The Police Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday (31 January) arrested seven men aged between 33 and 44, for suspected involvement in an illegal transaction of marine gas oil (MGO).
On 29 January 2019, in a joint operation with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the PCG arrested three crew members of a craft belonging to a marine service provider and another four crew members of a foreign registered tugboat for illegal transaction of MGO at the sea off Pulau Sudong, Singapore.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the three crew members of the craft are believed to have misappropriated 2.7 metric tonnes (mt) of MGO without their company’s knowledge, and sold it to the four crew members of the foreign registered tugboat. The tugboat was seized for investigations.
The three 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 four crew members of the foreign registered tugboat will be charged in court with dishonestly receiving stolen property on 31 January 2019.
“The PCG and MPA take a serious view of illegal transaction of marine fuel in Singapore waters,” says PCG.
“The PCG will continue to conduct enforcement and security checks to prevent, deter and detect such illicit activities in Singapore waters.”
Photo credit: Public Affairs Department/Singapore Police Force
Published: 31 January, 2019
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