Østensjø Rederi will continue to manage the fleet. Wilhelmsen has entered into an agreement with Østensjø Group to acquire 25% of its offshore wind business unit Edda Wind. “The Wilhelmsen group’s strategy is very clear, to further expand into renewables, by working together with partners, and leveraging our expertise and assets,” said Thomas Wilhelmsen, Wilhelmsen group CEO. As part of the agreement, Wilhelmsen also secured an option to buy another 25% before June 2021. Edda Wind currently has two vessels in service and four service vessels on order with yards. Long-term charter agreements have been signed for two of the four newbuilds ahead of their expected delivery in 2022. “So, finding an opportunity like this to work with Østensjø and invest in Edda Wind, a growing company, rapidly expanding its fleet with future-focused emission-free vessel technologies is idea.”
Last Updated: 28th August, 2020 09:23 IST Jones Gets Advice On Life After Joe Gibbs Racing From Logano Joey Logano was sitting in his motorhome watching television when a shell-shocked Erik Jones was interviewed about his firing from Joe Gibbs Racing SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US COMMENT Joey Logano was sitting in his motorhome watching television when a shell-shocked Erik Jones was interviewed about his firing from Joe Gibbs Racing.Logano knew exactly how Jones felt. Logano had been in that exact spot eight years earlier.Logano sent Jones a text and Jones asked if they could meet for lunch. The two aren’t friends and really didn’t even have much of a relationship, but Logano figured he had the experience to help Jones make sense of his situation.“Everything flashed back through my mind of what it felt like to have nobody have faith in you anymore,” Logano told The Associated Press. “You can’t help but to start thinking about what’s next in my life? Am I even going to be a race car driver anymore? All my eggs are in this one basket and what am I going to do the rest of my life?“I felt like I can relate to Erik better than anybody because his story is identical to mine.”Logano was just 15 when he started moving through the Gibbs pipeline. He was in a full-time Cup Series ride at 19, rushed along in part because the team had to fill a seat after Tony Stewart’s unexpected departure. But Logano won just twice in four seasons and was let go at 21.Jones got his start at 16 when he was discovered by Kyle Busch. He won a Truck Series championship, moved into the Xfinity Series and finally a Cup car at 21 years old. The organization told him earlier this month he’s out after four seasons, in part because the team needs his seat for Christopher Bell.Jones had believed talks on an extension had been progressing well — and noted a clause in his Gibbs contract prohibited him from even talking to other teams about a job in 2021 — and was admittedly “blindsided” to learn he was out.His lunch with Logano gave him hope. Logano landed with Team Penske, and has won 23 races and a Cup championship since Gibbs cut him loose.“He got moved on from JGR around the same age that I was and had to find a different opportunity,” Jones said. “He went from not being 100% competitive at JGR to a champion. So I wanted to know what clicked for him after he left. I thought it was an interesting conversation I learned a lot from and I can apply a lot of things from that.”Jones has admittedly been “burning up the phone lines” since he learned he needed to find a new job. His task is much tougher than the one Logano faced during a very different market: Salaries have been slashed, budgets are much tighter and the most attractive drivers are those who either bring sponsorship or don’t command large paydays.Jones has no personal funding and two wins in four seasons makes him a hard sell for top organizations. He’s also a late entrant into a crowded free agent market that spans a wide-range of talent and salary demands.Bubba Wallace is piecing together his own sponsorship package that he can take with him if he leaves Richard Petty Motorsports. Kyle Larson will be a steal for a team owner if he’s reinstated by NASCAR after using a racial slur. The pool is deep and competitive rides may go to the cheapest drivers and not necessarily the top talents.Jones isn’t giving up hope.“There’s still a couple of opportunities out there that are winning cars,” Jones said. “There are still some other dominoes I think to fall in the sport to make decisions for them and what they’re going to do, but I feel good about the couple of opportunities that we’ve got out there right now.”Jones’ immediate focus, though, is on Saturday night’s regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway, He’s trying to race his way into the 16-driver playoffs with Daytona, where he opened this season with a victory in the exhibition Busch Clash.“I don’t think your season is over if you don’t make the playoffs,” Jones said. “I think we’re capable of winning races in the playoffs, even if we aren’t in the playoffs. We want to get in Saturday night. I think we’re capable of winning races.”Image credits: AP Written By First Published: 28th August, 2020 09:23 IST Associated Press Television News LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE
Our country has been continuously creating innovative initiatives aimed at improving the destination, as well as bolstering our marketing efforts in new and emerging markets. I am very happy that we have been recognized for our hard work, during this event, among other leading destinations.”The Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA), a professional organisation of travel writers, which was founded in 1998, organizes the event. The awards recognize individuals and organisations that have excelled and/or are involved in the promotion of tourism from different sectors of the travel trade and service providers related directly or indirectly to the industry.The Minister also noted that locally, the industry continues to break records for arrivals and revenue earned, making it a critical industry in the country’s growth agenda.“Destination Jamaica has been performing exceptionally well. I am very proud to say that each year we continue to see an increase in the number of visitors to our shores – most of which have been to our island at least once before. This I am sure can be credited to our beautiful attractions and of course friendly people, who have also been able to earn from the industry,” he said.The total visitor arrivals for 2016 stood at 3,837,243 with 2,181,684 being stopovers. In 2017, total arrivals broke the 4 million mark to end the year at 4,276,189. The record-breaking streak continued into 2018 when the country welcomed 4,318,600 visitors.The statistics show that last year stopover arrivals exceeded the previous year by 5.1 percent but when compared to 2016, growth was a whopping 13.3 percent. The USA market in particular, grew by 7.5 percent in 2018 over 2017.Preliminary figures for airport arrivals for the period of January 1 to February 17 2019 show Montego Bay recording 275,902 and Kingston 44,400 for a total of 320,602. That is 31,172 or 10.2 percent increase in arrivals over the 2018 corresponding period.The country also welcomed 469,000 cruise passengers, last month, which is 43,000 more tourists compared to the corresponding time last yearProjected figures for the 2018/19 fiscal year show gross earnings at US$3.334 billion, an 8.8 percent increase over the last fiscal year. Stopover arrivals are also projected at 2.713 million, which is a 6.2 percent increase.The ceremony forms part of ITB Berlin, which is the largest tourism tradeshow in the world – the foremost business platform for global touristic offers and a prime marketplace and driving force behind the international tourism industry. It highlights hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, airlines among others related to the travel industry. ITB is also the ideal forum for establishing new customer contacts and conducting business. On March 7, Jamaica was presented with the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association’s (PATWA) International Travel Award for Destination of the Year, in Berlin, Germany.Speaking at the ceremony, Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett said, “Jamaica is truly honoured to once again receive a prestigious award from the internationally recognized PATWA organization.