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Dan-Bunkering Middelfart office searched by commercial crimes police

24 Oct 2019

The following story has been updated at 6.40pm (Singapore time) on Thursday (24 October) with Dan-Bunkering's official response to Manifold Times:

The head office of international marine fuels trading firm Dan-Bunkering had been searched by the Serious Economic and International Crime (SOIK) police unit of Denmark in early September, according to Danish media DR on Wednesday (23 October).

Several sources confirmed the search, which lasted several days, took place during the same period the company faced a preliminary charged by SOIK over violation of EU Syria sanctions for supplies of jet fuel to tankers operated by a Russian firm called Maritime Assistance LLC.

Dan-Bunkering lawyers have confirmed to DR the visit by SOIK in September and added the company is cooperating with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding as quickly as possible.

Maritime Assistance has been determined by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as a front company supporting the U.S-designated company OJSC Sovfracht (Sovfracht) earlier designated for operating in Ukraine. 

The official response from Dan-Bunkering to Manifold Times in regards to the above development is as follows:

“It is correct that SØIK visited the company in September, and we are pleased with that. The company cooperates proactively with all public authorities to illuminate this case to settle misunderstandings as quickly as possible.”

Earlier coverage leading to the recent development can be found below:

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Published: 24 October, 2019

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