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Full Spectrum Operations (FSO) Awarded NOAA NMITS Blanket Purchase Agreement

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Full Spectrum Operations, LLC (FSO), an SBA-approved, Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture (JV) between American Communications Solutions LLC (ACS), and By Light Professional IT Services LLC (By Light), has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Mission IT Services (NMITS), a small business set-aside agreement with a 10-year lifespan valued at $2.1 billion.

The BPA utilizes General Services Administration's (GSA) IT Schedule 70 and is administered by a joint effort from the NOAALink Program Office and Acquisition and Grants Office's (AGO) Corporate Services Acquisition Division.

NMITS enables NOAA to procure mission and mission support information technology (IT) services and tools across a wide range of support areas, to include enterprise services, system and application administration, cloud migration, data and voice network services, information assurance and cybersecurity.

"As a Veteran Owned Small Business, FSO is honored to have the opportunity to provide the full scope of enterprise IT services, applications, enterprise and cloud computing, data and voice network services, cybersecurity and information assurance capabilities to support the NOAA mission," said John M. Schleifer, Managing Member of FSO and President and CEO of ACS.

According to Bob Stanton, By Light Vice President, "NOAA NMITS will leverage the skills and capabilities ACS and By Light have refined in our Software Development Center, our Satellite Operations team, and Cyberspace Operations team, among others. We look forward to addressing the many complex requirements that NOAA will require to drive their mission for the next 10 years."

About Full Spectrum Operations (FSO):

FSO is a CVE-verified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) based in Fairfax Station, VA, that provides information technology, cybersecurity, engineering, and operational support services to customers in the Federal Government. FSO is an SBA-approved, Mentor-Protégé JV between ACS (Protégé), and By Light (Mentor), a large business.

About American Communications Solutions (ACS):

ACS, the Managing Partner of FSO, is a CVE-verified SDVOSB currently providing IT, cybersecurity, engineering, software development, and operational and training support services to customers in the Federal Government.

About By Light Professional IT Services LLC:

By Light, headquartered in McLean, VA, is an ISO 9001, 20000-1, and 27001 registered and CMMI Level 3 rated IT service provider specializing in innovative end-to-end software and systems development, security, administration, and management for complex projects and enterprise programs. Founded by industry professionals with extensive knowledge of Federal Government service, By Light's technical solutions integrate commercial best practices to meet the needs of government. For more information, visit http://www.bylight.com/.

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Windstar Cruises Will Require Covid-19 Vaccination to Sail

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Until further notice, Windstar Cruises will require proof of a current COVID-19 vaccination for all guests sailing aboard Windstar's yachts. The cruise line arrived at the decision in the best health and wellness interests of its guests, crew, and the places the yachts visit. Many Windstar destinations and some airlines have announced or are considering vaccine mandates, providing further support for the new Windstar policy. Windstar is a leader in small-ship cruising with six, boutique all-suite and sailing yachts (carrying fewer than 350 guests each) that access the smaller ports, waterways, and destinations the large cruise ships cannot.

"Looking at the science behind the virus, we see consistent recommendations for wearing masks, social distancing, testing, and enhanced cleaning. In response, Windstar developed a new Beyond Ordinary Care program, which is a multi-layered strategy with key hospital-grade elements: HEPA filters and UV-C germicidal irradiation to filter and disinfect the air, plus backpack sprayers to sanitize all surfaces throughout our yachts," said Xanterra and Windstar Cruises CEO Andrew Todd.

"Vaccination is another layer of safety for all of us, and it's the responsible course of action as our yachts resume cruising and our guests travel the world," said Christopher Prelog, President of Windstar Cruises.

Current government and news reports about increased vaccine availability in the United States and abroad give Windstar confidence that guests who wish to sail with the line will have time to be vaccinated before travel. Crew members will be required to be vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to them. This Windstar standard is subject to change as CDC guidelines change. Windstar will periodically review this and all other COVID-19 policies for updates as the pandemic evolves.

Windstar will restart operations in June 2021 in a phased manner, with initial cruises at a reduced guest occupancy, some modified itineraries, and with enhanced health and safety protocols. To provide guests with greater flexibility, Windstar has moved the final payment date from 120 days to 60 days prior to cruise departure.

