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Shell MGO bunker heist: Intertek, Inspectorate cargo surveyors plead guilty, jailed between four to eight months

Anand S/O Omprekas, Noruliman Bin Bakti, and Muhammad Khairul Asri Bin Mohamad Hanafiah were tasked to verify the quantity of cargo supplied to vessels by Shell Eastern Petroleum Private Limited.

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The State Courts of the Republic of Singapore on Thursday (26 May) issued jail sentences ranging between four to eight months to a total three cargo surveyors from Intertek Testing Services Pte Ltd (Intertek) and Inspectorate Singapore Pte Ltd (Inspectorate) due to their involvement in the Shell MGO bunker heist.

Anand S/O Omprekas and Noruliman Bin Bakti were both surveyors employed by Intertek while Muhammad Khairul Asri Bin Mohamad Hanafiah worked for Inspectorate when the offences involving corruption were commited, according to court documents obtained by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.

The group were tasked to verify the quantity of cargo supplied to vessels in Singapore by suppliers such as Shell Eastern Petroleum Private Limited (Shell).

They would board the vessels to check on the quantity of the cargo loaded into the nominated and non-nominated tanks of the vessels, before and after the loading of the cargo to the vessels was completed.

After conducting the inspections, the surveyors must prepare ullage reports which stated accurately the amount of cargo loaded onto the vessels. These ullage reports would be submitted to their respective survey firms and Shell.

Anand S/O Omprekas – Six months imprisonment and penalty of SGD 20,000 (effective 26 May 2022)

Anand was found to have accepted gratification of a total SGD 10,000 from Juandi bin Pungot and Muzaffar Ali Khan bin Muhamad Akram over five occasions in 2014 while under the employment of Intertek.

Under Juandi and Muzaffar’s instructions, Anand did not accurately report the amount of cargo loaded onto vessels which Intertek was engaged to inspect.

In 2016, when Anand was a surveyor of CCIC Singapore Pte Ltd (CCIC), he continued to receive money from Muzaffar in exchange for falsifying the amount of cargo loaded onto vessels which CCIC was engaged to inspect while keeping quiet about the misappropriation of gasoil taking place at Shell Pulau Bukom.

As a result of Anand’s assistance in concealing the misappropriation of gasoil, two incidents of misappropriation of Shell gasoil (worth USD 668,152.16) went undetected by Shell in 2016.

Noruliman Bin Bakti – Eight months imprisonment and penalty of USD 25,000 (effective 4 July 2022)

Noruliman accepted total gratification of USD 15,000 from an Intertek colleague over three occasions between 2014 and 2015 for not accurately reporting the amount of cargo loaded onto vessels which Intertek was engaged to inspect.

In 2016, when Noruliman became a surveyor of CCIC, he continued his arrangement with Muzaffar to receive money from him to inaccurately report the amount of cargo loaded onto vessels which CCIC was engaged to inspect while keeping quiet about the misappropriation of gasoil taking place at Shell Pulau Bukom.

As a result of his assistance in concealing the activity, one incident of misappropriation of Shell gasoil (worth USD 239,958.60) went undetected by Shell in 2016.

Noruliman was also found to be working with Anand in two incidents of misappropriation of Shell gasoil (mentioned above).

Muhammad Khairul Asri Bin Mohamad Hanafiah – Four months imprisonment and penalty of USD 6,000 (effective 27 June 2022)

Khairul was found to have accepted total gratification of USD 6,000 from Juandi and Muzaffar over two occasions between 2016 and 2017 for inaccurately reporting the amount of cargo loaded onto vessels which Inspectorate was engaged to inspect.

As a result of Khairul’s assistance in concealing the misappropriation of gasoil, two incidents of misappropriation of Shell gasoil (worth USD 1,408,881.57) went undetected by Shell in 2016 and 2017.

Manifold Times in April reported a group of 12 surveyors being charged in Court for corruption offences in connection to the conspiracy to misappropriate oil from the Shell Pulau Bukom site. Altogether, the 12 individuals allegedly accepted bribes totalling at least USD 213,000 between 2014 to 2017.

Note: Court proceedings against other allegedly involved parties, including former employees of Shell Pulau Bukom, are ongoing. A list of earlier developments recorded by Manifold Times are as follows:

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Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 30 May, 2022

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ZeroNorth: Singapore’s pioneering e-BDN bunkering project makes waves internationally

‘This is very much commercially driven as parties in the regions are still trying to figure out how e-BDNs are relevant for their respective locations,’ Kenneth Juhls, Managing Director of ZeroNorth Bunker tells Manifold Times.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s pioneering electronic bunker delivery note (e-BDN) project for the republic’s maritime sector has been steadily gaining attention from      overseas, observes the Managing Director of digital bunkering platform solutions provider ZeroNorth Bunker.

“We currently see interest from bunker buyers, shipping firms, barge owners and operators, fuel suppliers and a few port authorities based at the ARA, Mediterranean, Middle East, and the U.S. who are all eyeing to see how the e-BDN project at Singapore turns out,” Kenneth Juhls told Manifold Times.

“This is very much commercially driven as parties in the regions are still trying to figure out how e-BDNs are relevant for their respective locations.”

According to Juhls, recent implementation of the Singapore-Rotterdam Green and Digital Shipping Corridor (GDSC) would suggest that the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region would be the “next step” to expand e-BDN bunkering operations.

“I see ARA as a good next step to expand e-BDN. ZeroNorth is very keen to engage with all port authorities to share knowledge and hands on experience based on the deployment of e-BDN bunkering operations at Singapore,” he said.

“Obviously, we would love to have a full end-to-end digital solution where the e-BDN is receiving verified information from the mass flowmeter (MFM) so there is no manual intervention; much like Singapore port.

