Britannia Club has become a member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN). It said that it was the first P&I Club to do so.
MACN was established in 2011 by a group of maritime companies committed to eradicating the industry of all forms of corruption. It is now “a global business network of over 100 members, representing a sizeable percentage of the global fleet”, said Britannia.
Andrew Cutler, CEO of Britannia’s Managers Tindall Riley, said that “we’re proud to be the first P&I Club to have been accepted as a member of MACN”, adding that “tackling corruption is vital to ensure that companies in the maritime sector can protect their crew and staff, reduce operational risk, and trade fairly and on an equal footing”.
“Britannia is often called for support whenever a Member resists unlawful demands and the liberty of the ship or crew is threatened. In this context, P&I Clubs play a vital role when their members stand up to corrupt demands.”
MACN Director Cecilia Müller Torbrand said that “the effect of maritime corruption is felt across the industry. Britannia’s recognition of the problem, and their support for MACN, is an important step in our industry showing a united front against corrupt practices.”
John Sypnowich, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, The CSL Group Inc., and Chair of MACN, said that “we are very excited to have Britannia as our first P&I Club Member. P&I Clubs can play a major role in MACN’s initiatives, including the anonymous reporting of incidents, root cause analysis, collective action, and local training. Having Britannia on board will further strengthen our membership and will increase our ability to make lasting change”.