MACN 2018 Annual Report

MACN continued to make significant progress in 2018 towards its vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large.

MACN finished 2018 with over 100 members, increasing the network’s collective power and leverage. On the Collective Action front, there was a 90 percent decrease in reported incidents in Argentina, following the development and implementation of a new regulation in 2017. By the end of 2018, MACN had trained over 1,000 port and government officials in Nigeria and had prepared the ground for the launch of MACN’s first Collective Action in India.

MACN was also recognized at two international award ceremonies, spoke at the UK House of Lords, and worked with a wide range of organizations to submit a paper on maritime corruption to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

We look forward to building on this work in 2019 and beyond.

MACN Nigeria Collective Action Impact Report

This report provides a summary of the Collective Action project launched by MACN in Nigeria in 2012. The report describes the key milestone of the project including the development of a government training program on ethics and integrity that was successfully rolled out in Nigerian ports in 2015.

Nigeria is one of the most challenging countries to do business in as requests for cash and in-kind payments are very common. Many government agencies frequently make corrupt demands during port calls related to alleged irregularities of documentation (e.g. yellow fever certificates, crew contracts) or operations (e.g. ballast water discharge documentation, onboard practice in general). When practices are challenged, threats of heavy delays are common. One of the main challenges faced by shipping companies is the officials’ wide individual discretionary powers. This leads to unpredictable interpretation of laws, making it difficult to prepare for port calls and governmental actions. In response to challenges like the above, MACN launched its first collective action project in Nigeria in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2012. The project was developed on a multi-stakeholder approach, involving stakeholders such as the National Ports Authorities, the maritime industry and the Customs Service.  Working with local authorities since 2012, MACN strengthened integrity across six Nigerian ports, and the project has delivered and contributed to a number of key achievements since its inception.

MACN would like to express appreciation to all individuals and organizations who made this project possible. We would like to thank Danida, the Danish Maritime Fund, Lauritzen Foundation, and Orient Fonden for supporting the implementation phase of the project, and UNDP for supporting the risk assessment and scoping phase of the project.


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MACN Annual Report 2017

MACN made significant progress in 2017. Through our Collective Actions, we have inspired and delivered increased participation in the Suez Canal Say No campaign; developed a new regulatory framework for the dry-bulk vessel clearance process in Argentina, trained over 400 stakeholders, and open-sourced guidance to support implementation; enhanced container tracking in Indonesia; and delivered ethics training for close to 600 government officials in Nigeria.

Our anonymous incident reporting has continued to grow substantially. With over 19,000 incidents of corrupt practices reported to date, MACN has a strong platform to better understand the challenges and to engage with stakeholders, including governments, on shared solutions. MACN has also collaborated with other shipping organizations to address the issue of maritime corruption more broadly in the industry and with maritime regulators.

Last but not least, we now have over 90 companies in our network. Our collective voice and influence grows with our membership.


Resources for Argentina

We are delighted to announce that a new regulation has been adopted in Argentina, as a successful outcome of a three-year MACN collective action. The new regulation reduces discretion in the inspection of holds and tanks, establishes a system of cross-checks to increase integrity, provides an escalation process when disputes occur, and creates an e-governance system to underpin the framework. 

Read MACN Argentina Case Study

To help MACN members and industry players to navigate the new regulation, we are pleased to make available the following documents for download:


MACN Strategy

MACN was created in 2011 and has grown significantly, generating major impact. Now MACN is aiming to become a game-changing initiative. 

The MACN Strategy outlines the three pillars (the "Three Cs") that drive action for the network:

  • Capability Building

  • Collective Action

  • Culture of Integrity

The Strategy also outlines the Key Implementation Actions around the Three Cs that will help MACN achieve its ambition. 

MACN Impact Report 2016

The MACN Impact Report assesses and highlights MACN’s progress since its inception in 2011. It includes MACN’s Theory of Change, the impact MACN has had so far on Corporate Practices and Operating Environments, and a focus on MACN’s 2020 Strategy. 

In particular, the report reflects on MACN's progress against the 10-Point Plan of 2014. In Nigeria, Indonesia, Egypt, and Argentina, MACN has pursued collective actions that have resulted in tangible outcomes and long-term impacts, including the passing of new legislation (in Argentina), a decrease in waiting times, and a decrease in demands. Elsewhere, MACN has helped to strengthen the policies and processes of our members to empower captains to say no to demands. MACN members are using the anonymous incident reporting mechanism to share challenges, with significant uptake.

Photo courtesy of Martin Alexius via Flickr.

Photo courtesy of Martin Alexius via Flickr.

MACN Collective Action Brief: Indonesia

This brief provides a summary of the first phase of the Collective Action project launched by the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) in Indonesia in mid-2015. The project has been implemented with support from the local NGO Kemitraan and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UKFCO). The project was co-financed by UKFCO and MACN.

Indonesia was identified as a corruption hotspot among MACN member companies calling port in the country. MACN also launched the project as a response to Indonesia’s ambition to invest and build a more competitive maritime sector, and to take actions to tackle corruption.


Corruption Risk Assessment in the Nigerian Port Sector: MACN Executive Summary

This brief summarizes a report on corruption risk assessment in the Nigerian port sector that set out to understand the main drivers of corruption, identify specific measures for addressing such drivers, and catalyze action among public and private sector stakeholders.

By issuing this report, BSR hopes to share the main report findings, as well as an introduction to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network’s collective action approach, with a wider public and private sector audience, to inspire cross-sector collaboration in other parts of the global maritime supply chain, and demonstrate the potential strength of multistakeholder collective action.

The full report, prepared by the Nigerian Technical Unit on Government and Anti-Corruption Reforms, can be downloaded below. It was co-financed by the United Nations Development Programme and MACN, of which BSR is the secretariat and lead facilitator.