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Shell MGO bunker heist: Forfeited oil tanker “Prime South” to undergo auction in June

25 May 2021

The chemical oil tanker M/T Prime South which received stolen marine gas oil estimated to be worth around USD 7.1 million from Shell Pulau Bukom between 2017 and 2018 is scheduled to undergo auction on 4 June 2021, according to a public notice.

The State Courts ordered the forfeiture of Prime South on 9 October 2020 under section 364(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC); a factor which weighed heavily in favour of forfeiture was Prime South being extensively used to receive misappropriated gasoil from Shell Pulau Bukom.

The High Court later affirmed this decision on 4 February 2021, noting that there was strong justification for the forfeiture, according to the Singapore Police Force.

The Captain and Chief Officer of Prime South have been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 70 months and 30 months respectively for their involvement in the offences of conspiring with others to dishonestly receive stolen marine gas oil.

Court proceedings against other allegedly involved parties, including former employees of Shell Pulau Bukom, are ongoing.

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Published: 25 May, 2021

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