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Old 22nd May 2010, 12:20
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Angel

ML,

I clicked on your link and it still just took me to some site under construction with the picture of a twin engine airplane. The only link that worked was still for the GPS and that just took me to a number of dating sites .

I hear they've approached quite a few Bristow people and offered them more money, as they don't have enough pilots to fly the 155s (so don't know whay they'd want to use their resumes as dunny paper) - they need more than 30 by September. ConDapter know something about the 155s which won't help when the 139s come in next year - rumored to be via Gulf Helis of Qatar. Quite a few Aero guys qualified on 139 and they will probably be interested with the shaky state of Aero now.
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Old 22nd May 2010, 13:31
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Femi Collins

Talking about resumes used as shit paper-Not that of Pilots per say but that of the likes of FEMI COLLINS(ADMIN?)
By the way I am pro Bristows to the Limits.
However, whats wrong with a little bit of rivalry in the Heli dancopter Industry. The More the merry.
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Old 23rd May 2010, 12:54
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Captain Lateefah Ololade, daughter of the Caverton Helicopter boss, Mr. Aderemi Makanjuola.

That wouldn't be Mama Lolo would it?
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Old 23rd May 2010, 19:57
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Dameluck you are wrong O!

Dameluck - do you not realise that Mama Lolo as he said his very self is a great supporter of Bristow and his wrongful aspersion that my very self applied to the Goulash man with the very fine barbering for employment was but a dead hearing?

Are you trying to pout the Rat amongst the Pigeons?

Let us not beat the bushes - rivalry can be a fine thing - in our fine country and probably in your very own does having a small overdraft make you a bad person? Did not that Mr. Madoff show us Nigerians that when it comes to 419 we are merely amateurs?

We must step up to the toast when called and call a spade a shovel!

I am sure that Caverton will welcome all fine men who wish pointy shoes and a finest salary without the ethical deductions and will carry out a toppest job for the Shell peoples with the finest guidance from our dearest departed Sheeps, Temi and Kassim who will use the sharpened pointy sticks as they have been taught in the Hagues!

I have stayed in my closet for many long months but I can't sit on the back boiler for always.

FC
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Old 24th May 2010, 06:05
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Foamy,

Welcome back !! Any chance of a job once you restructure your new HR department ?

NEO
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Old 24th May 2010, 21:17
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Foamy - I know who you are - I know where you live - I know what you do to the people around you - I know that you point yre shoes at me to bring the bad juju down upon me - i know that if you would just look me in the eye................we could be firiends

PS:White or brown envelope????

Where is my pay raise????
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Old 25th May 2010, 20:30
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Run fast - slow down O!

Run Fast,

You can be sure I am your friend like I am the friend of Mama Lolo and NEO (application form sent as PM for the toppest job in the Bristow Group - Manager Port Harcourt Naf base will shortly be available - as one of our best men you will not have too many problems!) but Run Fast remember the proverb:

"A leper cannot change the colour of his spots"

You must wait in line to become one of the "chosen one" - humane resources cannot just offer our best jobs Willy Milly to anyone - we have to be seen to be following the COBI and you need to remember that the Majah and Peewee are now drawing fine pensions and until you send your self assessing form you cannot be offered any old Manager Job.

Wait in the lines and I will do my best.

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Old 25th May 2010, 20:50
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What of Twinned Ooter?

I sit here with baited breath, pointy shoes beginning to itch after so long wearings and waitings for my bestest friend Mr Foamy to come across with his toppest offer for my return to Centre of Excrement and Life of Excitement, reunion with all of my friends and colleagues, esp. Isolo Gun Club.

How very, very odd that my phone has stayed silent for so long now... How in the world are you all managing without me? Is it that "ethics" thing? I can get rid of what is left of them just to fit in with the new way of doing things, no problems I assure you.
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Old 29th May 2010, 10:45
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Angel

Well it's all happening with most Bristow guys still wondering who the ax is going to fall on, but some already deciding to make the move to Caverscam/ConDapter. Some Aero guys who have a pretty good idea of their long-term future (they ain't got one really) are also getting ready to go, especially the 139 jocks, mostly nationals.

It's gonna be kinda interesting in the skies around Lagos, Warri and PH with a bunch of guys who have never been here before suddenly flying around in EC155B1s because the latest rumor is that ConDapter will have 2 here in the next couple weeks to take over from Bristow 76C+s. One expat engineer has already made the decision to go and is convinced that assurances that the joint company will be paying people through offshore accounts in the Channel Islands means his pay will always go in on time . I wonder if CobDapter will always be paid on time by their honest and trustworthy partners. Still I'm sure he'll be very proud to say he's worked for the center of excellence and Caverscam will look great on his CV in years to come! Not that he'll need it of course, as he's assured of a great future with Africa's new tecnologially advanced giant . There's still only the Caverscam/ConDoctor website under construction and a few friends with 155 on their licences who applied to the recruitment website in the few days of the old website haven't had replies yet, so I guess they have more pilots than they can handle.

