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Study: Seafarers’ challenges brought by port corruption

A new research focused on the pressures facing seafarers by corruption when they arrive at some ports. Interviews gathered by academics at Cardiff University reveal how seafarers are often faced with demands for cash and provisions when their vessels enter ports.

Executives arrested in fraud and corruption probe in Italy

The mayor of the Calabrian town of Villa San Giovanni; the chairman and the chief executive officer of the roro and ferry shipping company Caronte&Tourist Spa, were among a dozen suspects arrested in an operation carried out by local police and anti-mafia investigators in Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Maersk drawn into Petrobras bribery investigation

Maersk is accused of paying $3.4m on bribes to get shipping contracts from the Brazilian energy giant, Petrobras, which has been caught up in a multi-billion dollar bribery case for years. Namely, Maersk has confirmed that its offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have been searched by the Brazilian Federal Police, adding that it will fully cooperate with the authorities, in relation to the allegations regarding the payment of bribes to national oil company Petrobras over a 10-year period through to 2012.

Samsung Heavy Industries to pay $75 million to resolve foreign bribery case

Samsung Heavy Industries Company Limited (SHI) has agreed to pay penalties amounting to more than $75 million in order to resolve a U.S. government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Department of Justice stated that SHI paid millions of dollars to a Brazilian intermediary knowing that some of the money would be used to bribe high-level executives at Petrobras to obtain a shipbuilding contract.

MACN, Danish Ministry launch Port Integrity Index

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) announced its collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MOFA) on developing and launching the world’s first Global Port Integrity Index and scale up collective action activities in West Africa.

Fight against corruption a key issue of sustainability

As shipping faces more regulation and there are wider demands for commercial transparency, we can no longer afford to turn the other cheek and accept corruption as a cost of doing business, notes Leon van Duivendijk, Director Shared Resources, Vroon B.V.

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