for various purposes, such as tracking the status of the enemy and knowing the supply of resources. They monitor the information and transfer the data to a remote PC or a TV using wireless technology.

    Innovations are enabling end-users to conduct more sophisticated reconnaissance missions. Insect spy drones are being developed, which can be equipped with cameras and microphones.

    Many other such micro air vehicles (MAVs) are being developed, integrated with advanced technologies, which could further fuel the growth of the spying robots market.

    *North America is Dominating the Market Landscape*

    North America has been the major contributor for the security robots market, internationally, owing to the advantages (like quality and reliability). The US security and surveillance forces are using the unmanned solutions.

    Over the past decade, the number of active conflicts has increased throughout the country, along with an increase in terrorist attacks in public places and schools. These geopolitical instabilities and territorial conflicts are likely to rise the need for security robots in the country over the forecast period.

    Also, due to the increase in terrorist activities, the rise in security concerns across the country is expected to drive the demand for security service robots in this region. With the upcoming security threats from North Korea, the country recently closed a deal, worth USD 4 billion, for the development of drones and fighter jets.

    Warrior robots and drones are yet to hit the US market and make their way into the tactics and strategy of the US army. However, in 2016, the US army was reported to spend around USD 521 million on robotics, of which about 79 % was spent on aerial drones.

    Only USD 20.6 million was spent on the purchase of unmanned ground vehicles in 2017, almost the entire remaining amount was spent for UGVs, in order to clear mines and roadside bombs.

    Further, nearly USD 91.4 million was spent on R&D activities and 40% of the amount was spent on mine clearance. The Marine Corps is already testing a tracked robot outfitted with sensors and cameras, and armed with a M240 machine gun. Commercialization of this robot is expected to further increase the demand for security robots in this country.

    *Developments in the Market*

    · Dec 2017 - Northrop Grumman Corporation received a contract from the US Army's Lower Tier Program Office (LTPO), to perform risk reduction for RADAR technology and associated mission capabilities intended to replace the Army's 50-year-old Patriot RADARs.
    · Nov 2017 - Lockheed Martin integrated a new engine for its Fury unmanned air vehicles. The system was upgraded to increase the endurance up to 15 continuous hours of flight time.
    · Nov 2017 - Thales acquired Aveillant Ltd, a Cambridge UK-based start-up company, pioneer in holographic RADAR technology. With this acquisition, Thales, a pioneer in digital technologies, is likely to be able to offer customers a new capability, complementing its surveillance offering.
    · Oct 2017 - Cobham entered into a contract with the Korean Aerospace Industries, for the development of KF-X antenna suite.

    *Topics Covered*

    *1. Introduction*
    1.1 Scope of the Study
    1.2 Executive Summary

    *2. Research Approach and Methodology*
    2.1 Study Deliverables
    2.2 Study Assumptions
    2.3 Analysis Methodology
    2.4 Research Phases

    *3. Market insights*
    3.1 Market Overview
    3.2 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
    3.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    *4. Market Dynamics*
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Factors Driving the Market
    4.2.1 Increasing Usage of Robots in Security and Surveillance Applications
    4.2.2 Rising Safety Concerns
    4.3 Factors Restraining the Market
    4.3.1 Rising Concern about Privacy Intrusion

    *5. Global Security Robot Market Segmentation*
    5.1 By Type of Robot
    5.1.1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
    5.1.2 Unmanned Ground Vehicle
    5.1.3 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
    5.2 By Type of End-user Industry
    5.2.1 Defense & Military
    5.2.2 Residential
    5.2.3 Commercial
    5.3 By Application
    5.3.1 Spying
    5.3.2 Explosive Detection
    5.3.3 Patrolling
    5.3.4 Rescue Operation
    5.3.5 Others Applicaions
    5.4 By Geography
    5.4.1 North America United States Canada
    5.4.2 Europe United Kingdom Germany France Rest of Europe
    5.4.3 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
    5.4.4 Latin America Mexico Brazil Rest of Latin America
    5.4.5 Middle East & Africa United Arab Emirates South Africa Saudi Arabia Rest of Middle East & Africa

    *6. Competitive Intelligence - Company Profiles*
    6.1 Lockheed Martin Corporation
    6.2 Northrop Grumman Corporation
    6.3 Thales SA
    6.4 BAE Systems PLC
    6.5 Elbit Systems Limited
    6.6 Leonardo SPA
    6.7 Aerovironment Inc.
    6.8 Knight Scope
    6.9 DJI
    6.10 SMP Robotics
    6.11 Boston Dynamics
    6.12 Cobham
    6.13 Kongsberg Group
    6.14 Qinetiq
    6.15 RoboTex
    6.16 Recon Robotics

    *7. Investment Analysis*

    *8. Future of the Market*

    For more information about this report visit

    Research and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research.

    Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager
    For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
    For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
    For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
    Related Topics: Robotics Reported by GlobeNewswire 3 hours ago.

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    Climate change also wiped out life on Earth 252 million years ago Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2018

    Some 252 million years ago, nearly all live on Earth vanished. The fossil record suggests some 96 percent of all marine life disappeared, and scientists suspect the magnitude of losses on land was similar. But until now, scientists weren't sure what exactly caused the massive Permian Period extinction, an even known as the Great Dying. Researchers knew a series of volcanic erupti Reported by Space Daily 2 hours ago.

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    Stock Exchange Notice
    Date: 18 December 2018

    *GC Rieber Shipping ASA: Final result of the rights issue and transactions by primary insiders*


    Reference is made to the previous stock exchange announcements by GC Rieber Shipping ASA ("GC Rieber Shipping" or the "Company") in respect of the rights issue (the "Rights Issue") of 28,941,177 new shares in the Company (the "Offer Shares") at a subscription price of NOK 8.50 per Offer Share.

    The subscription period for the Rights Issue expired on 17 December 2018 at 16:30 hours (CET). At the expiry of the subscription period, the Company had received subscriptions for a total of 23,489,044 new shares in the Company.

    The board of directors of the Company has today approved the final allocation of Offer Shares in the Rights Issue based on the allocation criteria set out in the Company's prospectus dated 29 November 2018 (the "Prospectus").

    23,397,883 new shares were subscribed for through the exercise of subscription rights, 69,005 new shares were subscribed for through oversubscription, while 22,156 new shares were subscribed for without the exercise of subscription rights. All valid subscriptions have received full allocation.

    The remaining 5,452,133 Offer Shares have been allocated to GC Rieber AS in its capacity as underwriter for the Rights Issue.

    The following primary insiders/close associates of primary insiders have been allocated Offer Shares in the Rights Issue at the subscription price in accordance with the terms set out in the Prospectus:

    GC Rieber AS, which is represented on the Board of Directors of the Company, has been allocated 25,892,174 Offer Shares in the Rights Issue, including the Offer Shares allocated in the capacity of underwriter for the Rights Issue. Following the issuance of new shares in the Rights Issue, GC Rieber AS will own 66,145,908 shares in the Company, equal to an ownership of 76.84% of the total number of issued shares in the Company. As set out in the Prospectus, payment for the Offer Shares allocated to GC Rieber AS will be settled through set-off of an amount of NOK 220,083,479 of a shareholder loan granted by GC Rieber AS to the Company.