Bristow sure aren't rushing to tell their people what's happening so it shouldn't be a surprise if a few start quitting soon.
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Old 29th May 2010, 11:43
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Well I'm watching with basted breadth at how this unfolds, ready to return to the frayed like a coiled rope! If the offers start to pile in then maybe I'll need to visit my bathroom - not to 'ease myself' but to break the glass on this little green goldmine...........

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Old 29th May 2010, 19:22
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Well, well, well Oldtimer.....

Pay will be on time, since it will be between Dancopter and Shell..... Caverton is a

All pilots, techs will be employed by Dancopter only (or a 100% runned DC-company) since the whole operation is runned by them and not Caverton. Caverton only supports with facilities and so on.

The problem as far as I have been told by a former colleague now in DC is that there are no volunteers, or let us put is this way: Nobody wants to leave the North Sea unless it means a big rise in paycheck, and this will be the key issue when negotiations starts next week....
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Old 29th May 2010, 19:31
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Angel

Caverscammer/ConDoctor have just given the Helipolarbear treatment to Captain Hairdo and replaced him with the MD of old, the smiling assassin - knives in the back a speciality . Things are going to be really happy then.
I remember looking at the wonderful state of some of those old Bristow Pooper Spumas after they left Snake Island. The guy who kept them like that is going to be looking after the EC155s for CanDapter, so that should all be okay then and I'll have great confidence if I get my senior position there

212 man - have you been having a lot of barbecues to get this basted breath I can suggest an excrement mouthwash if you PM me in confidence with your bank details and ask me to share in the wonderful opportunity I have just been given to help a poor Nigerian widow repatriate her late husband's money to Nigeria free of tax
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Old 30th May 2010, 10:50
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Pray tell the undoing of Goulash this is a surprise move - you would think Foamy Coolings had migrated to Dipcopper and was cleansing the idle masses (as soon to be partaken of in "Ye Olde Briistow")

Possibly he arrived at work with a hair out of place or was trying to get his floatrating back??
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Old 30th May 2010, 11:17
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The Future is Bright for a New Dawn in Nigeria

Never fear Shell Aircraft' attentive, skilled and high quality advisors will manage this change safely.

Oil companies having a far better track-record in leading in safety and making safety critical decisions than your average so called helicopter operator.

As I've written before, the safety of an operation comes from the standards of the customer, not the helicopter operator, who are just employment agencies, equipment leasors and an insulator to stop Shell Aircraft having to waste time dealing with local third rate aviation agencies.

It is good to see Caverton making early progress in moving to an all National worksforce.
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Old 31st May 2010, 15:52
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Shell Remains at the Forefront on Social Responsibility in Nigeria

Shell seals N94bn deal with local firm : Businessday

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)and Caverton Helicopters Limited, an indigenous company, have sealed a N93.73 billion ( $630 million)contract for the provision of helicopters and associated services, both in the offshore and onshore operational areas of the nation’s Oil and Gas industry.
Caverton Helicopters Limited has invested over N10 billion in the helicopter services and plans to establish additional hangars at some strategic locations in the Niger Delta region. The deal, meanwhile, is part of Shell’s strategy to strengthen local capacity in the oil and gas industry, with the overall aim of adding value to the economy.

The contract, which would last for five years and is renewable for another two years, is the biggest aviation contract between an international oil company and an indigenous one. It comes almost 30 years after such services were operated by foreign contractors.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Shell’s Vice President, Health Safety and infrastructure, Babs Omotowa, said he was proud to note that the company had been in the forefront of local content development in the country since the 90s,well before the concept became widely known.



“In highly technical areas of our industry, a partnership between a Nigerian company and foreign technical partner enables building of capacity and transfer of skills and technology. Our vision is that through this relationship, SPDC and Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company (SNEPCO) would be a catalyst for a Nigerian company to grow and be able to compete internationally outside Nigeria,” he said.

But he was quick to mention that if the country was to make giant strides on local content, there was the need for a favourable legislature and fiscal environment, which were key pre-requisites for foreign investment inflow. The Shell boss stated that while Nigeria had not signed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the industry over the past few years, Angola had taken FDIs in the last 18 months, adding that the number of rigs in Nigeria had reduced significantly over the past few years.

In his estimation, without projects coming on stream as demand feedback, in-country capacity development would remain a mirage.

Speaking also, Ernest Nwapa, executive secretary, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board, stated that the contract would create jobs and bring more investments into the country, while urging all stakeholders in local content development to create the necessary awareness about the programme.