The timeline for resumption of operations is:

Star Breeze - June 19, 2021 - Caribbean
Wind Star - June 19, 2021 - Mediterranean
Wind Spirit - July 15, 2021 - Tahiti
Wind Surf - August 8, 2021 - Mediterranean
Star Legend - Sept 4, 2021 - Northern Europe
Star Pride - November 3, 2021 - Caribbean

At the cruise terminal prior to embarkation, guests will be required to provide proof of a completed current vaccine course (one or two shots, depending on the brand) finished at least 14 days prior to the guest's embarkation date. Negative COVID-19 test results will also be required prior to embarkation.

For updated information, reservations, and itineraries, visit http://www.windstarcruises.com/.

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Sarah Scoltock, Director of Public Relations, Windstar Cruises / sarah.scoltock@windstarcruises.com

Sally Spaulding, Account Director, Percepture / sspaulding@percepture.com

About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of six boutique all-suite and sailing yachts carrying 148-342 guests. Small ship cruises sail throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Asia, Alaska and British Columbia, Canada and New England, Tahiti and the South Pacific, Mexico and U.S. Coastal and Australia. Windstar launched the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative to transform the three Star Class ships with new suites, restaurants, and a world-class spa and fitness center. The award-winning line is known for immersive experiences, destination authenticity, port-intensive itineraries, exceptional service, and an innovative culinary program. Windstar Cruises is part of the Xanterra Travel Collection, a group of global hospitality and travel companies, one of which traces its history back over a hundred years of operating our country's iconic national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier, Death Valley, and many others. Xanterra Travel Collection is owned by The Anschutz Corporation, the ultimate owner of the Broadmoor, Sea Island, and entertainment giant AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group.

Related link: https://www.windstarcruises.com/

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ViewTech Borescopes Acquires New Clients Replacing Outdated Visual Inspection Scopes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Whether an inspection application requires a small diameter borescope to enter a narrow access port or one that can articulate as it navigates through lengthy piping, ViewTech Borescopes VJ-3 video borescopes are utilized and relied upon throughout every industry. North America's lineup of top-selling articulating video borescopes caught the attention of two of their newest clients, a manufacturer of oceanographic measurement equipment and a global energy supplier.

A Production Engineer for an oceanographic equipment manufacturing company sought a new visual inspection tool to assist with product design. It was essential the borescope feature brighter lighting and an improved image quality than their current borescope was equipped with. Through ViewTech Borescopes no-cost, no-obligation demo offer, their Washington based facility was able to trial a VJ-3 2.8mm x 1.0-meter video borescope.

With hands-on experience utilizing the VJ-3, the ViewTech borescope documented areas not visually accessible during previous remote visual inspections (RVI). The decision to purchase was easy to quantify by their engineering team.

Another of ViewTech's newest clients, a global energy supplier, was not able to complete necessary inspections. With their current borescope too large to access chiller tubes, it was critical they purchase an inspection tool specifically for this application. After researching new borescopes for sale, they immediately considered ViewTech's VJ-3 video borescope. The video borescope requirements their Operations & Maintenance Supervisor deemed crucial were: 360-degree articulation, more than 20 feet of insertion tube, and a diameter smaller than half of one inch. The borescope experts at ViewTech recommended they trial a VJ-3 Dual Camera. While many borescopes use side view attachments or interchangeable viewing angle tips, with the ViewTech Dual Camera borescope, simply pushing a button toggles between front-view and side-view cameras. After their free demo VJ-3 Dual Camera was onsite and chiller tube inspections complete, the ViewTech video borescope was purchased by their O&M Supervisor.

VJ-3 Video Borescope

The VJ-3 mechanical articulating video borescope is a NDT instrument used for the RVI of machinery, equipment, and components. The VJ-3 facilitates the visual recording and photo documentation of inspection and components in areas that are otherwise inaccessible or require great effort and expense to access directly. The VJ-3 video borescope consists of two modules integrated into one system: an insertion tube with distally mounted camera/LEDs, and the base unit with a control panel, LCD monitor, power source, and all necessary circuitry.

