According to the latest data from the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network’s (MACN) Anonymous Incident Reporting System, corruption incidents in Argentina where MACN has engaged in collective action have decreased by more than 90 percent. This drop follows the development of a new regulatory framework with the National Service of Health and Agri-Food Quality (Senasa), the development of a new IT system for processing and registering hold/tank inspections, and high-level government support. These developments are part of the collective action project MACN created to support reforms initiated by Senasa, other local stakeholders, and the broader shipping community in Argentina back in 2014.
As we reflect on 2018, we would like to acknowledge MACN’s members and partners, and all organizations who have supported MACN and the activities we have pursued. Thank you!
MACN was founded in 2011 by a small group of companies. It was created with the recognition that for many years, the shipping industry has faced a difficult issue: When a ship travels in and out of ports, there is an opportunity to ask for illegal payments.
For example, one captain told us recently:
“The customs officer threatened to delay the ship and fine us US$60,000 for an error on the luboil [lubrication oil] declaration. Then he asked us for US$7,000 to help us have no problem.”
Earlier this month, MACN was delighted to be awarded the SAFETY4SEA Sustainability Award, sponsored by UMAR.
The winners of this year’s Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony which took place on Tuesday 2 October, 2018 at the Yacht Club of Greece.
The awards focus exclusively on initiatives and individuals who foster Safety Excellence & Sustainable Shipping, following a combination of open nomination and audience-vote.