“Any implication that Allseas is any way involved in, or supported by, a political agenda – including any reference to conspiracy, criminality and non-transparent business relationships – is completely unfounded and refuted in the strongest possible terms.”
By John Donovan
I was recently approached by a party who made serious allegations against the Swiss-based Allseas Group, “a global leader in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction.”
Someone appears to have put a considerable effort into putting forward a detailed set of allegations supported by extensive documentary evidence. That does not mean the allegations are true.
The source of the allegations drew my attention to Allseas links with Royal Dutch Shell.
In this connection, we have previously published leaked emails sent to Allseas by Shell EP Ireland in respect of the Corrib Gas Project. On 9 September 2008, Maura Harrington, a leading figure in the Shell to Sea campaign went on hunger strike in protest at the arrival of the Solitaire, an Allseas pipe-laying ship assisting in the Corrib project.
We are aware of the outcry over the proposed naming of a giant Allseas ship after a Nazi, a member of the Nazi Waffen SS.
I assume the source contacted me because I have published extensive information and evidence about Royal Dutch Shell and its relationship with Hitler and the Nazis.
I decided to put the allegations directly to Allseas and supplied them with many of the documents provided.
I received an interesting self-explanatory response printed below. There was no comment on the authenticity of the documents, just a blanket denial from a senior person at Allseas along with threats of legal action. Whats the betting that lawyers were involved in drafting the comment supplied in quotes for publication?
Since my activities are focused on Shell, not Allseas, and I do not have the time or the expertise to investigate the allegations (and also bearing in mind the blanket denial by Allseas), I will not publish the unsubstantiated allegations or the associated documents.
I will however pass on the entire information to an investigative journalist.
Allseas is a wholly independent contractor, bidding through a formal procedure of open tender for offshore pipelay and subsea construction projects worldwide, subject to the terms and conditions specified in the tender invitation.
Any implication that Allseas is any way involved in, or supported by, a political agenda – including any reference to conspiracy, criminality and non-transparent business relationships – is completely unfounded and refuted in the strongest possible terms.
Allseas, like any major (international) company, harnesses the expertise and opinion of individuals held in high regard based on a proven track record in their given field. These people serve only to provide Allseas’ management with impartial advice based on their knowledge of the industry and their experience within the field. They are completely independent of Allseas; they have no ownership in the company, they do not determine policy and are in no way employed by the company.
Within the offshore industry, Allseas has gained a reputation as proven and leading contractor, built on a cornerstone of responsibility and integrity. Allseas takes its commitments very seriously and executes its contracted work to the highest possible standard and to the satisfaction of the client. This reputation is extremely important to Allseas and to the personal reputation of its employees.
While Allseas welcomes the right to freedom of expression, facts that are inaccurate or used in suggestive context can severely damage the company’s reputation and will not be tolerated. In that case Allseas will take immediate legal action against companies and/or individuals.