Cargill’s Ann Shazell Appointed New MACN Chair

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has announced the appointment of Ann Shazell as Chair of the Board. Additionally, Captain Rajesh Unni was elected Vice Chair and Martin Krafft has joined the Board.

MACN CEO, Cecilia Müller Torbrand, said “I am very pleased to welcome both Ann and Rajesh to these roles. Both are recognized industry leaders with strong skill sets.  I would also like to thank John Sypnowich, who stepped down from the Chair after four years in the role, for his commitment, passion, and drive over the last four years. He has helped lead MACN through a period of extraordinary achievement and growth.

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MACN Board page


MACN launches Global Port Integrity Platform


The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has launched The Global Port Integrity Platform (GPIP), an online platform detailing the integrity performance of ports. The platform uses MACN’s current incident data comprising of over 50,000 incident reports collected since 2011 and additional externally vetted data sources to provide key comparative information on ports’ integrity risks.

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Member link to GPIP (requires membership log in)

MACN Member Meeting London 2022

2022 Spring Member Meeting

MACN’s Spring Meeting was held at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London on April 27-28, 2022. The meeting
covered a mix of plenary sessions and workshops. On the first day, members had the opportunity to get inspired by
the work that the Nigerian government has been implementing together with MACN local partner CBi and had the
chance to hear in breakout sessions from MACN’s local partners who are supporting and implementing actions on
the ground in Nigeria, Egypt, India, and Bangladesh. The sessions and discussions on the second day revolved around
MACN’s capability building workshops as well as the different industry working groups.

Click Here to read the Summary Notes.

MACN Member Meeting London 2022


Cargill’s Ann Shazell Appointed New MACN Chair

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has announced the appointment of Ann Shazell as Chair of the Board. Additionally, Captain Rajesh Unni was elected Vice Chair and Martin Krafft has joined the Board.

MACN CEO, Cecilia Müller Torbrand, said “I am very pleased to welcome both Ann and Rajesh to these roles. Both are recognized industry leaders with strong skill sets. I would also like to thank John Sypnowich, who stepped down from the Chair after four years in the role, for his commitment, passion, and drive over the last four years. He has helped lead MACN through a period of extraordinary achievement and growth.

Ann Shazell is the Group Lead Lawyer for Cargill’s Ocean Transportation business. Ann, who has been a Member of the MACN Board since 2019, is a lawyer specializing in all aspects of maritime law.

“I am honored to take on the role of Chair of MACN and very much looking forward to working with my fellow Board members and Cecilia’s brilliant team to further the aims of MACN. This is an exciting time for MACN with the growth of our membership, the expansion of our collective action work and HelpDesk support network, and the development and launch of our Global Port Integrity Platform.”

Captain Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO of Synergy Group, one of the world’s leading ship managers, commented “Ridding shipping of corruption must be a core objective as we become an even more transparent and sustainable industry. MACN is leading this fight. I’m very happy to have this opportunity to play my part.”

Martin Krafft, Vice President of Fleet Management at Fednav Limited, said, ” Since Fednav joined the MACN, I have been repeatedly impressed by their outstanding work of bridging our industry’s legal and operational needs to build a better future for the next generation of seafarers. I am equally humbled and excited to work with a board of industry leaders that have achieved so much in a relatively short time – and will undoubtedly continue to make a positive difference in the world.”

John Sypnowich said “Congratulations to both Ann Shazell and Capt. Rajesh Unni on their appointments. Cecilia and her team have built a well-run organization doing great work that delivers tangible results for the entire shipping industry. I would like to thank the Board, the Secretariat, and the MACN memberships for their support and hard work over the years. I believe the organization could not be in better hands to build on the continued success of MACN.”

MACN Board of Directors

Taking Account: Maritime Anti Corruption Network Outlines 10 Years of Corruption Reporting

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network has released the results and lessons learned from 10 years of collecting data of corrupt demands in maritime trade.  This data has been collected in over a decade through MACN’s Anonymous Incident Reporting platform, a system designed to allow the maritime industry to report when it has been faced with corrupt demands in ports globally. To date, the reporting system has close to 50,000 incidents reported in over 1,000 ports, across 149 countries.

This report – the first of its kind covering maritime corruption – provides a unique insight into the scale, type, and volume of corruption in the maritime supply chain. MACN is pleased to share insights and experiences of why data collection is important to drive change and reduce corruption.

