Singapore-registered 8,760 dwt oil tanker Pacific Ocean and another unnamed vessel have been caught in an illegal ship-to-ship (STS) transfer operation off the coast of Vietnam, reports local media VnExpress.
The vessels were caught two months ago and recently been fined a total of VND137 million ($6,000) with their oil cargoes confiscated by the state, says the country’s coast guard.
The spokesperson noted coast guard forces spotting the Pacific Ocean conducting an STS fuel transfer to the vessel around 45 nautical miles northeast of Vietnam’s central coast outside the central province of Quang Nam.
The Pacific Ocean was carrying around five million litres of diesel oil and could not produce legal documentation for the cargo; its 17-man crew were also found without identification papers.
The Captain and crew of the Pacific Ocean told coast guard officials the operation was led by Singapore firm Far East Shipping & Trading Pte Ltd, which instructed them to pump the fuel into the unnamed vessel.
The seized fuel has since been auctioned and proceeds of VND57 billion paid into the state budget, officers said.
Photo credit: MarineTraffic / L. de Graaff (Vessel formerly named Sichem Peace)
Published: 14 June, 2018
Buyers can nominate deliveries on platform and plan operations together with suppliers following ‘one single truth’ concept with all players aware of what has been agreed when and by whom, says DNV spokesman.
Rotterdam’s intention to mandate the usage of MFMs goes down well with licensed bunker supplier VT Group; MFM providers supportive of move but stressed continuous monitoring is needed for optimum performance.
Cost of alternative bunker fuels, bunker operations and technology advancement are some considerations to be examined by the maritime industry, says Neo, director of SDE International Pte Ltd.
Kim Hyung Joon and Han Donghoon were planning to join the Singapore entities of Hartree Group - either Hartree Partners Singapore Pte Ltd or Hartree Marine Fuels - in October, discovered management.
‘When you think of Helmsman on the next occasion, think of us as lawyers with expertise in various fields. Come to us before a problem develops. It’s the process that matters,’ says Tang Chong Jun, Executive Director.
Bernard Chew was a former shareholder of MB Marine and was an authorised signatory of the company’s cheques at the material time, according to court documents obtained by Manifold Times.