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« Reply #640 on: June 25, 2009, 10:42:02 AM »

I know this info has been posted.  Just highlighted info that reinforces the possiblity of joint marketing at this time with Legacy Offshore.

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General: Superior Offshore announces definitive agreements with Hornbeck Offshore ServicePosted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 @ 12:00:00 GMT by Rons_ROV_Links
 
Superior Offshore International, Inc. (Nasdaq: DEEP) today announced that it has reached definitive agreements with Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) ("Hornbeck"), for the sale and charter-back of the Superior Achiever, a DP-III deepwater construction and dive support vessel that is under construction and is expected to be delivered in late 2008.

Under the agreements with Hornbeck, Superior Offshore will receive approximately $70 million in cash, which represents its investment to date in the new vessel. Superior Offshore will use the proceeds of the sale to repay its $55 million term loan obligation to Fortis Bank and will pay down substantially all of its outstanding borrowings under its senior secured credit facility with JPMorgan Chase Bank. Following the completion of the sale and the application of the proceeds, Superior Offshore will have no outstanding term debt and will have reduced its 2008 capital requirements by approximately $30 million. Closing is subject to customary conditions, including obtaining third-party consents, and is expected to occur on or before January 21, 2008.

Hornbeck has agreed to a five-year time charter for the Superior Achiever or another acceptable vessel. Superior Offshore will have the option to terminate the charter with 90 days' advance notice prior to the end of each six-month period within the term. Superior Offshore and Hornbeck also have agreed to explore non-exclusive joint marketing and cooperation agreements for new business opportunities that would utilize the complementary resources of the two companies.

The vessel - which will keep the name, Superior Achiever - will be capable of working in harsh or deepwater environments. Superior Offshore expects to deploy the vessel by the end of this year to international markets and/or deepwater Gulf of Mexico projects.

"We are pleased to sign this definitive agreement with Hornbeck, one of the world's leading new-generation vessel operators," said Jim Mermis, Superior Offshore's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Hornbeck has one of the youngest fleets in the offshore supply vessel industry and is on the leading edge of advanced technology serving the deepwater oil and gas industry. We believe our subsea construction services are a natural fit with Hornbeck's multi-class fleet of deepwater vessels.

"This transaction will benefit our shareholders by streamlining our capital structure," Mermis added. "Once the transaction is closed and funded, we will retire our term loan and significantly deleverage our balance sheet."

Withdrawing 2008 Guidance

Separately, Superior Offshore is withdrawing its prior 2008 guidance due to the recent events that have changed the Company's financial and operational profile, including the decision to cancel the acquisition of Ocean Flow International L.L.C.; the pending sale and charter-back of the Achiever; and current negotiations with respect to several potential long-term charters.

"We will continue to focus on our primary markets in the Gulf of Mexico, Trinidad, the Middle East and Africa, with a streamlined focus on operational effectiveness and efficiency," Mermis said. "We expect to be in a position to provide new guidance for 2008 financial results on or before we report fourth quarter and full year 2007 results in March."

 http://www.rovworld.com/phpnuke/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1903
 
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« Reply #641 on: June 25, 2009, 11:05:46 AM »

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http://www.fortisbank.com/en/general/history.asp

http://www.us.fortis.com/

Fortis Bank joined BNP Paribas, a leading European financial services group of international standing, in May 2009. BNP Paribas is the euro-zone’s largest bank by deposits, and is one of the six most solid banks worldwide according to Standard & Poor’s, employing more than 200,000 people in 85 countries. The group occupies key positions with its core businesses in Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. BNP Paribas has four domestic markets in retail banking: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. It also has a significant presence in the US and leading positions in Asia and emerging markets.

Fortis Bank has a strong and growing presence in the U.S., including:

Tailored advice and financial services to corporate and institutional clients, offering them investment and financing products as well as advisory services.
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« Reply #642 on: June 25, 2009, 11:55:19 AM »

Posted in the wrong thread

2NJSons, can you please move to the NH or Marlies thread?