Data shows the extent of a global problem

Across the world’s ports, corrupt demands are most commonly made for cigarettes, alcohol, and cash. While multiple actors are reportedly involved in making corrupt demands, the consequence of rejecting such demands is similar across the world’s ports – delay of the vessel, which has knock-on detrimental effects. “The cost of corrupt demands, and the repercussions for refusing them, have massive consequences for the industry and trade said MACN CEO, Cecilia Müller Torbrand.

“At a time when supply chains and economies are under increasing pressure, corruption is having a real impact on trade and livelihoods – onshore and at sea.”

During the Covid – 19 pandemic MACN has noticed that the incidents have dropped in numbers, most likely due to reduced interaction with port authorities and increased adoption of electronic systems for vessel clearance.

“Despite increased awareness of MACN’s reporting system globally we see a slight reduction in reporting. We can carefully draw the conclusion that some of the mitigating actions taken to reduce health risks are also having a positive effect by limiting the person-to-person interaction usually associated with corrupt demands. We hope this trend will continue in the post-Covid era,” says Müller Torbrand.

The report demonstrates the importance of data collection

The report highlights regional and temporal trends and features further analysis of top ports. The report also helps to emphasize the importance of MACN’s incident reporting system, demonstrating the value of the data to stakeholders in the maritime industry, governments, and civil society partners. MACN’s incident reporting not only highlight’s the issue but also to provides a benchmark by which to measure the effectiveness of port governance and of anti-corruption initiatives taken by MACN and other stakeholders.

The data has progressed and developed MACN’s in-country work, serving as a door opener with governments globally. The data is not intended to serve as evidence or to replace law enforcement but, in several countries, it has triggered actions such as further investigations, gap assessments, integrity training for port officials and improved port governance.

Müller Torbrand said “MACN was founded in 2011 because the shipping industry saw the need for private sector action. Corruption hurts our seafarers and staff and damages our business. Regulations and law set an important foundation but, as this data shows us, this is not enough to drive on-the-ground change.”

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About MACN

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is a global business network that provides a unique forum for businesses to contribute to the elimination of corrupt practices in the maritime industry. MACN is composed of vessel-owning companies and others in the maritime industry, including cargo owners and service providers. MACN was established in 2011 as an industry-led collective action initiative, with a goal of stamping out corruption in the maritime industry and promoting inclusive trade. With over 160 companies across the maritime industry, MACN has a strong industry voice, playing a key role in ocean transport. MACN has become one of the preeminent examples of an industry-led collective action network taking tangible steps to eliminate corruption across the wider supply chain. By working in partnership with the industry, governments, and civil society MACN has been successful in addressing corruption risks through country-specific actions in locations as diverse as Nigeria, Indonesia, Egypt, India, Ukraine, and Argentina. MACN’s initiatives have been welcomed by stakeholders and have resulted in tangible outcomes such as the removal of trade barriers, strengthened governance frameworks, and substantially reduced corruption risks in maritime trade.


In Conversation – Special Focus on the fight against maritime corruption podcast

This is a special In Conversation episode of The Maritime Podcast brought to you in collaboration with the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network and we are marking UN International Anti-corruption Day. We are speaking with two prominent industry leaders who are also committed MACN member representatives. Claudio Bozzo, Chief Operating Officer of Mediterranean Shipping Company, and Capt Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO of Synergy Group give their insights into the fight against corruption in the maritime industries from the perspectives of leading a shipowner and ship manager.

MACN Fall Meeting Public Summary


MACN’s Fall Meeting Public Summary is now available at this link.

MACN Spring Meeting Public Summary


MACN’s Spring Meeting Public Summary is now available at this link.


MACN CEO Cecilia Müller Torbrand guests on The Lloyd’s List Podcast

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Shipping’s quiet corruption revolution

Despite its reputation for opaque business practice, the shipping industry has, over the past decade, been going through a quietly effective anti-corruption revolution. The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network now represents over 50% of the global fleet and commands serious leverage when tackling systemic corruption wherever it finds it. Joining the podcast this week is MACN’s chief executive Cecilia Müller Torbrand.