About ViewTech Borescopes

ViewTech Borescopes, founded as RF System Lab in 2008, is North America's #1 seller of video borescopes. Their first product, the VJ borescope, set a new standard for portability, ergonomics, and ease-of-use, with its industry-first mechanical, joystick-controlled articulation.

For more information on VJ-3 Video Borescope: https://www.viewtech.com/

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Carbon Monoxide Super-Meter for Inspectors and Scuba

LOS ANGELES, Calif., -- Forensics Detectors, a gas detection expert company residing in Los Angeles, California, has introduced its highly sensitive 0.1ppm carbon monoxide "super-meter," an innovation that has been designed to help users prevent low-level carbon monoxide poisoning and detect very small carbon monoxide leaks.

The Carbon Monoxide super-meter has been specifically designed to measure the smallest amount of carbon monoxide, where other carbon monoxide detectors and meters would simply not have the lower-level detection sensitivity. The carbon monoxide super-meter was designed for Scuba Divers, HVAC Inspectors and Air Quality Inspectors using superior sensing technology made with nanotechnology graphene electrochemical sensor technology to ensure maximum sensitivity down to 0.1ppm.

An important application for low-level carbon monoxide is heater and furnace inspection. Heater exchangers are found in all furnaces in homes and businesses. Most furnaces are gas burning and produce carbon monoxide. The carbon monoxide produced in a furnace is designed so that it is contained within the walls of its heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is the metal wall or tubing that is heated up when the burners are ignited. Carbon monoxide is released in the home when a heat exchanger forms small cracks or pin-holes due to thermal stress and corrosion.

The exhaust of the heater's combustion can enter the heated air stream and then accumulate in the living areas. Carbon Monoxide can also enter into vehicle cabins due to exhaust leaks, manifold cracks or poor vehicle cabin, trunk or panel seals. Over time, these leaks typically increase that may quickly lead to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide accumulation.

Another major problem is found with scuba diving. Carbon monoxide can enter a diver's air cylinder if the air compressor intake valve is placed too close to the engine exhaust or if the lubricating oil in a malfunctioning compressor becomes hot enough to partially combust, producing carbon monoxide that then resides in the diver gas bottle. If inhaled during diving, symptoms include nausea, headache, weakness, clumsiness, and confusion. Carbon monoxide affects are amplified as a diver's depth is increased. For example, a value of 5 ppm would have roughly the same effect as 25 ppm at the surface due to depth increasing the partial pressure of the inhaled carbon monoxide. Therefore, a small amount of carbon monoxide in a diver's cylinder can be amplified multiple times at depth, and as such, be extremely dangerous.

With these challenges in mind, Forensics Detectors created the carbon monoxide "super-meter" that detects carbon monoxide with 0.1ppm resolution. The super-meter is small, battery-powered and has a loud 85dB alarm that will buzz, vibrate and flash LEDs when the CO level has exceeded the adjustable alarm threshold. For real-life robustness and operation, the super-meter is also waterproof and passes a 20 foot shock drop test.

"Typical home wall mounted carbon monoxide detectors are made to alarm between 60 to 240 minutes when carbon monoxide exceeds 70ppm. This is simply too high for homeowners to be warned when their heat exchange fails. Other CO meters have a lower detection range of about 1, 2 or 3 ppm," says Dr. Koz, Chief Engineer at Forensics Detectors. "We wanted to give scuba divers, vehicle drivers, home occupants and HVAC technicians a new tool to detect carbon monoxide accumulation as soon and as low as possible, down to 0.1ppm with a real-time digital display that can handle the everyday knocks and rough handling while on the go. This is a game changing product at an affordable price point."

