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Shell Singapore oil heist: Ex-Chief Officer of Prime South jailed

12 Jul 2019

A Judge at the Singapore State Court on Thursday (12 July) reportedly sentenced Dang Van Hanh, the former Chief Officer of Prime South to two-and-a-half years’ jail over misappropriation of marine gas oil (MGO) from Shell Eastern Petroleum’s Pulau Bukom refinery.

Hanh, who admitted to receiving a total 5,592 metric tonnes (mt) of stolen MGO over four occasions between 31 July 2016 to 7 January 2018, is the first person being sentenced in the case since police operations started January 2018.

He is also a former crew of the Prime Sun; both Prime South and Prime Sun were Prime Shipping Corporation-owned oil tankers involved in the Shell Singapore oil heist where a total volume of about 316,035 mt of MGO was stolen between August 2014 to January 2018.

Police investigations revealed both oil tankers would legitimately enter Shell Eastern Petroleum’s Pulau Bukom refinery to receive MGO. However, they also received stolen MGO on the side at the facility through other arrangements.

Investigations started from 2017, when a Shell employee made a police report in August 2017 indicating the company suffered losses amounting to approximately SG $2.98 million in April during the same year.

A breakdown of stolen MGO received by other suspects is available here.

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Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 12 July, 2019

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