The director of Hai Hup Huat Marine, a company that provides stevedoring and launch boat services in and around the Port of Singapore, has been jailed for 42 weeks on corruption charges.

Tan Chee Keong, described as “overall-in-charge” of the company, was sentenced on Thursday after being found guilty of giving money to boarding officers and shipping agents under the guise of "commissions", "referral fees" or "loans".

“These were in fact corrupt gratifications to induce the boarding officers and shipping agents to continue to engage Hai Hup Huat’s services in future,” Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said following Tan’s sentencing.