About Forensics Detectors

Forensics Detectors was established in 2017 by Dr. Koz to offer consumers affordable and innovative gas detectors, meters and analyzers. Dr. Koz is a world-renown expert in toxic gas detection and continues to be inspired to develop innovative products for public health and environmental well-being. The company is located in California on the lovely Palos Verdes Peninsula where the company designs, develops, manufactures and sources products that meet Dr. Koz's strict technical requirements. The company can be found across social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Watch a YouTube video on the carbon monoxide super-meter: https://youtu.be/y4ULX5ZKnd8

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Website: https://www.forensicsdetectors.com/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sarah Kong
of Forensics Detectors
+1-310-344-5441
sarah@forensicsdetectors.com

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Northwest Navigation Company’s Motor Vessel David B Alaska Cruises Unaffected by Canada’s Cruise Ship Ban

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Northwest Navigation Co., which operates the small cruise boat, M/V David B in Alaska, is unaffected by Canada's recent extended cruise ship ban for the summer of 2021. The company will still be offering multi-day cruises this summer, as are a number of small US-flagged Alaska boutique cruises, yacht charters, and niche market adventure cruises that specialize in remote wilderness small group tours.

Canada's ban on cruise ships with over 100 passengers may force major cruise lines that are registered in countries outside of the United States to cancel their Alaska sailings due to laws that require those ships to stop in countries outside the United States. As one of several small US-flagged vessels that operate with 12 or fewer passengers, the David B is unaffected by Canada's ban and will be able to continue regularly scheduled operations in southeast Alaska.

"Most people are not aware that there is a class of small American boats which run tours in Alaska," says Christine Smith who's the co-owner, chef, and naturalist aboard the David B. "Boats like ours are unique, for example, we have a maximum of just eight passengers. Some of our closest competitors carry only 10 or 12. The boats are big enough that we've always given people plenty of space. There's never been a good name for our niche, but some people call us a micro-cruise, boutique cruise, small boat or small ship cruise. We offer light impact eco-tours that are more on the adventure side of Alaska cruises. We focus on being in nature and visit wilderness locations for our anchorages, hikes, and kayaking excursions."

If Canada continues with its ban on cruise ships, Alaska's economy will be adversely affected. A recent article in the Washington Post noted that only 48 passengers cruised Alaska in 2020. "We operated last summer too, but because of our small size I don't think our passengers were even included in the tally," Christine said. "We're a very niche market. You really have to look to find boats like ours. But for the people who do find us this year, they'll see a quieter Alaska, even if the large cruise ships find a way around Canada's ban."

For more information about Northwest Navigation visit: https://northwestnavigation.com/

About Northwest Navigation Co.:

Northwest Navigation Co. is based in Bellingham, Washington and owns and operates the Motor Vessel David B. Since 2006 Northwest Navigation has offered multi-day, small boat tours in Alaska and Washington state. The David B is an historic 65-foot boat originally built for Alaska's salmon fishing industry in 1929. Jeffrey and Christine Smith started Northwest Navigation in 1998 with the purchase and restoration of the David B.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Sarah Kirkish
Office Manager/Reservations Specialist
360-474-7218
sarah@northwestnavigation.com

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Stitchin’ Heaven Announces New Line of Quilting Getaways Beginning in 2021

QUITMAN, Texas -- Stitchin' Heaven announces Land Ahoy Quilting Cruises, five luxury quilting getaways in cities around the United States. Land Ahoy Quilting Cruises are the most recent addition to Stitchin' Heaven Travel's line of quilting-focused vacation packages.

Stitchin' Heaven Travel scheduled getaways to five major U.S. cities: Orlando, Nashville, Fort Worth, Las Vegas and San Diego. Vacationers can expect to stay six days and seven nights in a luxury hotel, with quilting workshops and field trips throughout. Each destination will boast two instructors teaching workshops to help complete two quilts.

Stitchin' Heaven Travel made a name for themselves offering quilting-themed cruises to Alaska, Mexico and the Caribbean. When COVID-19 forced the closure of all ocean liners, Stitchin' Heaven had to cancel all their cruises through the middle of 2021. When global restrictions began to loosen, customers began emailing Stitchin' Heaven Travel to ask when cruises would resume.

Deb Luttrell, founder and CEO of Stitchin' heaven, was confronted with a problem: on the one hand, Stitchin' Heaven was fielding dozens of emails asking about cruises; on the other, major ocean liners were predicting cruises would resume May 2021. The solution she devised was Land Ahoy Quilting Cruises.