    AS Javipa, a close associate to the Company's Chairman of the Board, Paul-Christian Rieber, has been allocated 674,722 Offer Shares in the Rights Issue. Following the issuance of new shares in the Rights Issue, AS Javipa will own 2,003,492 shares in the Company, equal to an ownership of 2.33% of the total number of issued shares in the Company.

    Pelicahn AS, a close associate to the Company's Chairman of the Board, Paul-Christian Rieber, has been allocated 230,745 Offer Shares in the Rights Issue. Following the issuance of new shares in the Rights Issue, Pelicahn AS will own 685,166 shares in the Company, equal to an ownership of 0.80% of the total number of issued shares in the Company.

    Notification of allocated Offer Shares and the corresponding subscription amount to be paid by each subscriber are expected to be distributed today, 18 December 2018. Payment for the allocated shares falls due on 20 December 2018 in accordance with the payment procedures described in the Prospectus.

    The new shares may not be transferred or traded before they have been fully paid and the share capital increase pertaining to the Rights Issue has been registered with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises (Nw. Foretaksregisteret). It is expected that the share capital increase will be registered in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises on or about 21 December 2018 and that the Offer Shares will be transferred to the VPS accounts of the subscribers and admitted to trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange on or about 21 December 2018.

    For further information, please contact:

    CEO Einar Ytredal, phone: +47 975 20 184
    CFO Øystein Kvåle, phone: +47 479 02 919

    About GC Rieber Shipping:

    GC Rieber Shipping's business within offshore/shipping includes ownership in specialized vessels, high quality marine ship management and project development within the segments subsea, ice/support and marine seismic.

    The group has a specialized competence in offshore operations in harsh environments as well as design, development and maritime operation of offshore vessels. GC Rieber Shipping currently operates 11 and has direct and indirect ownership in 23 advanced special purpose vessels for defined markets within the subsea, ice/support and marine seismic segments.

    The company has its headquarter and a ship management office in Bergen, and an additional ship management company in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Russia). The Company is listed on Oslo Børs with ticker RISH.

    Further information is available on the company's website


    This communication may not be published, distributed or transmitted in or into the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan. These materials do not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities of the Company in the United States, Norway or any other jurisdiction. The securities of the Company may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"). The securities of the Company have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this communication will be made solely to "qualified institutional buyers" as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act and to "major U.S. institutional investors" under SEC Rule 15a-6 to the United States Exchange Act of 1934. No public offering of the securities will be made in the United States.

    In any EEA Member State that has implemented the Prospectus Directive, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive, i.e., only to investors who can receive the offer without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State. The expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in any relevant Member State) and includes any relevant implementing measure in the relevant Member State.

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    This announcement is made by and, and is the responsibility of, the Company. SpareBank 1 Markets AS (the "Manager") is acting exclusively for the Company and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, or for advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any of the matters referred to herein.

    Neither the Manager nor any of its affiliates makes any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement and none of them accepts any responsibility for the contents of this announcement or any matters referred to herein.

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    Kraken’s Active Towed Fish (KATFISH) To Be Deployed for Hunting Naval Mines, Underwater Improvised Explosive Devices, and Ultra High Definition Seabed Mapping

    ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX-V: PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) (“Kraken” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has completed a series of successful sea tests of its KATFISH towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar system with Elbit Systems Ltd., a major international defence contractor based in Israel.Elbit Systems has developed a state-of-the-art Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) named “Seagull”. Seagull is a multi-mission USV platform boasting high autonomy levels and modular features, allowing it to be rapidly reconfigured for a wide array of missions – including anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.

    “Elbit Systems’ Seagull USV is one of the most advanced ocean drones in the world,” said Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO. “With KATFISH integrated on Elbit’s Seagull USV, the system can provide remotely operated, unmanned, end-to-end mine hunting operations. With KATFISH, these ocean drones can detect very small objects hidden on the seabed and enter confined spaces where underwater explosives are likely to be hidden. Since robotic systems can be remotely operated their use can remove people from very dangerous missions - in essence, taking the sailor out of the minefield. Kraken and Elbit are co-operating on a number of international contract pursuits for KATFISH integrated on the Seagull platform.”

    Some key objectives realized during the KATFISH tests included:

    · Successful operations in sea states of 3 - 4 
    · Towing at 7+ knots in shallow 15m water with KATFISH survey depth of less than 6.5m
    · Constant 3cm resolution imagery and 25cm bathymetric resolution, in real time
    · Area coverage rates greater than 2.1 km^2 per hour
    · 2-Sigma Target Position Error of less than 2.26m (95%)
    · Remote command and control of KATFISH over low-bandwidth wireless link
    · Compressed SAS imagery and bathymetry transmitted in real-time over low bandwidth wireless link
    · Survey operations conducted by supervised autonomy from remote shore-based site
    · Single operator launch and recovery of KATFISH payload in high sea states

    *Underwater Threats*

    The underwater defence market is evolving rapidly; responding to changing threats, tensions in the Middle East and Asia, economic and budgetary pressures and a growing trend by emerging navies to deploy asymmetrical weapons. As an example, today’s diesel-electric submarines are quickly becoming one of the biggest threats to naval operations and the $2 trillion commercial shipping industry.

    Compounding the threat from stealthy submarines are the hazards posed to worldwide shipping from naval mines and underwater Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). A naval mine is a self-contained explosive device placed in water to damage or destroy ships or submarines. Like roadside bombs on land, naval mines are a cheap way to undercut military force projection. Since World War II, mines have sunk or crippled 15 US Navy ships, more than all other weapons put together. Two naval mines crippled the $1 billion USS Princeton, a US Navy guided missile cruiser, in the first Gulf War 25 years ago.

    There are an estimated 80,000 mines in the Baltic that were left over from the two World Wars. Some are still active. While their fuses are not operational, the explosive material is still there. If something happens to touch them, they can explode. As recently as 2005, one such mine killed three Dutch fishermen — a murderous reminder of how deadly mines can be, and for how long.

    There is one big difference from World War II - the modern naval mine threat is much more sophisticated. Today, stealthy mines made of composite materials in sonar-deflecting shapes lurk amidst the clutter of the sea floor. There are buried mines covered by layers of sand, mud and silt. There are “rising mines” that wait in deep water for a ship to pass overhead, then ascend until they’re within range to fire a torpedo. There are reports that China is working on an anti-aircraft mine that can detect a low-flying helicopter and launch a missile at it. Iran is reported to own over 6,000 naval mines, North Korea has 50,000, China 100,000 or so and Russia is estimated to own over 250,000.  There could be well over 500,000 naval mines in worldwide military inventories.

