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Unlicensed bunker supplier charged in court for breaching MPA port regulations

AsiaOne | Monday, May 26, 2014

SINGAPORE - A company has pleaded guilty in court on May 20 for supplying bunkers on five occasions with Singapore port limits when it did not have a valid bunker supplier licence issued issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

MPA had brought charges against Progressive Power Co Pte Ltd, for delivering bunkers on eight occasions as a bunker craft operator between March 17, 2013 and July 5, 2013, and for supplying bunkers on seven occasions as a bunker supplier between Oct 11, 2012 and Jan 22, 2013.

Progressive Power Co Pte Ltd had used transaction papers called Bunkering Delivery Notes belonging to Lian Hoe Leong & Brothers Pte Ltd for the seven transactions as a bunker supplier.

Lian Hoe Leong & Brothers Pte Ltd's bunker supplier licence has been cancelled by MPA on Jan 15 for breaching the terms and conditions of the Bunkering Licence.

All bunker suppliers operating in the Port of Singapore are required to be licensed by MPA, and all licensed bunker suppliers are to adhere strictly to the terms and conditions of the bunkering licence.

The bunkering industry is one of MPA's top priorities as they to provide assurance to our vessels of the quality and quantity of bunker fuel supplied in port of Singapore.

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.

To report any instance of malpractice in the bunkering industry, please contact MPA's Marine Services Department at msd@mpa.gov.sg.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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