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Copied to Marlies thread.
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« Reply #643 on: June 25, 2009, 12:16:13 PM »



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From: alatar...@gmail.com
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 09:10:20 -0800 (PST)
Local: Wed, Feb 4 2009 12:10 pm
Subject: stay away from the DEEP(Q)
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I lost a lot of money on this one. It's my own fault for taking
someone else's recommendation, but anyway.... This company has taken
care of it's senior officers as they left the shareholders with
worthless shares in a company racked by debt and tax problems. It was
a fantastic company to own before senior leadership took jobs that the
compaay couldn't perform. For myself, and a lot of other people, are
involved in some sort of class action suit against deep. There are
several, trying to squeeze out a few last pennies before the end. My
message to the management: Take your dirty money and go live in a
foreign country because if I see you living it up in Galveston you're
going to wish you had never heard of sub-sea construction.


http://finance.google.com/group/google.finance.708248/browse_thread/thread/cbd9ce2d8774ac19#

 

Methinks the dirty money made it to a foreign country the end of 2007. 
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« Reply #644 on: June 25, 2009, 12:18:49 PM »

Superior Offshore International Inc. v. Bristow Group Inc. et al
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Plaintiff: Superior Offshore International Inc.
Defendant: Bristow Group Inc., Era Helicopters LLC, SEACOR Holdings Inc., Era Group Inc., Era Aviation Inc. and PHI Inc.
 
Case Number: 1:2009cv00438
Filed: June 12, 2009
 
Court: Delaware District Court
Office: Wilmington Office [ Court Info ]
County: New Castle
Presiding Judge: Unassigned Judge
 
Nature of Suit: Other Statutes - Antitrust
Cause: 15:1 Antitrust Litigation
Jurisdiction: Federal Question
Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff

http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-dedce/case_no-1:2009cv00438/case_id-42467/

Superior Alleges Prices On Flights To Oil Rigs Fixed
Law360, New York (June 18, 2009) -- Bankrupt undersea oil services company Superior Offshore International Inc. has launched a proposed class action accusing some of the largest providers of offshore helicopter services in the Gulf of Mexico of fixing prices for flights to oil rigs.

The lawsuit, filed June 12 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, claims the companies acted as part of a conspiracy between 2001 and 2005 to stabilize...


http://www.law360.com/registrations/create_login?article_id=107157&success_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.law360.com%2Farticles%2F107157

Oh fer crimeny sake!  They've GOT to be kidding, right?

They're being sued every way from Sunday, and now they have the audacity to propose a class action suit of their own?

(audacity was not the word I originally wanted to use, but I didn't want 2NJ to have to edit yet another of my posts  )
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« Reply #645 on: June 25, 2009, 12:21:13 PM »

There is a way to say it without spelling it out, ya know?     Monkey Devil!

Did someone say Perry Balls?   We haven't read his name in a while.     
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« Reply #646 on: June 25, 2009, 12:22:58 PM »

Yeabut I think even the pics I could post would be offensive  Monkey Devil!
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« Reply #647 on: June 25, 2009, 12:34:30 PM »

I don't have copy abilities and this may have been posted already....there's a picture of the Superior Achiever after her launch in 2008 on page 11 of this file.

http://www.ibiblio.org/maritime/photolibrary/albums/userpics/10001/021-22-01-2008.pdf
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« Reply #648 on: June 25, 2009, 01:04:51 PM »

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« Reply #649 on: June 26, 2009, 09:20:21 PM »

I don't know if all of this has been posted here or not, came across it looking for something else. 

http://scaredmonkeys.net/index.php?topic=4129.msg547228#msg547228

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« Reply #533 on: November 18, 2008, 08:53:19 AM »

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FYI -Louis Schaeffer info from  front page poster


Considering Luis Shaefer began shuffling assets and filing for bankruptcy the same month the fishing cage is found and inspected, and one of his business areas is in underwater construction – along with John Silvetti having a Netherlands based business and a company whose focus is on the offshore oil and gas industry, combined with the plan for an oil pipeline between Aruba and Venezuela – what really happened on January 7 2008 on the Aruban sea floor?

Does anyone wonder if John Silvetti has set up shop on the island of Aruba?


