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MAR 2018

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32 ST | March 2018 Van Aalst Expands Offshore Offerings The Van Aalst Group of Dor- drecht, Netherlands, became a ma- jority stakeholder in Techano AS, an offshore crane specialist from Nor- way. This follows the purchase of a 3D crane technology from another Norwegian company in 2016. With the acquisition, the Van Aalst Group is now one of the very few companies in the world able to deliver a crane and a gangway as a combined package, using the 3D crane function. The 3D crane can transfer equip- ment, such as tools, small genera- tors, spare parts and containers, safely to an offshore platform, wind turbine or substation using 3D mo- tion compensation. By eliminating vessel motions, the 3D crane en- sures a safe and efficient transfer for service operation vessels and walk- to-work vessels. With this possibility of offering a combined crane/gangway package, the Van Aalst Group anticipates the new trend for standby and support vessels. McDermott, CB&I Join Onshore-Offshore Forces McDermott International Inc. and CB&I have agreed to com- bine in an all-stock transaction to create a fully vertically-integrated onshore-offshore company, with a broad engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) service offering and technology portfolio. Upon completion of the transac- tion, McDermott shareholders will own approximately 53 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis, and CB&I sharehold- ers will own approximately 47 per- cent. The estimated enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $6 billion. This move will combine McDer- mott's established presence in the Middle East and Asia with CB&I's robust operations in the U.S., cre- ating a balanced geographic port- folio with a strong position in high- growth developing regions. France Makes Bold Move With Oil, Gas Ban France has passed legislation to end all oil and gas exploration and production by 2040, the UN Climate Action Programme report- ed. From now on, no new explora- tion permits will be granted within French territories. President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move party voted in favor of the bill with help from other centrist and left-wing parties. France is not a major oil producer, but this ban is a symbolic lead for other nations to make the transition away from exploiting hydrocarbons. The U.S. leads the world in pe- troleum production and has been retreating from climate change poli- cy leadership under President Don- ald Trump. France seeks to lead on offshore oil & ocean engineering FASTER PROCESSING AND REPORTING IN Q1 Improved speed, automation, efficiency and ease of use • 500 percent faster bathy import and merge • Multi EGN tables cut processing time in half • Unified sidescan, bathy and backscatter waterfall • Automated Vessel Creation saves time • Drag and drop bathy expedites project creation • Enhanced LiDAR and SAS processing

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