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HOW THE OIL IS TRANSFERRED FROM ONE VESSEL TO ANOTHER

 

Victim company's tugboat or barge

2 The buyers, also Indonesians, with vessels like this, collect their illegal fuel by using...

...these types of pumps

They hide the oil in places like the bunk areas. This takes place in Singapore waters.

3 The oil is then re-sold to other boats and ships in open waters.

These ships pay between 70 and 90 cents for each litre of fuel. This amount varies but it is always below the market price of between 80 cents and $1.10 per litre if bought legally.

Marine gas oil or fuel from these vessels are extracted illegally by the company's Indonesian workers. They then sell them for between 40 and 60 cents per litre.

NABBED

So far, this year, the police have nabbed 31 Indonesians, including those working for the victim company, and those who bought illegal fuel in Singapore waters. Officers also arrested a Singaporean, who supplied the money to buy the fuel from employees of the victim company.

TNP PHOTOS: MOHD ISHAK