Singapore charges three more suspects in Shell refinery oil theft

Singapore has charged three more people in relation to an alleged oil theft from the Pulau Bukom industrial site. Earlier this week a Singapore Court charged 11 men, eight of them Shell employees, over the alleged theft.

The Singapore subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc first contacted the authorities in August 2017 about suspected theft at Pulau Bukom. Police seized millions of dollars in cash and a small tanker in an operation involving that involved simultaneous raids across Singapore.

The charges levelled against three additional suspects have brought marine fuel supplier Sentek Marine & Trading Pte into the mix, after the investigation found that one of two vessels used to transport the stolen oil products was managed by the firm. Sentak Marine said that two of the three newly-charged suspects had been its employees, one a marketing and operations manager and the other a cargo officer. It said both had been dismissed.

The three are accused of receiving stolen property, with a combined value of US$676,500, at Pulau Bukom site.

The amount of oil products involved in the theft on two days in late 2017 were in addition to more than 4,300 tonnes of gasoil valued at S$2.4m (some US$2m) specified in charges brought against other 11 suspects.

Court documents listed two vessels used in the transfer of stolen oil products on November 11th and December 31st at two wharfs at Pulau Bukom. Sentek 26, which carries a Singapore flag, and MT Gaea had been travelling around the city state for a month, both making one journey down to the Indonesian island of Batam in late December, reported Reuters.