Dominique Morisseau (Photo by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Signature Theatre has announced plans for its upcoming 2021-2022 season. Tony nominee Dominique Morisseau’s Confederates will make its New York premiere and Anna Deavere Smith will continue her residency with Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, which was originally scheduled to play this past season prior to the Broadway shutdown. The theater will also present three world premieres: Annie Baker’s On the Uses of Pain for Life, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Grass and Samuel D. Hunter’s A Case for the Existence of God. Dates will be announced later.Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud) brings Confederates to the New York stage with Kamilah Forbes directing. Leaping through time in order to trace the identities of two Black American women, this new work follows Sarah, a savvy slave turned Union spy, and Sandra, a brilliant professor in a modern-day private university, and how they’re facing similar struggles even though they live over a century apart.Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 will be directed by Taibi Magar and follows what happened after the police officers’ acquittal in Rodney King’s police brutality case in 1992. Having interviewed over 350 Los Angelinos, Smith dives deep into the historical moment and its cultural impact.On the Uses of Pain for Life, which tackles the eros of illness, marks the third and final play of writer and director Baker’s residency at Signature.Grass, written and directed by Jacobs–Jenkins, tells the story of how an eviction notice leaves an out-of-work actor no choice but to move in with his father and the hilarity that ensues.Tony winner David Cromer (The Band’s Visit) will direct Hunter’s A Case for the Existence of God, which tells the story of two men struggling to balance the confounding terms on a loan through the lense of human resilience.Signature Theatre also announced continued commitment to SigSpace, which is virtual programming created in 2020 in responnse to the pandemic. Resident writers Jacobs-Jenkins, Morisseau and Hunter along with Quiara Alegría Hudes, The Mad Ones and Lynn Nottage are set to participate in the upcoming season. These events will offer virtual access as well as physical distancing at The Pershing Square Signature Center. View Comments
Vermont Business Magazine Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation Tuesday to lower the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs by allowing Americans to import safe, low-cost medicine from Canada. Representatives Elijah E Cummings (D-MD) and Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) introduced a companion bill in the House. Both measures would authorize the secretary of Health and Human Services in two years to allow importation from other advanced countries.In Canada and other major countries, the same medications, manufactured by the same companies, in the same factories are available for a fraction of the price compared to the United States. In 2014, Americans spent $1,112 per person on prescription drugs while Canadians spent $772 and Danes spent $325.While five major drug manufacturers made more than $50 billion in profits in 2015, nearly 1 in 5 Americans adult could not afford the medicine they were prescribed. “I am very proud to join with Sens. Booker and Casey and Reps. Cummings and Doggett and many, many others in the Senate and the House to introduce this critical legislation to lower the outrageous cost of prescription drugs,” Sanders said. “I say to President Trump: Talk is cheap. If you really have the guts to take on the pharmaceutical industry, tell your Republican friends in the House and the Senate to pass this legislation. Do it tonight in your address to Congress. Or admit to the American people that you were lying to them during the campaign.” “After he was elected, President Trump said he would bring down drug prices. He also warned that the pharmaceutical industry is ‘getting away with murder,’ and he was absolutely right,” Cummings said. “So, if the President really means what he says, he will support our efforts, and he will encourage his Republican colleagues to do the same.”“This is common-sense legislation that will allow middle class families and seniors access to safe, affordable prescription drugs through importation,” Casey said. “No family should lack access to prescription drugs simply because of the cost; this legislation will increase competition and help more patients access life-saving drugs.”Booker said, “Life-saving medications will only save lives if people can afford them. Our common-sense legislation is a step forward, allowing for the importation of prescription drugs under a set of strong and effective standards necessary to ensure consumer safety. Since my days as Newark’s mayor, I’ve been working to find ways to help more people afford prescription drugs, and this bill will do just that.”