Several Singapore-based bunkering and ship management firms on Wednesday (16 February) entered into a mutual arrangement to form a community watch group, learned Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.
The firms, led by Trilogy Petroleum Pte Ltd, consist of Iships Mgmt Pte Ltd, Seven Seas Oil Trading Pte Ltd, Straits Bunkering Pte Ltd, Cathay Marine Fuel Oil Trading Pte Ltd, Hai Yin Marine Pte Ltd, Singamas Petroleum Trading Pte Ltd, and New Maritime Pte Ltd; they have initially committed a total 24 bunkering tankers for the project.
The group plans to inform the police of any theft or fraudulent activities on mutual properties, and to alert each other of any suspicious activities in Singapore waters.
Alex Ow Yong, Chairman of Trilogy Petroleum, was pleased the project reflected the strong community spirit of Singapore’s maritime sector.
“After recently concluding a case involving crew theft of fuel ourselves, we decided that it will be prudent to establish this watch group,” explained Ow Yong, who is also Fleet Agency Director, Agency Division, Iships Mgmt.
“As such, we gathered familiar industry players who are keen on maintaining the crime-free image of the republic and created this network to function as a lookout to alert each other of any suspicious activities in Singapore waters.
“The intention is to let potential perpetrators know we are watching them and hope this helps to deter and put a stop to such unlawful activities.
“We wish to include more bunker operators to make this watch group even more robust and welcome talks from interested parties.”
To date, a total 209 Singapore-registered bunkering tankers are operating at the republic, according to recent data from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
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Published: 18 February, 2022
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