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Judicial Managers considering to take former Singapore Director of Inter-Pacific Petroleum to court

Deloitte & Touche JMs believe IPP has a viable claim against Dr Goh Jin Hian for breaches of his director’s duties to act with skill, care and diligence which he owned to IPP, states court document.

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Judicial Managers (JMs) of former Singapore bunker supplier and bunker craft operator Inter-Pacific Petroleum (IPP, or the Company) on 27 August submitted an application to the High Court of the Republic of Singapore, according to documents obtained by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.

The application was for the extension of the JM Order by a further six months (an earlier order granted the extension of the JM Order for a further 180 days from 3 March 2020) to consider taking Dr Goh Jin Hian, who was a director at IPP from 28 June 2011 to 20 August 2019, to court.

The JMs from Deloitte & Touche LLP are also considering if IPP should be placed in liquidation before any action against Dr Goh, and leave prosecution of Dr Goh to be handled by the prospective liquidators.

An extension of the JM Order by the court will allow the JMs more time to consider the above two options.

The JMs said they had been looking into IPP’s books and records and investigating its affairs since the Company was placed under judicial management.

“It was following such investigations that the JMs, in consultation with their solicitors, verily believe that the Company has a viable claim against one of its former directors (specifically, one Dr Goh Jin Hian (“Dr Goh”)) for breaches of his director’s duties to act with skill, care and diligence which he owned to the Company,” stated the document.

“Two of the Company’s largest creditors, Malayan Banking Berhad (“Maybank”) and Societe Generale, Singapore Branch (“SocGen”) have come forth to the JMs indicating an intention to fund the prospective legal action against Dr Goh in respect of this breaches of duties.”

Maybank is owed an amount of USD 88.3 million while SocGen is owed USD 81.3 million, according to a list shown during a creditor’s meeting on 14 November 2019 seen by Manifold Times.

A ten-day trial at the State Courts of Singapore meanwhile ended on 10 September with the bunker clerk of bunker tanker Fragrance, formerly known as Consort Justice, being sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment.

The Consort Justice was chartered by former Singapore bunker supplier Inter-Pacific Petroleum at the time of arrest; the vessel has since been renamed as Fragrance.

A timeline organised list of events related to the trial of bunker tanker Fragrance is below:

Related: Magnets on MFMs: Trial ends with ten-month imprisonment term for Bunker Clerk of “Fragrance”
Related: Magnets on MFMs: First suspect charged over MFM tampering in landmark case
RelatedMagnets on MFMs: “Consort Justice” crew pleads ‘not guilty’ to tampering charge
RelatedSingapore: Bunker Cargo officer, crew face charges over alleged MFM tampering

A timeline organised list of events preceding the current development of Inter-Pacific Petroleum have been recorded by Manifold Times below:

Related: Singapore: Inter-Pacific Group receives winding up order from High Court
Related: Singapore: Inter-Pacific Group files for winding up application at High Court
RelatedMPA revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd bunker supplier licence
RelatedCo-heads of Trade and Commodities Finance for Asia-Pacific leave SocGen
RelatedInter-Pacific Group, Inter-Pacific Petroleum to hold creditors’ meet
RelatedNewOcean detains Singapore-flagged bunker tanker “Pacific Energy 28”
RelatedSocGen lawsuit against NewOcean Petroleum dropped, party to counterclaim
RelatedMPA revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum bunker craft operator licence
RelatedMagnets on MFMs: Trial starts for former bunker clerk of “Consort Justice
RelatedFirst suspect charged over MFM tampering in landmark case
RelatedWith nearly $180 million of debt, IPP proposes interim judicial management
RelatedInter-Pacific Group, Inter-Pacific Petroleum under judicial management
RelatedMagnets on MFMs: “Consort Justice” crew pleads ‘not guilty’ to tampering charge
RelatedIPP responds to temporary suspension of bunker craft operator licence
RelatedMPA temporarily suspends IPP bunker craft operator licence
RelatedSingapore: Bunker Cargo officer, crew face charges over alleged MFM tampering

 

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Published: 16 September, 2020

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Winding up

Singapore: Director of Teras Lyza declares firm’s inability to continue business due to liabilities

Ramalingam S/O Ramalingam, director of Teras Lyza Pte Ltd, made and lodged with the Official Receiver a statutory declaration stating the firm cannot by reason of its liabilities continue its business.

