The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (15 October) revoked the bunker craft operator licence of Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd (IPP) with immediate effect.
IPP will not be allowed to operate as a bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore.
“As part of MPA’s ongoing efforts to ensure the integrity of bunkering in Singapore, checks were conducted on Inter-Pacific earlier this year,” it stated.
“MPA’s checks and subsequent investigations revealed magnetic interferences affecting measurements of bunkers supplied in numerous Mass Flow Meter readings across Inter-Pacific’s fleet of bunker tankers. Inter-Pacific had also failed to ensure that its employees, including its cargo officers, comply with the terms and conditions of its licence.”
“As Inter-Pacific also holds a Bunker Supplier Licence issued by MPA, MPA is currently investigating Inter-Pacific for breaching the terms and conditions of the Bunker Supplier Licence.”
Trials involving the former bunker clerk of a Singapore-registered bunker tanker (IMO 9199701) chartered by IPP are ongoing at the State Courts of Singapore; the ex-assistant boson of the same vessel was found guilty over mass flowmeter tampering in late August.
Manifold Times on Monday reported the Director of IPP facing a legal suit from the Singapore branch of Societe Generale at the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
A timeline organised list of events preceding the current development have been recorded by Manifold Times below:
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Published: 16 October, 2019
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