According to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), approximately ten percent of all global seaborne trade currently moves through the Suez Canal, and with the expansion of the Canal, trade volumes will likely increase.
According to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), approximately ten per cent of all global seaborne trade currently moves through the Suez Canal, and with the expansion of the Canal, trade volumes will likely increase.
However, the Suez Canal has also been a consistent hot spot for corruption, with Captains and crew facing regular demands for “facilitation payments” for passage or routine services. As cigarettes are the most frequent form of demand, the Suez Canal has been referred to as the “Marlboro Canal” in media.
To tackle this challenge, the MACN group, of which Höegh Autoliners is a member, started a campaign in December 2015, called the “Say No” campaign, for Captains passing through the Suez Canal.
Maria Hempel, Chief Compliance Officer, Höegh Autoliners says
"The Captains were given training and firm support from the shipowners to enable them to say no to the request of facilitations payments, even if it would cost the Company more in terms of lost time due to delays."
In addition, the group worked with port authorities, customs officials and government representatives to develop long-term solutions to corruption in ports.
Following positive results from the pilot, MACN agreed to make the collective action a permanent campaign.
Since its launch in 2015, MACN has assessed the impact of the campaign by surveying members and collecting incident data. The situation has improved every year, and feedback in 2017 shows that companies taking part in the campaign are transiting Suez without any delays or issues. Demands for cigarettes have decreased dramatically or have even been eliminated, while threats to the safety of both crew and vessel have also decreased significantly.
"With the success of this campaign, we see that our vessels sailing the Suez Canal have had smoother transits. With the assistance of our agents, and support from the Company, the Captains find it easier to refuse demands and avoid situations of duress and threats on board."
24 May 2022
By joining the Global Maritime Forum’s All Aboard Alliance, Höegh Autoliners reiterates its efforts to improve diversity, equality, and inclusion in the maritime industry. This is an imperative focus and a task that we need to solve together, says CEO Andreas Enger.
22 January 2024
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mirjam Peters will take on a new role as Chief Customer Sustainability Officer in Höegh Autoliners from 1 May 2024. Mirjam will be part of the Executive leadership team and will be based in our office in Germany.
17 January 2024
Höegh Autoliners ASA has signed a new contract with a major East Asian car producer for the transport of cars, mainly electronic vehicles (EVs), from Asia to Europe. The contract is valid for shipments until the end of 2028.
04 January 2024
Seafarers sure know how to throw a party! From very early in the morning on December 24 everyone was busy preparing sumptuos amounts of food and decorating the messroom. There was glitter, there were balloons, and there was even a photo booth, adorned with the logo of Höegh Trooper, so that everyone could have a postcard-like photo to send to family and friends. The ambience was merry and filled with laughter, even if the Christmas season without doubt is the hardest time of the year for the crew to be away from their loved ones.