    For over a century, clearing mines has been a brutal, crude and close-up business. For over twenty years, leading navies have been increasingly investing in technologies to “keep the sailor out of the minefield” by deploying unmanned systems, both underwater and on the surface.

    *Countering the Underwater Threat*

    Kraken’s KATFISH is an actively controlled, intelligent towfish platform used to generate real-time ultra-high definition seabed imagery and maps for a variety of military and commercial applications. Kraken’s products are primarily targeted to the rapidly growing Unmanned Maritime Systems drone market which is primarily comprised of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). 

    Until recently, conventional side scan sonars have been the leading technology for detailed mapping and imaging of the seafloor. However, Kraken’s advanced sonar technology called Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS) is now commercially available and is especially well-suited for military mine hunting missions.  MINSAS delivers ultra-high seabed image resolution (3 cm), simultaneously co-registered 3D bathymetry, and superior area coverage rates. The ability to generate centimetre-scale sonar resolution in all three dimensions has the potential to provide significant improvements in the detection, classification and identification of small seabed objects such as underwater mines and IEDs.

    From a platform perspective, towed sonar systems have the benefit of acquiring sonar data to operators at high speed and in real-time. This is a critical feature for mine-hunting operations to enable the earliest possible identification and classification of underwater threats. Onboard processing enables real-time analysis of sonar data, significantly reducing post mission analysis time.

    Actively controlled towfish provide a superior platform for seabed survey, particularly when using Synthetic Aperture Sonar. An actively controlled towfish can compensate for input disturbances, greatly improving the towed platform stability and the overall image quality. In addition, intelligently controlled active towfish can control their depth and altitude using intelligent bottom following and bottom avoidance routines.

    Placing a survey sensor - such as Kraken’s Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar - closer to the seafloor will result in the acquisition of much higher resolution data. When the sensor is integrated to a high speed, intelligently stabilized towed platform such as KATFISH, better quality data is acquired at a faster rate, thus improving efficiency and lowering both operational and data acquisition costs. KATFISH provides the highest resolution seabed pixels at the lowest cost compared to any other competing survey sonar platform.

    Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX.V:PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) is a marine technology company that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland with offices in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Toronto, Ontario; Bremen, Germany; and Fairfax, Virginia. Kraken is ranked as a Top 100 marine technology company by Marine Technology Reporter. For more information, please visit,, Find us on social media on Twitter (@krakenrobotics), Facebook (@krakenroboticsinc) and LinkedIn.*ABOUT ELBIT SYSTEMS*
    Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems. For additional information, visit:, follow us on Twitter or visit our official YouTube Channel.

    Certain information in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements. When used in this news release, the words "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "seek", "propose", "estimate", "expect", and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, business objectives, expected growth, results of operations, performance, business projects and opportunities and financial results. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events based on certain material factors and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, changes in market, competition, governmental or regulatory developments, general economic conditions and other factors set out in the Company's public disclosure documents. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those described in this news release, including without limitation those listed above. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this news release and such forward-looking statements included in, or incorporated by reference in this news release, should not be unduly relied upon. Such statements speak only as of the date of this news release. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. nor its Regulation Services Provide (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release, and the OTCQB has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.

    For further information, please contact:

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    Dublin, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Fish Meal Market, Global Forecast by Species, End-User: Chicken, Pig, Aquaculture, Production, Export, Import, Countries, Value Chain Analysis" report has been added to *'s* offering.

    The global fish meal market is expected to be 6.8 Thousand Tons by the end of the year 2024.Fish Meal looks like as a brown powder, which is obtained from cooking, pressing, evaporating, drying and grinding of whole fish or by-product fish. It is very essential nutrients for animal feed because it contains a rich source of protein, amino acids, fatty acids, and other minerals.The major growth factors of the fishmeal market are natural protein additives, the rapid expansion of the feed industry; extensive farming of aquaculture species likes salmon and Crustaceans. Moreover, an increasing number of non-vegetarian in a global perspective is also creating a huge demand for fishmeal for rapid expansion of the aquaculture industry. But, increasing adoption of fish meal substitute will hinder the growth of fish meal Industry.

    *Fish Meal Market Insight, Peru is the Largest Producer of Fish Meal*

    In this report, we have done an in-depth analysis of fish meal market and volume analysis. We have taken historical data of volume and market from 2012 to 2017 and forecast year are 2018-2024

    *Segment Analysis, Aquaculture is Largest End-User*

    In this report, we have segmented the market and volume on the basis of (Species) source of fish meal. We have shown the volume and market of each and every species from which fish meal is manufactured. These segments are Anchovy, Blue whiting, Sardines, Capelin, Menhaden, Norway Pout, Send eel, Sprat, and Others. Again, we have categorized the market and volume on the basis of end-users; Aquaculture Market & Volume, Chicken Feed Market & Volume, Pig Feed Market & Volume, and Others. Aquaculture is further fragmented into seven parts Market & Volume; Cyprinids, Eels, Crustaceans, Marine, Salmon, Tilapias, and Others aquaculture species.

    *Production Insights, Peru dominates the Fish Meal Market by producing Large Volume*

    In this report, we have shown a complete insight into the regional analysis of fishmeal. The covered countries are; Peru, China, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Chile, Japan, Denmark, India, Norway, Ecuador, Morocco, Russia, Iceland, Malaysia, and Others. Peru is dominating the market by producing a large volume of fish meal.

    *Top Importing Countries, Norway is one of the Largest Importer of Fish Meal*

    In this report, we have covered the top 5 biggest importing countries of fish meal. The market size is presented in the form of volume size and their corresponding market. In addition to this, the report also covers complete outlook of each importing countries by explaining the major factors and growth potential and demand for fish meal.

    *Top Exporting Countries, Peru is the top Exporter of Fish Meal*

    This report explains the extensive framework of export, where you will get the complete insight of global demand and supply of fishmeal along with the top exporting nation. This report also explains the major factors that make Peru top exporter of fishmeal for a long period of time.

