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Port integrity platform launches

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

MACN associate director, Martin Benderson, said “GPIP will be a game-changer in the fight against maritime corruption. Currently, there are no international standards, or systematic methods of measuring integrity within and between ports. GPIP will allow charterers, cargo owners, and shipping companies to compare ports’ integrity performance and identify risks when trading. For seafarers and shipping companies, GPIP will provide dynamic data that will help empower the industry to say no to corruption by making it easier to assess risk and prepare for calling ports in high-risk locations. GPIP will show very clearly what problems are most common and what challenges seafarers can expect to encounter.”

GPIP is available for MACN members and will be made available to collective action partners and other collaborating stakeholders in MACN’s network. The platform currently includes 106 ports from over 50 countries. MACN’s ambition is to double the number of ports in the system by end of 2022.

MACN CEO, Cecilia Müller Torbrand, said “For ports, GPIP will incentivise integrity by allowing for performance comparisons across ports regionally and globally. It will highlight ports that require investment and will also be a tool for international donors, private sector investors, and any stakeholder with an interest in port sector reform and trade facilitation.”

The platform is also an engagement tool that will facilitate constructive discussions between governments, the maritime industry, ports and terminals and other stakeholders. It will support MACN’s agenda on collective action against corruption in the maritime sector and will help open evidence-based conversations with ports, authorities, and governments as well as other MACN stakeholders on reducing corruption risks and promoting integrity in ports.

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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