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Old 9th Jun 2009, 08:28
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One advise from You guys is well appreciated

Have one invitation to visit Nigeria on inspection
purpose of some airframes. Counter part have
promised (so call) VIP treatment but like to hear
your opinion is it safe, who can be reliable agent
down there, what areas to avoid, etc....

Like to come back without or

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Old 9th Jun 2009, 16:35
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Shell Raises the Bar Again!

Shell Management,

....Where Shell leads others now follow.
19.5 Million Dollars to settle out of court....sounds like Shell is seeing the light!

How many more legal actions may we expect to see in the future?

Shell pays $19.5m over Saro-Wiwa case - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Suits target oil company operations overseas on human rights and environment, use piracy law
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Old 11th Jun 2009, 11:57
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19.5 mil seems a bargain to put that fire out. Imagine the implications of it going to trial and them losing.
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 03:55
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That's the typical American disease - assuming the rest of the world is either scary or just like Mainstreet USA.
Serendipitously hit the streets 2 days after my previous post. Goes to show that those who wish to point out anothers failings have dirty washing of their own.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 11:01
AFP News Briefs List

Shell pays Nigeria rights victims $15.5 mln by Sebastian Smith

Royal Dutch Shell agreed Monday to a 15.5 million dollar payout to settle a lawsuit alleging complicity in murder, torture and other abuses by Nigeria's former military government.

"Today, plaintiffs and defendants reached a settlement in the human rights cases brought against Royal Dutch Petroleum Company," lawyers for the plaintiffs said.

"We want to express our satisfaction that these cases have provided the plaintiffs with substantial compensation for their claims."

The settlement brought to an end a more than decade-long battle by relatives of Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and others executed in 1995 in what plaintiffs said was a campaign of repression backed by Shell.

Saro-Wiwa led a non-violent protest against environmental destruction and abuses against the Ogoni people in the Niger Delta. He was hanged along with other activists after trial in a military court.

Human rights lawyers hailed the agreement in New York as a precedent for holding Shell and other oil giants responsible for activities in countries with repressive governments.

Shell denies all accusations, but the settlement will spare the oil giant from the potential embarrassment of having to defend itself in court.

"Shell has always maintained the allegations were false," Malcolm Brinded, executive director for exploration and production, said in a statement.

"This gesture also acknowledges that, even though Shell had no part in the violence that took place, the plaintiffs and others have suffered."

Part of the money will go to the plaintiffs, part to a trust to benefit the Ogoni, and some to pay the costs of litigation.

Shell highlighted what it called a "humanitarian gesture" to help the Ogoni.

"While we were prepared to go to court to clear our name, we believe the right way forward is to focus on the future for Ogoni people," Brinded said. "We believe this settlement will assist the process of reconciliation and peace in Ogoni land, which is our primary concern."*

The Nigerian plaintiffs, represented by US human rights lawyers, brought the suit under the little used Alien Tort Claims Act, a 1789 US law occasionally dusted off for use against multinational corporations' activities in other countries.

The case -- seen as a landmark in the human rights legal field -- had been due to go to trial May 27 but was repeatedly delayed in the run-up to Monday's announcement of a settlement.

Marco Simons, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs, described the agreement as a "very significant milestone."

While the sum of 15.5 million dollars was dwarfed by Shell's budget, it was high enough to make companies dealing with violent governments take notice.

"Shell (will now) think that every time that somebody is injured by soldiers on one of their projects where they are providing support and assistance and encouragement, that each one of those incidents is a million dollar incident," Simons told AFP.

"For Shell globally that may not be significant, but if you are talking about the operating cost for that project that is a substantial sum."

In their joint statement lawyers for the plaintiffs said the settlement was a rare and important success in the field of international human rights.

"We hope that this settlement provides another building block in the efforts to forge a legal system that holds violators accountable wherever they may be and prevents future violations," they said.

The settlement is not the end of Shell's legal troubles. Separate challenges are being mounted in New York by an Ogoni and by environmental activists in The Netherlands.

"Shell will be dragged from the boardroom to the courthouse, time and again, until the company addresses the injustices at the root of the Niger Delta crisis and put an end to its environmental devastation," said Elizabeth Bast, International Program Director for Friends of the Earth US.

Han Shan, at Oil Change International, said: "This case should be a wake up call to multinational corporations that they will be held accountable for violations of international law, no matter where they occur."

* Management speak translation - We are as guilty as sin but prefer not to have what we grow under our rock exposed to either daylight or microscopic examination.

Copied from another thread: more suited to this one!

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Old 16th Jun 2009, 12:57
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Took'em long enough and numerous appeals and other legal maneuvers to come to this humanitarian decision did it not?
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Old 19th Jun 2009, 22:22
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Another bunch of attacks....

AGIP and Chevron hit by MEND in the past day or so....AGIP pipeline bombed, Nigerian Gunboat taken over and stripped of arms, Chevron facility hit.

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Old 29th Jun 2009, 17:11
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I note in the news today that a Shell platform was attacked by MEND. Anyone got anymore on it??
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Old 29th Jun 2009, 23:44
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I gather it was the Afremo - a small (well, two small) umamned platform(s) about 4 miles offshore. They are midway between Forcados and Escravos.
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Old 6th Jul 2009, 16:55
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SAFE ROUTES and Easy Navigation in the Delta!

QUESTION - How do you get from OKAN to WT without a serviceable GPS and stay just outside the "No Fly Zone"?

EASY - start at the valve platform approximately 500 meters east of Okan (just blown up last night so still smoking) - set course for the blown wellhead at Abiteye (look for the yellow plume) then continue to the gas wellhead burning at Makaraba then turn right and fly to the column of black smoke just to the west of Osubi (recently blown Warri - Benin pipeline)

But whatever you do - stay away from the dangers of the "No Fly Zone"!

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Old 6th Jul 2009, 17:32
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Ain't that a bitch Maybe flying at altitudes using supplemental oxygen could solve this discrepancy. Can those savages aim that high?

And as I said many times in recent months, and I will keep saying it; "I am delighted that I left"...
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Old 6th Jul 2009, 20:36
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I heard it was the Forcardos Offshore Platform that is no more.
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Old 7th Jul 2009, 06:46
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Forcados Platform RIP

SAS - that is the visual marker for the Southern Route!
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Old 7th Jul 2009, 12:11
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This keeps up....and your bridge playing will improve from all the practice you will be getting!

Perhaps you ought to start an inventory of installations demoblilized/demolished by MEND.....as certainly the oil companies and the Guvmint are not going to do it.

I guess the JuJu rig no longer stands out amongst the crowd!
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Old 23rd Jul 2009, 21:54
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Got contacted by a recruitment firm today regarding a S76 position in Nigeria, they did not disclose the name of the company it only says “large, well known company”. Rotation will be 6/6. It appears they are also looking for SA365 and AW139 crews. Any ideas…… CHC, Bristow?
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 04:17
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Which agency?? Am looking for a 139 spot..
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 05:26
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Can only be ACN - Aero Contractors Nigeria. Recruiting on their own and no longer connected to CHC. Maybe they'll pay more.
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 13:31
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look for zenon aviation
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 23:30
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Jusy don't pay out any money to a "recruitment firm" for more details or handling fees etc etc.

Be warned.
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Old 25th Jul 2009, 05:33
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Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawolll!!! Heed the warning!!!
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Old 25th Jul 2009, 05:43
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I thought that reports on this thread had CHC/Aero laying off pilots very recently?
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