Fincantieri offices raided

A host of companies linked to Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri have been accused of corruption, fraud and worker exploitation.

Italian finance police raided offices of several companies working for Fincantieri yesterday. 34 people are under investigation for alleged “systematic exploitation” of foreign workers – mainly from Bangladesh and Albania – in shipyards in Marghera, near Venice, working on orders for Fincantieri.

The searches involved 19 different companies and 12 Fincantieri managers.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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