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« Reply #660 on: June 28, 2009, 04:38:35 AM »

http://www.ciglobal.com/page126.html

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES (Incl. ARUBA)
 
Production Sharing Contract Dated 19 March 1989 Between NOCA & Maraven S.A. For Contract Are II Offshore Aruba  (Supplement 74 /Page 1)
 
Production Sharing Contract Dated 14 March 1989 Between NOCA & Hamilton Oil (Aruba) Corporation for Contract Area I Offshore Aruba (Supplement 72 /Page 1)
 
Occidental Production Sharing Contract Dated 10 March 1989 for Contract Area II (Offshore) (Supplement 71 /Page 1)
 
1988 Model Production Sharing Contract for Offshore Exploration and Exploitation (Supplement 68 /Page 1)
 
The   Petroleum   Ordinance    Offshore  Aruba  1988   (With Explanatory Memorandum) (Supplement 69 /Page 49)
 
Production Sharing Agreement Dated 18 January 1980 Between Saba Bank Resources N.V. and Weeks Natural Resources (Netherlands Antilles N.V., Fina Petroleum St. Maarten N.V., & Fina Petroleum St. Eustatius, N.V. (Supplement 41 /Page 1)
 
Production Sharing Agreement Dated 15 December 1976 Between Saba Bank Resources N.V. and Marathon/Weeks/Santa Fe/Hamilton/ & Amerada (Supplement 26 /Page 13)
 
Act of 13 December 1976 Containing Rules With Respect to The Exploration & Production of Petroleum in or on The Saba Bank (Supplement 25 /Page 66)
 
Weeks Natural Resources (Netherland Antilles) N.V. Offshore Concession for Saba Bank, Dated 13 December 1974  (Supplement 18 /Page 46)
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« Reply #661 on: June 28, 2009, 09:33:36 PM »


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I currently work for a company named Aquatech outside Pittsburgh, PA that built the desalination equipment for the Valero plant. My project manager was/is the engineer for that project. It takes up to 5 barrels of pure water to refine 1 barrel of oil. The Valero plant is not going to close any time soon, but I certainly cannot be sure it will or won't be sold. I'll post some pictures tomorrow when I get to work, if anyone cares  .
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« Reply #662 on: June 28, 2009, 09:36:11 PM »

U.S. Fourth Fleet in Venezuelan Waters
 
May 27th 2008, by Nikolas Kozloff - CounterPunch
With U.S. saber rattling towards Venezuela now at its height, the Pentagon has decided to reactivate the Navy’s fourth fleet in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
It’s a bold move, and has already stirred controversy within the wider region.
The fleet, which will start patrolling in July, will be based at the Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Florida and will answer to the U.S. Southern Command in Miami. Rear Admiral Joseph Keran, current commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, will oversee operations. About 11 vessels are currently under the Southern Command, a number that could increase in future. The Navy plans to assign a nuclear-powered air craft carrier, USS George Washington, to the force.
It’s difficult to see how the revival of the Fourth Fleet is warranted at the present time. The move has only served to further antagonize Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, already rattled by a U.S. navy plane’s violation of Venezuelan airspace over the weekend. In the long-term, the Pentagon’s saber rattling may encourage South American militaries to assert great independence from Washington, a trend which is already well under way as I discuss in my new book, Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left (Palgrave-Macmillan).
Reacting angrily to the Navy’s announcement, Chávez said: ``They don't scare us in the least.'' Chávez remarked that ``along with Brazil we're studying the creation of a South American Defense Council'' which would defend South America from foreign intervention. “If a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exists,” the Venezuelan leader postulated, “why can’t a SATO exist, a South Atlantic Treaty Organization?"

Though the resuscitation of the Fourth Fleet has led many to believe that the U.S. is pursuing a course of gunboat diplomacy in the region, there was a time when the force arguably served a real need. What is the history of the Fourth Fleet in Venezuelan waters?

Venezuela in World War II
On the eve of the Second World War, Venezuela was the world’s leading oil exporter and during the conflict the oil rich Maracaibo fields, located in the westernmost Venezuelan state of Zulia, were considered a crucial resource for both the axis and allied powers.
British and American oil subsidiaries of Royal Dutch Shell, Standard Oil and Gulf had in fact long operated in the Maracaibo Basin prior to the outbreak of European hostilities. Transportation of crude from Jersey Standard’s producing fields in Lake Maracaibo region was carried out through use of specially constructed shallow draft tankers. A refinery owned by Royal Dutch Shell located on the island of Aruba, which processed Maracaibo crude, was strategically important as it supplied products not only to Britain but also to France.
In 1940, Britain received fully 40 percent of her total oil imports from Venezuela, and during the first years of the war that total jumped to as high as 80 percent. Venezuelan oil also represented a vital commodity for the Nazis and the ability of the German state to wage war in Europe. As late as 1938, oil produced from Aruba, Curacao and Venezuela accounted for 44 percent of German oil imports. Germany did not buy oil directly from Venezuela but from U.S. and British-Dutch oil companies which shipped Venezuelan crude to refineries in Aruba and Curacao and then sold the final product in Europe. Venezuelan-German trade remained at normal levels but ended abruptly in September 1939 with the beginning of the British naval blockade of Germany.
By 1940, with Britain increasingly isolated as the result of German attack and prior to the entrance of the U.S. into the war, Venezuelan sentiment was bitterly anti-German. Meanwhile Venezuela moved into the U.S. orbit and became a chief recipient of American economic aid. U.S. military officials preferred that Venezuela publicly stay neutral in an effort to preempt any German moves to shell Venezuela’s coast.
Venezuelan neutrality however was a mere legal fiction: in reality, the South American nation had granted U.S. ships and airplanes special access to ports and airstrips. Two days after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Venezuela declared its solidarity with the United States and on December 31, 1941 the Andean nation severed relations with the Axis powers.

Operation “Roll of Drums”
It wasn’t long before the Venezuelan government’s decision to sell oil to the allies resulted in Nazi counter measures. On December 12, 1941 Hitler met with his naval advisers and approved PAUKENSCHLAG or “ROLL OF DRUMS” a U-boat operation in Western Atlantic/Caribbean waters. In February, 1942 German submarines plied the Caribbean, sinking 25 tankers in one month.
The Nazis were chiefly concerned with the Dutch islands of Curacao and Aruba, Dutch colonies where U.S. forces had set up defensive fortifications in order to protect refineries processing Venezuelan crude from Maracaibo (with an estimated crude capacity of 480,000 barrels a day, the Aruba refinery, owned by Standard Oil of New Jersey, and the Curacao refinery, owned by Royal Dutch Shell, outranked Abadan in Iran with 250,000 barrels; the Baku complex in the U.S.S.R. with about 230,000 barrels; and the largest plants in the United States at Baytown, Port Arthur, Bayonne, Baton Rouge, and Whiting with over 100,000 barrels each).
On 15 February 1942, a convoy of oil tankers and ships left the Maracaibo Bar. The first ships in line were the ‘Monagas,’ of the Mene Grande Oil Company, followed by the ‘Tia Juana’ and ‘Pedernales’ both belonging to the Lago Petroleum Corporation. These tankers were followed by the ‘Rafaela’ belonging to Shell, and the ‘San Nicolas’and ‘Orangestad,’ belonging to Lago Oil and Transport Co, based in Aruba. A number of other tankers joined the column.

