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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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.