AC Oil banned from selling bunkers in Singapore

Another bunker supplier, AC Oil, has had its licence revoked by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

“MPA’s investigations into the company revealed discrepancies and wrongful declarations in the records kept on board their bunker tankers. There were also separate incidences of bunker transfers between bunker tankers that were conducted without MPA’s approval,” the MPA said in a statement today.

In addition, despite being licensed to carry only marine gas oil, (a Class C petroleum product), the bunker tankers operated by AC Oil were found to have carried Class B petroleum, a more easily flammable grade with a lower flash point as compared to marine gas oil.

There are now just 58 bunker suppliers in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub, down by more than 25% since 2011.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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