    *Market Dynamics*

    Growth Drivers· Significant growth of aquaculture Industry

    Key Challenges· Raw Material Demand-Supply gap and cost fluctuations
    · Rising substitutes of fishmeal products

    *Major Fish Meal Producing Countries:*

    · Peru
    · China
    · Thailand
    · Vietnam
    · USA
    · Chile
    · Japan
    · Denmark
    · India
    · Norway
    · Ecuador
    · Morocco
    · Russia
    · Iceland
    · Malaysia

    *Major Fish Meal Exporting Countries:*

    · Peru
    · Denmark
    · Chile
    · United States
    · Morocco
    · Iceland

    *Major Fish Meal Importing Countries:*

    · China
    · Norway
    · Japan
    · Taiwan
    · Turkey

    *Market Segment by Source of Species*

    · Anchovy
    · Blue whiting
    · Sardines
    · Capelin
    · Menhaden
    · Norway Pout
    · Send eel
    · Sprat
    · Others

    *Market Segment by End-User*

    · Aquaculture

    · Cyprinids
    · Eels
    · Crustaceans
    · Marine Fish
    · Salmonids
    · Tilapias
    · Others

    · Chicken
    · Pig
    · OthersFor more information about this report visit

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    The Datai Langkawi: The global luxury destination presents a new rejuvenated visage as the world's unparalleled rainforest resort LANGKAWI, Malaysia, Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- After 25 years in an expansive site of more than 46 acres, The Datai Langkawi is ready to reveal its newly refurbished interiors and facilities without compromising the Datai's DNA, following a 12-month renovation programme.The Datai Langkawi

    Nestled in the heart of a 10-million-year-old rainforest, when the late Australian architect, Kerry Hill, envisioned The Datai Langkawi's main building on a forest ridge 40 metres above sea level and 300 metres away from the ocean, it was initially met with bewilderment. But he stood his ground, determined to preserve the pristine beauty of the coastline and unveil the hidden treasures of the rainforest. Assisting him was designer Didier Lefort of award-winning Paris-based design studio DL2A.

    Today, the legacy of the extraordinary resort on the island of Langkawi, set in the heart of a virgin rainforest, has been reimagined into a global icon for new generations since its inception in 1993.

    The refreshed resort will offer guests nature- and culture-based experiences, promote Malaysian hospitality to the world and reaffirm The Datai Langkawi as an unparalleled luxury destination.

    *THE DATAI DNA -- a visionary design concept
    *"The vision was very clear from the start," says Arnaud Girodon, General Manager. "We wanted to refresh the spaces whilst maintaining the signature Datai DNA. We made sure local materials and inspiration from the environment, surroundings and culture were used so our regular guests will still feel very much at home when they return. We have ensured to preserve what our guests have always loved about the resort and also created incredible new experiences for them to discover. We are ready to embark on a new chapter for The Datai Langkawi and are looking forward to the journey."

    Interior designer Didier Lefort adds, "It was important to maintain a deep connection to the original vision of a luxurious retreat seamlessly integrated into the 10-million-year-old virgin rainforest. The approach marries simplicity, modernity and creativity with inspirations from the local environment, culture and materials. Accommodation is refreshed with lighting enhancements and a warm, sophisticated colour palette while the addition of the latest technology ensures the ultimate in contemporary comfort, with the signature Datai DNA still evident throughout."

    *The resort has 121 rooms, suites and villas, all with enchanting views of the lush tropical rainforest, some with the breath-taking vista of the Andaman Sea with Tarutao Island on the horizon. Escape to the perfect seclusion of a private sanctuary with the resort's Canopy, Rainforest or Beach Collection.

    Canopy Collection -- Situated in the main buildings, the Canopy Deluxe and the Canopy Premium rooms are a delightful way to experience The Datai Langkawi and its stunning views and award-winning architecture. Perfect for guests who prefer to be near the spectacular main pool, The Dining Room and The Lobby Lounge. The Canopy Suites offer rare rainforest views from their spacious balconies, and also feature a separate living room with dining area and a very large bedroom. At 378 square metres (approximately 4,068 sqft), The Datai Suite is bathed in natural light, boasting unobstructed views of the rainforest and the Andaman Sea from an outdoor private veranda. The spacious indoor living space is furnished with neutral tones and elevated amenities.

    Rainforest Collection -- Tucked deep inside the lush tropical rainforest and the vegetation that covers The Datai Langkawi terrain estate, the elegant Rainforest Collection villas, including some with 10-metre infinity pools, are architecturally designed to be naturally at one with Mother Nature. Standing proudly on stilts, The Rainforest Villas and Rainforest Pool Villas will either offer scenic views of dense jungle in abundance or a tropical stream flowing along a meandering course.

    The Datai Estate Villa -- The Datai Estate Villa deserves a prominent introduction as the resort's newest addition; with its expansive five-bedroom facility, spanning 3,500 square metres (approximately 37,700 sqft). The exclusive space features alluring neutral tones with modern furnishings, living rooms, game rooms, two 20-metre connected pools, 24-hour butler service, as well as a private chef.

    Beach Collection -- Located directly on the pristine white-sand beach of Datai Bay, the One-Bedroom Beach Villas and the Two-Bedroom Beach Villa are fully enclosed with serene garden views and inviting private swimming pools. The Beach Villas appeal to guests seeking privacy with personalised service from their butler.

    *Helmed by Executive Chef Stephen Jones and Executive Sous Chef Jerome Voltat, guests will enjoy a diverse selection of cuisine, inspired by regional flavours and centred around locally-sourced ingredients.

    The Gulai House -- Serving authentic Malaysian cuisine, The Gulai House is an award-winning restaurant tucked deep in the rainforest. The restaurant is reminiscent of a traditional Malay kampung (village) house where diners are welcome to bersila (sit on the floor) or at the rustic dining table to enjoy a Malaysian feast. A traditional hand-washing ritual is performed at the start of every meal.

    The Pavilion -- The signature Thai restaurant overlooks the serene tropical surroundings. Situated atop 30-metre stilts with far reaching views of the rainforest, Thai cuisine is celebrated with freshly harvested exotic herbs. The sight of the elusive flying colugo, a gliding mammal, will enhance your dining experience.

    The Dining Room -- A lavish spread for breakfast awaits diners, complete with a juice bar, freshly made pastries and breakfast specials. Lunch is served a la carte. The restaurant transitions into a romantic venue in the evening, serving French fine dining. Wine aficionados will delight in the restaurant's exclusive wine collection from its walk-in wine cellar.

    The Beach Club and The Beach Bar -- A casual venue to enjoy convivial gatherings. Spend the day sipping signature cocktails and savouring fresh seafood, served from an outdoor show kitchen and an open grill, while sunset lights up the horizon with red and orange. At dinner, The Beach Club restaurant transform*s* into an elevated seafood grill restaurant with tables set on the various decks where guests can listen to the soothing sounds of the waves.

    The Lobby Lounge -- Overlooking the Andaman Sea and the rainforest, this open-air lounge is the ideal place to relax and take in the panoramic views. Delicious light snacks are available throughout the day and a premium selection of teas is served during the afternoon high tea. A splendid selection of cocktails, refined spirits and champagne is available in the evenings accompanied by a tapas menu and a live jazz duo.

    Private Dining -- To celebrate a special occasion, the resort can create a bespoke dinner experience, surrounded by the lush rainforest as the backdrop or directly on the white sandy beach.

    *Led by renowned naturalist and author Irshad Mobarak, the completely new Nature Centre will encompass mini laboratories to enable guests young and old to discover more about the marine and rainforest environment that surrounds them, and will also allow them to participate in conservation and scientific research activities. Resident Naturalist Mobarak says, "The Nature Centre embodies our brand DNA of 'Man and Nature in perfect harmony'. Our guests will have the opportunity to discover the unique flora and fauna of Teluk Datai through fun, educational nature walks and other activities led by our Nature Centre team, while learning more about conservation."

