Oil theft international criminal ring uncovered

Singaporean authorities reported uncovering massive international oil theft scheme, from Shell’s biggest refinery. 20 people were arrested, at least 1 tanker and millions of dollars in cash seized. 14 people were already indicted, among them 11 Singaporean nationalities and 3 Vietnamese nationalities. 8 of them were employees of Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. 1 was working for Intertek Group plc – multinational inspection, product testing and certification company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Three tankers were mentioned as being engaged in criminal activities, one being Singapore-flagged and two being Panama-flagged, including 17,500-ton Vietnamese Prime Shipping tanker. As of Jan 21, both Singaporean and Vietnamese tankers were anchored at Singapore Anchorage.

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