Sunday 8 December, 2019

New Fortress Energy donates life jackets to fishing community

Cristen Blair, fisherman at the Old Harbour Bay Fishing Village examined his life jacket courtesy of New Fortress Energy. Sharing in the moment l-r: Christen Blair, Florizel Thompson, Verona Carter, VP, Public Affairs, New Fortress Energy, Leon Prince, Anthony Drysdale and Dr Conrad Douglas, Executive Chairman and Principal Consultant, Conrad Douglas & Associates (Environmental Science and Technology Ltd.)

Cristen Blair, fisherman at the Old Harbour Bay Fishing Village examined his life jacket courtesy of New Fortress Energy. Sharing in the moment l-r: Christen Blair, Florizel Thompson, Verona Carter, VP, Public Affairs, New Fortress Energy, Leon Prince, Anthony Drysdale and Dr Conrad Douglas, Executive Chairman and Principal Consultant, Conrad Douglas & Associates (Environmental Science and Technology Ltd.)

In a bid to continue strengthening its philanthropic outreach in the communities in which it operates its LNG terminals, New Fortress Energy (NFE) has donated fifty lifejackets to the fishing villages of Old Harbour Bay in Old Harbour, Monymusk, Rocky Point Salt River in Clarendon and River Bay in St James.

The lifejackets, valued at over $1.7 million, also cements the company’s longstanding support of the island’s fishing industry, which it continues to do through sponsorship of the International Fisherman’s Day Conference hosted by C-CAM (Caribbean Coastal Area Management) – with this year being its third consecutive year as a sponsor.   

During the handover at the Old Harbour Bay Fishing Village recently, Anthony Drysdale, Business Development & Liaison Officer at the Jamaica Fishermen Co-operative Union Ltd said; “This donation is much appreciated and well-needed, especially with Jamaica being a hurricane-prone destination. I have no doubt that these lifejackets will make a big difference as we at the Co-operative continue to promote safety at sea with our fishermen and fisherwomen.”

One of the fishermen attending the brief handover, Leon Prince, emphasised that; “This is a good thing man. The sea can get very rough at times and you never know what can happen. So, thank you very, very much for this.” These sentiments were echoed in chorus by other fishermen in attendance, who were all busy fitting their lifejackets.

New Fortress Energy recently unveiled the historic Floating Storage Regasification Terminal (FSRT) in July, which will supply the 190-MW power plant in Old Harbour. Of note is that, ahead of commencing construction of these assets in Old Harbour – and similar to its approach in Clarendon and St James to cement its commitment to invest in community development, the natural gas company kickstarted several community engagement and upliftment projects in and around Old Harbour.

Some of these include purchasing equipment to facilitate skills training for unskilled youth at the Old Harbour Community Development Centre, providing back-to-school financial assistance for over one thousand primary school students as well as bursaries for fifth and sixth form high school students plus hosting annual Christmas Treats and sponsorship community events.

Verona Carter, VP, Public Affairs for New Fortress Energy, expressed; “We are deeply humbled by the show of gratitude from our fisherfolk and proud to be part of the vibrant communities that they represent.”

“Our fishermen and fisherwomen are heroes who work tirelessly every day to create an industry that feeds the nation and by extension their families and this is our way of saluting them and saying thanks for what they do.”

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