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    Oceaneering Expects Imminent Contract Negotiations for Constellation Space Suit System

    December 17, 2008

    December 17, 2008 – Houston, Texas – Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII) today announced it expects to soon begin contract negotiations with NASA for the development and production of the Constellation Space Suit System (CSSS).  Exploration Systems & Technology (EST) decided not to submit a separate bid on the pending contract and has joined Oceaneering’s team.  EST is a joint venture between Connecticut-based Hamilton Sundstrand and Delaware’s ILC Dover.

    The Oceaneering led team now includes: David Clark Company, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Air-Lock, United Space Alliance, Honeywell International, Harris Corporation, Paragon Space Development Corporation, Cimarron Software Services, Inc., and EST.

    Mark Gittleman, Oceaneering’s Vice President and General Manager for Space Systems, stated, “We are very pleased to have EST join our team.  This positive development should hasten the award of a contract by NASA.  Our new CSSS team will provide extraordinary capabilities over the coming years as we work with NASA to develop the first new U.S. spacesuit in over a generation.”

    Jim Buchli, Oceaneering’s Vice President and CSSS Program Manager, stated, “EST joining Oceaneering’s team allows NASA to proceed with this critical element on a schedule that meets the exploration program’s needs.  I greatly appreciate the outstanding support and cooperation displayed by our original teammates and EST during this process.”

    Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Oceaneering Space Systems, located in Houston, Texas immediately adjacent to NASA JSC, supports NASA in training astronauts for extravehicular activity, and designs, develops, tests, produces, and certifies astronaut equipment, robotic systems, and thermal protection systems for NASA, the Department of Defense, and commercial applications.

    For further information, please contact Jim Buchli, CSSS Program Manager, Oceaneering Space Systems, 16665 Space Center Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77058; Telephone 281-228-5300; Fax 281‑228-5547; E-mail jbuchli@oceaneering.com, or Jack Jurkoshek, Director Investor Relations, Oceaneering International, Inc., 11911 FM 529, Houston, Texas 77041; Telephone 713-329-4670; Fax 713-329-4653; E-Mail investorrelations@oceaneering.com.

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