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JUN 2018

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34 ST | June 2018 Military Supplier of Performance Inflatables Acquires Avon Engineered Fabrications Avon Rubber sold Avon Engineered Fabrications (AEF) to Performance Inflatables Co. LLC. AEF is a major sup- plier of industrial coated fabric goods to the U.S. mili- tary, including the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. The performance inflatables portfolio also includes Subsalve USA. AEF will be based in the U.S. Fire and Blast Safety Systems Company Opens New Office in Houston, Texas InterDam, a supplier of fire- and blast-resistant archi- tectural products for refineries, oil and gas platforms and offshore wind platforms, opened a new office in Hous- ton, Texas. InterDam specializes in fire-resistant and post- blast walls, windows and doors in prefabricated systems that fit modular and standardized buildings. The systems conform to fire and blast regulations and are designed to withstand a fire outbreak in a post-blast situation. Scottish Offshore and Coastal Consultancy Launches US Subsidiary in Houston The Scottish marine survey and coastal consultancy group Partrac Ltd. launched its U.S. subsidiary, Partrac GeoMarine Inc., based in Houston, Texas. Partrac Geo- Marine delivers services and consultancy for complex engineering and environmental projects in challenging marine environments. Its market sectors include both conventional and renewable offshore energy, including oil and gas, decommissioning, wind, wave and tidal, dredging including contaminated sediments, ports, har- bors, rivers, waterways and coastal engineering. Oregon State University Tests and Invests In Cabled UV Biofouling Control Systems Following a successful test in which AML Oceano- graphic's Cabled UV prevented marine growth on oxy- gen sensors and cameras deployed in situ for six months, Oregon State University (OSU) has purchased 20 Cabled UV biofouling control systems. Cabled UV was selected for the Endurance Array, a multi-scaled array developed under the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). OSU's trial is the latest deployment successfully completed through the use of AML's biofouling control solutions. New Mars-Bound SpaceX Rocket To Be Developed in the Port of Los Angeles SpaceX will produce its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) in the Port of Los Angeles. Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets were built in Hawthorne, California, but the company will need to build the big rocket near the water due to its size and space requirements, SpaceX told Bloomberg. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the se- lection of the city's port in a tweet, saying, "This vehicle holds the promise of taking humanity deeper into the cosmos than ever before." The Port of Los Angeles will play an increasingly important role in operations, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in a Bloomberg report. The Big Falcon Rocket is intended to fly people into orbit around the Earth and eventually to Mars. AI Startup Earns $900K Investment to Continue Development of Self-Driving Ship Technology Buffalo Automation, an artificial intelligence (AI) start- up that is developing technology for self-navigating boats, has secured $900,000 from investors to expand testing of a system called AutoMate that integrates real-time sen- sor data about waterways with static information such as nautical charts to enable vessels to pilot themselves. AutoMate enables early detection of obstacles such as other boats and debris and saves fuel with algorithms that enable more efficient routes. The AutoMate system is currently testing with two lake freighter operators and an international container liner. ROV Used in Nevada to Assess the Health of Lake Mead and Water Infrastructure The Australian infrastructure inspections and manage- ment company Abyss Solutions is piloting its high-fidelity imaging underwater ROV at Lake Mead to inspect the condition of water infrastructure within the lake. Abyss Solutions is also conducting an assessment of an SNWA reservoir facility through 3D modeling. The data will help affirm the effectiveness of SNWA's efforts to control quag- ga mussels in the raw water intake system and evaluate the efficiency of water treatment and disinfection. Panama Expects to Quintuple LNG Transports The Panama Canal Administrator said the waterway expects to transit five times its current volume of LNG by 2020. The LNG trade's role in Central America and the Ca- ribbean is growing as the regions are increasingly inter- ested in natural gas to meet their energy needs. In 2018, Peru transited 575,529 tons of LNG to Europe, and Trini- dad and Tobago exported 1,340,396 tons to Asia, Mexico and Chile. Since the opening of the Neopanamax locks, Mexico has imported an estimated 3.1 million tons of LNG, while Chile has imported about 1.1 million. Dual-Channel Waveform LiDAR Mapping System Added at GPI GPI Geospatial Inc. has added the RIEGL VQ-1560i to their toolbox of advanced digital sensors: an ultra- high-performance, dual-channel waveform processing, airborne LiDAR mapping system for complex airborne mapping missions. The calibrated system is equipped with a high-performance GNSS/IMU system and a pri- mary phase one 100-megapixel RGB camera. The system is capable of online waveform processing and recording, producing information-rich data for post-processing. Newmar and ASEA Form MCE Marine Group ASEA Power Systems and Newmar DC Power On- board have aligned under the newly formed MCE Marine Group. Both ASEA and Newmar retain their brand names. David Brown was named president of MCE Marine, with all operations now headquartered in Huntington Beach, ocean business

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