A total of 22 individuals, consisting of 20 Indonesians and two Singaporeans, on Thursday pleaded guilty at a Singapore court over their involvement in an illegal transaction of marine gas oil (MGO) from Singapore-registered bunkering vessel Brightoil 326.
Specifically, the group were involved over an illegal transaction of 45 metric tonnes (mt) of MGO from Brightoil 326 on February 5.
The 20 Indonesians, which included ex-employees of Singapore bunker supplier Brightoil Petroleum Sapidi and Robby Lirpa Sugiharto, are all still in remand.
Both Singaporeans Lim Kim Hock and Teo Chai Heng are out on bail.
All 22 men were each charged with one count of criminal breach of trust as a servant during the Thursday session.
The men will appear in court next on 22 March.
The above case is separate from another ongoing hearing at the republic, involving the theft of MGO from a Shell terminal at Pulau Bukom.
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Published: 2 March, 2018
U.S. Claims Register Summary recorded a total USD 833 million claim from a total 180 creditors against O.W. Bunker USA, according to the creditor list seen by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.
Glencore purchased fuel through Straits Pinnacle which contracted supply from Unicious Energy. Contaminated HSFO was loaded at Khor Fakkan port and shipped to a FSU in Tanjong Pelepas, Malaysia to be further blended.
Individuals were employees of surveying companies engaged by Shell to inspect the volume of oil loaded onto the vessels which Shell supplied oil to; they allegedly accepted bribes totalling at least USD 213,000.
MPA preliminary investigations revealed that the affected marine fuel was supplied by Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd who later sold part of the same cargo to PetroChina International (Singapore) Pte Ltd.
‘MPA had immediately contacted the relevant bunker suppliers to take necessary steps to ensure that the relevant batch of fuel was no longer supplied. Further investigations are currently on-going,’ it informs.
Juandi bin Pungot spent SGD 3.4 million of his criminal benefits on amongst others, cars, luxury watches, and properties, according to documents seen by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.