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Singapore: “Apphia 9” crew in jail over theft of bunker fuel from Consort Bunkers’ “Pearl Melody”

‘The victim is Consort Bunkers Pte Ltd, the owner of the Pearl Melody,’ states the joint statement of facts (SOF) document obtained by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.

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The entire crew of the Mongolia-flagged oil tanker Apphia 9 was sentenced to jail by a Judge at the State Courts of Singapore on Tuesday (12 October) over the theft of marine fuel oil (MFO) from the Consort Bunkers Pte Ltd owned and operated Singapore-flagged bunker tanker Pearl Melody.

The details of the jail sentence* for the respective co-accused are as follows:

  • Eron Laelo (Master) was sentenced to an imprisonment term of seven months for s 411(1) charges – abetting by intentionally aiding the receipt of stolen property; and a fine of SGD 3,000 for reg 3A(3)(a) – failing to install and maintain in operate an approved transponder on board Apphia 9.
  • Yanto Salindeo (Chef) was sentenced to an imprisonment term of nine months for s 411(1) charges – abetting by intentionally aiding the receipt of stolen property; and a fine of SGD 4,000 for reg 3A(3)(a) – abetting offences committed by Eron Laelo.
  • Remaining seven co-accused (Crews), Abdul Aziz, Adrie Salindeho, Djoyfmon Salindeho, Gamaliel Donggala, Siwy Galvao Yanova, Very Salindeho and Whaynel Muhouland Anggoman were each sentenced to an imprisonment term of six months for s411(1) charges – abetting by intentionally aiding the receipt of stolen property.

Consort Bunkers – a ‘victim’ of the Pearl Melody incident

“The victim is Consort Bunkers Pte Ltd, the owner of the Pearl Melody,” stated the joint statement of facts (SOF) obtained by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.

The SOF document described Apphia 9 sailing alongside the Pearl Melody on 5 June at about 2.30 am to conduct the illegal ship-to-ship (STS) MFO transfer operation under instructions from Yanto.

Gamaliel threw a rope over Pearl Melody, joining the two ships, while Whaynel fixed a hose on Apphia 9. Djoyfmon, Gamaliel, Siwy and Verry then brought the hose to Pearl Melody to facilitate receipt of the MFO.

Once the hose was connected to Pearl Melody, Djoyfmon, Siwy and Verry went to the Apphia 9 engine room to start and monitor the fuel transfer pump while Adrie remained on deck to assist in calculating the amount of MFO transferred.

In total, 100.906 metric tonnes (mt) of MFO worth approximately SGD 69,894.56 was transferred from Pearl Melody to Apphia 9 with no bunker delivery note (BDN) being issued in relation to the operation.

All accused persons were arrested by forces from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) midway through the illegal operation.

*All crew of the Apphia 9 have been in remand since 7 June 2021, thus all imprisonment terms were backdated.

Related: Singapore: Consort Bunkers confirms ‘Pearl Melody’ in alleged unauthorised STS incident

 

Photo credit: Carles Rabada on Unsplash
Published: 22 October, 2021

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

Vietnam Coast Guard said vessels were transporting various quantities of oil cargo: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

The Vietnam Coast Guard on Tuesday (20 February) said it seized a total of about 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil in an operation. 

Patrol boats belonging to Coast Guard Region 4 Command detected two fishing boats – KG-91487- DR and KG-91602-TS – displaying several suspicious signs.

Initial investigations found all vessels without invoices and documents proving legal origin of the oil material.

The vessels were transporting various quantities of oil material: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

The authorities made records of administrative violations,and escorted the vessels to Fleet Port 422 in Phú Quốc city, Kiên Giang province for further investigations and handling in accordance with the law.

 

Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 23 February, 2024

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Xihe Holdings liquidators issue intended dividend notice to creditors

Creditors will need to produce proofs of debt to liquidators of the company by 8 March 2024 at 5pm, according to Government Gazette notice.

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A notice to declare intended dividend of Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd to its creditors has been posted on Singapore’s Government Gazette on Friday (16 February). 

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

Details of the notice of intended dividend are as follows:

Name of Company : Xihe Holdings (Pte) Ltd (In Liquidation)

Unique Entity No. / Registration No. : 199002021M

Address of Registered Office : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited 8 Marina View #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1 Singapore 018960

Court : High Court of Singapore

Number of Matter : HC/CWU 40/2022

Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 8 March 2024 at 5:00 pm by email to [email protected] 

Name of Liquidators : Seshadri Rajagopalan, Paresh Tribhovan Jotangia and Ho May Kee

Address : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1

Singapore 018960

 

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Published: 21 February, 2024

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Malaysia: MMEA detains modified fishing boat suspected of smuggling diesel oil

Three men, aged 32 to 40, were suspected to be involved in smuggling the subsidised oil estimated to be 6,000 litres, worth almost MYR 13,000 (USD 2,712).

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Malaysia: MMEA detains modified fishing boat suspected of smuggling diesel oil

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Monday (19 February) said it detained a fishing vessel and three local men who were onboard after they allegedly tried to smuggle 6,000 litres of diesel worth MYR 13,000 (USD 2,712) on 18 February. 

In the 11pm incident, the men, aged 32 to 40, onboard the ship were found with the diesel at 0.6 nautical miles north of Pulau Langgun, Langkawi. 

“During the inspection of the boat in question, officers found there was an additional space on the deck and covered with plywood in the intention of hiding it from authorities,” said MMEA. 

Malaysia: MMEA detains modified fishing boat suspected of smuggling diesel oil

“Officers then proceeded to dismantle the plywood and found two storage containers that were converted into extra oil barrels.”

“As a result of that discovery, the suspects are suspected to be involved in smuggling subsidised oil estimated to be 6,000 litres, worth almost MYR 13,000.”

MMEA detained the fishing vessel and men before they were brought to Bukit Malut Maritime Jetty for further investigations.

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 20 February, 2024

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