Ten men, aged between 22 and 48, were arrested for their suspected involvement in an illegal transaction of Marine Gas Oil (MGO), according to the Singapore Police Force on Thursday (4 August).
During a joint operation with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on 4 August 2022, officers from the Police Coast Guard (PCG) arrested six crew members of a Singapore-registered tugboat and another four crew members of a foreign-registered tugboat for their suspected involvement in an illegal transaction of MGO at the sea off Southern Tuas Basin, Singapore.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the crew members of the Singapore-registered tugboat were believed to have misappropriated the MGO without their company’s knowledge by selling it to the crew members of a foreign-registered tugboat. The tugboat and cash amounting to SGD 8,000 (USD 5788.61) were seized as case exhibits.
The six men, who are crew members of the Singapore-registered tugboat, were charged in court on 5 August 2022 with the offence of criminal breach of trust as servant. The offence of criminal breach of trust as servant under Section 408 of the Penal Code 1871 carries an imprisonment term which may extend to 15 years and a fine.
The other four men, who are crew members of the foreign-registered tugboat, were charged in court on 5 August 2022 with dishonestly receiving stolen property. The offence of dishonestly receiving stolen property under Section 411 of the Penal Code Penal Code 1871 carries an imprisonment term that may extend to five years, or a fine, or both.
The PCG and MPA take a serious view of illegal transactions of MGO in Singapore waters, said the police.
“The authorities will continue to conduct enforcement and security checks to prevent, deter and detect such illicit activities in Singapore waters,” it said.
Photo credit: Singapore Police Force
Published: 8 August, 2022
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