The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is investigating bunker craft operator Southernpec (Singapore) Pte Ltd for possible equipment tampering during a bunkering operation, the MPA said on Monday.
The MPA had already suspended Southernpec’s operator from April 25th.
“MPA is investigating the bunker craft operator and supplier … for using a magnet to tamper with the Mass Flow Meter (MFM) of its bunker tanker, Southernpec 7, during a bunkering operation,” the MPA said on Monday.
It said that it had suspended both the bunker craft operator licence of Southernpec and the bunker tanker, Southernpec 7 (IMO 9550591), from conducting bunkering operations in port. “MPA takes a serious view of any attempt to compromise the integrity of the MFM and its system, and will not hesitate to take action against any errant activities,” the MPA said.
Singapore made MFMs mandatory in 2017 for marine fuel oil bunker barges licensed by the port authority.
Although the suspension prohibits Southernpec from operating bunker crafts in the Port of Singapore during the suspension period, the company is still licensed by the MPA as a bunker fuels supplier in Singapore.
During the period of the licence suspension, Southernpec is not allowed to operate as a bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore. The bunker tanker was also restricted from conducting bunkering operations in port.
2009-built, Singapore-flagged, 2,990 gt Southernpec 7 is owned and managed by Southernpec Shipping Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Skuld (Hong Kong business unit) on behalf of Southernpec (Singapore) Shipping