High profit, low wages fuel illegal sales of marine gas oil

Some tugboat crew sell fuel to foreign-registered vessels, then doctor logbooks; firms say crime not easy to detect

SPH Brightcove Video
The theft and illegal sale of marine gas oil typically involves tugboats that run operations such as moving barges of sand or crushed rocks. Industry insiders say it happens regularly, and is very difficult to prevent or detect.
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

The journey of the oil begins on the Singapore mainland.

According to statistics from MPA, close to 50 million tonnes of marine gas oil passed through Singapore last year.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2019, with the headline High profit, low wages fuel illegal sales of marine gas oil. Subscribe