from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of supplying a ship with fuel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of bunker.
  • n. The taking onboard of bunker fuel
  • n. The illicit removal of oil from a pipeline or other distribution system

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of stowing the bunkers with coal; the operation of filling the coal-bunkers.


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  • The chemical engineer's career shift underscores the increasing scope and ingenuity of petroleum theft -- known locally as "bunkering" -- that can have far-reaching consequences for global energy supplies.

    Nigerian Oil Thieves' Toll

  • Each day, dozens of ships make the same tricky maneuver, known as "bunkering."

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The company claims that it was sabotaged by youths stealing oil to process in rudimentary home-made refineries - a process called bunkering.

    The Guardian World News

  • There were almost 90 incidents of crude oil theft, locally known as bunkering, from SPDC facilities last year, during which incidents of "malicious damage" and pipeline theft increased by 48 percent, it also said.

    Energy News - Energy Technology - Energy Business - Energy and the Environment

  • Mohammed Umar, an Abuja-based oil industry analyst, estimates that at least 100,000 barrels of oil are stolen every day through the process known as bunkering, while Human Rights Watch says it could be as much as 300,000.

    AllAfrica News: Latest

  • percent of oil spills were caused by sabotage or by "bunkering" - the organized theft of oil.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Illicit revenue from the large-scale theft ( "bunkering") of oil, while having smaller environmental impact because it is largely a form of "white-collar" crime involving manipulation of loading manifests and other documents, plays an important role in funding the insurrection but also electoral politics, in the view of credible observers.

    Amb. John Campbell: Oil Pollution in the Niger Delta: Who's Fault?

  • Originally focused on stealing from pipelines, "bunkering" has developed an integrated supply chain in which petroleum can be stolen from the wellhead, distilled and sold at gas stations.

    Nigerian Oil Thieves' Toll

  • The practice, known as "bunkering," results in countrywide losses as high as 100,000 barrels a day, or about 5 percent of

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • I know after reading many comments on this site theres a great number of you that aren't "bunkering" that will be mobile in remote locations.

    Alex Jones' Prison


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  • This word has a special use in Nigeria and for the oil companies who operate there. Quote from:

    "While in the Nigerian worldview, 'bunkering', (whether legal or illegal), is synonymous with stealing petroleum (or/and its derivatives),"

    July 15, 2009

  • to steal crude oil, according to the BBC on PM this evening (08/01/2009)

    January 9, 2009