German U-Boat Attack and Creation of the U.S. Fourth Fleet
Suddenly a German U-boat torpedoed the ‘Monagas’ which sank immediately. The tankers ‘Tia Juana,’ ‘Pedernales,’ ‘Rafaela,’ ‘San Nicolas,’ and ‘Orangestad’ were also hit and sustained casualties. On the same day, the oil refinery on Aruba was attacked by German submarine shellfire. The political fallout from the attack was predictable: soon, angry street protesters hit the streets of Caracas, denouncing German aggression.
In response to stepped up German escalation in the Caribbean, the U.S. Navy created the Fourth Fleet to hunt submarines in the South Atlantic. The U.S. moves came none too soon: as the naval war raged in the Caribbean, Venezuela suffered tremendous economic losses. As a result of the lost tankers, production in the Lake Maracaibo Basin had to be cut back by nearly 100,000 tons of crude daily. By July 1942 the situation was still dire, with tankers operating at only one-third their average capacity of 30,000 barrels.
German attacks on the Aruba refinery marked the beginning of the Battle of the Caribbean. It wasn’t until August, 1943 that the Fourth Fleet was able to turn the tables on the submarine menace in Venezuelan waters. In 1950, with German U-boats now long gone, the U.S. Navy disbanded the fleet.

Reviving the Fourth Fleet
The Navy claims that it needs to resuscitate the Fourth Fleet now to combat terrorism, to keep the economic sea lanes of communication free and open, to counter illicit trafficking and to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
However, the move comes at a particularly sensitive moment within the region. U.S. ally Colombia launched a deadly raid across the Ecuadoran border in March, killing 16 members of the FARC guerilla insurgency including the organization’s number two, Raúl Reyes. Last weekend, Chávez accused Colombia of launching a cross-border incursion, while the Pentagon routinely lambastes Venezuela for its arms buildup including acquisition of high performance fighter aircraft, attack helicopters and diesel submarines.
Unlike the Second World War, when many South Americans welcomed the Fourth Fleet in Caribbean waters, some view the current U.S. naval presence as a veiled threat directed at the region’s new Pink Tide countries. In an interview with Cuban television, Bolivian President Evo Morales remarked that the U.S. naval force constituted "the Fourth Fleet of intervention."
Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro has asked why the U.S. has sought to revive the Fourth Fleet at this precise moment. Writing in the Cuban newspaper Granma, Castro suggested that the move constituted a return to U.S. gunboat diplomacy. Castro, whose island nation confronted a U.S. naval blockade during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, remarked "The aircraft carriers and nuclear bombs that threaten our countries are used to sow terror and death, but not to combat terrorism and illegal activities.”
Nikolas Kozloff is the author of Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left (Palgrave-Macmillan)
http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/3496
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« Reply #663 on: June 28, 2009, 10:30:51 PM »

Thanks 2NJ.  That is a really intresting article.
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« Reply #664 on: June 29, 2009, 10:09:01 AM »

Put it all together and it paints a pretty clear picture.


IN AUGUST YOU HAVE A POSTER SAYING ARUBA HAS APPLIED TO
DRILL FOR NATURAL GAS OFF ITS COAST

 
August 2007 comments on a Bonaire forum.

http://www.bonairetalk.com/newsgroup/messages/27/328782.html?1188531615

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.
http://scaredmonkeys.net/index.php?topic=4838.msg855303#msg855303
 
 
DECEMBER 12, ODUBER SAYS ARUBA IS ENGAGED IN ITS COASTAL WATERS
FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING AND HOPED TO FIND RICH DEPOSITS

 
Aruba: Gateway to Caribbean and Latin America, Invites Indian Businessmen, Tourists
Wednesday, December 12, 2007

 

Mr. Oduber said his country had its own central banking system, Parliamentary form of governance and an independent judiciary. Aruban island nation, situated off the coast of Venezuela in South America, was engaged in its coastal waters for offshore drilling for oil and was hopeful of finding rich deposits as in Venezuela and Columbia.

Though the backbone of Aruban economy was tourism, it was also a major base for refining and exporting oil. In addition, Aruba also exported huge quantity of coffee, rice, sugar and whiskey to Europe and other western countries.

The invitation by IMC President Bajaj to visit Mumbai was presented to H.E. the Prime Minister in June by Mr Dinesh N. Joshi, Vice-Chairman of the IMC Infrastructure Committee and Indian partner of InCar Group.
http://www.incargroup.com/press/2007_12_01_archive.html


http://scaredmonkeys.net/index.php?topic=4838.msg781012#msg781012

 
 
DECEMBER 27 TIM SAYS THEY ARE GOING TO THE SEA BORDER OF VENEZUELA
 
ORANJESTAD – The decision of the Public Prosecutor to dismiss the Holloway-case has no effect on the investigation of the special ship Persistance, emphasized the crew that started to scan the seabed around Aruba on Tuesday.  With the best equipment in the world, they are trying to find Holloway.  Dave Holloway, Natalee’s father announced the arrival of the ship one month ago.  However, the ship’s arrival was delayed by the tropical storm Olga.
The ship has modern sonological-equipment that can scan up to 4000 meters deep.
The ship can scan very deep seabeds.  The ship will first determine the topographical situation of the sea around Aruba till the sea border with Venezuela.   The speed of the sound under water is measured with a sound velocity profile (SVP).  This is needed for the calculation of data during the scan.  Strange abnormal forms on the seabed can be captured with that. 
Maritime geologist Kyle Kingman, who maintains a blog about the expedition compares the seabed with an ‘old living creature from the end of the cretaceous period full of stories’.  “We know that this creature is making sure that he does not abandon his secrets”, writes Kingman.  He expects though that when the side scan sonar is activated, the contents of each split is going to be revealed and can be seen on a monitor in the computer room.  He says though that it remains difficult, like a shopping cart in an area as big as Manhattan. 
The search is of course going to cost a lot.  There are 18 people working with the most modern and expensive instruments on board of the ship.  Project managerTim Miller doesn’t want to confirm that millions of dollars in donations are paying for this search.  “We don’t want media-attention; we only want to do our job.”  .”  He only wanted to talk to Diario.  Also the office of the organization Texas Equusearch (TES), of which Miller is the founder, doesn’t want to say anything.  This abundantly sponsored American organization is specialized in search actions for mainly missing fellow country persons.  TES has already searched for Natalee two years ago, but only to a depth of 100 meters at that time. 
The organization receives a lot of monetary- as well as emotional support on the weblog.  This support is mainly from people that give the lord's blessing and that ask everybody to prey for the crew on the ship and the Hollowayy family.  Criticism is not really tolerated on the website.  These are not even added to the log.  An anonymous informant is wondering whether the authorities are on board of the ship for if they find evidence.  The lawyers of the former suspects are afraid that evidence can be planted by the crew.  “They may just drop or add a purse for example.”
The OM does not cooperate with the search action, but wants to be kept informed of whatever is discovered that can be of interest.  It is not known whether the crew has applied for a work permit for the search with the government.
(Amigoe: 12/27/2007)
http://scaredmonkeys.com/2007/12/27/persistence-continues-search-for-natalee-holloway-in-aruba-waters/


LOUIS SCHAEFER STATES THEY MAPPED THE ENTIRE OCEAN FLOOR

Kemah businessman, Louis Schafer, has personally spent in excess of a million dollars over the last four months funding a sophisticated, deep sea survey boat, named the Persistence. This aptly named ship, and her wonderful crew, have surveyed the entire 50-square miles area off Aruba. Schafer says, "We have identified at least 60 of the targets. We have about 150 more targets to inspect." Any one of those remaining 150 "targets" could be the remains of our missing American teenager. He went on to say, "We have completely mapped the ocean floor, we know every object that's there, we know every object that could be a container holding her in the sea."