WE KNOW THAT ARUBA HAS PLANS TO BUILD A PIPELINE FROM
VENEZUELA TO THEIR ISLAND TO CARRY NATURAL GAS WITHIN
ABOUT 3 YEARS

Gas from Colombia for the production of electricity and water

ORANJESTAD – As respond on the increasing oil prices and its negative consequences for our island, the government has decided to import gas from Colombia. The electricity supply can be altered to use natural gas instead of fuel oil for an estimate of 20 millions. The production of electricity and water becomes 40 percent cheaper because of this, said Premier Nelson Oduber yesterday. “Besides, it’s going to be cleaner.”

The premier of Aruba made these comments during a press conference yesterday. He is just back from a working visit in Colombia. He took part as listener in the General Meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Colombia. He met with the Colombian president Alvaro Uribe last Sunday discussed among others the energy policy. Uribe sugges ted supplying Aruba with natural gas, just like Colom bia does with Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Panama. They agreed that the ambassador for the Kingdom will start negotiating today with the Colombian minister of Mining and energy. A delegation of representatives of WEB and Elmar intends to go to Colombia and work out the further details afterwards. This is an historic moment, said Oduber.

The premier says that altering the WEB to use natural gas instead of fuel oil must be possible in one year. WEB will take care of the costs, about 20 millions. The natural gas will have to be transported by ship in the beginning, but the construction of a pipeline must be considered on the medium- and long run. This pipeline will have to run via Venezuela to our island. Oduber thinks that this may take about 3 years. Apart from using the gas for the production of electricity a nd water, it can also be used for cars and in the houses. Oduber does not abando n the thoughts of other alternatives like wind- and sun energy, but these can only supply the island with a limited amount of electricity and water. Other energy sources like pet-coke and pitch are too expensive, says the premier. Also the deepwater cooling is no option. “We do not have deepwater here.”


LUIS SHAEFER

WE KNOW THAT SCHAFER IS REORGANIZING HIS COMPANY, SELLING
OFF ALL OF HIS ASSETS, AND THEN RENEGOTIATING LEASING THEM
FROM THE COMPANIES THAT BUY THEM

As previously announced, in January 2008, the Company sold the Superior Achiever, which was under construction, to Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC, or “Hornbeck,” for approximately $70.0 million, the proceeds of which the Company used, among other things, to repay in full its term loan obligation to Fortis Capital Corp. and to repay a portion of its borrowings under its senior secured credit facility with JPMorgan Chase Bank. Following the sale, the Company has no further obligations to the shipbuilder with respect to the construction of the vessel; however, if certain construction costs for the Superior Achiever exceed $120.0 million, the Company will reimburse Hornbeck for the amount of such excess, up to $8.0 million. In addition, in connection with the sale of the Superior Achiever , the Company and Hornbeck entered into a five-year time charter for the Superior Achiever , or under certain circumstances, the HOS Iron Horse . The Company has the option to terminate the charter by giving 90 days’ advance notice and paying a termination fee prior to the end of each six-month period within the term. The Company has provided Hornbeck with an $8.0 million cash secured letter of credit to secure its obligations to Hornbeck.

http://myway.brand.edgar-online.com/DisplayFilingInfo.aspx?Type=HTML&text=%2526lt%253bNEAR%252f4%2526gt%253b(%22ADAMS%22%2c%22SURVEYOR%22)&FilingID=5840983&ppu=%2fPeopleFilingResults.aspx%3fPersonID%3d4361538

WE KNOW THAT SCHAFER ANNOUNCED BANKRUPTCY UNDER
A VOLUNTARY PETITION AND THAT THE COMPANY WILL OPERATE
ITS BUSINESS AS A DEBTOR-IN-POSSESSION

HOUSTON, April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Superior Offshore International, Inc. (Nasdaq: DEEP - News; the "Company") today announced that it filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (the "Bankruptcy Code"), in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the "Court") (Case No. 08-32590-H2-11). The Company will continue to operate its business as "debtor in possession" under the jurisdiction of the Court in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and orders of the Court.

Contact:

Superior Offshore International, Inc.

713-910-1875

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/080425/laf521.html?.v=2

WE KNOW THAT ONE OF HIS REORGANIZATION INTERESTS INCLUDES UNDERWATER CONSTRUCTION

he sold the boat that was being built to be their deep water boat, and then he renegiotiated a five-year lease for use of the boat,or another similiar usage boat !!!

