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Shell MGO bunker heist: Former Intertek, Inspectorate surveyors receive fines, jail sentences

A Duraisamy received a SGD 42,870.60 fine and 10-month jail sentence while Lee Been Lian was fined SGD 6,795 and received a two-month jail term due to offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Two former surveyors employed by Intertek Testing Services Pte Ltd (Intertek) and Inspectorate Singapore Pte Ltd (Inspectorate) received fines and jail sentences at the State Courts of Singapore on Monday (29 August) due to their involvement in the misappropriation of Shell gasoil at Shell Pulau Bukom, according to court documents obtained by Manifold Times.

A Duraisamy received a SGD 42,870.60 fine and 10-month jail sentence due to offences punishable under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Cap 241, 1993 Rev Ed) (PCA), which charges are combined under Section 124(4) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010.

He first served as a surveyor at Intertek between 2013 to 2015 and was employed for a similar role by Inspectorate between 2016 to 2017.

Between 2014 and 2015, Duraisamy corruptly accepted total gratification of USD 15,000 (SGD 20,514) from Juandi bin Pungot to inaccurately report the amount of cargo loaded onto vessels which Intertek was engaged to inspect.

Sometime in April 2017, he accepted a bribe of USD 10,000 (SGD 14,070) from Richard Goh Chee Keong, the former Loading Master of Shell Eastern Petroleum Private Limited (Shell).

The bribes were for Duraisamy to omit inspection of non-nominated tanks and to falsely understate in his ullage reports the amount of cargo loaded onto receiving vessels. They were also for him to turn a blind eye and remain quiet about any misappropriation of Shell gasoil.

As a result of Duraisamy’s assistance in concealing the misappropriation of gasoil, three incidents of misappropriation of Shell gasoil (worth USD 1.78 million) went undetected by Shell between 2016 to 2017.

Lee Been Lian, who was surveyor employed by Intertek during the time of offence, was fined SGD 6,795 and received a two-month jail sentence due to offences punishable under Section 6(a) of the PCA.

Sometime in October 2017, Mr Lee received USD 5,000 (SGD 6,795) from Mr Goh in exchange for not inspecting the non-nominated tanks of a receiving vessel which loaded Shell gasoil without Shell’s authorisation.

The monies were also for Mr Lee to turned a blind eye to and keep quiet about any misappropriation of Shell gasoil.

His action of helping Goh and his co-conspirators conceal one incident of misappropriation of Shell’s gasoil resulted in Shell losing gasoil (worth USD 1. 20 million) during October 2017.

Notably, court documents highlighted Shell taking numerous “costly measures” to improve its systems and processes at Shell Pulau Bukom since the discovery of large-scale misappropriation.

These include:

  • Installation of new and additional custody transfer meters and anti-theft CCTV;
  • Development of a monitoring software to detect potential theft of gasoil;
  • Creation of new permanent positions to strengthen the supervision of key processes;
  • Focus on improving frontline staff performance.

By end 2020, the estimated cost directly incurred or to be incurred by Shell to manage the consequence of the long-term misappropriation, including the implementation of the measures detailed above, was in the region of SGD 6 million.

Earlier coverage of developments by Manifold Times regarding the Shell MGO bunker heist can be found below:

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RelatedShell MGO bunker heist: Ex-Shell employee admits leading role in illicit operation
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RelatedShell MGO bunker heist: Two former Shell employees jailed over theft
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RelatedShell MGO bunker heist: Three ex-Shell employees charged with bribing surveyors
RelatedShell MGO bunker heist: Second ex-Shell employee pleads guilty to nine charges
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RelatedShell MGO bunker heist: Director of Singapore bunkering firm released from police custody
RelatedShell MGO bunker heist: Oil tanker ‘Prime South’ forfeited by State Courts of Singapore
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RelatedShell Singapore oil heist: Third offender pleads guilty for gas oil theft
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RelatedSingapore: Shell MGO bunker heist amount balloons to USD$142 million
RelatedShell MGO bunker heist update: Fresh charges issued at Singapore court
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RelatedShell Singapore oil heist: Breakdown of stolen oil cargoes
RelatedIntertek Singapore employee among Shell oil heist suspects

 

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Published: 1 September, 2022

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Shipowner and captain fined for using heavy fuel oil around Svalbard

Foreign shipping company has been fined NOK 1 million for having sailed one of its cargo ships with heavy fuel oil on board within the territorial waters around Svalbard; captain has been fined NOK 30,000.