    Voted as one of the World's Top 10 Beaches by National Geographic, The Datai Langkawi sits in extraordinary biodiversity and the 10-million-year-old rainforest is home to a wealth of flora and fauna. Against a backdrop of Southeast Asia's oldest mountain, Machincang, its 750-hectare rainforest 'back garden' is every nature lover's dream, just waiting to be discovered.

    The Nature Centre -- The design of this unique open-air structure is inspired by a tribal bamboo longhouse. There is a library full of references to the natural world of Langkawi and Malaysia, as well as a lounge for guests to sit and listen to stories from the wild by Resident Naturalist, Mobarak and his team. There is also a Tea Corner serving specially curated teas, by Dr*.*Ghani, Langkawi's well-known traditional Malay medicine guru using herbs and spices from plants native to the rainforest. These concoctions are not only delicious but also good for one's health.

    Nature activities -- In addition to the many activities at The Datai Langkawi, the newest trail -- The Rimba Trail -- will have guests enjoy an informative walk that will transition from a coastal forest, on to a 70-metre-long elevated walkway over a mangrove habitat. The journey continues through a lowland rainforest, the highlight of which is a 23-metre-long, 18-metre-high Canopy Walk. There is also a selection of nature activities for children to discover.

    *To protect this unique natural habitat, sustainability is also a key component of the resort's strategy with a strong commitment to using less energy, water and single-use plastic. For example, guests are provided with stainless steel drinking flasks for excursions to replace single-use plastic water bottles; sustainable bamboo toiletries are used in all rooms; and drinking straws are made of 100-percent natural bamboo or stainless steel. The Hotel produces its own water from the newly-introduced water bottling plant. The Permaculture Garden is a self-sustaining, zero-waste, organic food production system. Its visitors can discover how saplings and seeds are saved at the Seedling Hut and learn about permaculture in the Outdoor Classroom. At the Organic Wealth Centre, organic waste is transformed into nutrition for the garden at the Worm Farm, where the worms decompose buffalo manure and food waste to produce bio-fertiliser.

    In harmony with the resort's unique natural surroundings, well-being at The Datai Langkawi means embracing the healing properties in plants found in the rainforest in accordance to age-old traditions and philosophies of the Malay culture known as Ramuan. A unique Malay concept, Ramuan, is referred to as the gathering of medicinal plants in its purest essence.
    The Spa is situated along a small winding stream surrounded by the sounds and subtle aromatic scent of the rainforest. Focusing on aligning wellness with nature, The Spa has five treatment villas and one studio. The philosophy of beauty through health is complemented by the international expertise of Bastien Gonzalez and Phyto 5.

    Bastian Gonzalez is renowned for his exceptional virtuosity and approach to hand and foot care, while Phyto 5's innovative skincare delivers the ultimate holistic skincare experience.

    *Other facilities around the resort*

    The Els Club Teluk Datai -- Golf legend and course designer, Ernie Els, launched this spectacular scenic golf course in 2014. The 18-hole par 72-championship golf course elevates The Datai Langkawi experience by providing a world-class arena for golfers and outdoor enthusiasts.

    Water sports and recreation -- The pristine beach and azure waters invite you to explore intricate marine life by snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing or sailing.

    The Health Club -- Work up a sweat while enjoying magnificent views of the Andaman Sea. The facility features a range of the latest indoor and outdoor sports equipment for tennis and cycling.

    The Boutique -- An extensive collection of locally inspired merchandise crafted by Malaysian artisans and designers.

    The Atelier -- In an effort to promote Malaysia's arts and crafts to our guests, The Atelier provides a space for Malaysians artists to exhibit their creative artworks and conduct workshops or classes for the guests to share their creative techniques.

    For more information or reservations, visit, email or call +60-4-9500-500.

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    One of the world's most stunning resorts, The Datai Langkawi is situated on the northwest tip of the island Langkawi in Malaysia. Located in a 10-million-year-old rainforest rich in wildlife and overlooking the tranquil Datai Bay that has been awarded by National Geographic one of the Top 10 Beaches worldwide, the iconic property enchants with mesmerising nature, visionary architecture, luxury and bespoke service.  All of the 121 rooms, villas and suites at The Datai Langkawi, including the five-bedroom The Datai Estate Villa, offer breathtaking views of the surrounding nature. Elevated among treetops, set in the very heart of the rainforest or located directly on the coastline, the dining outlets, which include the award-winning The Gulai House as well as The Pavilion, The Dining Room and The Beach Club, pay homage to the exotic flavours and culinary traditions of the region. Leisure facilities include two swimming pools; a state-of-the-art fitness centre; an array of wellness activities; the award-winning spa and Els Club Teluk Datai - the most scenic golf course in Southeast Asia designed by golf legend Ernie Els.  The Datai Langkawi is managed by Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn Bhd, an investment holding company incorporated to develop, manage and operate hospitality and attraction destinations.

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    Wong Wye Leng

    Director of Marketing Communications

    PR Representative

    The Datai Langkawi


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    AssetLink Global LLC announces the launch of its Small Vessel Monitoring Solution (SVMS) to equip small-scale fishing vessels with satellite monitoring systems to track their location relative to fisheries and other boundaries and route distress calls.

    EVERGREEN, Colo. (PRWEB) December 18, 2018

    AssetLink Global LLC announces the launch of its Small Vessel Monitoring Solution (SVMS) to equip small-scale fishing vessels with satellite monitoring systems to track their location relative to fisheries and other boundaries and route distress calls. This system will improve fisherman safety, enhance maritime security, and promote sustainable fisheries in the region. Affordable and easy to use, it enables the benefits of modern communications technology to reach smaller fishermen and their stakeholders.

    The Suriname Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (LVV), Under Directorate of Fisheries has informed local fishermen about the new SVMS system, which will be placed on their boats. The system has undergone several years of testing through a trial program.

    The AssetLink SVMS system consists of an environmentally sealed, solar-powered, two-way AssetPack satellite tracking device easily installed on any vessel with no external power cables. The device is housed in a marine grade protective enclosure to protect against impacts, as well as a tamper detection switch that alerts in case of removal. It includes a marine-grade panic button in case of distress at sea. The AssetLink SVMS can be enhanced with external power connectivity, audible alarms and other sensors to comply with other regulatory mandates.

    “Using the AssetPack solar powered system has offered our clients a truly wireless solution with global coverage and many usages for safety, security and visibility of assets,” said Ryan Clarke, Owner and Director of Comprehensive Security Solutions, Inc. (CSS), the local VMS provider supporting the project.

    Operating on Iridium’s pole to pole satellite coverage provides a continuous connection, no service interruptions, and complete vessel traceability even when far from shore or in remote coastal areas. The device features configurable reporting parameters, allowing the fisheries manager to customize the location transmit rate for each fishing vessel remotely, as well as an on-board geofence to immediately send a notification and alert when the vessel enters and exits specific zones. The on-board geofences can also be used to automatically change reporting configurations without the need for manual intervention.