Unfortunately, right now... with the recovery of Natalee within our grasp, the money has run out.
http://www.meridianstar.com/opinion/local_story_062005533.html
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« Reply #665 on: July 02, 2009, 03:13:34 PM »

I don't know if this relates to Aruba in any way....but I just got notice from a broker that
Exxon of Texas has bought Cobra Gas and Oil (CGCA) due to large oil deposits being discovered.
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« Reply #666 on: July 02, 2009, 10:05:01 PM »

I don't know if this relates to Aruba in any way....but I just got notice from a broker that
Exxon of Texas has bought Cobra Gas and Oil (CGCA) due to large oil deposits being discovered.
Thank You Magnolia...I did alittle checking and I only found that Cobra does work in US territory but I will dig some more to make sure..... 
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« Reply #667 on: July 03, 2009, 02:27:39 AM »

Journal of Petroleum Geology
Volume 15 Issue 2, Pages 283 - 304
Published Online: 18 Dec 2007

© 2009 Scientific Press Ltd

STRATIGRAPHY AND EVOLUTION OF THE TERTIARY ARUBA BASIN
E.A. Curet*
 *Directie Energiezaken, Caya Betico Croes 90, Oranjestad, Aruba
Copyright 1992 SCIENTIFIC PRESS LTD

ABSTRACT
The Aruba Basin (offshore Venezuela) is asymmetric, with the basin axis aligned parallel to, and just to the south of the Aruba uplift. The sedimentary section consists mostly of clays and shales, deposited since the Oligence, or possibly late Eocene, on a Crataceous basement of oceanic affinity. This monotonous lithology makes it difficult to compile a useful stratigraphic subdivision, but three seismic-stratigraphic units separated by unconformities have been distinguished, and are known as the Lower, Middle and Upper Sequences.

Sedimentation began in abyssal-to-bathyal depths, after the rapid subsidence of a weathered, volcanic terrain; the rate of sedimentation exceeded that of subsidence, causing a gradual shallowing of the sea-floor. The sedimentation rate during deposition of the Middle Sequence was sufficiently high to prevent normal compaction, thus causing a thick zone of abnormally high pressures. Deformation by faulting as well as folding was contemporaneous with sedimentaion and subsidence.

The main source area for the sediments lies to the south; the Aruba High has acted prinicpally as a sediment trap. On the north flank of the basin, some (bio-)clastic contribution from the island may be expected.

The type of organic matter in sediments penetrated by the three wells off shore Aruba, as determined by pyrolysis, is mostly gas-prone Type III kerogen. The TOC is fairly low—1% on average; but microscopic inspection revealed that a high percentage of the organic matter consists of amarphous kerogen. Due to the low geothermal gradient (1 F/100 ft), this organic matter is immature. Another drawback for the development of petroleum accumulations if the limited areal distribution of carrier and reservoir rocks. These two factors seriously restrict the petroleum potential of the Aruba Basin

However, there are indications from which the generation of petroleum can be deduced. In the deeper parts of the basin to the south of the island, sufficiently high temperatures may have been reached for Oligocene and older, sediments to be within the "oil window"; and the platform area in the SW may be underlain by older, more mature sediments. Further exploration on the north flank of the Aruba Basin and on the SW is considered to be justified, based on the inferred presence there of both source and reservoir rocks.

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119984787/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

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Says it was published online on Dec 18th 2007..Copyright 1992?Any thoughts?


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AAPG Bulletin; May 2007; v. 91; no. 5; p. 653-684; DOI: 10.1306/11280606002
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Chronology of Cenozoic tectonic events in western Venezuela and the Leeward Antilles based on integration of offshore seismic reflection data and on-land geology

Newly acquired, deep-penetration Broadband Onshore-Offshore Lithospheric Investigation of Venezuela and the Antilles Arc Region seismic reflection data from offshore western Venezuela (Bonaire Basin) and around the Leeward Antilles are combined with existing geologic and geophysical data sets to examine the chronology of Late Cretaceous–Cenozoic tectonic events in this part of the Caribbean–South American plate boundary zone. These tectonic events have controlled the maturation and structural trapping of known hydrocarbons in the offshore Bonaire Basin and the adjacent onland Falcón Basin. We infer three tectonic phases that are constrained using these combined data sets. (1) The late Eocene–early Oligocene, north-south opening of the 3–6-km (1.8–3.7-mi)-thick Falcón-Bonaire Basin occurred along east-west–striking normal fault systems that have locally been inverted by later tectonic phases. These Paleogene normal faults rifted the Upper Cretaceous arc crust and Paleogene marine depositional sequences within the offshore Bonaire Basin. (2) Northwest-striking normal faults crosscut the older normal faults of the Bonaire Basin and Leeward Antilles and form deep, submarine rifts that contain up to 4 km (2.5 mi) of sedimentary fill and form deep-water channels between islands of the Leeward Antilles. Offshore well data and age of onshore sediments in the Falcón Basin indicate that this second phase of rifting occurred mainly during the late Oligocene to early Miocene and remains active to the present. (3) Inversion of the subaerial Falcón Basin commenced during the middle Miocene. This inversion phase is reflected in the present-day pattern of an east-northeast–trending fold-thrust belt that can be traced over 200 km (124 mi) along strike in the Falcón Basin. A second offshore fold-thrust belt (La Vela) can be traced over a distance of 175 km (108 mi) along strike and parallel to the northeast-trending Falcón Basin coast. Restoration of imbricate thrusts seen on seismic lines perpendicular to the La Vela fold-thrust belt indicates a minimum of 7 km (4.3 mi) of northeast-southwest–directed, thin-skinned shortening. Geochemical work indicates that source rocks for scattered occurrences of hydrocarbons in the Falcón Basin and its coastal zone are Paleogene and Miocene marine shale. Reservoir rocks are Tertiary marine sandstone and shale deposited in Paleogene rifts formed during the first tectonic phase in the late Eocene to early Oligocene. Structural traps were formed by thrusting during the second tectonic phase in the late Oligocene to early Miocene

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« Reply #669 on: July 03, 2009, 12:04:24 PM »

This may have already been posted.  March 3-5, 2009 there was an exhibit called Underwater Intervention in New Orleans.  Legacy Offshore had a spot, as did CalDive.

http://www.onlinefloorplan.com/underwater09/businesscard.asp?CompanyName=Legacy%20Offshore,%20LLC&showname=Underwater%20Intervention%202009
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SOUTH AMERICA: Gas-Fueled Integration Ignores Crises
By Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 26 (IPS) - Presidents Néstor Kirchner of Argentina, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela concluded Wednesday in Brazil that a projected gas pipeline that would cross South America from north to south is viable, and that the plan should be ready to present to the other governments in the region in September.

The discussion on the megaproject, which will pipe natural gas from Venezuela's Caribbean shoreline to Argentina, will be expanded to include the rest of the countries of South America at a meeting of energy ministers to be held five months from now in Brazil, announced Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim.

Wednesday's meeting in Sao Paulo was the fourth meeting between the three left-leaning presidents in the past 13 months.

