become the first ship registry to be admitted to the Maritime Anti-Corruption
Network (MACN) as an associate member.
The Liberian Registry is comprised of over 4,325 vessels
aggregating 157 million gross tons, representing 11% of the world’s oceangoing
“We are greatly honoured to be the
first ship registry admitted as an associate member of the MACN. The organization
has done great work fighting corrupt practices in some of the most difficult
regions in the industry,” Alfonso
Castillero, CCO of the Liberian Registry, commented.
“Together with MACN, we can help
provide the crew of these ships (the fleet of 4,325 ships) with processes and
procedures as well as with firm backing and support to defeat bribery attempts.
This backing serves to allay fears and prevent negative recourse by
unscrupulous officials seeking enrichment at the expense of shipowners,” Castillero added.
Welcoming the Liberian flag as an associate member, Cecilia
Müller Torbrand, MACN’s Programme Director, said: “As we have already shown, strength in numbers is a central part
of how MACN can drive change. It is vital we look for ways to include maritime-related
businesses who want to take part in this fight. Flag states are a central part
of the shipping world and we look forward to the contributions Liberia will
make to MACN’s future efforts.”
“We look forward to being an
active participant and sharing with the group findings and lessons learned to
improve everyone’s ability to fight corruption. We would encourage other flag
states to consider joining the network, because the more we work together the
better the results will be for crew, owners, and the wider shipping
community,” Benson Peretti, the Liberian
flag’s MACN representative, said.
MACN is a global business network working towards the vision of a
maritime industry free of corruption. Established in 2011, MACN has grown to
include over 100 members globally.