Copenhagen: Maersk Supply Service has denied any connection to a corruption scandal in Brazil.
A former director of Petrobras has claimed that over a number of years he received money from a Maersk agent in Brazil, Danish news publication DR reports.
The publication reported that the former director at Petrobras, Paulo Roberto Costa, told police that for years he had disclosed confidential information for money to help Maersk Supply Service beat its competition.
“Costa has admitted that he received money from giving confidential information to Maersk. Maersk has thus had a competitive advantage on Petrobras’ need to rent ships,” police commissioner Erika Mialik Marena said.
Danish police is helping Brazilian authorities with the investigation.
“I can confirm that we have established a good contact with Brazilian police on the matter. We are in a phase where the importance of close cooperation between the Brazilian and Danish police, and we have a close dialogue on what information needed to promote progress, “says Morten Niels Jakobsen, head of the Serious Fraud Office, to DR News.
Maersk said it has investigated the matter, and stresses that it has not found evidence of any wrongdoing:
Maersk Supply Service has worked for the Brazilian oil company for more than thirty years. Petrobras chartered ships four Maersk ships in 2014 for $300m.
The Petrobras corruption scandal has been ongoing for months, involving billions of dollars, and has snared many high profile companies and people.