The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has revoked the licences of bunker companies Hong Fatt Oil Trading and Tankoil Marine Services, meaning that the two organisations can no longer operate as bunker suppliers or bunker craft operators in the Port of Singapore. The ban is effective of February 9.
The bans come as a result of the MPA's ongoing regulatory efforts that are aiming to improve the safety, reliability and quality of bunker supplies in Singapore. Since the operation began, a number of checks were carried out at Hong Fatt Oil Trading and Tankoil Marine Services. These checks found several irregularities and false declarations in the records that were being kept on board their bunker tankers.
Officials also found incidences bunkers transferred between bunker tankers that were conducted without the MPA's approval. Both companes were said to have grossly breached the stipulations that derive from their respective bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licences.