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Lawsuit filed against Aegean’s H.E.C. acquisition

The Committee for Aegean Accountability believes development to be “a corrupt corporate acquisition”.

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The Committee for Aegean Accountability Thursday filed a lawsuit at a US court in the Southern District of New York against Athens-based international bunkering firm Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (Aegean).

The activist investors were seeking a temporary restraining order to stop Aegean’s acquisition of maritime and offshore waste treatment firm H.E.C. Europe Limited (H.E.C.), according to a filing obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

The investors believed Aegean was conducting “a corrupt corporate acquisition” and the acquisition will “line the pockets” of Aegean’s founder; the development is also designed to block efforts by the activist investors to nominate their own group of ‘highly qualified’ candidates to the Aegean board.

Aegean “announced this patently unfair transaction in the face of a contested board election in a transparent effort to entrench current directors,” the investors said in the lawsuit.

“The proposed acquisition would be just the latest in a long history of interested corporate actions, sanctioned by an obedient and self-serving board of directors.”

Related: Aegean to offer ‘one-stop-shop solution’ with H.E.C. acquisition
Related: Aegean shareholders ‘gravely concerned’ over board’s silence
Related: Shareholders nominate ‘highly qualified’ candidates to Aegean board
Related: Aegean Marine Petroleum Network under shareholder pressure

Published: 12 March, 2018
 

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MMEA detains Malaysian-registered vessels in illegal STS oil transfer operation

Two cargo ships were caught for illegally transferring diesel without approval near Pulau Mantanani, Sabah; total seizure of vessels and diesel was estimated to be about MYR 80,000.

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MMEA detains Malaysian-registered vessels in illegal STS oil transfer operation

The Sabah and Labuan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (16 July) detained two cargo ships for illegally transferring diesel without approval near Pulau Mantanani, Sabah.

The two ships were spotted by Arau maritime ship (KM Arau) during a patrol.

Sabah and Labuan MMEA director Maritime First Admiral Datuk Che Engku Suhaimi Che Engku Daik siad the two ships were suspiciously in close proximity.

KM Arau then approached the two vessels believed to be carrying out a ship-to-ship oil transfer.

“Upon inspection both vessels were found to be registered in Malaysia and were operated by eight Malaysian crew,” he said.

Further investigation found both were unable to provide documentation to transfer diesel.

Both ships were brought in for probe under Control of Supplies Act 1961, Customs Act 1987 and Petroleum Development Act 1974.

The total seizure of vessels and diesel was estimated to be about MYR 80,000 (USD 17,141.63 USD).

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 18 July 2024

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Singapore: Fake oil and bunker trader cheats woman SGD 93,000, sentenced to jail

Victim lodged a police report on 29 May 2023 and authorities arrested Muhammad Sharul Bin Anoor on 8 November 2023; to date, Sharul has repaid SGD 67 to the victim.

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A 30-year-old former deliveryman posing as an oil and bunker trader received a 19-month jail sentence at the State Court of Singapore on Friday (12 July) after pleading guilty to seven cheating charges.

Sometime in 2022, Muhammad Sharul Bin Anoor (Sharul) created a fake profile with the name “Melcolm Tan” and met the 34-year-old victim in late August 2022 on an online dating website; they initially communicated over Telegram, showed documents obtained from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

Falsely representing himself as an oil and bunker trader by occupation, “Melcolm” on 26 August 2022 told the victim she could invest in his shipping imports and make guaranteed returns of 3.5% by January 2023.

“Melcolm” told the victim that he would bear any losses, and that she would get her monies back. The victim transferred SGD 5,000 to “Melcolm” via Paynow through his mobile number on the same day but noticed the Paynow number was registered to Sharul after the first transfer.

Following, the victim messaged Sharul through WhatsApp using his Paynow number, but to maintain the deception Sharul lied that he was “Shan” who was an employee of “Melcolm” and would act as an intermediary between the victim and “Melcolm” going forward.

The victim believed Sharul and continued corresponding with “Shan”. Between August 2022 and March 2023, the victim was dishonestly induced to transfer a total of SGD 92,510 to Sharul. She used SGD 50,000 from her own personal savings and took out loans for the remaining amounts.

Sharul dissipated the monies on his renovation, car and credit card repayments. Details of several transactions are below:

Date Amount transferred to Sharul Fales representations by “Shan”
2 September 2022 SGD 8,000 Claimed “Melcolm” lost his credit card and needed funds to pay for his hotel expenses in Indonesia and his return flight to Singapore.
15 September 2022 SGD 6,000 Claimed “Melcolm” wanted to transfer the funds to “Shan”, and asked the victim to transfer the monies on his behalf.
11 October 2022 SGD 20,000 Claimed “Melcolm” needed the funds to close a deal as his friends had cheated him of $340,000.
16 November 2022 SGD 10,000 Claimed “Melcolm” needed the funds to pay customs duties to avoid being arrested.
19 December 2022 SGD 9,500 Claimed “Melcolm” needed the funds to pay his fines so that his lawyer could secure the release of his assets.
22 December 2022 SGD 7,000 Claimed “Melcolm” needed to transfer the funds to “Shan” to help with “Shan”s loans.

From March 2023, the victim attempted to meet “Melcolm” and “Shan” on various occasions to discuss the repayment of the monies, but Sharul repeatedly failed to turn up for these meetings.

Growing suspicious, the victim lodged a police report on 29 May 2023; Sharul was eventually traced and arrested on 8 November 2023.  To date, Sharul has repaid SGD 67 to the victim.

 

Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 16 July 2024

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Singapore: Ex-Director of Inter-Pacific Petroleum appeals High Court decision

Dr Goh Jin Hian reportedly appealed against the decision by the High Court that found him to be responsible for up to USD 146 million of the company’s total USD 156 million loss.

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The former Director of defunct Singapore bunker supplier Inter-Pacific Petroleum (IPP) has reportedly appealed against the decision by the High Court that found him to be responsible for up to USD 146 million of the company’s total USD 156 million loss, according to media outlets on Thursday (11 July).

Manifold Times previously reported IPP Judicial Managers (JMs) Deloitte Singapore, the plaintiffs, on April 2023 initiated a legal suit against former company Director Dr Goh Jin Hian, the defendant, suing him for over USD 156 million over losses due to alleged breach of his Director’s duties.

The Singapore branch of Maybank is looking to recover an amount of USD 88.3 million while Societe Generale (SocGen) is owed USD 81.3 million that they allege to be due to Dr Goh’s negligence as Director.

Dr Goh has said it is not the responsibility of the Director to authenticate documents from management and he disputes against the banks’ own due diligence and credit risk assessment.

“I am satisfied having considered the evidence and submissions that the plaintiff’s claim has been made out as to the liability of the defendant,” wrote Judge Aedit Abdullah in his Brief Remarks on 24 January obtained by Manifold Times.

Judge Aedit pointed out Dr Goh should have carried out his duties as Director and inquired about the financial position of IPP upon knowing of three ‘red flags’ incurred.

Of the total USD 156 million claimed by the IPP JMs, Judge Aedit concluded claims for the full extent of the sum of USD 146 million (exact: USD 146,047.099.60 and the interest claimed) should be allowed.

Related: Singapore: Ex-Director of Inter-Pacific Petroleum found responsible for up to USD 146 million of firm’s loss

 

Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 15 July 2024

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