Unlicensed Singapore bunker supplier charged

Singapore: Progressive Power Co Pte Ltd pleaded guilty in court on 20 May 2014 to five charges for supplying bunkers on five occasions in the Port of Singapore without a valid bunker supplier licence issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Another 10 charges were taken into consideration.

MPA had brought charges against Progressive Power, for delivering bunkers on eight occasions as a bunker craft operator between 17 March 2013 and 5 July 2013, and for supplying bunkers on seven occasions as a bunker supplier between 11 October 2012 and 22 January 2013. Progressive Power had used the Bunker Delivery Notes (BDN) belonging to Lian Hoe Leong & Brothers Pte Ltd for the seven transactions as a bunker supplier.

MPA had cancelled Lian Hoe Leong & Brothers bunker supplier licence on 15 January 2014 for their involvement in this case.

“MPA takes a serious view of any bunkering malpractice and will not hesitate to take action against any unlicensed entity operating in the bunkering industry in the Port of Singapore,” the government body warned in a release today.  [26/05/14]

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