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Barges, tugboats and bumboats operators and charterers Teras Lyza Pte Ltd director, Mr. Ramalingam S/O Ramalingam @ Kamal Deen Bin Abdullah, on Friday (16 February) made and lodged with the Official Receiver a statutory declaration, according to notices published on the Government Gazette on 26 February.

The statutory declaration by the director stated that:

  1. I am a director of the abovenamed company;
  2. The abovenamed company cannot by reason of its liabilities continue its business; and
  3. The meetings of the abovenamed company and of its creditors have been summoned for the 8th day of March 2024, being a date within one month of the date of this Statutory Declaration.

In another notice, Messrs. Ng Kian Kiat and Goh Wee Teck care of 8 Wilkie Road #03-08 Wilkie Edge Singapore 228095 have been appointed as joint and several Provisional Liquidators of the company on the 16 February.

In a third notice, a meeting of the creditors of the company will be held at 8 Wilkie Road #03-08 Wilkie Edge Singapore 228095 through an audio-visual conference on the 8 March 2024 at 2.30 pm for the purposes of:

  • receiving a statement of the Company’s affairs together with a list of creditors and the estimated amounts of their claims; 
  • appointing liquidators; 
  • appointing a committee of inspection of not more than 5 members, if thought fit; and 
  • any other business.

 

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Published: 27 February, 2024

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Sanctions

Russia’s largest shipping company Sovcomflot sanctioned by U.S. Treasury

In addition to designating Sovcomflot, OFAC is identifying 14 crude oil tankers as property in which Sovcomflot has an interest.

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Friday (23 February) placed Russia’s state-owned shipping company and fleet operator targeting Joint Stock Company Sovcomflot (Sovcomflot) under sanctions.

The development was to responsibly reduce Russia’s revenue from oil sales.

In addition to designating Sovcomflot, OFAC is identifying 14 crude oil tankers as property in which Sovcomflot has an interest.

“The price cap on Russian oil continues to serve its twin goals of limiting Kremlin profits while promoting stable energy markets,” said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo.

“Today, we take the next step by targeting Russia’s largest state-owned shipping company and fleet operator, dealing a huge blow to their shadow operations. We are entering the next phase of increasing Russia’s costs in a responsible manner to mitigate risks.”

Concurrent with the designation of Sovcomflot, OFAC is also issuing a general license authorizing the offloading of crude oil (or other cargo) from these 14 vessels for a period of 45 days.

These vessels, all of which are beneficially owned by Sovcomflot, are:

  1. ANATOLY KOLODKIN (IMO 9610808)
  2. NS ANTARCTIC (IMO 9413559)
  3. NS LION (IMO 9339313)
  4. NS CONSUL (IMO 9341093)
  5. NS BURGAS (IMO 9411020)
  6. NS CAPTAIN (IMO 9341067)
  7. NS COLUMBUS (IMO 9312884)
  8. SAKHALIN ISLAND (IMO 9249128)
  9. NEVSKIY PROSPECT (IMO 9256054)
  10. GEORGY MASLOV (IMO 9610793)
  11. LITEYNY PROSPECT (IMO 9256078)
  12. KRYMSK (IMO 9270529)
  13. NS CREATION (IMO 9312896)
  14. NS BRAVO (IMO 9412359)

In addition, OFAC is issuing a general license authorizing transactions with all other Sovcomflot-owned vessels for the similar 45-day period.

Sovcomflot has also been sanctioned by Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (UK) and is under certain European Union (EU) restrictions.

 

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Published: 27 February 2024

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Crime

Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

Vietnam Coast Guard said vessels were transporting various quantities of oil cargo: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

The Vietnam Coast Guard on Tuesday (20 February) said it seized a total of about 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil in an operation. 

Patrol boats belonging to Coast Guard Region 4 Command detected two fishing boats – KG-91487- DR and KG-91602-TS – displaying several suspicious signs.

Initial investigations found all vessels without invoices and documents proving legal origin of the oil material.

The vessels were transporting various quantities of oil material: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

The authorities made records of administrative violations,and escorted the vessels to Fleet Port 422 in Phú Quốc city, Kiên Giang province for further investigations and handling in accordance with the law.

 

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Published: 23 February, 2024

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