Stitchin' Heaven travel understood that ensuring their guests' safety was the most important part of planning these getaways. They researched each location and venue to find places that not only lived up to Stitchin' Heaven Travel's reputation for quality but were also safe.

"We personally visited each of the hotels," says Erin Troyer, manager of Stitchin' Heaven Travel. "We made sure hotels followed enhanced sanitation protocols, and that the ballrooms had enough space to comfortably social distance."

"We're very confident that this will be a safe, healthy experience," says Troyer. "Except for the chocolate and cookies, of course."

For more information, visit the Land Ahoy Quilting Cruise webpage at https://stitchinheaven.com/pages/land-ahoy or email Erin Troyer at erin@stitchinheaven.com.

SCHEDULE

Orlando - Feb. 14-21

Join Nancy Mahoney and Sandra Coffey in The Happiest Place on Earth. Guests will stay at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort within walking distance to Disney Springs and featuring shuttles to all four major parks. Programs include Spruced Goose and Button Holes.

Nashville - Mar. 14-21

Featuring Janet Tanner and Barbara Black, the Nashville getaway will be steeped in American history. Guests will stay at the Sheraton Music City. Programs include Remember Me and Parlor Music, two civil war-style quilts that will be accompanied excursions to learn about the Battle of Franklin and the American Civil War.

Fort Worth - Apr. 14-21

Instructors include Leigh Headington and Tina Lueders. Visitors will stay at the Embassy Suites in downtown Fort Worth. Programs include The Wave and Hollow Star. This week will focus on America's veterans and will feature a Quilts of Valor presentation Friday.

Las Vegas - May 14-21

Instructors include Michelle Hiatt and Jackie Kunkel. Participants will stay at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa. Programs include Summer Star and Breeze. Visitors will both be able to see the Vegas strip and relax in the hotel's on-premise spa.

San Diego - June 14-21

Tiffany Hayes and Daniela Stout will be providing instruction. Participants will stay at the Hilton in San Diego's Mission Valley, minutes away from the famous San Diego Zoo. Programs include Rustic Tiling and Hanging Gardens.

Learn more about Stitchin' Heaven at: https://stitchinheaven.com/

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Seattle Company, Oscilla Power, Developing Breakthrough Approach to Recharging Underwater Vehicles

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Oscilla Power, Inc. is proud to announce the receipt of a $200k grant from the US DOE to further develop technology that enables autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to recharge themselves using ocean waves. In this Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) project, Oscilla Power will collaborate with Lockheed Martin, through their Rotary and Mission Systems group, to explore how this capability can be incorporated into their AUV and UUV systems.

AUVs are now seeing significant use across a wide range of marine applications and the AUV market is projected to grow rapidly at a compound annual growth rate of 20.8% to over $1.6 Billion by 2025. However, the capability of an AUV is limited by its battery capacity. An NREL report noted that there were a number of key advantages in increasing the amount of power available, particularly the ability for longer duration missions. Oscilla's technology offers the ability for the vehicle to recharge its batteries using only the environment, potentially enabling unlimited range and duration.

According to Balky Nair, President of Oscilla Power, "The development of a capability that can be integrated into commercial AUVs to provide enough power to recharge the on-board batteries could be potentially game-changing for ocean science and military operations."

Solar panels have been used previously for AUV recharging, however, this approach suffered from very low power and constrained operations to daytime only. A significant advantage of using waves for this purpose is that ocean waves are more than 100 times more energy dense than solar, allowing for much higher power to be produced. AUV's spend the majority of their time working at depth so higher power is advantageous to minimize surfacing and recharging time.

Oscilla expect to demonstrate a fully working laboratory prototype early next year. If successful, Oscilla plans to work with Lockheed Martin to progress to a full ocean demonstration shortly afterwards, with the ultimate objective of transitioning the technology to commercial and military platforms.

About Oscilla Power, Inc.:

Oscilla Power, Inc. is focused on developing advanced technology to extract energy from ocean waves.