“Prescription price gouging threatens both the health and financial security of too many Americans – overpricing is not limited to one pharmaceutical manufacturer, one CEO, or one class of drugs,” Doggett said. It extends throughout an industry that regularly demands all that a sick or dying patient will pay to recover or just to survive a little longer. From EpiPens to insulin, from cancer to hepatitis C, families and taxpayers bear the burden of others’ greed. Today, we say, Mr. President, ‘We are calling you out: stand by your campaign promise.’ Act now against price gouging. Restoring some competition by allowing Americans to import more affordable drugs that meet safety standards is one step toward progress.”“Americans have the safest prescription drug supply in the world, but struggle to afford the exorbitant cost. Consumers should not have to choose between prescription drug safety and affordability. This bill is designed to address this disconnect and ensure that Americans can access safe and affordable medication,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), who joined the other members at a press conference to introduce the bill.The legislation, the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act, introduced in the Senate and House, would instruct the secretary of Health and Human Services to put forward regulations allowing wholesalers, pharmacies and individuals to import qualifying prescription drugs from licensed Canadian sellers. After two years, the secretary would have the authority to permit importation from countries in the Organizations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with standards for the approval and sale of prescription drugs that are comparable to those in the United States.The bill includes detailed provisions outlining safeguards and consumer protections that ensure the safety of imported drugs, including FDA certification of foreign sellers, a clear definition of what drugs may be imported and supply chain security requirements. Legally imported drugs under the bill must be purchased from an FDA-certified foreign seller and must have the same active ingredient, route of administration and strength as drugs approved in the United States. The new agreement also cracks down on rogue online pharmacies.Allowing the importation of safe and affordable prescription drugs is overwhelmingly supported by the American people with 71 percent in favor of allowing Americans to buy prescription drugs from Canada.Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) Angus King (I-Maine), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-C.T.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) are original co-sponsors of the legislation in the Senate.Original co-sponsors in the House include: Reps. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), Robert Brady (D-Penn.), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Ed Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) and Jim Langevin (D-R.I.).Organizations supporting the bill include: Alliance for Retired Americans, American Federation of Teachers, Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA), CREDO, DailyKos, Economic Policy Institute, Justice in Aging, MoveOn, NAACP, National Center for Health Research, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, National Organization for Women, PharmacyChecker.com, Prescription Justice, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, RxRights and Social Security Works.For a summary of the bill and background, click here(link is external).To read the bill, click here(link is external).Source: WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2017 – Senator Bernie Sanders
Union Bank,Vermont Business Magazine Union Bankshares, Inc (NASDAQ:UNB(link is external)), the parent company of Union Bank based in Morrisville, today announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2017. Consolidated net income for the first quarter of 2017 was $1.9 million, or $0.43 per share, compared to $1.8 million, or $0.39 per share, for the same period in 2016. Net interest income was $6.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2016, an increase of $367 thousand, or 6.2%. A regular quarterly cash dividend $0.29 per share was also declared.The positive trend in net interest income was supplemented by a reduction in the provision for loan losses of $75 thousand and an increase of $47 thousand in noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2016. These positive variances were partially offset by an increase in noninterest expenses of $238 thousand, or 4.2%, for the comparison periods.Total noninterest income amounted to $2.23 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $2.19 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016. The increase in noninterest income over the comparison period is primarily attributable to an increases of $40 thousand in loan servicing income, $24 thousand in mortgage servicing right income, and $20 thousand in overdraft fee income. These increases were partially offset by reductions in service charges on deposit accounts of $26 thousand and $13 thousand in income on life insurance.Total noninterest expenses were $5.9 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $5.7 million for the same period in 2016. Increases of $110 thousand in salaries and wages, $73 thousand in occupancy expense, $25 