The Police Coast Guard (PCG) has arrested eleven men aged between 22 and 44 for their suspected involvement in an illegal transaction of marine gas oil (MGO), it says.
On 19 February 2019, in a joint operation with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the PCG arrested six crew members of a craft belonging to a marine service provider and another five crew members of a foreign-registered tugboat for illegal transaction of MGO at the sea off Jurong Island.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the crew members of the marine service provider’s craft are believed to have misappropriated 2 metric tonnes of MGO and sold it to the crew members of the foreign-registered tugboat. The tugboat was seized for investigations.
The six crew members of the craft owned by a marine service provider will be charged in court with criminal breach of trust as servant and the five crew members of the foreign registered tugboat will be charged in court with dishonestly receiving stolen property on 21 February 2019.
“The PCG and MPA take a serious view of illegal transaction of marine fuel in Singapore waters. The PCG will continue to conduct enforcement and security checks to prevent, deter and detect such illicit activities in Singapore waters,” it states.
Photo credit: Singapore Police Force
Published: 21 February, 2019
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