On September 21, 2006, the Company entered into a definitive agreement for the construction of the Superior Achiever, a DP III deepwater construction and dive support vessel, for €61,735,500 (or approximately $80,000,000 based on current exchange rates at the time of payment of the initial commitment fee and the first installment payment and reflecting the exchange rate set forth in the Company’s currency hedging agreement relating to the remaining installments described below). On November 8, 2006, the Company entered into a hedging transaction with the purpose and effect of capping the exchange rate, at 1.2975 U.S. dollars to 1 Euro, on $72,091,436 of payments relating to the construction of the vessel through June 2008. The Company expects to place the vessel in service in the second half of 2008. As of June 30, 2007, the Company had paid the shipbuilder € 45,428,158 (or appro ximately $ 58,604,452 ), which is included in property and equipment
http://www.secinfo.com/dsvRu.u4Z5.htm

As previously announced, in January 2008, the Company sold the Superior Achiever, which was under construction, to Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC, or “Hornbeck,” for approximately $70.0 million, the proceeds of which the Company used, among other things, to repay in full its term loan obligation to Fortis Capital Corp. and to repay a portion of its borrowings under its senior secured credit facility with JPMorgan Chase Bank. Following the sale, the Company has no further obligations to the shipbuilder with respect to the construction of the vessel; however, if certain construction costs for the Superior Achiever exceed $120.0 million, the Company will reimburse Hornbeck for the amount of such excess, up to $8.0 million. In addition, in connection with the sale of the Superior Achiever , the Company and Hornbeck entered into a five-year time charter fo r the Superior Achiever , or under certain circumstances, the HOS Iron Horse . The Company has the option to terminate the charter by giving 90 days’ advance notice and paying a termination fee prior to the end of each six-month period within the term. The Company has provided Hornbeck with an $8.0 million cash secured letter of credit to secure its obligations to Hornbeck.

JOHN SILVETTI

John Silvetti, Lafayette, LA 70508

John S. distributes APS Sonavision sonars in the Gulf ,APS LLC focuses specifically on the navigation and sonar needs of the oil and gas industry.

APS is the navigation, positioning and sonar services arm within the JD Silvetti Group of Companies. APS is responsible for most call out projects that do not require certifications, as well as non-certification specialized projects.

John Silvetti Contribution List in 2006

Silvetti, John Mr.
LAFAYETTE, LA


70598 Alternative Positioning Solutions/O $5,000 02/23/2006 P NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE - Republican
Silvetti, John Mr.
LAFAYETTE, LA
70598 Alternative Positioning Solutions/ $500 06/22/2005 P NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE - Republican


http://www.e-pageads.com/survey-marketplace/newsletter/newsletter71.html#2


GeoLab Group announced the appointment of Mr. C. J. Appleyard as General Manager for GeoLab LLC. Mr. Appleyard, formerly Survey Manager for Oceaneering and a Senior Consultant to BP's Deepwater Gulf of Mexico operations, will head up the Groups America's region following a reorganization in Q4, 2001. GeoLab will change the operational name from GeoLab Silvetti and Company LLC to GeoLab LLC forthwith with the corporate office in Houston, Texas and an operational base in Lafayette, Louisiana.

GeoLab LLC is a member of the GeoLab Group of Companies providing extensive experience in supporting a diverse range of specialist data-gathering, survey and seabed mapping services to support the marine construction, hydrocarbon, telecommunication, and maritime industries worldwide.
The GeoLab group of companies operates through a network of strategically located companies to provide its customers with a global service. Experienced field proven professionals, whom in turn service the needs of their local customers, manage each entity. The Group represents the integrated capabilities of five GeoLab Companies; GeoLab Technical Services Ltd. (UK), GeoLab srl. (Italy), GeoLab bv (Netherlands), GeoLab LLC (USA) and GeoLab Technical Services Nigeria Ltd. (Nigeria).
The services provided by the company are subject to an ISO 9002 control process to ensure that the deliverable items satisfy the clients' requirements. The extent of services covered by the accreditation covers all supporting activities inclusive of Project and Operational Management compliance functions and is summarized within the scope of the ISO charter. Health, Safety, Environmental and Risk management are all components of the system, which dovetail into the Quality compliance process.
For information contact GeoLab LLC at +713-457 0411 or by e-mail at info@geolab.cc

