MPA Revokes AC Oil’s Bunkering Licenses
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has cancelled the bunker supplier and the bunker craft operator licenses issued to AC Oil Pte Ltd, due to violation of required license terms, effective July 29.
MPA said that AC Oil will no longer be allowed to operate as a bunker supplier or bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore.
In May and June this year, MPA conducted checks on AC Oil that revealed discrepancies and wrongful declarations in the records kept on board the company’s bunker tankers.
Additionally, there were separate incidences of bunker transfers between bunker tankers that were conducted without MPA’s approval.
MPA also found that, despite being licensed to carry only marine gas oil, a Class C petroleum, the bunker tankers operated by AC Oil carried Class B petroleum, a more easily flammable grade, with a lower flash point, as compared to marine gas oil.
“AC Oil’s contraventions increased the safety risks to their own tankers, the crews on-board, and other port users,” MPA said.