Shell oil heist: the story so far
By John Geddie and Fathin Ungku
SINGAPORE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Singapore authorities say they
have uncovered a complex, cross-border scheme to steal large
quantities of oil from Shell's biggest refinery.
Their investigations have so far entangled several
international companies in incidents going back months. Fourteen
men face charges, the latest of which were announced on Tuesday.
Police have also seized an oil tanker and millions of
dollars in cash, and frozen suspects' bank accounts.
And there could be more arrests. Shell first contacted the
authorities in August 2017 about suspected theft at its Pulau
Bukom site, just south of the country's main island.
Here's what we know so far:
Among the 14 charged, there are 11 Singaporeans and three
Eight of the Singaporeans were employees of Shell Eastern
Petroleum (Pte) Ltd, the Singapore subsidiary of Royal Dutch
Shell Plc, while two others worked for Sentek Marine &
Trading Pte, one of Singapore's biggest marine fuel suppliers.
Sentek Marine said the suspects were its marketing and
operations manager and a cargo officer. The cargo officer is
accused in court documents of receiving stolen goods on a
Singapore-owned and -flagged ship, Sentek 26.
The other Singaporean worked for Intertek, a
British-listed company specializing in quality and quantity
assurance, including for fuel products.
The Vietnamese nationals were charged with receiving stolen
property aboard two other ships - Prime South and MT Gaea - both
of which are Panama flagged.
Authorities have arrested at least 17 people in connection
with the case.
WHAT WAS STOLEN AND WHEN?
The court documents list thefts on several dates over three
hand a half months, many of which happened during the refinery's
normal working hours and involved millions of dollars' worth of
Below is a list of the dates of the incidents and the amount
and value of gasoil reportedly stolen.
* Oct. 2, 1,131 metric tonnes of gasoil valued at S$579,445
* Oct. 23, 1,276 metric tonnes (S$653,733)
* Nov. 11, 300 metric tonnes (S$165,000)
* Nov. 14, 846 metric tonnes (S$465,520)
* Nov. 21, 2,322 metric tonnes (S$1,277,430)
* Dec. 31, 1,076 metric tonnes (S$592,295)
* Dec. 31, 1,348.8 metric tonnes (S$736,444.80)
* Jan. 5, 801.86 metric tonnes (S$437,815.56)
* Jan. 7, 1,260 metric tonnes (S$687,960)
WHERE WAS THE OIL HEADED?
There have been three ships named in court documents as
having received the stolen oil - Prime South, Sentek 26 and MT
Over the last three months, those vessels have travelled
between ports in Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia,
shipping data from Thomson Reuters Eikon show.
Singapore police say investigations are still ongoing. Six
of 17 men initially arrested have yet to face charges.
Some of those charged so far are due back in court on Jan.
18 and Jan. 22, and may face additional charges.
(Compiled by John Geddie and Fathin Ungku)
First Published: 2018-01-16 10:28:25
Updated 2018-01-16 11:34:42
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