The Association would like to remind its Members of a problem that was highlighted in bulletins 324 and 598 concerning fraudulent activities in the Suez Canal.
A member recently received an invoice from Delta Marine Safety, the same company that was mentioned in previous bulletins on this subject. The invoice in question concerned a vessel that had transited the canal and featured a forged stamp and signature from the Master.
In the past, these invoices have been proven to be for services that were not received by the vessel. The Association would urge Members to be cautious and treat any suspicious invoices or letters with caution. This type of activity is not uncommon in the canal area and it is not known how the company was able to forge the ships stamp and masters signature.
Source of information:
Loss Prevention Department