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A foreign shipping company has been fined NOK 1 million (USD 94,632) for having sailed one of its ships with heavy fuel oil on board within the territorial waters around Svalbard, which is a breach of the Svalbard Environment Act, according to the Governor of Svalbard on Thursday (13 June). 

In addition, the captain has been fined NOK 30,000.

On 6 June 2024, the cargo ship passed into Svalbard's territorial waters, despite the vessel having heavy fuel oil on board, which was established by an inspection carried out by inspectors from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate on the same day.

“This is a breach of Section 82a of the Svalbard Environment Act, which stipulates that ships calling at Svalbard cannot use or have heavy fuel oil as a means of transport. The provision applies to the whole of Svalbard and was introduced on 1 January 2022,” Lars Fause said. 

For the violation of Section 82a of the Svalbard Environment Act, the Governor of Svalbard has issued a forfeiture order against the foreign shipping company of NOK 1,000,000. In addition, the captain of the ship has been fined NOK 30,000.

“It is the first time that the Governor has fined a company in connection with a breach of the heavy oil provision on Svalbard,” he added. 

The fines have not been accepted. The shipping company provided a guarantee for the sum of the fine and was thus allowed to sail down from Svalbard on Wednesday evening, 12 June.

The main hearing in the case is scheduled for the Nord-Troms district court in early October.

 

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Published: 20 June, 2024

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Singapore: Xihe Capital liquidator issues notice of intended dividend

Xihe Capital Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are owned by the Lim family, who are also the owners of the embattled Hin Leong Trading.

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A notice to declare intended dividend of Nan Shan Maritime Pte Ltd to its creditors has been posted on the Government Gazette on Monday (10 June).

Xihe Capital Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are owned by the Lim family, who are also the owners of the embattled Hin Leong Trading.

The following are the details of the notice of intended dividend:

Name of Company : XIHE CAPITAL (PTE.) LTD. (IN CREDITORS’ VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION)
Unique Entity No. / Registration No. : 201727410K
Address of Registered Office : 10 ANSON ROAD, #10-10,INTERNATIONAL PLAZA, SINGAPORE 079903
Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 2 JULY 2024
Name of Liquidator : TAM CHEE CHONG
Address : c/o 10 ANSON ROAD, #10-10, INTERNATIONAL PLAZA, SINGAPORE 079903

Related: Singapore: Liquidator arranges creditors meeting for Xihe Capital
Related: Petition to place Xihe Capital subsidiaries under judicial management approved
Related: Creditors’ meeting for Xihe Capital and related shipping firms to take place in November

 

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Published: 19 June 2024

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Singapore: Final meetings scheduled for An Ping Shipping and related companies

Other companies involved are Da Wei Shipping, Da Kang Shipping, Da Jiang Shipping, Da Hua Shipping, Xin Jiang Shipping and Xin Rong Shipping.

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The final meetings of An Ping Shipping Pte Ltd and related companies have been scheduled to take place on 15 July, according to the company’s liquidator on a notice posted on Friday (14 June) on the Government Gazette.

The meetings will be held at 10 Anson Road, #10-10 International Plaza, Singapore 079903 on 15 July 2024.

The following are the list of the companies involved and timings of the meetings: 

Singapore: Final meetings scheduled for An Ping Shipping and related companies

The meetings are being held for the purpose of having an account laid before the members showing the manner in which the winding up has been conducted and the property of the respective company disposed of and of hearing any explanation that may be given by the Liquidators.

The following are details of the joint liquidators:

Tam Chee Chong
Liquidator
c/o 10 Anson Road
#10-10 International Plaza
Singapore 079903#05-01 Parkview Square
Singapore 188778

Note: A Member or Creditor of the Companies may vote either in person or by proxy. To be valid, proxies to be used at the Final Meeting must be lodged with the Liquidator’s office at least 48 hours before the meeting via email to [email protected].

 

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Published: 19 June, 2024

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