Bolivia will play a vital role in ensuring the project's sustainability, because it has the second-largest natural gas reserves in South America (after Venezuela), said Chávez, the only president to talk to the press after the three-hour meeting.

The information provided referred only to the gas pipeline - seen by many experts as an overly ambitious dream - and ignored the disputes jeopardising South America's integration process and the trade blocs that serve as its foundation: the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) and the Andean Community.

The Mercosur customs union is made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay (Venezuela is in the process of becoming the fifth full member), while the Andean Community is comprised of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

The blocs are currently facing separate crises. Last week, Chávez announced that Venezuela would pull out of the Andean bloc, which he said Colombia and Peru had "fatally wounded" by signing free trade agreements with the United States. The Venezuelan leader complained that his country would have to protect itself from U.S. products that would enter the local market through Colombia.

Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, who was in Brasilia on Tuesday, requested Brazilian mediation in the conflict.

Uribe, who recognises Brazil's leadership role in the construction of a new South American Community of Nations - based on the eventual convergence of Mercosur and the Andean Community - argued that the free trade deal his government recently signed with Washington would not affect trade within the Andean bloc, and that Colombia has the right to increase its oil exports to the U.S. market, where Venezuela already sells millions of barrels of oil.

The Bolivian government, headed by leftist President Evo Morales, has also threatened to withdraw from the Andean bloc if Colombia and Peru do not shelve the free trade accords signed with the United States, which are pending congressional ratification.

There is also the possibility that whoever wins the second round of Peru's presidential elections, to be held in late May or early June, will cancel the free trade deal, or that the new legislature will not ratify it.

Both nationalist candidate Ollanta Humala, who won the first round, and his likely contender in the runoff, Alan García, lean towards the left.

Lula met with Kirchner Tuesday night in Sao Paulo to discuss, among other questions, the threat to Mercosur posed by the frustrations of its two smaller partners, Paraguay and Uruguay, which complain that they suffer discrimination and are not treated as equals.

Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez said last week that "the way things stand now, Mercosur is not useful" to the smaller members. His sentiments were echoed by his Paraguayan counterpart, Nicanor Duarte.

Another divisive factor is the "paper pulp mill war." Environmentalists in Argentina, with government support, are opposed to the construction of two pulp factories on the Uruguayan side of a border river, arguing that they will cause environmental damages.

Argentine activists have been blockading bridges connecting the two countries since January, generating losses of hundreds of millions of dollars for Uruguay, according to Uruguayan authorities.

Brazilian mediation is being sought in this case as well, although Brazil is facing its own problems in Bolivia.

The Brazilian mining company EBX, which had planned to invest 150 million dollars in a new pig iron and steel plant near Bolivia's border with Brazil, has been ordered out of the country by the new Bolivian government, reportedly for failing to comply with national laws.

In the meantime, the Morales administration is granting less advantageous conditions than were offered by previous governments to the Brazilian state-owned oil giant Petrobras, the largest foreign investor in Bolivia today.

Petrobras and the Bolivian authorities are currently involved in hard-fought negotiations for the prospecting, extraction and refining of natural gas.

Brazil has thus been forced to seek solutions to various conflicts in order to salvage its South American Community of Nations initiative and defend its national interests in neighbouring countries.

However, these disputes have also provided Lula and his foreign relations team with the opportunity to consolidate his leadership and score points for the upcoming elections in October, in which he is bidding for a second term. A series of corruption scandals last yearly seriously tarnished the image of both the Lula administration and the ruling Workers' Party, posing a significant threat to his hopes for re-election.

Brazil has been obliged to take on this role of "settling or easing regional conflicts" by a new reality, "the outward expansion of Brazilian capitalism," according to Clovis Brigagao, director of the Centre for Studies on the Americas at Cándido Mendes University in Rio de Janeiro.

Capitalist forces within a country naturally tend to expand beyond its borders, and Brazil is occupying a leadership role in South America in response to interests developed over recent years, reflected by the multinational presence of Petrobras and private sector companies like Ambev breweries and the Odebrecht construction group, Brigagao told IPS.

South American integration forms part of this context, and the most viable route is for Brazil to display "soft power" by seeking to reduce tensions through mediation efforts that are no longer limited to official diplomatic circles, but have also come to involve private companies and civil society, he observed.

Chávez makes more noise with his "ideological" battle with the United States, but his country plays a much smaller role, since oil money is not enough to substantiate leadership, he said.

Meanwhile, the projected gas pipeline that would cross almost all of South America, stretching over 10,000 kilometres and involving between 17 and 25 billion dollars in investment, continues to hold the attention of the three countries' leaders.

Chávez announced in Sao Paulo that his country has 151 trillion cubic metres of natural gas reserves, or five percent of the worldwide total, which means the pipeline is entirely feasible in terms of supply. His statements came in response to media claims that the project was at a standstill because of Venezuela's refusal to reveal the extent of its natural gas reserves for strategic reasons. (END/2006) 


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« Reply #672 on: July 03, 2009, 06:17:02 PM »

And Yet another.....I'm not sure has been posted before.....

SOUTH AMERICA: Mega-Pipeline - Costly and Controversial
By Humberto Márquez

CARACAS, Feb 22 (IPS) - A proposed South American mega-pipeline that would carry natural gas southwards from the Caribbean Sea across the Amazon jungle to Brazil and Argentina is still just a dream. But it has already given rise to doubts regarding economic, political and environmental questions.

The project will consist of piping gas from deposits in the southern portion of the Caribbean basin and from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Venezuela, to the Rio de la Plata (River Plate) estuary between Argentina and Uruguay. The route would be between 7,000 and 9,300 kilometres long, according to varying estimates, and the pipeline would link up with gas lines in Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

When presidents Néstor Kirchner of Argentina, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela announced the project last year, they said it could cost around seven billion dollars. But estimates go as high as 25 billion dollars.

It is not entirely clear that Venezuela would have the capacity to keep up such a large steady supply of gas, and the route for the proposed pipeline has not yet been defined. In addition, there are questions as to whether the gas could be offered at a competitive price, due to the huge investment required.

Environmental organisations in Venezuela have issued their first warnings on the impact that the pipeline would have on the environment, and are calling for a public debate on the project.

Ildo Sauer, director of gas and energy at Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobras, said last week that the project could lead to 11 billion dollars a year in savings on gas imports for Brazil.

According to the Brazilian TV news channel Globonews, Petrobras has been offered gas at subsidised prices by Venezuela, in order to guarantee the Brazilian oil company's participation in the pipeline project. The price would reportedly be around one dollar per million BTU (British thermal unit), compared to the 3.23 dollars per million BTU that Brazil currently pays Bolivia for natural gas imports.

Venezuela is South America's biggest source of natural gas, followed by Bolivia.

In Bolivia, which is set to discuss new prices with Brazil in March, the announcement of the proposed mega-pipeline was described by ruling party lawmaker Gustavo Torrico as "a test balloon for the transnational corporations, just when we are moving towards the nationalisation of hydrocarbons."

Opposition legislator Oscar Ortiz said it was "a slap in the face, and unfair competition" on the part of Venezuela, and called on the Bolivian government of Evo Morales to distance itself from the Chávez administration.

But Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramírez denied that prices would be so low. He stated that "one dollar would not even cover offshore production costs in Venezuela, which amount to 1.60 dollars per million BTU. We will announce the price once the pipeline's route has been defined, but under no circumstances will it be below five dollars."