thousand in equipment expenses, and $94 thousand in other expenses occurred during the comparison periods. These increases were partially offset by a reduction in pension and employee benefit expenses of $64 thousand.Total assets increased $35.6 million, or 5.6% to reach $676.5 million as of March 31, 2017 from $640.8 million as of March 31, 2016. Total loans increased $21.2 million, or 4.1% to $541.0 million as of March 31, 2017 compared to $519.8 million as of March 31, 2016. Sales of qualifying residential mortgages to the secondary market totaled $28.5 million for the first three months of 2017 compared to $22.9 million for the same period in 2016. Total loans serviced, which includes loans on the balance sheet as well loans that have been sold with servicing retained, has grown to $1.0 billion as of March 31, 2017 compared to $936.0 million as of March 31, 2016. Total deposits reached $582.1 million compared to prior year of $559.0 million, or growth of $23.1 million, or 4.1%. The Company had total capital of $57.2 million with a book value per share of $12.81 as of March 31, 2017 compared to $54.7 million and $12.26 per share as of March 31, 2016.On April 19, 2017, the Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend $0.29 per share payable May 10, 2017 to shareholders of record as of April 29, 2017.About Union Bankshares, Inc.Union Bankshares, Inc., headquartered in Morrisville, Vermont, is the bank holding company parent of Union Bank, which provides commercial, retail and municipal banking services and asset management services throughout northern Vermont and New Hampshire. Union Bank operates 17 banking offices, three loan centers, and multiple ATMs throughout its geographical footprint.Source: MORRISVILLE, Vt., April 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Union Bankshares, Inc
The Lancers entered the field at Rockhurst for the first time since 1982.Shawnee Mission East (5-1) at Lawrence (5-1)This is by far, without question, the best matchup in the state. The Lancers and Chesty Lions come in tied for the Sunflower League lead at 5-0 with their lone losses coming in Week 3 to teams on the other side of the state line. SME fell to Rockhurst, 26-20, while Lee’s Summit West held Lawrence to a touchdown in its 28-7 win. These two teams didn’t meet last year and Lawrence ended up winning the league because it defeated Olathe North, while East fell. Both offenses can put up points and both defenses can shut it down. Something will have to give. East scores 50.1 points per game while allowing only allowing 14.2 points. Lawrence, in contrast, scores 38 points per game while allowing 17.3 per contest.Register to continue
Overland Park police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying four men who broke into the AT&T store at 9101 Metcalf earlier this month.On September 10, 2017 the Overland Park Police Department responded to the 9100 block of Metcalf reference a commercial burglary which occurred around 3:42 am. The suspects forced entry through a glass door. While inside the business, four black males took cell phones and electronic devices.If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8743 or contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
Commercial Properties, Inc. (CPI) announced the land lease of approximately 7.5 acres for the future development of approximately 100,000 SF multi-tenant industrial buildings located on the corner of Sossaman Road & Velocity Way and just south of the airport terminal. Leroy Breinholt and David Bean of CPI’s Tempe Industrial Group represented both Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Cavan Commercial, and will retain the lease listing of the completed project.Michael Merk, Director of the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Authority commented, “Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is one of the fastest growing regional hub airports in the U.S., flying over 1.45 million passengers annually. Currently it’s home to Allegiant Airlines, Arizona State Polytechnic University, Chandler Gilbert Community College.”Breinholt and Bean are working closely with Cavan Commercial consulting on the proposed designs of the multi-phase industrial project which is starting construction in early 2015. LGE Design Group is going to design and build the project which includes more expansion options in the future.Merk added, “According to population and growth estimates from the Maricopa Association of Governments, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and surrounding areas will boast over 100,000 new jobs by 2035, making it one of the largest employment centers in the state of Arizona.”Dale Cavan, of Cavan Commercial, commented, “We are excited to expand into this rapidly growing submarket in Arizona which needs new product to meet increasing demand. We identified the need for more manufacturing space as available inventory continues to shrink and rental rates climb higher. Along with the prospect of bringing more jobs, this project will offer new tenants industrial/office suites with truckwells, secured storage yards, and large grade level doors, which are highly sought after in this product type.”
LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. SMYRNA, TN — Beck/Arnley has announced the promotion of Ken Adams to the position of customer support manager. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Adams brings many years of management experience, as well as an in-depth knowledge of Beck/Arnley operations, to his new position. He has worked in supervision at Beck/Arnley since June of 2000. To learn more about Beck/Arnley, go to: www.beckarnley.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 180 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County has another new case bringing today’s total to 24 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces 2 additional death reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 31 new cases in Bernalillo County10 new cases in Chaves County5 new cases in Curry County37 new cases in Doña Ana County18 new cases in Eddy County35 new cases in Lea County1 new case in Los Alamos County11 new cases in McKinley County1 new case in Otero County3 new cases in Quay County1 new case in Rio Arriba County1 new case in Roosevelt County4 new cases in Sandoval County5 new cases in San Juan County1 new case in San Miguel County3 new cases in Santa Fe County1 new case in Socorro County3 new cases in Taos County9 new cases in Valencia CountyThe 2 additional death in New Mexico reported today include:A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 695.Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in McKinley County, one in Santa Fe County); three cases that were not lab confirmed (one in Lea County, one in Luna County, one in Socorro County); and one case in Lea County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 22,816 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 5,226Catron County: 5Chaves County: 485Cibola County: 371Colfax County: 18Curry County: 569Doña Ana County: 2,554Eddy County: 336Grant County: 71Guadalupe County: 32Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 90Lea County: 863Lincoln County: 130Los Alamos County: 24Luna County: 254McKinley County: 4,077Mora County: 6Otero County: 204Quay County: 37Rio Arriba County: 319Roosevelt County: 168Sandoval County: 1,146San Juan County: 3,069San Miguel County: 46Santa Fe County: 660Sierra County: 32Socorro County: 75Taos County: 112Torrance County: 61Union County: 30Valencia County: 441County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 313Otero County Prison Facility: 280Otero County Processing Center: 159Torrance County Detention Facility: 44The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 25Lea County Correctional Facility: 4Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 472Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4As of today, there are 119 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 9,744 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities:Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation CenterBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBeeHive Homes of Farmington in FarmingtonBelen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in BelenBonney Family Home in GallupBrookdale Santa Fe in Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCasa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in AlamogordoCasa Contenta Assisted Living in Rio RanchoCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa de Sunview in AlbuquerqueCasa Real in Santa FeClayton Nursing and Rehabilitation in ClaytonDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in HobbsFort Bayard Medical Center in Santa ClaraGoodLife Senior Living in CarlsbadGood Samaritan Society Las Cruces in Las CrucesGood Samaritan Society Socorro in SocorroHeartfelt Manor in RoswellLadera Center in AlbuquerqueLakeview Christian Home in CarlsbadLas Palomas Center in AlbuquerqueLife Care Center of Farmington in FarmingtonLife Spire Assisted Living in AlbuquerqueLittle Sisters of the Poor in GallupLovington Healthcare in LovingtonMcKinley Care Center in GallupThe Meadows Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las VegasMission Arch Center in RoswellMontebello on Academy in AlbuquerqueMorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rio RanchoThe Neighborhood in Rio RanchoNew Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or ConsequencesNorth Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in AlbuquerquePrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRavenna Assisted Living in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupRetirement Ranches in ClovisRetreat Healthcare in Rio RanchoThe Rio at Las Estancias in AlbuquerqueRio Rancho Center in Rio RanchoSaint Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in ClovisSagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las CrucesSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los AlamosSierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences Sierra Hills Assisted Living in Truth or ConsequencesSierra Springs Assisted Living in Los LunasSpanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in AlbuquerqueSunset Villa Care Center in RoswellWelbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las CrucesWheatfields Senior Living in ClovisWhite Sands Healthcare in HobbsThe Woodmark at Uptown in AlbuquerqueThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes; andPatients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.
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Kongsberg has signed a contract with the Fassmer for the delivery of a technical solution for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) research vessel Atair II. Atair II will be the first government owned LNG powered research vessel, and the first newbuild to use Kongsberg’s integrated research vessel concept, which will unite operationalhydrographic and energy functions on board.Kongsberg with its sub suppliers will provide all electrical systems, telecom systems, propulsion motor, cables and installation as a full engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract.“Kongsberg integrated vessel concepts are a brand-new approach to vessel design and building that leverage the power of integration between disparate systems to produce gains in operational efficiency and reduced life-cycle costs across the board. We are delighted to work with BSH and Fassmer Werft to bring true integration to the new Atair,” said Brynjulv Standal, VP Global Sales & Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime.Atiar II will be built at Fassmer Werft in Berne, and is scheduled for delivery in 2020.Atair II will operate in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, conducting hydrographic surveys and search & rescue operations in addition to marine environmental monitoring, as well as the technical testing of navigation and radar equipment.