Major Shell oil theft international scheme uncovered

Singaporean authorities reported uncovering massive international oil theft scheme, from Shell’s biggest refinery. 20 people were arrested, at least 1 tanker and millions of dollars in cash seized. 14 people were already indicted, among them 11 Singaporean nationalities and 3 Vietnamese nationalities. 8 of them were employees of Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. 1 was working for Intertek Group plc – multinational inspection, product testing and certification company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Three tankers were mentioned as being engaged in criminal activities, one being Singapore-flagged and two being Panama-flagged, including 17,500-ton Vietnamese Prime Shipping tanker. As of Jan 21, both Singaporean and Vietnamese tankers were anchored at Singapore Anchorage.
Product tanker SENTEK 26, IMO 9537214, dwt 2141, built 2013, flag Singapore, manager SENTEK MARINE & TRADING PTE.
Product tanker GAEA, IMO 9460540, dwt 17579, built 2009, flag Panama, manager PRIME SHIPPING CORP., Vietnam.





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