Two Brightoil employees charged over bunker fuel theft in Singapore

Two employees of Brightoil Petroleum (Singapore) Pte Ltd have been charged in a Singapore court for their alleged involvement in the theft of marine fuel on board a company barge, a Brightoil executive said last Thursday February 8th.

Reuters reported seeing an email in which Brightoil Singapore’s Chief Operating Officer Stephen Qi Jun said that the two defendants, Robby Lirpa Sugiharto, 34, and Sapidi, 44, were employees of Brightoil Petroleum (Singapore) and that their future employment with the company would depend on the outcome of the investigation. They were currently suspended.

No charges have been alleged against Brightoil Petroleum (Singapore) as a company. Brightoil was in full compliance with local laws and regulations, Qi Jun said, adding that the company “will not tolerate any illegal conducts of any employees, and will provide full assistance to the police for their investigation of this incident”.

Singapore’s Police Coast Guard has brought charges against 11 men for their alleged involvement in an illegal transaction of marine gasoil (MGO).

Nine crew members of a foreign-registered tugboat were involved in the purchase of the stolen MGO along with another two crew members of a Singapore-registered tanker for misappropriating the fuel without their company’s knowledge, the police statement said. The arrests occurred only weeks after Singapore authorities arrested over a dozen men for a larger oil heist at Royal Dutch Shell’s Bukom refinery in Singapore.