JOHN SILVETTI

THE SILVETTI GROUP OF COMPANIES

Silvetti Marine Services LLC
A. Vessels Operation Company
1. RV Persistence
2. J. David
http://silvettigroup.com/sms.html

Marine Surveys LLC
http://silvettigroup.com/ms.html

Alternative Positioning Solutions LLC
A. Created in 2002
http://silvettigroup.com/aps.html

Map of Alternative Positioning Sltns, 401 Mecca St Ste B ..
401 Mecca St Ste B Lafayette, LA 70508 3372371235. Map for Alternative Positioning Sltns. Write a Review. To see the route on the map in print view, ...lafayette.citysearch.com/profile/map/ 42105741/lafayette_la/alternative_positioning_sltns.html

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GEOLAB SILVETTI CO. 401 MECCA ST # B (337)-291-1120
http://www.looboo.com/list/US/LA/Lafayette/localinks
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GeoLab Silvetti & Co. LLC, USA
http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache:pw0h9cmTf-EJ:www.e-pageads.com/survey-marketplace/newsletter/showpreview12pp.pdf+Marine+Surveys+LLC+John+Silvetti&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=8&gl=us&client=firefox-a
GeoLab Group Appoints C. Appleyard As New General Manager For GeoLab LLC.


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The Group represents the integrated capabilities of five GeoLab Companies;

GeoLab Technical Services Ltd. (UK)

GeoLab srl. (Italy)
GeoLab srl (Pozzuoli, Italy) recently established a permanent base in the Middle East. A new commercial and operational office, currently being used to support the Dolphin Project, has been established in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Hmirates.
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1091628521.html

GeoLab bv (Netherlands)

GeoLab LLC (USA)

GeoLab Technical Services Nigeria Ltd. (Nigeria).
GeoLab Middle-East Branch

29 Feb 2008
Geolab SRL
GeoLab Middle-East Branch
Geolab Srl has been operating in the region since May 2005 and in July 2007 completed the undertaking Survey and ROV Support Services on behalf of the various EPIC Contractors involved in the Dolphin Project utilising our in-house vessels DP Reel and Sentinel and also third party vessel Gulmar Eagle.

In 2006 Geolab Srl provided survey positioning in support of Modern Computer Services during the undertaking of the
ADMA OPCO ROV digital video acquisition, survey inspection of subsea pipelines with a total of 720 km being inspected.

Geolab have realised the region as an important market and to show our future commitment to the region, also offer Clients an alternative choice of Survey and ROV contractor are in the final stages of registration of a Middle East Branch this will be .located in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates.

Geolab Srl shall be assigning to the region our in-house dedicated DP Class 1 ROV survey support and light construction vessel the DP Geo which was formally the RSV Salgueiro recently acquired from Subsea 7 and is currently undergoing refurbishment in Europe the vessel shall be available in early April 2008.

The Middle-East Branch has recently secured a 180 days contract for Geophysical Surveys Mapping Pipelines and Jackets in Middle East Region and is discussing with several major local contractors long-term agreements for provision of Survey and Positioning Services.
http://www.oceanologyinternational.com/page.cfm/T=m/Action=Press/PressID=104
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GeoLab track-record comprises a large number of the most prestigious and technical demanding projects including, but not limited to, the following:

