d’Amico tanker caught up in oil theft row

Hamburg: A d’Amico tanker has become embroiled in an oil theft probe. Police in Germany have arrested the Celio Di Milano, a 2003-built, 41,000 dwt product tanker. The ship is carrying 24,332 barrels of oil from Ghana’s Saltpond Offshore oil field for charterer General Shipping & Trading Services (GSTS), which local news sources in Ghana claim was obtained illegally.

GSTS denied the charges, its ceo telling local media the claims were “a personal vendetta” from the ceo of the Saltpond Producing Company Limited (SOPCL).

The ship has been at anchor in German waters for close to a month as legal proceedings get underway.


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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