Bolivian President Morales said Tuesday that "It is absurd to think that with such an enormous investment, Venezuela's gas could be cheaper (than Bolivian gas) in Brazil."

Technical experts from Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina are hammering out the details of the project, in order for Kirchner, Lula and Chávez to adopt it when they meet on Mar. 11 in the Argentine province of Mendoza, after attending president-elect Michelle Bachelet's inaugural ceremony in Chile.

The team is designing and planning the route, costs, financing, and production and supplies of gas for the project, as well as the links with existing pipelines.

The plan forms part of the Petrosur energy alliance between several South American countries, promoted by Chávez, and the Initiative for South American Regional Infrastructure Integration (IIRSA), created by the nascent South American Community of Nations..

A delegation from the Russian firm Gazprom has contacted oil industry authorities in Venezuela and Brazil in recent weeks, expressing an interest in taking part in the construction of the pipeline, considered the most ambitious physical infrastructure initiative in South America.

Each chapter is a source of controversy. "The plan to build the pipeline across Venezuela's Guayana region and the Amazon jungle should sound an alarm among people who are concerned about these areas, which serve as the planet's lungs, and are also home to indigenous cultures," representatives of the Venezuelan environmental network Red Alerta Petrolera-Orinoco Oilwatch told IPS.

As an illustration of the risks, they cited the Camisea gas pipeline in Peru, "which pipes gas from the Amazon jungle to Peru's Pacific coast, and which in its few years of life has already experienced four major spills of liquefied gas, which caused damages to the environment and to local communities."

The environmentalists described the pipeline project as "a plan arising from the most antiquated, primitive neo-liberal economic development policy," which offers fuel that is cleaner than oil "but poses greater operational risks, contributes to global warming just as oil does, will lead to deforestation all along the pipeline route, and is vulnerable to natural disasters or acts of sabotage."

The network is calling for the project to be suspended until there has been "democratic debate" in the region on its advisability, and stresses that there are "less compromising and onerous" options, like transporting the natural gas by ship.

This view is backed by experts like Luis Giusti, former president of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), who commented, "It is not just by chance that for distances of more than 3,000 km, the preferred form of transportation is by tanker ship."

In the Southern Cone subregion, "natural gas markets are regulated, while the prices needed to justify a 25 billion dollar investment would be over 20 dollars per million BTU, which would not be paid even on the open market," Giusti added.

The other problem is the supply capacity. Chávez maintains that his country has sufficient reserves to provide the region with natural gas "for 100 years."

Venezuela has reserves of 149 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which represents 56 percent of the total reserves in Latin America and the Caribbean, although its current production levels are lower than those of Argentina or Mexico.

However, as Elie Habalián, a former Venezuelan representative to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), pointed out to IPS, most of Venezuela's natural gas is associated with oil, which means its extraction would require major investments in pumping the crude oil and reinjecting the gas.

Venezuela's current gas output is close to domestic consumption levels. For cities and refineries in the country's western region, it plans to import natural gas from neighbouring Colombia over the next five years, while undertaking new projects and offshore exploration in the Atlantic Ocean off the Orinoco River Delta.

According to Luis Rojas, a former director of the Venezuelan state gas company, these projects could help solve the shortage of two billion cubic feet a day which the country plans to address by distributing natural gas to homes and factories in the 20 largest cities, and replace the 120,000 barrels of liquid fuel consumed daily by its thermoelectric plants.

A Venezuelan web site, Soberanía.org, which discusses the oil industry, points out that the pipeline will be used to transport 150 million cubic metres or 5.3 billion cubic feet of gas a day, which represents 46 percent of PDVSA's total gas output, according to their estimates.

"The famous pipeline will not stretch 7,000 or 8,000 km, but rather 9,283 km, according to Petrobras, and it will not cost between 17 and 20 billion dollars, but rather 23.27 billion. Such precision is astonishing," says a report by oil experts associated with Soberanía, in response to information provided by the Brazilian oil company.

Finally, the presidents will need to figure out a financing formula for the ambitious project. This will include financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Andean Development Corporation (CAF). (END/2006)

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« Reply #673 on: July 06, 2009, 10:34:12 AM »

Looks like Legacy Offshore staff & guests did a little fishing in May, 09.   



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Technip has come up here, as well....they, too, were fishing recently.



