MPA completes its investigations into bunker fuel contamination in Singapore port

Aug 03 2022


The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore was notified that a number of ships had been supplied with High Sulphur Fuel Oil in the Port of Singapore.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was notified on 14 March 2022 that a number of ships had been supplied with High Sulphur Fuel Oil (HSFO) containing high concentration levels of Chlorinated Organic Compounds (COC) (1,2-Dichloroethane, Tetrachloroethylene) in the Port of Singapore. MPA provided two interim updates on 13 April 2022 and 5 May 2022.

MPA has since completed its investigations into the matter. 

 

Key Findings

 

MPA earlier updated on 5 May 2022 that the source of the affected HSFO fuel containing high concentration levels of COC, supplied by Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd (Glencore) and PetroChina International (Singapore) Pte Ltd (PetroChina)[1], was traced to fuel loaded on a tanker at the Port of Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates. Forensic fingerprinting analysis of the fuel samples taken from the tanker showed a match with samples taken from several affected ships that had taken HSFO from both Glencore and PetroChina. 

MPA also established that both Glencore and PetroChina, as MPA-licensed bunker suppliers, had carried out tests on the fuel supplied to ships prior to their sale based on the international standards of petroleum products of fuel - International Organization for Standardization 8217 (ISO 8217 ) [2].

MPA found no evidence that Glencore or PetroChina had intentionally contaminated the HSFO.

 

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