EDITOR [25 September]: The “Consort Justice” was chartered by Singapore bunker supplier Inter-Pacific Petroleum at the time of arrest; the vessel has since been renamed as “Fragrance”.
The names of the accused have not been mentioned in this article at the request of officials due to protection of their safety.
The first hearing for the former bunker clerk of a Singapore-registered bunker tanker (IMO 9199701) earlier known as Consort Justice over the alleged tampering of a mass flowmeter (MFM) took place at the State Courts of Singapore on Monday (23 September).
The suspect faced one charge under Section 7(1)(a) read with Section 10(1) of the Computer Misuse Act, Chapter 50A; similar to the ex-assistant boson of the same vessel who was found guilty for the crime in late August.
The ex-assistant boson, who was the first personnel charged at a Singapore court over the tampering of a bunkering MFM, was present to testify as a witness.
Cross examination of the ex-assistant boson continued on Tuesday (25 September) morning.
A timeline organised list of events preceding the current development have been recorded by Manifold Times below:
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Published: 24 September, 2019
Current low prices for road and aviation fuels in September could mean another increase of flashpoint off-spec cases for MGO when players start introducing the products back into the bunker stream.
Some bunker suppliers at various ports have even achieved their sales target for the year; the trend doesn't seem to be slowing down and suppliers are expecting a boom during end of September.
The company has entered a memorandum of agreement with Millenium Satu Ltd to acquire the 7,550 dwt oil tanker to increase service flexibility; vessel will be paid over an installment period of 36 months.
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.
An earlier MPA notice outlined precautionary measures for personnel to observe when conducting marine refuelling operations at port in order to minimise the risk of contracting Covid-19.
Mok’s offence affected public confidence in the use of the MFM system onboard Singapore bunker tankers, and caused an embarrassment to the MPA, said Deputy Public Prosecutors.