Energy Petrol’s Mustafa Muhtaroglu accused of impersonating customs officer
Muhtaroğlu has worked in the bunker industry since 1986 and has served on the board of the IBIA several times. Image credit: IBIA
Gasoline Energy CEO and ibia crew member Mustafa Muhtaroglu was accused of impersonating a Turkish customs officer in a dispute with the captain of a ship that his company was supplying.
Turkish maritime news provider Denizcilik Haberleri published this week on its website a recording of a call between Muhtaroğlu and the captain of the bulk carrier M/V Ruby made in the early hours of January 15 as Energy Petrol prepared to supply the ship with bunkers nearby Istanbul.
After a dispute over paperwork, the captain received several calls from Muhtaroğlu, according to the report.
In the third call, the recording of which was released by Denizcilik Haberleri, Muhtaroğlu can be heard introducing himself only as a customs official, telling the captain not to give instructions to the crew of a Turkish bunker barge .
In the heated exchange that follows, Muhtaroğlu can be heard threatening the captain with imprisonment.
“Drop the barge,” Muhtaroğlu said on the recording.
“You’ll be in jail. Listen to me, I’m not kidding. I’ll tell port state control, you’ll be brought ashore by ship, you’ll go to court, you’ll go to jail.”
Muhtaroglu said Ship and hold Friday that he had only meant that he was the company manager responsible for his customs formalities, and not a customs official of the Turkish government.
“My tone wasn’t right, but it was 4 a.m. on a Saturday,” he said.
The dispute was over the sampling procedure for the bunker operation, Muhtaroğlu said. The two companies had agreed in advance to take a sample for testing from the barge’s manifold during the bunkering operation, and the ship’s crew had asked the barge’s crew to sign a pre-prepared tag. before the start of the operation. Energy Petrol staff refused, saying signing pre-prepared documents would not be legitimate.
The phone calls with Muhtaroğlu followed lengthy arguments between the two crews over the issue, Muhtaroğlu said.
The dispute was resolved later and the bunker operation was carried out later in the morning, Muhtaroğlu said.
The board of directors of the Turkish Chamber of Shipping referred the case to its disciplinary council on Friday, according to Denizcilik Haberleri.
Muhtaroğlu is a prominent figure in the bunker industry, working there for 1986, making regular appearances at conferences and serving on the IBIA Board of Directors several times.