Learn more at: https://oscillapower.com/

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Windstar Cruises Retrofits Fleet with HEPA filters and UV-C Light – Partners with University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center

SEATTLE, Wash. -- To address health concerns brought on by the pandemic, Windstar Cruises has committed to a holistic Beyond Ordinary Care program and will retrofit its fleet of six yachts with hospital-grade HEPA filters, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and will employ a safe sanitization formula used in health care settings. A new partnership with the epidemiology department at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Center provides ongoing guidance.

"We are taking extensive measures and making multi-million-dollar investments to operate our yachts more safely in this new environment," said Windstar Cruises CEO Andrew Todd. "Building upon Windstar's 180 degrees from ordinary service, the Beyond Ordinary Care program implements a layered system of science-led best practices aimed at keeping everyone aboard healthy."

For additional guidance on combatting illnesses, Windstar connected with the epidemiology department at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Center, known for its work and expertise in infectious disease epidemiology. The collaboration aims to implement appropriate layers of protection to create a safe experience for guests on Windstar's yachts.

"Windstar's holistic approach has multiple layers of safety at hospital grade standards, and when combined with responsible hygiene practices from guests, it's the safest environment achievable with tech and science as we know it today," said Dr. Michelle Barron, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at University of Colorado Hospital and Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Center. "When you're sailing on a Windstar yacht, your biggest worry should be how to avoid a sunburn, not getting COVID-19."

Windstar is making significant investments and major operational adjustments to meet the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and global governmental and public health guidance. Enhanced cleaning protocols on board include crew dedicated to frequent cleaning with special attention to high touch points and public areas. Going further, the Beyond Ordinary Care program employs proven technology and the highest-standard cleaning methods in combination with each other, as follows:

1. Install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to filter the air on board
Current CDC Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities recommend HEPA filtration for recirculated air from patient isolation rooms in hospitals. These filters are being installed in the HVAC systems on all Windstar yachts.

2. Add yet another layer to sanitize/disinfect the HEPA-filtered air with UV-C light for germicidal irradiation
Once air has moved through the HEPA filtration system, there is an opportunity to "zap" the air with UV-C light (also called germicidal irradiation) before the air recirculates on the ship. When air passes the UV-C light, microbes such as bacteria and viruses not trapped in the HEPA filter will be destroyed. Germicidal irradiation is a solution that has been proven to kill coronaviruses.

3. Use EvaClean with PurTab for disinfecting surfaces via sprayers
In addition to an elevated frequency of cleaning, sanitizing provides another layer of safety. This EPA-approved powerful sanitizer utilizes a safe and effective formula for disinfecting all types of hard and soft surfaces throughout the ship including guest rooms, crew spaces, and all public spaces. It has been used for everything from lower-level sanitization required for food-contact surfaces to powerful infection control used in health care settings.

CEO Todd stressed that the cruise line, working with health experts and following the guidelines of the CDC, has carefully chosen cleaning and sanitation methods that have been shown to be effective against coronaviruses, as well as many other illness-causing microorganisms. These systems, in combination with an abundance of other prevention and mitigation steps, and diligence on behalf of guests, give Todd and Windstar Cruises confidence to sail the Windstar fleet in this challenging environment.

"Windstar operates small yachts that visit ports and waterways that large cruise ships simply can't access," said Todd. "There are major advantages to smaller ships besides less tonnage and passengers. Let's face it, cleaning and purifying a 342-passenger ship is logistically easier than a 5,000 passenger 'city at sea.'"

As part of the multi-layered approach, new pre-trip protocols for guests include a pre-departure questionnaire, and a request to wear masks when traveling to and from the ships. Each guest will receive a health screening prior to embarkation. Staggered arrival and departure times at check-in and disembarkation in ports will reinforce proper social distancing between guests.

Once on board, guests will find personalized service by dining staff in all venues, expanded dining times and seating arranged to provide more space between diners. The popular outdoor, top-deck BBQ will still be held with crew on hand to serve guests. Additional al fresco restaurants and complimentary room service (main restaurant dinner menu available via room service) increase dining options for all. Main dining venues will operate at 65 percent capacity, while specialty venues will operate at 60 percent. Crew, who will also be COVID-19 (PCR) tested before joining their assignment, will wear masks and instead of the usual embrace or handshake, look for the new "Windstar Wave" hand signal - a W made with one's index fingers and thumbs. Temperature measurements will be required twice daily for crew.

