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"Corruption is a major problem which I've seen up close"

Corruption and bribery happen in the shipping industry every day and represents a major problem. In an interview with ShippingWatch, the new Chairman of anti-corruption network MACN, Sam Megwa, acknowledges that he has his work cut out for him.

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The ship sails peacefully into port. Or it should, according to plan. But it might not happen unless money is paid. And if the crew does not pay, the port threatens to damage the ship.

This story stems from one of the vessels which BP's Sam Megwa has been connected to in his many years at sea and which serves as an example of the corruption and bribery cases occurring each day the world over. Megwa has just been appointed as new Chairman of MACN, short for Maritime Anti-Corruption Network and which counts a number of carriers such as Maersk, Torm, and Clipper among its members.

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