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Aker Maritime

Kvaerner And Aker

Maritime Join Forces

Kvaerner has launched a new compa- ny with 18,000 employees in 17 coun- tries and on five continents. The new company, to be known as Aker Kvaern- er, will supply products, services, tech- lion since the start of 2002, almost dou- bling the Group's order backlog in just over two months.

In many of its business streams, the new company will rank among the world's leading players. It is strong, for instance, in advanced drilling equip- ment, subsea facilities, the management of large and complex platform tow-outs, and the installation of seabed equip- ment. Aker Kvaerner also embraces some of the most advanced solutions for both platforms and mooring systems in deep water. It has become one of the biggest players in the large U.K. and

Norwegian markets for maintenance, modifications and operational support on production platforms.

Preparations for merging Aker Mar- itime and Kvaerner Oil & Gas have been completed in just over two months, with more than 250 employees directly involved in the integration work. In addition, personnel from the whole organization have been drawn into the planning and preparatory process.

Establishing a new organization has been a key task. Since the beginning of

January, potential candidates for senior roles have been nominated and thor- oughly assessed prior to key posts being filled.

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COTECMAR nology and solutions worth $2.2 billion a year to the global oil and gas industry.

Aker Kvaerner is the result of a merg- er between Aker Maritime and Kvaerner

Oil & Gas, and forms one of four busi- ness areas within the Kvaerner Group.

Subsidiaries of Aker Kvaerner have already won contracts totaling $1.7 bil- •Largest Shipyard in Colombia •Excellent and strategic position in Cartagena at 180 miles from the Panama Canal, along the route of the most important ports from Europe and United States •Entire infrastructure, latest technology, highly qualified and expert personnel recognized by different classification

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USCG Awards Contract for Response Boats

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a con- tract of up to $ 10 million to SAFE Boats

International of Port Orchard, Wash., for ports and waterways response boats.

Funding for the boats, which will help the service perform Homeland Security missions, was provided in the Emer- gency Supplemental Act, 2002. The ini- tial order is for 18 boats with an option of procuring additional craft and essen- tial spare parts over the next 18 months.

The response boats will be deployed to Coast Guard stations throughout the

United States and will be used by the new Coast Guard Maritime Safety and

Security Teams, which will provide spe- cialized Homeland Security capabilities in key economic and militarily strategic ports.

The Coast Guard Maritime Safety and

Security Teams (MSSTs) are domestic, mobile units that possess specialized training and capabilities to perform a broad spectrum of port safety and secu- rity operations.

MSSTs will offer operational com- manders a quick response capability that will meet the changing threat envi- ronment in U.S. harbors, ports and internal waterways. They are also part of the USCG's layered defense strategy, and will be used to provide safety and security in strategic seaports.

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