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Chief Engineer of “Front Splendour” & 3 members arrested for illegal bunkering activities at Singapore

 

Investigations revealed that during a bunkering operation, four people came together to ensure that the “Ivory” delivered a shortfall of marine fuel to the “Front Splendor”. This was found out when officers from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) and the Maritime and Port Authority in Singapore (MPA) conducted a joint operation involving the “Ivory”. The receiving vessel had got less fuel than the amount of 2662.389 mt stated in the documents. The intent of this endeavour was to enable the buying back of the extra fuel for personal financial gain. Jason Choo Soo Beng, Cargo Officer with Sea Hub Energy Pvt Ltd., had paid Antonov Sergey, the Chief Engineer of the “Front Splendour”, US$8,400 (S$10,401) for the latter to accept the short delivery of marine fuel. Sergey then gave a sum of US$400 to Victor Loh Tuck Seng, an independent surveyor working for M/s Say bolt Singapore Pte Ltd, to provide false verification. Loh further received US$5,500 from Choo for the deal. Choo then gave US$200 to his colleague Lam Tat Fei, a boatman who had obtained confirmation to proceed with the deal.
He was given the sum for delivering the amount of US$18,000 to pay for the extra fuel resulting from the shortfall. To account for the extra fuel on board the “Ivory”, Choo falsified a barge transfer advice and the stock movement logbook to indicate a bogus transfer of fuel from another vessel, MT Hai Soon X, to the “Ivory”. Sergey will be charged with one count of accepting a bribe; one count of giving a bribe; and two counts of knowingly using false documents with the intent to deceive his employer. Choo will be charged with three counts of giving bribes; and one count of knowingly using false documents to deceive M/s V Ships UK. In addition, he was facing two charges of falsifying documents. Lam will be charged with two counts of abetting by engaging in a conspiracy with Jason; and one count of corruptly accepting a bribe. Loh will be charged with two counts of accepting a bribe from Jason and Antonov respectively. In addition, he will also face one count of knowingly using false documents with the intent to deceive M/s V Ships UK. All four accused persons will be charged in Court on May 15, 2013.

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Chief Engineer of “Front Splendour” & 3 members arrested for illegal bunkering activities at Singapore

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