MACN launches platform to fight maritime corruption

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The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has launched The Global Port Integrity Platform (GPIP) to support the maritime industry in assessing port level risks and fighting corruption during port calls.

The online platform captures MACN’s database of more than 50,000 reported incidents since 2011 and allows maritime stakeholders to submit reports on corrupt demands experienced during port calls and port operations.

The platform sets the standard on port integrity performance and aims to open evidence-based conversations with ports, authorities, governments, and the private sector to reduce corruption risks and promote integrity.

GPIP currently includes data from 106 ports across over 50 countries, but MACN is looking at doubling the number of ports in the system by end of 2022.

The platform was launched on 27 April for MACN members.

GPIP incudes data from 106 ports across over 50 countries

“GPIP will be a gamechanger in the fight against maritime corruption,” said MACN Associate Director Martin Benderson.

“Currently, there are no international standards, or systematic methods of measuring integrity within and between ports.”

“GPIP will allow charterers, cargo owners, and shipping companies to compare ports’ integrity performance and identify risks when trading. For seafarers and shipping companies, GPIP will provide dynamic data that will help empower the industry to ‘Say No’ to corruption.”

In its fight against corruption, MACN announced a new partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MOFA) back in 2019 to develop the first Global Port Integrity Index.

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