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Two incidents in three days involving 'illegal sale of marine gas oil' in Singapore

Singapore reports two separate incidents as 13 men are arrested between July 30 and August 1.





Updated on 07 Aug 2017 13:38 GMT

Singapore's Police Coast Guard (PCG) says that on August 1 it arrested five men, aged between 24 and 38, for their suspected involvement in the illegal sale of three metric tonnes of marine gas oil (MGO) valued at about S$1,650 (approx. $1,210).

According to PCG, a tip-off was received about the illegal sale of MGO off Penjuru on August 1 and, as a result, investigations were conducted on a Singapore-registered tugboat with five crew members on board. Three metric tonnes of MGO were found hidden in a compartment, PCG claimed.

Preliminary investigations are said to have revealed that the crew members had misappropriated the three metric tonnes of MGO with the intention to sell for monetary gain.

Three men were charged with criminal breach of trust, which is punishable under section 408 of the Singapore Penal Code, Chapter 224, and carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years.

Investigations against the other two men are ongoing, PCG said.

Eight men arrested

In another incident, on July 30, PCG arrested eight men aged between 26 and 54, for the illegal sale of 20 metric tonnes of MGO, which the coast guard has valued at S$12,840 ($9,416).

On July 30, PCG said it received information about an illegal sale of MGO off Jurong Shipyard which officers followed up by conducting investigations on a Singapore-registered tugboat with eight crew members on board.

According to PCG, "it was revealed" that the crew members had sold 20 metric tonnes of MGO to the crew of another foreign-registered tugboat. As a result, the crew members were arrested and cash amounting to S$9,000 was seized.

All eight men were charged with criminal breach of trust, which, again, is punishable under section 408 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, and carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years.






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