An oil tanker chief engineer was sentenced to 18 months’ jail after he was found guilty of siphoning 200 metric tonnes of marine fuel oil worth US$125,400 (RM405,719).
But Greek national Pittis Stavros (pic), 58, is appealing. Bail of S$120,000 (RM310,402) has been offered pending his appeal, and he was scheduled to leave for home yesterday morning.
Stavros – a chief engineer of the MV Sakura Princess which was chartered by V8 Pool Inc – was found guilty last week of criminal breach of trust.
On Jan 10 last year, bunker company Constank had been nominated to supply 1,800 metric tonnes of marine fuel oil to Sakura Princess, the prosecution said.
A bunker clerk on board the Coastal Saturn was deployed to supply the vessel with 500 metric tonnes of oil, as the vessel claimed it needed fuel urgently.
Stavros struck a deal with an independent surveyor and the bunker clerk to shortchange his vessel of 200 tonnes of fuel.
More than 42 million tonnes of marine fuel was sold here last year, making Singapore the world’s top bunkering port. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network