Safety standards established on board will carry over to shore-side experiences. Tenders, motor coaches and smaller boats will operate at 50 percent capacity and will be cleaned between each use. Windstar will also expand medical staff on board, as well as increase crew training in cleaning practices, social distancing, and emergency response protocols. As more becomes known about the COVID-19 virus, Windstar's policies will evolve. Information will be shared with crew and training ongoing.

Windstar operates a fleet of six small yachts carrying from 148 to 342 guests and is known for visiting small ports and hidden harbors around the world. Ports will be continually evaluated for safety and changes made as necessary. The 148-guest Wind Spirit will be its first yacht to resume sailing on September 10, 2020 in Tahiti. Other Windstar yachts will start cruising in the Mediterranean in October and the Caribbean in November, while other ships will come online in 2021 following scheduled major renovations.

For updated information, reservations, and itineraries, visit https://www.windstarcruises.com/.

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Hollywood’s New Playground Phuket Thailand Demarest Yacht 2020 Owner William D. Johnson

PHUKET, Thailand -- Hollywood has found itself a new playground free from paparazzi in Phuket, Thailand. The docks are filled with lavish yachts in Phuket these days. One is the most sought after, The Demarest Yacht, William D. Johnson refurbished the Demarest Yacht in 2019 just in time for the boom of 2020 Yachting's new "hot spot" Phuket Thailand.

On January 11, 2020 the Demarest Yacht was donated for a four-day trip in the silent auction for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, a three-day event on Koh Rang Noi Private Island, Phuket, Thailand.

DEMAREST YACHT is featured in "YACHT STYLE" magazine as one of the top Yachts of Asia-Pacific. In 2020 Phuket is expected to be the scene for the usual European yachting crowd. Now the Hollywood celebrities and Western wealthy are hitting the hidden beaches of Thailand for solace and peace away from the same old European scene and paparazzi.

William D. Johnson is coming off big Hollywood successes including Oscar winning Mel Gibson film, "Hacksaw Ridge" and "The Night Manager" with Emmy(R) winner Hugh Laurie. William D. Johnson still has one foot in Hollywood and once again ahead of his time he is diving into the cutting edge of business in Thailand, the new destination for the rich and famous.

The Demarest Yacht is known in Phuket as the boat with the most wanted crew. Captain Ake and his Fab Five are professional, knowledgeable about their native country, kind, and extremely helpful without being invasive. The crew's goal is to make sure you have an enjoyable, informative, and relaxing trip. The yacht features accommodations for 12 guests in 5 cabins.

The Demarest Yacht is a singular example of timeless elegance and contemporary amenities like big screen TVs throughout and high-speed Wi-Fi. Luxury motor yacht Demarest is capable of a comfortable cruising speed of 23 knots. Cruise in upmost comfort and explore the unparalleled beauty of the Andaman Sea.

The Demarest Yacht has been chartered by some of Hollywood's biggest stars and our world's most elite. John Legend and Christy Teigen, MTV's "The Challenger" show and many more.

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EPIC’s National Marine Operations Bolstered with Addition of Ivon Friedman in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC) announced today that Ivon Friedman has joined the firm's Marine Practice in San Francisco. Friedman will report to EPIC's Risk Management - National Property and Marine Practice Leader, Michael Korn.

Friedman will handle new business development as well as the design, placement and management of marine insurance programs. In particular, he will focus his considerable experience on large, complex ocean cargo programs, including stock throughputs.

Friedman comes to EPIC from the Ocean Marine division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., where he worked for the past seven years as a Managing Director and Account Executive Director for the Northern California and Southwest regions.

"Ivon is skilled in leading underwriting teams to execute risk management strategies for clients with complex and considerable risks," said Korn. "We are thrilled to have him join our team and begin leading the underwriting, production and management of portfolios of business that will include Cargo, Marine Liabilities, Hull & Machinery and Recreational Marine lines, among others."

Ivan Friedman can be reached at ivon.friedman@epicbrokers.com or 415-365-4207.

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 2,000 team members operating from more than 70 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $600 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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