The Cost of Maritime Corruption to the Industry and Society: The Imperative for Businesses and Governments to Combat Maritime Corruption

This assessment seeks to understand the wide-reaching impact of maritime corruption on the industry and society. Using Nigeria as a case study, the study reveals how direct and indirect costs of corruption in the maritime sector is driving up the total transport and logistics costs for the industry by 15%, resulting in annual cost of corruption of over USD 162 million for the industry. This is a significant cost borne by the private sector and that has severe knock-on effects further down in the supply chain and ultimately impacts the end consumer. The findings demonstrate a clear economic benefit and a compelling business case for proactive anti-corruption measures by both governments and businesses. These benefits have positive ripple effects for the entire economy, domestic revenue mobilisation, the business climate, and people’s livelihoods.

MACN 2023 Annual Report

Global trade and maritime transportation are facing a great balancing act, managing new interstate power alignments, outright conflict, trade pattern disruption, and regulatory oversight to a degree we have not seen in recent times.

Over the last 24 months, MACN’s work and systems flexibility have positioned us well to support the industry through these changes. Frontline training, government and regulator engagement, and investment in compliance technology have made our role in our members’ governance work increasingly important.

Insider Bulletin: Edition 2

The second edition of the MACN’s Insider Bulletin is out now! Some of the topics discussed include MACN’s Next Generation of Seafarers project, collective approach to due diligence, deep dive into the functions of our Global Port Integrity Platform, and more!

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Insider Bulletin: Edition 1

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network’s ‘Insider Bulletin’. As an organisation deeply committed to a future where corruption is no longer seen as an obstacle to maritime trade, we stand before a mission that is both complex and essential. This quarterly report is an embodiment of that mission, aimed at fostering transparency, promoting engagement, and strengthening our collective resolve – while inviting the membership into the operational ‘engine room’ of MACN.


MACN 2022 Annual Report

There is opportunity in business and governance during times of disruption and change. Over the last 18 months, we have seen the world move out of a pandemic-driven mindset, handle the ongoing war in Ukraine, and work through major shifts in the economic and trade landscape. Issues of governance, including a focus on anti-corruption, have increased in prominence at the foreign policy, regulatory, and corporate levels. For the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), this has led to continued growth in our membership and an increase in demand for frontline support and company compliance tools.


Strengthening Integrity and Transparency During Port State Control Inspections

The maritime industry recognises that the work of port State control has greatly contributed to improved maritime safety and security, and the prevention of marine pollution. However, integrity and transparency risks are present in the port State control (PSC) system which is now regularly reported by the industry. The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has prepared the following report to enhance the objectives of the PSC system through the Code of Good Practice and to assist PSC Officers to conduct their inspections to the highest of professional standards. Through this report, MACN wishes to collaborate with the industry and all the PSC MoU’s to enhance standards for PSC inspection procedures in respective regions.

MACN 2030 Strategy

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is putting forward an ambitious 2030 strategy to grow the organization’s member base, broaden MACN’s mandate with a focus on maritime trade and hinterland transport, and further deepen MACN’s value and service to members and partners. Key to the new strategy is the development of local resources and capacity building in collective action countries. The strategy will work towards an overall 2030 goal that the maritime industry will no longer regard corruption as an obstacle to maritime trade.


MACN 2021 Annual Report

As we celebrate The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network’s (MACN) ten years of growth, and reflect on the last 12 months’ work, we cannot ignore the enormous and ongoing repercussions of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the maritime supply chain crunch, and the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia. These events have led to seismic changes in the maritime operating environment, a renewed focus on anti-corruption as part of foreign policy, strict sanctions now being implemented, and a focus on companies’ ethical conduct and tangible ESG reporting.