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Periodical newsletter of Kadaster International March 2009
Collaboration in Central America
Improving Bulgarian Cadastre servicesLand re-allotment in TurkeyCadastral Map for Ethiopiamarch 2009 | abroadContentsAs reported in our December 2007 edition, Kadaster International is supervising the automation of the analogue cadastre data on the Upper Windward Island of Sint Maarten and the Lower Windward Island of Aruba. Launching of the applications will take place before summer.Sint Maarten and Aruba ready for launchThe application to support the cadastral registration was built by a software development partner in the Netherlands under supervision of Kadaster supported by Kadaster’s IT department. The technology used includes C#.NET, web technology and SQL server database. The application was developed in conformity with the RUP(Rational Unified Process) methodology. Although the cadastral systems on both islands are largely the same, there are some differences. For this reason a general IT-system was developed and adapted for each of the islands. For Sint Maarten the system is called KadSys (Kadastraal Systeem) and for Aruba RAKA (Registracion Automatisa Kadaster Aruba).Recently these applications were installed at the Cadastre and Land Registry Offices on Sint Maarten and Aruba. The staff tested the application intensively. The conclusion was that the applications are user-friendly and adequately support the operational processes. In the coming months the data will be loaded into the applications. Once this exercise has been completed successfully the systems will be made operational. This will yield more efficiency in processing notary deeds and in supplying information to clients. For Sint Maarten the official launching is scheduled for March and for Aruba in June. Additional functionality, such as Internet access for core customers, can be added relatively easily. The maintenance of the system is settled in a Service Level Agreement between the islands and Kadaster.The cadastre and land registration systems of the other Dutch Windward Islands (Saba, St Eustatius, Bonaire and Curaçao) are very much similar to Sint Maarten and Aruba. Kadaster is therefore ready to implement tailor-made versions of the developed application on these islands as well. In this way, it is possible to share the costs for maintenance of the system and the financing of the development of additional functionality. n Karel WelterStaff of the Sint Maarten office being instructed
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abroad | march 2009Since begin 2008, Kadaster has been executing a project to improve the services of the Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre Agency ofBulgaria. The project runs till the end of 2009. It is financed by the Netherland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supervised by the EVD, an agency of the Netherlands’ Ministry of Economical Affairs. The project will develop general rules for the distribution of products, including an international review on privacy aspects. It will establish a User Forumin which the most important professional clients are represented. In addition, over 300 staff members of the head office in Sofia and the 28 regional offices will be trained in customer services, customer focusand customer values. Extra training will be given to staff working in the front offices on communication skills and how to deal with complaints and objections. n Karel Welterabroad | Cadastre service counter at a regional officeImproving the services of the Bulgarian CadastreTurkey aims to consolidate 5.5 million hectares of rainfed agricultural land and irrigate3.5 million hectares in the next 8 to 10 years. To do this timely and reliably, the institutionsinvolved will need a comprehensive land re-allotment system. The system requires the useof modern GIS techniques, database management and dedicated software. Central issues include the synergies and complementarities between various governmental bodies andother actors. Kadaster is assisting the Turkish authorities, using the Dutch land re-allotmentcomputerised system as a model. This includes an inventory of the existing situation (rights and values of property), establishment of new re-allotment plans and preparation of the finalinvoice for each individual right holder. The existing system in Turkey will then be evaluated and improved according to the basic functional and technical requirements and systemconcept that were developed in the project. The project is financed by Netherlands’ bilateralG2G funding executed by the International Business and Cooperation (EVD). n Louisa JansenWorkshop with the beneficiariesLand re-allotment in TurkeyKadaster contribution to Public Safety AwardIn 2008 Kadaster participated in the project Eagle One. The project brought together parties and authorities in the region Central-Gelderland in order to perform a disaster practice. The exercise was aimed at determining whether the use of geographical information in crisis circumstances enhances the assessment of scope and approach. The project won the Public Safety Award 2008. Its jury argued unanimously: “In times of crisis citizens count on their authorities to save them. Eagle One has proven that this is the case”. Other participants were software provider ESRI, national geo-council Geonovum, police, provincial authorities and municipalities. By providing both knowledge and data, Kadaster was able to substantiate its position as an independent consultant for spatial issues regarding public order and safety. Through cooperation Kadaster is able to support the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in achieving its objective to realise high-quality disaster control and crisis management by regional authorities. These authorities are required to function at a professional level in 2010. nKarl Adams
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march 2009 | abroadCollaboration in Central America Recently an agreement was signed between the Municipalities of Tela, Omoa and Puerto Cortés in Honduras, Puerto Barrios in Guatemala, and the Netherlands’ Kadaster. In the cross-border coastal zone of Honduras and Guatemala, there is much pressure on land. Economic (tourism), environmental and social interests have to be managed carefully, making good land administration indispensible. The activities to be executed will lead towards an improvement of the existing registry and cadastre. A second objective is the improvement of the regional planning. During the coming years Kadaster will assist the municipalities in the processes of registration, mapping and updating of the existing rights, automation, land tax and regional planning. The project is financed by the European Commission and has a duration of four years. n Martin WubbeeditorialI n my years as a student, my law professor used to talk the last minutes of his lectures about his visions. One of his (many) wishes was the creation of a law on the registration of underground cables and pipelines. He was not heard. In the eighties however asort of subsurface registration law came under discussion within the ministries. Finally, a law on the registration of grid operators was submitted to the Dutch Parliament. Before the voting could take place, the responsible minister withdrew the bill, saying that the operators were expected to solve the registration issue by themselves. I must say that the keepers of cables and pipes triedtheir best to fulfil the requirements. They established five Cable and Pipeline Information Centres (KLIC’s) and the saying ‘prior to excavating, always call the Centre’ became well known. With the growing number of cables and pipes however, politicians began to worry. By then, 1.75 million kilometers of cables and pipelines were buried in the ground, determining more and more the performance of the economy. Politicians became a little bit nervous, realising that this part of public space was managed totally by utilitycompanies, energy companies and ICT companies, part of theprivate sector with a profit goal. This subsurface infrastructure was regarded too important for the economy and for social welfareto leave it to the private sector. Since 1 October 2008, a new law has come into force. This new Underground Cables and Pipelines Information Exchange Act obliges grid operators, parcel owners and excavators to notify each other as meticolously as possible in the event of excavation works. It remains the responsibility of grid operators to record exact positions. The KLIC’s have now become part of Kadaster, which was assigned to implement the new law. A new electronic system is in place (KLIC-online). I am happy with the new system, as -indeed- also my personal life appears to be increasingly dependent of undisturbed underground supplies. I canrecommend it to other countries. nPaul van der molenCadastres and sub surface infrastructures Puerto CortésDuring a Dutch trade mission to Moscow last year, the Minister for Economical Affairs agreed to support the Russian Ministry of Economical Development in the development of information products for the Russian society. Under this agreement, two projects relating to cadastre and land registration were defined. Before surveying new boundaries in the field, Russian surveyors need information on names of owners of rights and existing cadastral boundaries. This can be obtained from Rosnedvizhimost, the organisation responsible for cadastre and land registration. For this purpose, surveyors need to physically go to the office and collect this data. In order to provide efficient access of the data through the Internet, Federal Cadastral Centre Zemlya is building such an online application. Kadaster experts prepared the architecture for the IT-solution and will advise during the follow-up activities. At present Russian law allows very limited access to ownership data. A part of the assignment is also to propose changes to the law so that all private citizens can acquire information on land rights. A second project is the development of a spatial data infrastructure. Geo-information products and services need to be defined, for a broad platform of users. This information can then also be made available online, ideally via the same web shop as the cadastral information. n rik woutersRussia online
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abroad | march 2009small TALKKadaster Abroad is a newsletter of Kadaster International. Volume 12, edition 1Kadaster International is a department of the Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster). Kadaster is responsible for safeguarding legal certainty of immovable properties in the Netherlands.Editorial address P.O. Box 9046, 7300 GH ApeldoornThe NetherlandsEditing staff Karl AdamsJan de Jong Paul van der Molent (+31) 881 83 30 52e kadaster.international@kadaster.nlw www.kadaster.nlDesign and layout Kadaster, Multimedia Dept.Print and lithography totdrukwerk, ApeldoornProviding room for the river in the NetherlandsKadaster is assisting a new step in land certification in Ethiopia. Up till now, rural land certification has been confined mainly to so-called first phase certificates. These identify the landholding households by name on aerial photographs. These include however limited geographical references concerning boundaries. Furthermore, the data are only kept as paper records. To profit from all the benefits land administration can bring, it will also be necessary to collect graphical and geometrical data on the parcels to which the landholders have their (eternal) use rights. With the support of various donors, the regional land administration authorities have piloted with the use of GPS and GIS to collect and process boundary surveys. In July 2008 a team with Dr Klaus Deininger (World Bank), Dr Clarissa Augustinus (UN Habitat), Prof Tony Burns (Land Equity International), Prof Jaap Zevenbergen,(Delft University of Technology) and Kadaster carried out a first simple field test. The data set was processed at the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in the Netherlands. The approach will be further tested this year. n Christiaan LemmenParcel boundary identification on a high resolution satellite imageShort Course in ChinaFrom 20-24 October, Kadaster International delivered a course on land policy and land administration at the Agricultural University of Nanjing. This was one of the elements of the project on Protection of Farmers Land Rights (ProLand), led by the University of Groningen. The course was attended by about 40 MSc and PhD students. They awarded Kadaster with an overall mark of 9.Land Offices HungaryBy order of ITC, Kadaster delivered a short course on ‘Land Administration for Decision Makers’ for 24 heads of Hungarian Land Offices. This course was the international component of a 1-year management course given by the University of Western Hungary. The course took place from 25 to 30 November 2008. It comprised theory and practice of e.g. strategy development and knowledge management. It also included a study visit to the regional Kadaster office in Arnhem, where the Customer Contact Centre demonstrated the hands-on experiences with ICT-supported customer relation management. Cadastral Mapfor EthiopiaVietnam visits KadasterOn request of ITC, Kadaster hosted a delegation of 5 Vietnamese officials on environmental protection and land administration. The visit took place on 6 November 2008 and was part of the Vietnam-Sweden Cooperation on Strengthening Environmental Management and Land Administration (SEMLA). The delegation was headed by Mr Phung Van Cham, director of the SEMLA programme in Ha Guang Province. It aimed at looking to the Dutch experiences in the determining, recording and disseminating information of importance for the protection of the environment, such as various government restrictions on land.Shaping IT-structure in AzerbaijanIn May last year, the State Service for Registration of Real Estate (SSRRE) conducted a study visit to the Netherlands. Its deputy Director General Mr Ilham Bayramov was impressed by the Dutch model for an integrated organisation with a strong market approach. In order to realise this, Kadaster together with DHV Consultants proposed realising a centralised IT infrastructure at the national cadastre. The advice was given during the mission under the World Bank project ‘Development of a Cadastre and Registration of Real Estate in Azerbaijan’ in November. The responsibility for the data however should lie at the regional level given the present organisational structure. The SSRRE follows the advices and hopes to start the construction phase mid 2009. n rik wouters

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Friday, July 10th, 2009
 PressReleases     Articles  EU LRIT Data Centre is in Production
Thursday, June 4th, 2009

By the entry into operation of the EU LRIT DC, the participating Contracting Governments meet the international deadline for providing LRIT information as of 30 June 2009.

