Singapore suspends bunker supplier found to be using magnets to distort deliveries

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has suspended the bunker craft operating licence of local firm Southernpec after magnets were found on one of its barges during a regular enforcement check.

The magnets were used to manipulate the vessel’s mandatory mass flow meter and are the latest incident of this malign practice in the world’s largest bunkering hub.

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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