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11 arrested in Singapore over illegal MGO transaction

Singapore Police Force
The foreign-registered tugboat involved in the illegal transaction of MGO
Singapore’s Police Coast Guard (PCG) has arrested 11 men for their suspected involvement in an illegal transaction of marine gas oil (MGO).

In a joint operation with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday, the PCG arrested six crew members of a craft owned by a marine service provider, and another five crew members of a foreign-registered tugboat at the sea off Jurong Island.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the crew members of the marine service provider’s craft are believed to have misappropriated two metric tonnes of MGO and sold it to the crew members of the foreign-registered tugboat. The tugboat was seized for investigations,” PCG said in a statement.

In today’s market, Singapore MGO prices were indicated at $614 per metric tonne, according to data from Ship & Bunker.

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PCG said the six crew members of the craft 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 with dishonestly receiving stolen property.

“The PCG and MPA take a serious view of illegal transaction of marine fuel in Singapore waters. The PCG will continue to conduct enforcement and security checks to prevent, deter and detect such illicit activities in Singapore waters,” PCG said.

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