“However, in practise one does not need a MFM-equipped bunker tanker to be able to perform e-BDN bunkering operations.”

Juhls explained digital bunkering platforms are also designed to be adaptive to different situations by allowing manual entry of data in certain circumstances.

“In Singapore, we are still in the integration phase of seamlessly connecting MFM data to the e-BDN system. In the interim, manual data entry, where personnel the tablet to take a photo of the bunker metering ticket and the eBDN app using OCR technology to auto extract the data receipt and key similar information into the tablet, is still being performed,” he said.

“In my understanding, phase two of MPA’s e-BDN integration will look into eliminating this action.”

Moving forward, Juhls says that he wishes for the shipping industry to adopt e-BDN solutions at a quicker pace.

“Singapore is the biggest bunkering port, and thus is a perfect location to kickstart momentum on e-BDN. But we also need to include the whole shipping industry for      it to work well,” he said. “We hope that together we’ll be able to spur faster global adoption of e-BDN and enable widespread digital transformation.”

Related: SMW 2024: Singapore-Rotterdam Green and Digital Shipping Corridor partners to implement first-mover pilot projects

 

Photo credit: ZeroNorth
Published: 24 April 2024

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Platts proposes to launch Singapore bio-bunker fuels market-based assessment

Proposal is on the back of growing interest for blended bio-bunkers in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub, amid increasing pressure on the shipping sector to decarbonise.

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Platts, part of S&P Global Commodity Insights, on Tuesday (23 April) proposed to launch a new daily market-based delivered Singapore bio-bunker assessment, effective 1 August.

This proposal is on the back of growing interest for blended bio-bunkers in Singapore, the world's largest bunkering hub, amid increasing pressure on the shipping sector to decarbonise.

The new assessment would reflect marine fuel blend of biodiesel with low sulphur fuel oil. Platts would publish the Singapore bio-bunkers market-based assessment as a differential to Platts Marine Fuel 0.5% (AMFSA00), and as an outright value.

The assessment specifications would be as follows:

Platts proposes to launch Singapore bio-bunker fuels market-based assessment

Other delivery periods and volumes may be considered in the Platts Market on Close assessment process and normalised back to the above specifications.

Bio-bunkers stems must be incompliance with the EU's Renewable Energy Directive, or RED requirements, and meet sustainability requirements such as ISCC or RSB sustainability criterions.

Platts will not consider bio-bunkers that use palm oil as a bio-component.

International Organization for Standardization is revising the ISO 8217 standards to include additional requirements for blended bio-bunker. The assessment would reflect standards set in the document ISO 8217:2024 Petroleum products -- Fuels (class F) -- specifications of marine fuels, as well as standards set by Singapore's Maritime Port Authority on specifications of marine biofuels (WA 2:2022). Platts is seeking specific feedback on these standard requirements.

Platts is also seeking specific feedback on the reference density of blended bio-bunkers.

The assessment would be published on Platts Biofuels Alert (PBF2500), in the Bunkerwire Report, Bunkerwire Monthly, Biofuelscan report and Biomass-Based Diesel Report.

The new daily bio-bunkers assessment would be timestamped to 5.30 pm Singapore time and follow the Singapore publishing schedule.

Platts spot price assessments consider market information reported to Platts and published throughout the day, including firm bids and offers, transactions and indications of value. In the absence of observable spot market activity, Platts may consider other verifiable data reported. This information will be published as price heards.

At present, Platts publishes a daily cost-based B24 Singapore bio-bunkers assessment reflecting a ratio of 76% fuel oil based on Platts benchmark Marine Fuel 0.5% Bunker Dlvd Spore $/mt assessment (MFSPD00) and 24% used cooking oil methyl ester based on the Platts UCOME FOB Straits $/mt assessment (UCFCB00). This calculated price assessment will continue to be published alongside the proposed new assessment and will be renamed “Platts B24 calculated bio-bunker Singapore.”

Related: Platts launches new blended bio-bunkers assessment in Singapore

 

Photo credit: Justin Lim on Unsplash
Published: 25 April 2024

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Winding up

Singapore: Annual general meetings scheduled for Xihe Holdings subsidiaries

Annual general meetings will be held between 8 to 9 May for Hua Zhong Shipping, Dong Ya Tankers, Dong Sheng Tankers and Da Xin Tankers to receive an update on firms’ liquidation.

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Several notices were published on the Government Gazette on Tuesday (23 April) regarding the annual general meetings to be held between 8 to 9 May for Xihe Holdings subsidiaries Hua Zhong Shipping, Dong Ya Tankers, Dong Sheng Tankers and Da Xin Tankers. 

Annual general meetings for Hua Zhong Shipping are to be held on 8 May at the following times:

For the company: 2pm
For the creditors: 3pm

Annual general meetings for Dong Ya Tankers are to be held on 9 May at the following times:

For the company: 10am
For the creditors: 11am

Annual general meetings for Dong Sheng Tankers are to be held on 9 May at the following times:

For the company: 2pm

Annual general meetings for Da Xin Tankers are to be held on 8 May at the following times:

For the company: 10am
For the creditors: 11am

The agenda for all the meetings are:

  1. To receive an update on the liquidation.
  2. To receive an account of the Liquidators’ acts and dealings, and of the conduct of the winding up

The following are the details of the liquidator:

Ho May Kee
Liquidator
c/o 8 Marina View
#40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1
Singapore 018960

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

Related: Singapore: Da Xin Tankers, Dong Ya Tankers, Hua Zhong Shipping to be wound up
Related: Singapore: Annual general meetings scheduled for Xihe Holdings subsidiaries

 

Photo credit: Jo_Johnston from Pixabay
Published: 25 April 2024

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