Singapore authorities recently returned 68 metric tonnes (mt) of stolen low sulphur marine gas oil (LS MGO) to Singapore bunker supplier Triton Bunkering Services Pte Ltd, after the completion of investigations involving former crew members of bunker tanker Marmoris (SB802G).
The Indonesian crew of five was caught illegally siphoning off LS MGO from the Singapore-registered 2,281 dwt bunkering tanker by the Police Coast Guard during 23 May 2021.
They received jail sentences of between five to seven months after a hearing at the State Courts of Singapore on 25 June.
“The LS MGO siphoned off Marmoris has been recovered and returned to our principal, Triton Bunkering Services Pte Ltd, on 12 February 2022,” confirmed Alex Ow Yong, Fleet Agency Director, Agency Division, Iships Mgmt Pte Ltd.
“We would like to express our deep gratitude to the Singapore Police Coast Guard and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore for their prompt intervention that crippled the unlawful activity.”
Moving forward, Triton Bunkering Services has implemented new processes by encouraging shipboard members to report any theft or fraudulent activities to the authorities, shared Ow Yong.
“CCTVs have been installed on our fleet, and we have also formed a watch group with other crafts and their operators to alert each other of any suspicious activities within Singapore waters.”
Photo credit: Iships Mgmt Pte Ltd
Published: 14 February, 2022
Cai Zhi Zhong received a total of about USD 1.3m to USD 1.6m, of which he saved a portion and spent the rest, including on property, cars and watches, according to court documents obtained by Manifold Times.
‘MFMs will continue to have a place within the bunkering sector even when the shipping industry continues to adopt new types of marine fuels, such as LNG, biofuel, methanol, ammonia and hydrogen,’ states spokesman.
Current ISO 8217 bunker fuel standard not comprehensive enough for biofuels; National Mirror Committee working with local players to develop more comprehensive biofuels standard for Singapore, says Capt. Rahul.
‘There are some important differences between VLSFO and biofuels, and as a result, parties should consider whether additional changes should be made to biofuel bunker contracts,’ says Paul Collier.
Quek Rong Hong first joined Shell sometime in 2005 and had held the position of Blending Specialist from November 2017. At the time of arrest, his monthly basic salary was about SGD 4,300, showed documents.
Glencore previously commenced Singapore International Arbitration Centre Emergency Applications against Straits Pinnacle but those applications were dismissed, according to documents obtained by Manifold Times.