Wednesday, March 3, 2021

International Maritime Anti-Corruption Outfit Gains Another Member

Insurance Giant Joins Collective Campaign Group
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – Corruption is of course the scourge of many businesses but while it is tacitly accepted in many cultures the commercial world generally takes a dim view of corrupt practice.

The maritime sector is no more immune to bribes and ‘gifts’ than any other sector of business and a decade ago some like-minded organisations got together to form the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), its sworn intention being to become one of the pre-eminent examples of collective action to tackle corruption, a milestone it has certainly now achieved.

MACN and its members work towards creating a culture of industrywide integrity and eliminating maritime corruption. This is achieved by raising awareness of the challenges faced, developing and sharing best practices and collaborating with governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and civil society to identify and mitigate the root causes of corruption.

Frequent port calls in different countries, dealing with often underpaid and ‘entrepreneurial’ officials, create near-constant demands in some regions. The large number of interactions with a wide variety of officials from customs, immigration, import-export licensing, product safety and standards, mean the opportunities for corruption are high.

MACN can now number over 140 companies globally as its members, with industry giants such as MSC, Maersk Line and BP in its ranks, and this week it added yet another as the UK P&I Club, provider of insurance and other services to the international shipping community, has announced it has signed up. Andrew Taylor, Chief Executive, UK P&I Club, commented:

“The UK P&I Club is excited to join the MACN and looks forward to working with the network and its members in the elimination of maritime corruption. The aims of the MACN align with the UK P&I Club’s ongoing commitment to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and corporate citizenship. The UK P&I Club recognises the importance of collective action to tackle bribery and corruption. We believe the MACN can deliver major benefits to the wider shipping community and the UK Club is keen to cooperate with our new network colleagues to develop best practice.”

The insurance outfit was welcomed into the fold by Cecilia Müller Torbrand, the Executive Director of the Copenhagen headquartered Maritime Anti-Corruption Network who said:

“Having the UK P&I Club as a MACN member adds greatly to the Network's strength and ability to achieve change. The UK P&I Club is a recognised leader in maritime insurance, and they bring expertise, experience, and vital networks to our collective effort in this vitally important part of the business. I'd like to thank Andrew and the team for joining us and for their commitment to fighting maritime corruption.”