    The AssetPack is configured out of the box to send reports from every few hours up to every 15 minutes (more if supplemental power is supplied) with location, time, speed, and heading. It has a simple on/off and mounting process and can be reconfigured over the air, allowing fisheries managers to simply install the device right out of the box. On shore at the control center, fisheries managers have complete fleet visibility, allowing them to comply with various regulatory requirements, develop sustainable fishing programs that ensure fishermen’s livelihoods, and aid in safety and rescue activities.

    “Complex VMS and AIS systems have existed for years, with numerous benefits for government and commercial organizations but few direct tangible benefits for smaller fishermen themselves. The technology costs of these systems have been out of reach for smaller vessels and countries that have the highest need. We are pleased to be able to bring our solution to this market and support a sustainable global fishing economy and, most importantly, support safety of human lives,” said David J. Goldstein, President & CEO of AssetLink Global.

    The devices are integrated with operations of the Sub-Directorate Fisheries Suriname, Coast Guard Suriname, and the local VMS provider Comprehensive Security Solutions (CSS), Inc. Fishermen are being trained on how they can handle the SVMS device.

    About AssetLink

    AssetLink is a fast-growing technology and satellite company connecting the physical world of industrial field operations to cloud analytics platforms, via intelligent satellite-enabled hardware and a unique cloud computing stack. Building best in class GPS satellite, cellular, and sensor-interface hardware for global geolocation and complex sensor monitoring, we expand enterprise connectivity and help the core of our economy – energy, transportation, construction, and agriculture – do more with less. Satisfied customers include industrial, Fortune 500, and government enterprises worldwide. AssetLink connects enterprises with their equipment and assets, no matter how remote.

    Contact AssetLink Global:
    Phone : +1 (303) 862-8745
    Email: sales(at)assetlinkglobal(dot)com
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    MONTREAL, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX: SJ) (“Stella-Jones” or the “Company”) announced today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) has accepted its Notice of Intention to Make a Normal Course Issuer Bid (the “Notice”). Pursuant to the Notice, Stella-Jones may, during the 12-month period commencing December 20, 2018 and ending December 19, 2019, purchase for cancellation, up to 3,000,000 Common Shares, representing approximately 4.3% of its outstanding Common Shares. As at December 14, 2018, Stella-Jones had 69,364,204 Common Shares issued and outstanding. Stella-Jones has not purchased Common Shares within the last twelve months.The Notice provides that purchases under the Normal Course Issuer Bid will be effected on the open market through the facilities of the TSX. The average daily trading volume (the “ADTV”) of the Common Shares on the TSX for the six month period ended November 30, 2018 was 149,927 Common Shares and, therefore, in accordance with the requirements of the TSX, the daily purchase limit under the NCIB on the TSX will be 37,481 Common Shares, representing 25% of the ADTV, subject to certain prescribed exceptions. The price that Stella-Jones will pay for any Common Shares acquired by Stella-Jones under the Normal Course Issuer Bid will be the market price of the Common Shares at the time of acquisition. Purchases will be made at management’s discretion. Additionally, Stella-Jones has implemented an automatic share purchase plan with its designated broker in connection with the Normal Course Issuer Bid in order to allow, if deemed advisable by Stella-Jones, for share purchases during self-imposed blackout periods.

    The Board of Directors of Stella-Jones believes that the repurchase of Common Shares, which Stella-Jones may carry out from time to time, represents an attractive and responsible investment of funds on hand and is in the best interests of Stella-Jones.

    Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX: SJ) is a leading producer and marketer of pressure treated wood products. The Company supplies North America’s railroad operators with railway ties and timbers, and the continent’s electrical utilities and telecommunication companies with utility poles. Stella-Jones also manufactures and distributes residential lumber and accessories to retailers for outdoor applications, as well as industrial products for construction and marine applications. The Company’s common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

    Except for historical information provided herein, this press release may contain information and statements of a forward-looking nature concerning the future performance of the Company. These statements are based on suppositions and uncertainties as well as on management's best possible evaluation of future events. Such factors may include, without excluding other considerations, fluctuations in quarterly results, evolution in customer demand for the Company's products and services, the impact of price pressures exerted by competitors, the ability of the Company to raise the capital required for acquisitions, and general market trends or economic changes. As a result, readers are advised that actual results may differ from expected results.

    *Source:* *Stella-Jones Inc.*  
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    Dublin, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Marine Lubricants Market by Oil Type (Mineral Oil, Synthetic, Bio-based, and Grease), Product Type (Engine oil, Hydraulic fluid, Compressor oil), Ship Type (Bulk Carrier, Tanker, Container), and Region - Global Forecast to 2023" report has been added to *'s* offering.The global marine lubricants market is estimated to be USD 5.98 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 6.66 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 2.17% from 2018 to 2023.

    The growth of the market is driven by the emerging alternative technology trends. Also, rising infrastructure developments (port infrastructure) to strengthen the shipping industry globally are fueling trade activities, leading to the growth of marine lubricants market. However, fewer trade activities and the rising number of idle ships are restraining the market's growth.

    Mineral oil is the largest oil type segment of the global marine lubricants market. By oil type, the mineral oil segment is estimated to account for the largest share of the global marine lubricants market in 2018. This oil type is available in light and heavy grades, depending on the usage and requirement. Mineral oil is produced in large quantities because of its high demand in different marine applications, such as engines, turbines, and stern tubes. The market for mineral oil is driven by the demand from APAC and the Middle East due to the presence of a large number of oil refineries in these regions.

    Engine oil is the largest product type segment of the global marine lubricants market. By product type, the engine oil segment is estimated to account for the largest share of the global marine lubricants market in 2018. This large share is majorly attributed to the increasing ship sizes, which translate into increased engine capacities and, therefore, high consumption of engine oil in the propulsion units.

    The bulk carrier segment is the largest ship type segment of the global marine lubricants market. Marine lubricants are primarily used in the engine, hydraulic, compressor, stern tube, and gear of ships. By ship type, the bulk carrier segment is projected to lead the marine lubricants market between 2018 and 2023. The improving economic condition of countries in various regions is fueling the need for efficient and bigger ships to accommodate the rising cargo demand.

