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COASTAL, RAYTHEON ANNOUNCE A MARINE SYSTEM TO AID IN DETECTION OF UNDERWATER HAZARDS

 HOUSTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Coscol Marine Corp., a subsidiary of the Coastal Corporation (NYSE: CGP), today announced a jointly developed automated sonar detection system to help ships avoid underwater hazards that could damage a vessel's hull and lead to major environmental harm.
 The Automated Vessel Alert System (AVERT) uses state-of-the-art acoustic data processing in a forward-looking active sonar system to detect and define large underwater obstructions on a TV-like screen. The system is designed to provide an automatic alert to a vessel's bridge in time for it to take corrective action.
 "If the Estonian oil tanker that foundered on rocks in the Gulf of Finland recently and the Queen Elizabeth II that ran aground off the coast of Martha's Vineyard last August had a system such as this, these accidents might have been prevented," said James R. Paul, president and chief executive officer of the Coastal Corporation.
 "Coastal is pleased to have the opportunity to be a partner in a high-technology venture that will lead to safer shipping and prevention of environmental damage," said Paul. "We're particularly happy to be associated in this venture with Raytheon's Submarine Signal Division, with its long record of success in underwater obstacle avoidance."
 The joint venture agreement between Raytheon of Lexington, Mass., and Coscol Marine is based on a two-phase program.
 In Phase I, Raytheon completed the system development and successfully conducted a proof-of-principle evaluation at sea aboard the Raytheon research vessel Sub Sig II of the system's equipment, processing functions and algorithms.
 Under terms of Phase II, the Raytheon team will build a production system for installation on board a Coscol Marine Corp. managed tanker later this summer. Subsequently, the AVERT system will be marketed to owners of large vessels including tankers, cruise ships, cargo carriers and ferries.
 The AVERT system integrates the state-of-the-art sonar system with a global positioning system (GPS) receiver, marine radar, ship velocity and heading functions and depth sounders.
 The images from the sonar system, are continually correlated with information from sensors, electronic navigational charts and surface radar. These findings are compared against special mathematical algorithms and, if preprogrammed alert rules are violated, the vessel's crew is alerted.
 The Coastal Corporation is a Houston-based energy holding company with consolidated assets of more than $9 billion and subsidiary operations in natural gas marketing, transmission and storage, refining and marketing, oil and gas exploration and production, coal, chemicals, trucking and independent power production.
 Raytheon, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a $9 billion diversified technology company with sales in four business segments: electronics, aircraft products, energy and environment, and major appliances.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Scott of Coastal, 713-877-3839, or Dick Sherman of Raytheon, 617-860-2412/
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CO: Coscol Marine Corp.; The Coastal Corporation; Raytheon Company ST: Texas, Massachusetts IN: OIL MAR SU: JVN

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