International Maritime Organization (IMO) is to address maritime corruption by
including the issue in its work programme for the Facilitation Committee.
anti-corruption agenda came at the latest meeting of the IMO’s Facilitation
Committee (FAL) in response to a submission from Liberia, Marshall Islands,
Norway, United Kingdom, United States and Vanuatu.
(ICS) co-sponsored the submission along with a number of other non-governmental
and undermines the social contract. Corruption impedes investment, with
consequent effects on growth and jobs. This is a global issue but we all need
to work to eradicate corrupt practices,” Guy
Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping, said.
Networks anonymous reporting mechanism, which was set up in 2011, there have
been over 28,000 incidents already reported.
maritime sector exists in many areas and as we have heard from the document
introduction, corrupt practices, particularly with respect to the ship/shore
interface, can lead to interruptions to normal operations, can incur higher
operational costs for the shipowner and can have an impact on seafarers’
well-being,” Chris Oliver, Nautical
Director at the International Chamber of Shipping, said.
consequences for ship owners and seafarers, it should not be underestimated the
impact it can have on trade, investment, social and economic development of
ports, local communities and even Member States themselves,” Oliver concluded.