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
‘MFMs will continue to have a place within the bunkering sector even when the shipping industry continues to adopt new types of marine fuels, such as LNG, biofuel, methanol, ammonia and hydrogen,’ states spokesman.
Current ISO 8217 bunker fuel standard not comprehensive enough for biofuels; National Mirror Committee working with local players to develop more comprehensive biofuels standard for Singapore, says Capt. Rahul.
‘There are some important differences between VLSFO and biofuels, and as a result, parties should consider whether additional changes should be made to biofuel bunker contracts,’ says Paul Collier.
Quek Rong Hong first joined Shell sometime in 2005 and had held the position of Blending Specialist from November 2017. At the time of arrest, his monthly basic salary was about SGD 4,300, showed documents.
Glencore previously commenced Singapore International Arbitration Centre Emergency Applications against Straits Pinnacle but those applications were dismissed, according to documents obtained by Manifold Times.
Captain Segar, MPA Assistant Chief Executive, Operations, to be also joining IBIA for the game where proceeds will be channelled into an IBIA Bursary Fund for supporting students to obtain a maritime studies degree.