As from 1 June 2009, the European Union Long Range Identification and Tracking of ships Data Centre (EU LRIT DC) entered in production following successful developmental testing. This is a milestone following a preparatory phase of a year-and-a-half of development work by the European Maritime Safety Agency and its main contractor – Collecte Localisation Satellite (CLS). By the entry into operation of the EU LRIT DC, the participating Contracting Governments meet the international deadline for providing LRIT information as of 30 June 2009.

The EU LRIT DC is a combined effort of the European Commission, in cooperation with Member States, through the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The Agency is in charge of the data centre's technical development, operation and maintenance. EMSA established a small Task Force in December 2007 to create an Implementation Plan early in 2008 for setting up the Data Centre. The original deadline of August 2009 was brought forward to June. Currently, it is estimated that the EU LRIT DC is the biggest data centre of the whole international LRIT system. When all Member States’ ships are phased in by the end of 2009 it will track around 10,000 ships, which will generate a minimum of 40,000 position reports per day.

At present, there are 32 Member States, EFTA countries and Overseas Territories participating in the EU LRIT DC. This number may increase if other third countries join in the future. The EU LRIT DC covers an estimated 20 to 25% of the world fleet subject to LRIT. In addition to tracking EU-flagged ships, the EU LRIT DC also provides Member States, on request, with the LRIT information of any third country vessel bound to, or sailing within, EU waters. So it is possible to track any ship within a 1,000 nautical mile zone of a participating state’s coastline, no matter what flag the ship is flying.

All maritime authorities of the Member States, such as those in charge of Search and Rescue, Port, Coastal and Flag State responsibilities, are authorised users of the system. They can use the EU LRIT DC to better track their ships and consult or request position reports.

To support the work of the competent maritime authorities of Member States, EMSA has set up a permanent monitoring function (Maritime Support Services) to ensure the continuity, quality and reliability of the information exchanged through the new EU LRIT DC.

Note: States participating in the EU LRIT DC are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greenland, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Iceland and Norway.

For further information and media enquiries, please contact:

Louis Baumard: Tel: +351 21 1209250 louis.baumard@emsa.europa.eu or

Peter Thomas: Tel: +351 21 1209281 peter.thomas@emsa.europa.eu

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LATEST NEWS FROM ODIM BROOKE OCEAN
 
Monday, May 4th, 2009

ODIM BROOKE OCEAN Releases ODIM MVPTM “CAST” Gauge

ODIM Brooke Ocean of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has enhanced its ODIM MVPTM (Moving Vessel Profiler) technology to include a “CAST Gauge” (Computer Assisted Sound speed Technology).

The CAST Gauge is a visual and numerical tool that will assist the hydrographer in deciding when to make a sound speed cast, how deep the cast should be, and at what times the casts should be executed. All based on the survey requirements. The CAST Gauge is an innovative technology that integrates the science behind the “uncertainty wedge”, originating from research at the Ocean Mapping Group, University of New Brunswick, and that of the Total Propagated Uncertainty (TPU) with respect to refraction.

Sound speed through the water column is an important component to determining the Total Propagated Uncertainty (TPU) of a sounding. If correct modeling of refraction is not implemented then large errors can result in the sounding horizontal position and depth.

Ian Leblanc, ODIM MVP Product Manager says, “The introduction of the Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) has shown that sound speed profiles can be collected at a high spatial and temporal resolution while the survey vessel is under way. This, in turn, leads to less uncertainty as well as significantly reducing post-processing time”.

However, optimization of the entire multibeam data collection system is required in order to minimize maintenance costs as well as to apply effective survey planning and procedures. Therefore, efficient use of the MVP is necessary to ensure the collected multibeam data is adequately corrected for refraction to the point where customer accuracy requirements are achieved.

Mark Smith, Manager of ODIM Brooke Ocean’s After Sales and Service comments, “All our new MVP systems will have the CAST Gauge implemented. In addition, all existing systems are being offered this technology as upgrades”.

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ODIM BROOKE OCEAN RECEIVES MULTIPLE ODIM MVPTM ORDERS

ODIM Brooke Ocean of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has received orders from three different clients for the delivery of the ODIM MVPTM (Moving Vessel Profiler) technology.

The Hydrographic Service of the Royal Netherlands Navy (www.hydro.nl), via MacArtney, has purchased an MVP100 with accessories to compliment the two MVP100 systems they presently own. The Hydrographic Service is responsible for conducting hydrographic surveys and publishing charts and other nautical information covering the Dutch Continental Shelf and adjacent waters together with the waters surrounding the Netherlands' Antilles and Aruba. The Hydrographic Service undertook an extensive technology review of the MVP and decided to add an additional MVP100 system. The new system will further enhance the Navy’s capacity to conduct multibeam surveys by collecting sound speed profiles in real-time while underway.

The Hydrographic Service of Brazil (Diretoria de Hidrografia e Navegacao, DHN, (www.mar.mil.br/dhn/dhn) has placed an order for an ODIM MVP300 system. DHN is responsible for the hydrographic surveying and nautical charting for Brazilian inland and oceanic waters. The MVP300 will allow DHN to collect real-time water column sound speed profiles at depths of over 1000 metres at speeds of nearly 7 knots. The purpose of the MVP system is to optimize data collection procedures and reduce post-processing time of multibeam hydrographic surveys.

David Evans and Associates (DEA), Marine Services Division, (www.deainc.com) has placed an order for an ODIM MVP30 system. The system will be used onboard a small survey vessel to collect real-time sound speed profiles for the purpose of multibeam sound speed corrections. The system will be used primarily on NOAA hydrographic survey projects on the east and west coasts of the USA. In addition, the system is being earmarked to have a Dissolved Oxygen sensor integrated into the system, thus adding further value to their hydrographic surveys. This will be the second MVP30 system that DEA has acquired for these types of operations.

For further information visit www.brooke-ocean.com / www.odim.com

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MAN Diesel -New China Partner & Patrol Boat News
 
Thursday, May 1st, 2008

28/33D Patrol Craft Introduction Gains Pace

30th April 2008. Rated the highest powered 1000 rpm engine available, MAN Diesel’s recently introduced type 28/33D diesel has become an engine of choice in patrol boat applications.

Representing the first order for the 16 cylinder version of the 28/33D, MAN Diesel’s works in Augsburg, Germany is scheduled to produce six 7.2 MW rated 16V 28/33D engines for three 25 knot offshore patrol vessels being built by VT Shipbuilding of Portsmouth, UK for the Trinidad and Tobago Coastguard Service. Each engine drives a controllable pitch propeller (CPP) via a single input/output, horizontal offset reduction gear.

