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MAY 2013

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oceanbusiness Bluefn Tests DARPA UUV Bluefn Robotics (Quincy, Massachusetts) completed deepwater testing of a specialized UUV for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The system was developed under a Phase II subcontract from Applied Physical Sciences Corp. (Groton, Connecticut) for the Deep Sea Operations (DSOP) Program. DSOP is part of DARPA's Distributed Agile Submarine Hunting program, which develops affordable, distributed technology to address anti-submarine warfare surveillance needs. My-Villages Relocates to South Florida My-Villages (Hobe Sound, Florida) has moved from Alexandria, Virginia, to the Jupiter-Stuart, Florida, area, the largest United States boating market and major marine industry hub. More than 30 marine companies now serve as My-Villages partners, helping to craft products that serve both owners and industry; many are located in Florida. The majority of the My-Villages Industry Advisory Council members, who offer guidance to the company on market conditions and other related matters, are also located in Florida. Deal Budgets $50 Million More for Port Deepening The $50 million in additional port deepening funds proposed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was approved by the state legislature and now awaits the governor's signature. Along with previous funding, Georgia has allocated $231.1 million toward the state's portion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Deepening the Savannah Harbor from 42 to 47 feet will accommodate an increase in the number of super-sized container vessels transiting the Panama Canal after 2015. The new funding was part of Deal's fscal year 2014 budget request, which was included in the fnal version of the state spending plan passed by the General Assembly. Mariner to Provide Port Security at POG The Mariner Group LLC (Columbia, South Carolina) will provide its situation management and response software, CommandBridge, and port-management software, PortFolio, to the Port of Galveston, Texas. The Port of Galveston began as a trading post in 1825 and has grown to more than 850 acres of port facilities today. The port is the gateway to the Houston Ship Channel, one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. Tesla Offshore Orders Bluefn-21 AUV Tesla Offshore LLC (Prairieville, Louisiana) has purchased a Bluefn Robotics (Quincy, Massachusetts) Bluefn-21 AUV. The Tesla Bluefn-21 AUV is a modular system capable of carrying multiple sensors in a single payload section. It enables extended operations at depths up to 4,500 meters. The design includes swappable payload sections and battery modules for fast surface turnaround, as well as portability and fexibility to operate from various ships of opportunity worldwide. MAY 2013 / st 65

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