The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network
(MACN) has launched the Global Port Integrity Platform (GPIP), which is an
online platform that describes in detail the integrity performance of ports.
The way it works is to use the current
MACN incident data which includes more than 50,000 incident reports collected
since 2011 and additional externally vetted data sources.
It can provide key comparative information on
ports’ integrity risks
In this way, it can provide key
comparative information on ports’ integrity risks, according to MACN's
GPIP a game changer
in the fight against maritime corruption
MACN associate director, Martin
Benderson, described GPIP as a "gamechanger in the fight against maritime
"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," he said.
Benderson added, "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
This platform is
available to MACN members
This platform is available to MACN
members and will be made available to collective action partners and other key
collaborating stakeholders in MACN’s network. Currently, it includes 106 ports
from more than 50 countries and MACN aims to double the number of ports in the
system by the end of 2022.
MACN CEO, Cecilia Müller Torbrand, said
that "for ports, GPIP will incentivise integrity by allowing for
performance comparisons across ports regionally and globally."
She went on to explain, "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."
Furthermore, MACN said the platform is an
engagement tool that will facilitate constructive discussions between
governments, the shipping industry, ports and terminals and other stakeholders.