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Singapore: Ex-Cargo Officer of “Pearl Melody” pleads guilty over illegal STS transfer incident with “Apphia 9”

27 Oct 2021

The former Cargo Officer of the Singapore-flagged bunker tanker Pearl Melody on Monday (25 October) pleaded guilty to one charge under Section 408 of the Penal Code (Criminal Breach of Trust) at the State Courts of Singapore over an earlier illegal STS transfer incident.

Danny Lee Chee Keong was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment over the theft of marine fuel oil (MFO) from the Consort Bunkers Pte Ltd owned and operated bunkering vessel, according to documents obtained by Manifold Times.

On 5 June 2021, Danny received a call at about 1am from a representative of a Malaysia-registered company asking if he had any MFO for illicit sale. He replied in the affirmative and was instructed to standby the Pearl Melody.

The Apphia 9 soon arrived at the sea off Eastern Petroleum ‘B’ anchorage, and received about 100.906 metric tonnes (mt) of MFO from the Pearl Melody at about 2.30am.

Crew of the Apphia 9 was arrested by forces from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) midway through the illegal operation.

Related: “Apphia 9” crew in jail over theft of bunker fuel from Consort Bunkers’ “Pearl Melody”
RelatedConsort Bunkers confirms ‘Pearl Melody’ in alleged unauthorised STS incident


Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 27 October, 2021

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