In a Port Marine Circular the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it the bunker craft operator license of New Maritime would not be renewed after it expires on 16 June 2023. From 17 June New Maritime will not be allowed to operator bunker craft in the waters of the world’s largest bunkering port.
The circular did not give the reason for the non-renewal of New Maritime’s bunker craft operating license, but did state, “MPA has zero-tolerance for any type of fraud, corruption or bunkering malpractice.”
The circular reminded bunker license holders, both bunker suppliers and craft operators to strictly adhere to the terms and conditions of licenses.
“MPA will not hesitate to take firm action against any bunker supplier or bunker craft operator that contravenes any of its bunker licence terms and conditions, including taking into account such contraventions in considering whether to renew the bunker licence(s), suspending or cancelling the bunker licence(s), and/or taking enforcement action against such bunker licensee.
Singapore is the world’s largest bunkering port and the MPA takes a tough stance on regulating activities. Last year Glencore Singapore’s bunkering license was suspended for two months for supplying contaminated fuel.