10 men arrested for illegal transaction of marine gas oil

10 men arrested for illegal transaction of marine gas oil

SINGAPORE: Ten men have been arrested for their suspected involvement in an illegal transaction of marine gas oil, the police said on Thursday (Aug 4).

During a joint operation with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), officers from the Police Coast Guard arrested the 10 men, aged between 22 and 48, after they were suspected to be involved in an illegal transaction of marine gas oil at the sea off the southern Tuas Basin.

Six men were crew members of a Singapore-registered tugboat, while the remaining four men were crew members of a foreign-registered tugboat.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the crew members of the Singapore-registered tugboat were believed to have misappropriated the marine gas oil without their company’s knowledge by selling it to the crew members of a foreign-registered tugboat, said the police.

The tugboat and cash amounting to S$8,000 were seized as case exhibits, the police added.

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