    The APAC region is projected to be to be the largest marine lubricants market during the forecast period. China is the key producer and consumer of marine lubricants in this region. Intensive R&D, easy availability of raw materials, rising standards of living, rising population, and awareness among consumers about environmental protection due to the use of renewable products are expected to increase the demand for marine lubricants in the APAC region.*Key Topics Covered**1 Introduction*
    1.1 Objectives of the Study
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Market Scope
    1.3.1 Regional Segmentation
    1.3.2 Years Considered for the Study
    1.4 Currency
    1.5 Unit Considered
    1.6 Limitations
    1.7 Stakeholders

    *2 Research Methodology*
    2.1 Research Data
    2.1.1 Secondary Data Key Data From Secondary Sources
    2.1.2 Primary Data Key Data From Primary Sources Key Industry Insights Breakdown of Primary Interviews
    2.2 Market Size Estimation
    2.2.1 Bottom-Up Approach
    2.2.2 Top-Down Approach
    2.3 Data Triangulation
    2.4 Assumptions

    *3 Executive Summary *

    *4 Premium Insights*
    4.1 Significant Growth Opportunities in the Marine Lubricants Market
    4.2 Marine Lubricants Market, By Oil Type, 2018-2023
    4.3 APAC Marine Lubricants Market Share, By Country and Product Type, 2017
    4.4 Marine Lubricants Market, By Region
    4.5 Marine Lubricants Market, By Ship Type

    *5 Market Overview*
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Market Dynamics
    5.2.1 Drivers Infrastructural Developments Strengthening the Shipping Industry Emerging Emission Abatement Technologies
    5.2.2 Restraints Slowdown in Trade Activities Leading to Rising Number of Idle Ships
    5.2.3 Opportunities Increasing Demand for Bio-Based Marine Lubricants Shift From Group-I to Group-II Base Stocks
    5.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
    5.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
    5.3.2 Threat of Substitutes
    5.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
    5.3.4 Bargaining Power of Buyers
    5.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    *6 Industry Insights and Trends*
    6.1 Key Insights
    6.2 Free Trade Areas Around the World
    6.3 Annual Container Throughput of Key Ports
    6.4 World Fleet
    6.4.1 By Vessel Type
    6.4.2 By Power
    6.5 Fuel Quality Trends
    6.6 Emission Abatement Technological Trends
    6.6.1 Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS)
    6.6.2 Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)
    6.6.3 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)
    6.7 Emission Regulations
    6.8 Industrial Growth & Outlook
    6.8.1 Shipping Industry

    *7 Marine Lubricants Market, By Oil Type*
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Mineral Oil
    7.3 Synthetic
    7.4 Bio-Based
    7.5 Grease

    *8 Marine Lubricants Market, By Product Type*
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Engine Oil
    8.2.1 Cylinder Oil
    8.2.2 System Oil
    8.3 Hydraulic Fluid
    8.4 Compressor Oil
    8.5 Others

    *9 Marine Lubricants Market, By Ship Type*
    9.1 Introduction
    9.1.1 Bulk Carriers
    9.1.2 Tankers
    9.1.3 Container Ships
    9.1.4 Others

    *10 Marine Lubricants Market, By Region*
    10.1 Introduction
    10.2 APAC
    10.2.1 Mineral Oil Dominates the Overall APAC Marine Lubricants Market
    10.2.2 Marine Lubricants Market for Compressor Oil to Witness the Highest CAGR
    10.2.3 China Accounts for A Major Share of the APAC Marine Lubricants Market China Singapore Hong Kong South Korea Malaysia Japan
    10.3 Europe
    10.3.1 Mineral Oil Segment Accounts for the Largest Share of European Marine Lubricants Market
    10.3.2 Engine Oil Holds the Largest Share of the Overall European Marine Lubricants Market
    10.3.3 Germany Accounts for A Major Share of the European Marine Lubricants Market Germany Netherlands Belgium Spain UK Russia
    10.4 North America
    10.4.1 Synthetic Marine Lubricant Market to Witness Highest Growth in North America Market
    10.4.2 Compressor Oil to Be Fastest-Growing Segment of the Marine Lubricants Market in North America
    10.4.3 US Accounts for Maximum Share of the Marine Lubricants Market in North America US Canada Mexico
    10.5 Middle East & Africa
    10.5.1 Synthetic Marine Lubricants to Be Fastest-Growing Segment of the Marine Lubricants Market in Middle East & Africa
    10.5.2 Engine Oil Dominates the Marine Lubricants Market in Middle East & Africa
    10.5.3 UAE is the Largest Marine Lubricants Market in the Middle East & Africa UAE Saudi Arabia South Africa
    10.6 Central & South America
    10.6.1 Synthetic Marine Lubricants to Be the Fastest-Growing Segment of the Marine Lubricants Market in Central & South America
    10.6.2 Compressor Oil to Register the Highest CAGR in the Marine Lubricants Market in Central & South America
    10.6.3 Brazil is the Major Consumer of Marine Lubricants in Central & South America Panama Brazil

    *11 Competitive Landscape*
    11.1 Overview
    11.2 Market Share Analysis of Key Players
    11.3 Competitive Scenario
    11.3.1 Expansion
    11.3.2 New Product Launch
    11.3.3 Contract & Agreement
    11.3.4 Merger & Acquisition

    *12 Company Profiles*
    *Details on Business Overview, Products Offered, Recent Developments, SWOT Analysis, View
    12.1 BP PLC.
    12.2 Chevron Corporation
    12.3 Exxonmobil Corporation
    12.4 Royal Dutch Shell PLC.
    12.5 Total S.A.
    12.6 Lukoil
    12.7 Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.
    12.8 Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
    12.9 Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
    12.10 Sinopec Corporation
    (Business Overview, Products Offered, Recent Developments, SWOT Analysis, View)
    12.11 Other Companies
    12.11.1 Avin Oil S.A. (Greece)
    12.11.2 Fuchs Petrolub Se (Germany)
    12.11.3 Gulf Oil International (US)
    12.11.4 H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA (Germany)
    12.11.5 JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation (Japan)
    12.11.6 Petronas Lubricants International (Malaysia)
    12.11.7 Quepet Lubricants (UAE)
    12.11.8 Stanley Group (UAE)
    12.11.9 Unimarine LLC (US)
    12.11.10 Vickers Oil (UK)
    12.11.11 World Fuel Service Corporation (US)For more information about this report visit

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It’s been a deadly year for manatees, but Florida wildlife officials believe there are more of the threatened marine mammals than they previously thought. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission now says roughly 7,500 to 10,300 manatees swim in state waters, a significant increase from previous estimates of roughly 6,000. […] Reported by Seattle Times 19 hours ago.

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    Terror arrest over Larne arms dump believed to be linked to Royal Marine dissident The arrest of a 29-year-old in the north west area on Tuesday on terrorism offences is believed to be linked to the case of disgraced Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell. Reported by Belfast Telegraph 15 hours ago.

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    Officers and crewmembers of the SS Wright, a Crowley-managed, U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ship, were recently honored with Merchant Marine Medals for Outstanding Achievement for their duties in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (PRWEB) December 18, 2018

    Officers and crewmembers of the SS Wright, a Crowley-managed, U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ship, were recently honored with Merchant Marine Medals for Outstanding Achievement for their duties in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The medals were awarded by Jeff McMahon, MARAD ship operations and maintenance officer (SOMO) for Atlantic Operations, while the vessel was recently in port in Morehead City, N.C.