PIPELINES & PLATFORMS
Shallow Water
· Adriatic Installation Campaign 2008
· Bahr Essalam Project
· Sabratha Platform Project
· DIDON Field Project
· Temsah Project
· TMPC
· Taurt Platform Project
· Taurt Pipeline Project
· El-Arish to Ashqelon
· Rosetta PIM Project
· AWA Paloukou & Ikalou
· Mafumeira
· Mimas & Thetys Development
· Shearwater & Galleon Projects
· Dolphin Project
· ADMA-OPCO 2006 Pipeline Inspection Campaign
DEEP WATER
· AQABA Project
· LGTS Greenstream Project
· Dalia Project
· Burullus Phase IV
CABLES
· Sirius, Solas & Esat Projects
· Italy-Greece FOL & HDVC Interconnector
· SACOI Project
· Bass-Link Project
· SAPEI Project
· Neptune Project
· Dolphin Umbilicals Project
OTHER MARKETS
o SINPOS Project
o TECSIS Project
o ARCHEOMAR Project
o IMDH Namibia and Angola Mining Surveys
http://www.geolab.it/geolab_eng/geoLay_progetti.html
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« Reply #650 on: June 27, 2009, 08:51:09 PM »

August 2007 comments on a Bonaire forum.

http://www.bonairetalk.com/newsgroup/messages/27/328782.html?1188531615
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« Reply #651 on: June 27, 2009, 09:24:39 PM »

 
The Caribbean poised for global competition through the CARICOM Single Market & Economy (CSME)
CARICOM
The people who live on the scattered islands and territories known as the Caribbean have always had a dream of economic integration and are now poised to realize that dream. In 1973, under the Treaty of Chaguaramas, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) was born. “While the idea of community remains central to integration, the Common Market has today taken on an entirely different dimension,” states Ambassador Ellsworth John, chairman of the Conference of the Caribbean’s major organizing body, the Washington-based CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors.

The ambition now is to build out of fifteen separate national economies a single, integrated, globally competitive modern market economy within an economic space referred to as the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). As Ambassador John explains, “This is made possible through learning from CARICOM countries’ individual economic successes attained during the second half of the last century as well as from their collective experiences at regional integration over the past thirty years.”
Ambassador John notes that in its architecture and functioning, the CSME will be second only to the European Union but without such centralized political institutions as the European Commission and European Parliament.

Structure of the CSME to mature in December 2008
The CSME was negotiated by the Caribbean countries under two main economic branches, the Single Market and the Single Economy. “While the whole structure that is the CSME will fully mature in December 2008, the journey has an important pit stop and that involves the free movement of goods, services, skills and capital and the freedom of Caribbean nationals to set up businesses anywhere within the CSME without restrictions. This process began on January 1, 2006,” said Ambassador John.

“The CSME is being implemented in one of the most politically stable and increasingly prosperous parts of the world,” located just south of Florida and wedged between the giant markets of North and South America. Geographically, the CSME brings together the rich island traditions of the Windward and Leeward islands, with the continental flair of Belize to the north in Central America and Guyana and Suriname south of the Caribbean in South America.

Bringing this mix of countries into the CSME puts into one economic system: oil and natural gas; gold; bauxite; a wealth of marine resources; fertile agriculture land; some of the world’s most beautiful tourist destinations; a highly literate population; and to create the foundations for an attractive location for business and commercial opportunities.

“The Single Market was opened for business in early 2006 and already some of its pivotal institutions are up and running, including a Caribbean Court of Justice, with its headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality headquartered in Barbados. The Commission for Competition is to have its headquarters in Suriname” says Ambassador John.

He indicates that after each country has reformed its immigration laws under the agreements relating to free movement of skills, people in certain categories of occupations with specific skills can live and work wherever they choose outside their country of birth or nationality. This, the ambassador says, is being reinforced by a common system for the transfer of social security benefits and a CARICOM passport.

“A simple definition of the CSME would be: a single seamless economic space where CARICOM populations can conduct business as though they were operating in a single country. Under the new rules, CARICOM nationals from any one member state must be treated in every respect for the purposes of business as the nationals of the member state where they choose to reside or do business.”

Scope of the Single Economy broader than the Single Market
The Single Economy is much broader in scope and commitments than the Single Market since it involves agreements, rules and procedures for cooperation in areas such as monetary, fiscal, exchange rates and sectoral policies by the member states. Despite this, the building blocks for the Single Economy are now being laid down with such instruments as the CARICOM Investment Agreement, the CARICOM Investment Code, and the Financial Services Agreement and with work in progress on a Single Stock Exchange. “These, together with the other instrumentalities for operating a single economy in a multilateral framework are required to be completed by the end of 2008,” notes Ambassador John.

