The Police Coast Guard (PCG) has arrested eleven men, aged between 31 and 52, for their suspected involvement in an illegal transaction of marine gas oil (MGO).
On 30 October 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 Northern Tuas.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the crew members of the marine service provider’s craft are believed to have misappropriated the 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 1 November 2019.
Anyone convicted for criminal breach of trust as servant under Section 408 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, shall be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend to 15 years and shall also be liable to a fine.
Anyone convicted for dishonestly receiving stolen property under Section 411 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, shall be punished with an imprisonment term that may extend to 5 years, or with fine, or with both.
The PCG and MPA take a serious view of illegal transactions of marine fuel in Singapore waters. The PCG and MPA will continue to conduct enforcement and security checks to prevent, deter and detect such illicit activities in Singapore waters.
Source: Maritime Shipping News