    The medals and the MARAD Administrator’s Professional Ship Award recognize the crew’s participation in humanitarian operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) where they provided onboard accommodations to nearly 4,000 different emergency responders and almost 10,000 meals. In addition to providing berthing assets, the SS Wright carried an FAA mobile air traffic control tower critical to reopening air transportation to and from the islands, along with a significant number of containers loaded with meals ready to eat (MREs), bottled water and tactical/response vehicles from Philadelphia, Penn., to St. Thomas, USVI.

    “The rapid activation and deployment of the S.S. Wright to St. Thomas and success of the mission was unprecedented, thanks to the cooperation and joint effort of afloat and shore-side personnel,” said Crowley’s Mike Golonka, vice president, government ship management . “The entire effort was a true testament of how Crowley – and the maritime industry as a whole – can offer relief during times of great need.”

    When not being used during emergencies such as this, the S.S. Wright (T-AVB-3) is a specialty reserve ship, aviation logistics support container ship. It is part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet, which is activated for national defense and emergencies.

    About Crowley
    Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 126-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides marine solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets. Crowley operates under four business units: Crowley LOGISTICS, a singular ocean liner and logistics supply chain division; Crowley SHIPPING, which encompasses ownership, operations and management of conventional and dual fuel (LNG) vessels, including tankers, container ships, multipurpose, tugboats and barges; Crowley FUELS, a fuel transportation, distribution and sales division that also provides liquefied natural gas (LNG) and related services; and Crowley SOLUTIONS, which focuses on government services, including vessel management for government agencies, as well as engineering, project management, naval architecture through its subsidiary Jensen Maritime, and marine salvage and emergency response through its 50 percent ownership in Ardent Global. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found at
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    Two New Directors Appointed; One Director Retires

    HOUSTON, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orion Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ORN) (the "Company") a leading specialty construction company, today announced the appointment of Mary Sullivan and Michael Caliel to the Board of Directors, as well as the retirement of Gene Stoever as a board member.The Board’s appointment of Ms. Sullivan and Mr. Caliel to the Board of Directors will be effective January 1, 2019.  Their initial terms will expire at the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders, at which time the Board will propose Ms. Sullivan for re-election as a Class III Director to serve until the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders, and will propose Mr. Caliel for re-election as a Class II Director to serve until the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders.  In addition, Gene Stoever has announced his retirement from the Board effective December 31, 2018.  Mr. Stoever has served as a member of the Company’s Board since 2007.  With the appointment of Ms. Sullivan and Mr. Caliel and the retirement of Mr. Stoever, the Orion Group Holdings, Inc. Board will expand to seven Directors.

    Richard Daerr, Orion’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented, “We are pleased to welcome Mary and Michael as new independent directors to Orion’s Board.  We are confident they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute on our strategy to be a premier specialty construction company focused on providing solutions for our customers across the infrastructure, industrial, and building sectors, while maintaining a healthy financial position and maximizing stakeholder value.  We also want to thank Gene for his years of service to Orion and his many valuable contributions, and wish him all the best in his retirement.”

    *About Mary Sullivan*

    Ms. Sullivan currently serves as CFO for Susser Holdings II, LP.  From 2000 to 2015, Ms. Sullivan worked for Susser Holdings Corporation (NYSE: SUSS), a company engaged in convenience store and fuel distribution operations, as Vice President of Finance and as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer.  From 2012 to 2015, Ms. Sullivan also served as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Susser Holdings’ subsidiary, Susser Petroleum Partners (NYSE: SUSP/SUN).  From 1999 to 2000, Ms. Sullivan served as Director of Finance for the City of Corpus Christi.  Prior to this, Ms. Sullivan served as Controller of Elementis Chromium, LP, a chrome chemical manufacturer, from 1993 to 1999.  From 1979 to 1992, Ms. Sullivan served in accounting positions and as Treasurer for Central Power and Light Company. Ms. Sullivan also has been a director of Affiliated Bank, a privately-owned community bank, since 2018.  Ms. Sullivan is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

    *About Michael Caliel*

    Mr. Caliel served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) from 2015 to 2018, where he also served as a member of the Board of Directors.  Prior to this, from 2011 to 2014, Mr. Caliel served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Invensys Operations Management, a Division of Invensys PLC and from 2006 to 2011, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Integrated Electrical Services, Inc.  From 1993 to 2006, Mr. Caliel held various positions at Invensys, Inc. including President, Americas; President, North America and Europe, Middle East and Africa; and President, Invensys Process Systems.  Prior to this, from 1991 to 1993 Mr. Caliel was Director of Marketing, Hydrocarbon Processing Industries for Honeywell, Inc. and from 1981 to 1991 he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), Inc.  

    *About Orion Group Holdings*

    Orion Group Holdings, Inc., a leading specialty construction company serving the infrastructure, industrial and building sectors, provides services both on and off the water in the continental United States, Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean Basin through its marine segment and its concrete segment. The Company’s marine segment provides construction and dredging services relating to marine transportation facility construction, marine pipeline construction, marine environmental structures, dredging of waterways, channels and ports, environmental dredging, design, and specialty services. Its concrete segment provides turnkey concrete construction services including pour and finish, dirt work, layout, forming, rebar, and mesh across the light commercial, structural and other associated business areas. The Company is headquartered in Houston, Texas with regional offices throughout its operating areas.

    *Forward-Looking Statements*

    The matters discussed in this press release may constitute or include projections or other forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the provisions of which the Company is availing itself. Certain forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as 'believes', 'expects', 'may', 'will', 'could', 'should', 'seeks', 'approximately', 'intends', 'plans', 'estimates', or 'anticipates', or the negative thereof or other comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, intentions, estimates, forecasts, outlook, assumptions, or goals. In particular, statements regarding future operations or results, including those set forth in this press release and any other statement, express or implied, concerning future operating results or the future generation of or ability to generate revenues, income, net income, profit, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, or cash flow, including to service debt, and including any estimates, forecasts or assumptions regarding future revenues or revenue growth, are forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements also include estimated project start date, anticipated revenues, and contract options which may or may not be awarded in the future.  Forward looking statements involve risks, including those associated with the Company's fixed price contracts that impacts profits, unforeseen productivity delays that may alter the final profitability of the contract, cancellation of the contract by the customer for unforeseen reasons, delays or decreases in funding by the customer, levels and predictability of government funding or other governmental budgetary constraints and any potential contract options which may or may not be awarded in the future, and are the sole discretion of award by the customer. Past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future results. In light of these and other uncertainties, the inclusion of forward-looking statements in this press release should not be regarded as a representation by the Company that the Company's plans, estimates, forecasts, goals, intentions, or objectives will be achieved or realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company assumes no obligation to update information contained in this press release whether as a result of new developments or otherwise.

    Please refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 13, 2018, which is available on its website at or at the SEC’s website at, for additional and more detailed discussion of risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations, estimates or forecasts.

    Orion Group Holdings Inc.
    Shane Martin, Investor Relations Manager
    (972) 850-2001 Reported by GlobeNewswire 15 hours ago.

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