Ship’s chief engineer found guilty of CBT

 Ship’s chief engineer found guilty of CBT

SINGAPORE - A ship's chief engineer struck a deal with a bunker clerk and marine surveyor last year to short-change his vessel of 200 tonnes of fuel.

But Pittis Stavros, 57, a Greek, was nabbed on the day arrangements were being made to deliver 300 tonnes instead of 500 tonnes of marine oil.

He and the other suspects were rounded up on Jan 10 last year when officers of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) and Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) raided the Sakura Princess, the ship Stavros was working on.

Stavros was found guilty of criminal breach of trust (CBT) by a Singapore district court last Thursday and will be sentenced today.

He could be jailed for up to 15 years and fined.

The ship had been chartered by V8 Pool company to deliver a load of cargo.

In a joint statement yesterday, the CPIB and MPA said Singapore has zero tolerance for corruption and criminal activities.

Singapore is the world's top bunkering port, with more than 42 million tonnes of marine fuel sold last year.

This article was published on April 17 in The Straits Times.

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