“The excitement of the Single Market that opened for business early in 2006 has energized the professions and service companies within CARICOM to meet the competition. Self-employed and business persons have special rights to establish a commercial presence throughout the CSME, and a big push is on to eliminate all of the restrictions, the bureaucracy and the obstacles to cross-border mobility of companies and other forms of business establishments.
“Registrars of Companies are hard at work to iron out kinks in the legal arrangements for establishments under the Companies Act and to bring about effective harmonization of the rules for incorporating and registering companies in the CSME,” says Ambassador John, the chairman of the major organizing body of the Conference on the Caribbean.

The Washington-based CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors indicates an increasing confidence among the people and companies in the Caribbean Community. This confidence will not only allow them to compete globally but also will be a demonstration of how small countries can define their place and succeed in the global marketplace.

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Aruba an uneasy neighbor as Venezuela builds forces
By Steven Dudley for Herald Today/ McClatchy Newspapers

Posted: Aug 10, 2006 17:01 UTC

 
ORANJESTAD, Aruba - On a clear day, you can see all the way from the southern side of Aruba to Venezuela - a fact that has rarely caused concern since the island became part of the Dutch kingdom in the 17th century.

But with a military build up going on in Venezuela and U.S. warships recently engaged in large-scale exercises in nearby Caribbean waters, Aruba suddenly finds itself in the center of political tensions that some fear may turn into a military showdown. "Little by little, we are more concerned," Agustin Vrolijk, Aruba's director of foreign affairs, told The Miami Herald.

He mentioned the recent purchases by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles, more than 30 Russian helicopters and the desire to manufacture Kalashnikovs to protect his country from a U.S. invasion - a possibility that Washington has strongly denied.

"Is all this only for defensive purposes?" Vrolijk asked. Vrolijk's concerns are partly allayed by a long history of good relations between Venezuela and the so-called ABC islands - Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, all part of the kingdom of the Netherlands and protected by the Dutch armed forces. They have long maintained close commercial ties and have strategic partnerships to tackle issues like drug trafficking.

There are many Venezuelans living on Aruba, and most islanders speak some Spanish. There is also a Valero refinery that processes Venezuelan oil for sale on the East Coast of the United States, and the Dutch oil giant Shell is expanding its reach into Venezuela.

"We know that Aruba poses no threat to Venezuela, and we don't believe that Venezuela poses a threat to Aruba," Hinkinus Nijenhuis, the Dutch ambassador to Venezuela, told The Miami Herald in an interview in Caracas.

The U.S. government also has interests in the islands, maintaining military facilities in both Aruba and neighbouring Curaçao. These facilities, known as Forward Operating Locations (FOL), support U.S. airplanes and occasionally ships that are fighting drug trafficking in the region. They are particularly useful because U.S. planes are no longer allowed to patrol in Venezuelan airspace.

Tensions between the islands and Venezuela appear to have grown as a result of the increasingly combative rhetoric between Washington and Caracas, and Venezuela's increased relations with its Caribbean neighbours. In addition to expanding relations with Cuba, Venezuela also has reached out to the rest of the islands with offers of discounted oil and refinery upgrades.

At the same time, Chavez has tried to isolate the U.S. government from the region, calling President Bush "Mister Danger" and saying repeatedly that Washington has designs to invade his country or even assassinate him. With this in mind, Chavez has ramped up his defences.

For Chavez, the Dutch islands, which lie between 16 and 30 miles off the Venezuelan coast, would feature prominently in such an invasion plan. On the ABC News program "Nightline" last year, Chavez told Ted Koppel that a war game developed in Spain in 2001 simulated this invasion; one of the launching points for this simulated attack was an FOL near the target.

The United States has denied Chavez's claims but at the same time flexed its military muscle in the region. In April, as part of a large exercise, the U.S. Navy sent the aircraft carrier George Washington to Aruba and to Curaçao and St. Maarten, both part of the Netherlands Antilles.

"There's no other symbol of American power like the carrier that conveys our commitment to the region," Brig. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr., the Southern Command's chief of staff, told The Associated Press at the time. A destroyer, frigate, cruiser and 60 airplanes joined the aircraft carrier in its tour through the Caribbean.

