Shell staff are among those who have been arrested following the discovery of a scheme to steal oil from Shell’s biggest refinery.
Singaporean authorities uncovered the major international scheme, arresting 20 people. At least 1 tanker and millions of pounds were also seized in the operation.
14 people were already indicted, including 11 Singaporean nationals and 3 Vietnamese nationals. 8 were employed by Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd. 1 was working for Intertek Group plc, an inspection and product testing and certification company in headquartered in London.
Three tankers were said to be involved in the illegal activity- one Singapore-flagged, and two Panama-flagged, including 17,500-ton Vietnamese Prime Shipping Tanker. Both tankers have been anchored at Singapore Anchorage.
[Source- Maritime Bulletin. Product tanker SENTEK 26, IMO 9537214, dwt 2141, built 2013, flag Singapore, manager SENTEK MARINE & TRADING PTE. Product tanker GAEA, IMO 9460540, dwt 17579, built 2009, flag Panama, manager PRIME SHIPPING CORP., Vietnam].