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MACN Board new members – Press release


Capt. Rajesh Unni (left) and Øistein Jensen Join the MACN Board

Press Release PDF

Capt. Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO Synergy Marine Group and Øistein Jensen, Chief Sustainability Officer at Odfjell SE have been elected to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) Board of Directors.

Cecilia Muller Torbrand, CEO of the Network said, “Captain Unni and Mr. Jensen bring valuable operational and commercial insights to the Network’s leadership team, and I would like to thank both of them for their commitment to building the capacity and reach of our organisation.”

Founded in 2011 by a small group of committed maritime companies, MACN has now grown to include over 150 member companies holding 50% of the world’s shipping tonnage. In early 2021, MACN formally become an independent stand-alone organization.

Capt. Unni commented on his appointment: “The UN SDGs provide us with an important and compelling framework of targets that I believe can help us all build a more resilient and sustainable maritime industry. Fighting against corruption is central to those aims. It is a great honour to step up our work with MACN which brings together so many people and organisations committed to the common goal of ridding our industry of corruption.”

Øistein Jensen said “I have seen MACN grow into one of the world’s leading example of an industry-lead anti-corruption initiative. We have made substantial progress in an area many thought was impossible. I am really looking forward to MACN’s next chapter and the further progress we can make as a Network.”

John Sypnowich, MACN Chair, welcomed the new appointees: “Capt. Unni will bring the voice of ship managers into the Board. He is a champion of seafarer rights, a vocal supporter of shipping’s net-zero emissions ambition by 2050 and has a vast network in the industry.  Mr. Jensen’s professional focus on sustainability is an increasingly important part of our industry and he has a long-standing commitment to MACN. Both are recognized industry leaders and will serve the Membership well.”

On 5- 6 May, MACN held its largest Members meeting to date welcoming over 300 Member representatives, guest speakers and experts. During this meeting two Board members were also re-elected: Mr. Aaron Powell, BP Shipping and Kevin Leach-Smith, Taylor Maritime Ltd.

About MACN:
The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) was established in 2011 by a small group of maritime companies committed to the vision of an industry free of corruption. It has grown to include over 150 companies globally and is recognized one of the pre-eminent examples of collective action to tackle corruption.

MACN and its members work towards the elimination of all forms of maritime corruption by raising awareness of the challenges faced, implementing the MACN Anti-Corruption Principles and co-developing and sharing best practices, and collaborating with governments, non-governmental organizations, and civil society to identify and mitigate the root causes of corruption; and creating a culture of integrity within the maritime community.

Capt. Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO Synergy Marine Group

Captain Unni commanded tankers before returning ashore to serve with distinction in senior executive ship management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2006 he launched his own vessel ownership and management company which now holds a diverse fleet of more than 400 vessels. Driven by a firm conviction that shipping must rapidly evolve from analogue to digital, Captain Unni is joint CEO of Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT) which he founded in 2017. Captain Unni is a Class 1 Master Mariner graduate from Mumbai’s LBS College of Advanced Maritime Studies and Research and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

Captain Unni sits on the boards of the North P&I Association and the Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee for major classification societies and is a Governor at the Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli. He is a strategic thought partner with prominent changemaking network Ashoka. And he was recently nominated to the board of the Gandhigram Rural Institute, a university in Tamil Nadu which forms of part of Mahatma Gandhi’s progressive vision for provincial children’s education. Captain Unni is also a committed philanthropist. As well as being a trustee of the Cochin Cancer Society, he spearheads the Synergy Educational and Charitable Trust which focuses on alleviating poverty, eradicating hunger and empowering women and local communities in their efforts to build a better future.

Mr. Øistein Jensen, Chief Sustainability Officer at Odfjell SE

Mr. Jensen has been an active MACN Member representative for several years and Odfjell has been a Member since 2013.  Øistein is Chief Sustainability Officer at Odfjell SE.  In this role, Øistein has overall responsibility for sustainability, compliance, and strategic safety for the group. Øistein has been part of Executive Management in the group and was appointed to this role in August 2020 as a part of the company’s dedicated focus on sustainability.

Øistein is an executive with broad experience in naval leadership, management consulting, corporate governance, and shipping. Øistein was previously a director at PwC Management consulting for 10 years, working on strategy, ESG, and compliance. Øistein came to PwC from the Navy where he served as captain of a submarine and commander for the submarine command training.