Tensions also rose after the Netherlands defense minister, Henk Kamp, told parliament in Amsterdam recently that Chavez had his sights set on the ABC islands. But he added that there was little to fear because of Venezuela's "second class" navy. Chavez, a former army colonel, responded by calling Kamp "a pawn of Washington."

The Dutch government moved quickly to calm the storm, claiming that Kemp did not convey its feelings toward Venezuela. The Dutch also hosted two Venezuelan military officers during a military exercise of their own and recently sent a high-level delegation to Venezuela.

U.S. analysts like Daniel Erikson of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington also downplay the recent rhetoric. "This is very much the tempest in the teapot," Erikson said. "There is an unsettled climate around Venezuela's regional ambitions. ... But while there might be nervousness there, I just don't see Venezuela having any serious designs on the Netherlands Antilles."

On Aruba, a tranquil, arid island of 80,000 people with a soft breeze and light blue waters, the mood is hardly tense. Tourists escape the news with piña coladas and grilled fish, while locals mostly laugh at the likelihood that Chavez would want to take over their lands. "We talk about it, but we don't think they'll invade," said Luis Yarzagaray, a former Dutch marine who is now a private security officer.

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US vs Venezuela: Preparing to again kill for oil ?
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The Curacao government rejects the use of its territory by the US to attack Venezuela - Article - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/5ybk6

''On Monday, Venezuelan press reported the arrival of one thousand marines, Harrier aircraft, Super Cobra, Sea King and Sea State helicopters, as well as amphibious vehicles in Curacao and Aruba.''

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By Marilyn M. (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #231) on Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 3:40 pm:     
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Aruba has also applied to drill for Natural Gas off it's coast which would be within the "200 nautical miles" Venezuela is claiming. There are many implications, for many countries when you really listen to him. I hear you, Brigitte, I don't think it's wise to ignore him either. His military build up has nothing to do with "protecting" himself from the evil US empire. I believe he uses those words as his cover. It's unfortunately currently a popular stand.


 
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By Marilyn M. (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #231) on Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 3:40 pm:     
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Aruba has also applied to drill for Natural Gas off it's coast which would be within the "200 nautical miles" Venezuela is claiming. There are many implications, for many countries when you really listen to him. I hear you, Brigitte, I don't think it's wise to ignore him either. His military build up has nothing to do with "protecting" himself from the evil US empire. I believe he uses those words as his cover. It's unfortunately currently a popular stand.


 

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« Reply #656 on: June 27, 2009, 11:15:47 PM »


By Marilyn M. (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #231) on Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 3:40 pm:     
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Aruba has also applied to drill for Natural Gas off it's coast which would be within the "200 nautical miles" Venezuela is claiming. There are many implications, for many countries when you really listen to him. I hear you, Brigitte, I don't think it's wise to ignore him either. His military build up has nothing to do with "protecting" himself from the evil US empire. I believe he uses those words as his cover. It's unfortunately currently a popular stand.


 


Yes, TX......I believe someone may have posted something about the natural gas line (at least I think I've read it before), and the date/timing of the discussion was something that stood out. 
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By Marilyn M. (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #231) on Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 3:40 pm:     
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Aruba has also applied to drill for Natural Gas off it's coast which would be within the "200 nautical miles" Venezuela is claiming. There are many implications, for many countries when you really listen to him. I hear you, Brigitte, I don't think it's wise to ignore him either. His military build up has nothing to do with "protecting" himself from the evil US empire. I believe he uses those words as his cover. It's unfortunately currently a popular stand.


 

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« Reply #658 on: June 27, 2009, 11:18:45 PM »


By Marilyn M. (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #231) on Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 3:40 pm:     
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Aruba has also applied to drill for Natural Gas off it's coast which would be within the "200 nautical miles" Venezuela is claiming. There are many implications, for many countries when you really listen to him. I hear you, Brigitte, I don't think it's wise to ignore him either. His military build up has nothing to do with "protecting" himself from the evil US empire. I believe he uses those words as his cover. It's unfortunately currently a popular stand.


 

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    I found it but just put the link.   It ain't easy finding this stuff.   
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