According to Shell, the contract demonstrates the company’s commitment to the Nigeria Content Act and the aspirations of the Nigerian government for increased participation of local companies in the oil and gas industry.
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Old 31st May 2010, 20:20
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I don't know where the platform is in that article (I suspect Norway) but it sure as hell isn't SPDC's!!
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Old 31st May 2010, 22:05
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Angel

Tango123,

All pilots, techs will be employed by Dancopter only (or a 100% runned DC-company) since the whole operation is runned by them and not Caverton. Caverton only supports with facilities and so on.
Right you obviously know best, but I guess you never heard that in Nigeria a foreign company can only own 40% of a joint venture. CHC made the mistake of thinking they owned the place when they swaggered in and look where they are now with a rumored $170 million owed them by Aero and little hope of seeing much of that back. ConDapter is barely mentioned in the article and the facilities are supplied by Shell. Now let's see, a Nigerian company gets paid the money and then after a suitable deduction for a management fee, pointy shoe allowance, firework displays, local state taxes, special contract tax, special consultant and director's fees, not to mention banking delays (due entirely to the Nigerian banking system of course). Yes, everything should be absolutely fine

Nobody wants to leave the North Sea unless it means a big rise in paycheck, and this will be the key issue when negotiations starts next week....
.... and the profit after Caverscam's cut, ConDapter's cut and the consultant's cut, plus the Gulf Helicopter cut when the 139s start will come from where exactly

Not to worry, Caverscam is well supported because the Gargling Mingi, (Trouble for Nembe Monarch), a former director of Shell, former Minister of Energy and former group Managing Director of NNPC is also now revealed as a director of Caverscam. It's lucky there's no conflict of interest there then and that the contract was won in an honest, transparent fashion with no possibility of any underhand dealings.

The gargling Mingi is a fine upstanding fellow who has recovered well from the N27billion Halliburton scam. In September 2004 a document came to light in the London offices of Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) by investigating Halliburton Attorneys. KBR was the American subsidiary of TSKJ, the consortium which won scandal-tainted contract to build the liquefied natural gas plant in Bonny. Eighty people, were indicted by the United States law enforcement officials over the N27 billion Halliburton bribery scandal. According to the report of the investigators, the 80 persons received part of the N27 billion bribe facilitated by foreign contractors for Halliburton to get the contract to build the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) plant, Africa’s first, in Bonny, Rivers State.

The scandal dates back to 1994 when some foreign companies put up bids for the construction of the plant that was to cost $6 billion. To win the contract, a joint venture company, named TSKJ, was set up – comprising equal holdings between some companies, Technip (French), Sanmprogetti (Italian), KBR (U.S.), and part of the Halliburton group and Japanese engineering and construction company, JGC. The investigators said the consortium bribed political leaders and top government functionaries through Tri-Star Investment Limited and Marubeni Inc. They also recruited British lawyer, Jeffery Tesler, to co-ordinate the affairs of Tri-Star, as well as Wojciech Chodan, an American, to co-ordinate the affairs of Marubeni.
TSKJ mandated Tri-Star to solely take charge of bribing Nigerian officials at senior level, Marubeni was restricted to bribing junior level officials.
Tesler disclosed in a court deposition that TSKJ mandated both companies to bribe the officials.
As part of the investigation, the Swiss Justice Department followed the steps of the Police Judiciare of France, which in 2003, started an investigation that revealed fraudulent Halliburton payments to Tesler.
In the U.S., KBR and Halliburton have admitted to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by engaging in a decade-long bribing scheme to secure contracts in Nigeria.
Both agreed to pay a combined fine of $579 million to settle criminal and civil charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice.
Amongst those indicted were a number of former presidents and oil ministers and number 11 on the list is a certain Edmund Daukoru.
Halliburton Scam I'm sure it's just a co-incidence and that none of the $670 million which the contract is stated to be worth will be diverted for any scams along the way

Must go and check my emails. I really look forward to a cruise around the Lagos lagoon watching the firework displays from the deck of the MV Maduabebe from the piano bar alongside the swimming pool
MV Maduabebe
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Old 1st Jun 2010, 05:55
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Interesting, some people in Shell are saying that Bristow lost the contract because of people, not politics and that it may have been a different result if Aero had also tendered. Stories are starting to come up now of a culture where the golf course is more important than the flight line, but even more a heavy drinking culture in Warri, with stories of doors being kicked in, fights between pilots, pilots going off sick or just failing to turn up in the morning because they were still in the bar Some people were moved off the contract, but as usual it was probably a case of too little, too late. It'll be kinda interesting to see who gets shipped out now that it's finishing. Depends if Bristow is even willing to admit that it's not necessarily a case of another company winning the contract, but them losing it. The same probably won't happen to the new guys on the block because they obviously have better connections to Shell than Bristow.
I'm ordering in some Danish pastries and waiting for the reply to my CV.
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Old 1st Jun 2010, 08:32
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A heavy drinking culture in Bristow Warri, well I never, what a surprise!
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Old 1st Jun 2010, 11:37
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Oldtimer....

My concern about the operation is not (as you can understand from my previously comment) if Caverton will keep the money in Nigeria going to the management.
The fact is that 60% of the money will stay out of the hands of Caverton and go directly to an account in an International Dancopter runned company. Could Caymann Is . So all (and I mean all) the pilots and techs will be payed on time, because they are hired by DC.

The reason Dancopter is to run the whole ops, is due to the fact that Shell was impressed by their service (flexibility, on time departures, and flight safety) in Den Helder. So my concern is if DC will be able to get the same "spirit" all the way to Nigeria, meaning that they need to convince pilots and techs in Denmark to go to Nigeria and be up front even if they are told by others: "thats the way it has allways been done in Nigeria".
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