Singapore: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has cancelled the bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licences of Northwest Resources with effect from 1 September 2014.
MPA's cancellation of Northwest Resources’ bunker licences follows the conviction of one of the company's directors for bunkering-related corruption offences. Leong Kok Kheong was charged with 50 counts of bunkering-related offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The offences were committed in May and June 2008. Leong was convicted on 29 April 2014 after he pleaded guilty to 15 charges. The rest of the charges were taken into consideration. He was sentenced to a total of 21 weeks imprisonment and fined a total of $375,000.
“MPA does not condone illegal practices in the bunkering industry, and will take firm action against any bunker supplier or bunker craft operator who has acted in contravention of their bunker licences, including suspending or cancelling their bunker licences, as appropriate,” MPA said in a release. [05/09/14]