As well as a 30 mm gun, the 90.5 metre OPV’s carry fast interception rigid inflatable craft and a 20 metre helicopter landing deck aft. The aft deck can also serve to carry a combination of containers, stores, vehicles, scientific research equipment or other cargo. The OPV specification includes a 16 ton crane for loading and unloading.

In its most recent patrol vessel order MAN Diesel is to produce the first 12 cylinder versions of the 28/33D. A total of eight of the 5.4 MW rated 12V 28/33D have been ordered for four 108 metre craft to be built by Schelde Naval Shipbuilding of Vlissingen, Netherlands for The Royal Netherlands Navy. The engines drive controllable pitch propellers via reduction gears and give the vessels a 22 knot top speed. A special PTI “power-take-in” feature on the gears consists of an electric motor mounted on a stub shaft. With the main engines disconnected or shut down, the motor is driven from the patrol auxiliary gen-sets to provide very low speed propulsion.

The four patrol vessels are scheduled for delivery between November 2010 and November 2012 and will operate both off the Netherlands and for fixed duration missions around the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. When a Caribbean mission is completed, the patrol vessel is relived by one of its sister ships and returns to the Netherlands for servicing. The vessels are described as a robust platform with limited weaponry, specifically designed for coastal patrol missions and maritime defence. For interceptions the patrol vessels carry both a helicopter and high speed rigid inflatable interceptor craft.

ILS
MAN Diesel reports that since starting production of the 28/33D in Augsburg it has substantially extended its capabilities in integrated logistic support (ILS) for naval and governmental applications of this kind. The process went hand in hand with the early 2006 founding and strategic expansion of the new MAN Diesel PrimeServ after-sales organization. Since its inception PrimeServ has optimised spare parts supply logistics, increased its global presence and is setting up a worldwide network of “PrimeServ Academies” for the training of customer personnel in the operation, maintenance, overhaul and repair of MAN Diesel engines, turbochargers, gears, propellers and complete propulsion systems. MAN Diesel’s type 28/33D high power density diesel is becoming and engine of choice for patrol vessels. It is offered in 12, 16 and 20 cylinders covering a power range from 5,400 to 9,000 kW.

NEW CHINA LICENSE

MAN Diesel SE, Augsburg, the world’s leading provider of large diesel engines for use in ships and power plants, has signed a licence agreement with one of China's largest engine manufacturers, the Weichai Holding Group Co. Ltd, for the production of type 27/38 and 32/40 MAN Diesel four-stroke engines.

The future MAN Diesel licensee is Shandong Juli, a subsidiary of the Weichai Holding Group. The company already produces small-size medium-speed diesel engines with an output of up to 1,900 kW. The company’s current production is 7,000 units per year, the majority of which are used as propulsion engines in ships.

Shandong Juli has a very significant market share in the region for this particular sector, but has so far not had any diesel engines capable of using heavy-fuel oil in its portfolio of products. With the licensed production of MAN Diesel engines, Shandong Juli will now be able to gain a share of this market too and expand its portfolio of engines to include models with an output of 2,000 kW and beyond. This had become necessary since Shandong Juli's customers are building increasingly large ships that require a commensurately high level of propulsion.

As part of the production of MAN Diesel engines under licence, Shandong Juli will be investing in a new large-component foundry as well as a new facility for processing, assembling and testing located in the immediate vicinity of the coast.

Shandong Juli’s production and testing of the first engine is scheduled for the end of 2009

http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/man-diesel-new-china-partner-patrol-boat-news/
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Maine Maritime Academy Training Cruise to Visit U.S and Atlantic Island Ports
 
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

CASTINE, Maine (12 February 2008) -- Maine Maritime Academy students, officers, and crew will visit southern U.S. and island nations in the Atlantic Ocean this spring as part of the college’s annual two-month training cruise to foreign and domestic ports-of-call. This year’s training cruise itinerary includes, Norfolk, Va., May 9-12; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, May 23-May 26; St. George, Bermuda, June 13-16; and Savannah, Ga., June 20-23. The ship will make a brief stop in Rockland, Maine, for a family day sail on the return leg to Castine. Under the command of Captain Larry Wade of Bradley, Maine, the training ship, State of Maine, will depart from Castine harbor at approximately 7:30 a.m., on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. The training cruise will commence in port on Friday, May 2, for pre-sailing preparation.

According to Captain Wade, students participating in this year’s training cruise will have the opportunity to make a trans-Atlantic crossing, transit the equator, and visit a number of beautiful port cities in the U.S. and abroad. “This itinerary is particularly welcome after a long winter in Maine,” said Wade. “Beyond the sheer warmth and sunshine, the ports we plan to visit provide the opportunity for students to experience domestic port operations, port security, and bunker operations. Our foreign ports provide the first taste of international seafaring and port experiences for our first year students.”

“Follow the Voyage,” MMA’s annual online ship tracking and interactive web site, will be coordinated by students and staff as part of this year’s training activities. “Follow the Voyage” is developed and presented in conjunction with a number of external partners including the Maine Department of Education and the U.S. Maritime Administration. In its sixth year of operation, the site covers the Academy’s annual training cruise from a variety of perspectives and contains a number of related links. In addition to an interactive tracking chart of the cruise, the site provides links devoted to teaching and educational materials for students of all ages. Once the ship is underway, the public is invited to join the voyage by visiting www.mma.edu and following the highlighted hyperlink.

Due to shipboard security, the vessel will not be open to the general public for tours while in foreign or domestic ports. Well-wishers are welcomed and encouraged to view the vessel departure and return from the Maine Maritime Academy waterfront, however shipboard visits are not permitted.

On the return leg to Castine from Rockland, upper class students may invite their parents to join them. The day sail allows parents the unique opportunity to see the high level of technical proficiency and leadership achieved by their students. The training ship will return to its homeport of Castine, Maine, on Saturday, June 28. Arrival in Castine Harbor is expected at approximately 1:30 p.m., with docking anticipated at 2 p.m. Training cruise activity will continue in port through Monday, June 30.

Students pursuing an officer's license from the U.S. Coast Guard as a third mate or third assistant engineer are required to train at sea for at least 60 days in each of their first three years at the Academy. Freshmen and juniors sail aboard the MMA vessel, while sophomores are assigned to merchant ships worldwide. In recent years, MMA training cruises have taken students to Aruba, Bermuda, Brazil, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland Italy, Poland, Russia, and Spain; as well as other European and Caribbean countries.

The 500-foot, 16,000-ton T/S State of Maine, the former USNS Tanner, originally served as a Navy oceanographic research vessel and was converted in 1997 to accommodate the training needs of the college. The fourth vessel to bear the name State of Maine, the ship is a modern, technologically advanced training vessel.

Maine Maritime Academy, founded in 1941, enrolls more than 800 students from 35 states and several foreign countries. The college awards A.S., B.S., and M.S. degrees in 15 fields of study.

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Maine Maritime Academy’s T.S. State of Maine will set sail on May 6 bound for southern U.S. and island nations in the Atlantic Ocean as part of the college’s annual two-month training cruise to foreign and domestic ports-of-call. Photo courtesy Maine Maritime Academy.

http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/maine-maritime-academy-training-cruise-t/

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