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The Maritime Risk Podcast
40 minutes | 7 days ago
Bribery at Sea it's more than Cigarettes and Alcohol
Facilitation payments have long been the scourge of the port visit for the deep-sea master. The outstretched hand, the muffled request; that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realise you have no option but to facilitate the permission needed for ship operations to progress smoothly and unencumbered. It's the asymmetry of the risk versus remedy equation that has taxed the conscience of many a ship's master, with the risk being, delay to the vessel's operating schedule and the remedy being a carton of cigarettes and a bottle of whiskey. The inequality of this simple financial equation has allowed this petty crime to become more and more pervasive over time. For too long now the ship's Master has balanced on the horns of this rather annoying dilemma, being dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn't. On the one hand, he has his legal and contractual obligations which should prevent such a transaction taking place, and on the other, to fail to do so may lead to delay and the loss of many thousands of dollars for his owners and the loss of his livelihood should he fail to meet the swingeing time pressures that accompany charterers orders.In this podcast, Shoreline’s CEO – Captain Thomas Brown review’s this very real maritime risk and discusses ways in which the industry is fighting back and changing through the collective action of the many and the expertise of the few who have the vision to create a better industry outcome. We will look at the prevention and the cure. Prevention being the mandate of the Maritime Anti-Corruption, which has made great strides over recent years to curb these shady practices, offering support and advice to shipowners and their seagoing masters to prevent the practice of bribery at sea and; the cure will be discussed with our colleagues at Control Risks who have responded to many a cry of help from their shipowner and insurance clients when caught in this crosshairs of this criminal activity. About the Contributors Cecilia Müller TorbrandMACN Executive DirectorCecilia leads MACN. She was one of the front drivers for its establishment in 2011, and has served as chair of the network and as collective action lead in the MACN Steering committee. Vivek MenonHead of Collective Action and Partnerships (EMEA)Vivek leads MACN's collective action programs within the regions of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He is primarily responsible for collective action projects in West Africa, with a focus on Nigeria. John BrayControl Risks – DirectorJohn Bray is a risk consultant and policy specialist with more than 30 years' experience in Asia, Europe and Africa. His particular areas of expertise include anti-corruption strategies for the private sector; business and human rights; and private sector policy issues in conflict-affected areas.Asia Pacific │ Social Risk and Impact Assessment│ Political & Economic Risk Consulting │ Corruption Risk Assessment & Analysis
22 minutes | a month ago
Episode 4 - Sea Mines - A modern-day security risk off the coast of Yemen
Just before midnight on October 3rd 2020, the ten year old, Maltese flagged, Greek owned, Aframax tanker - MV Syra suffered an explosion and damage to her forward section, whilst taking on crude at the Bir Ali crude single buoy mooring system, located in central Yemeni waters. The explosion was thought to have been caused by a sea mine or floating improvised explosive device. Today Shoreline’s Captain Thomas Brown was joined by Cormac McGarry and Ashley Halabi of Control Risks to analyze the news of this attack on one of Shoreline’s client vessels.News reports have further suggested that significant pollution may have been caused by the explosion whilst a number of floating objects reported in the vicinity of the tanker were reported to have subsequently exploded.This is a worrying development in maritime security for vessels navigating and operating within the Gulf of Aden and Yemeni waters.Shoreline acts as COFR guarantor for much of the petroleum cargo shipped from this part of the world to the US and hopes this podcast will provide useful insight and information to their clients operating in this particularly volatile part of the world.Cormac McGarry - Senior Analyst, Maritime - Control Risks Cormac is part of a specialised analytical team, spread across the world, dedicated to global, international and supranational issues where his primary responsibility is to manage Control Risks’ maritime intelligence and security services. Ashley Halabi - Researcher, Middle East and North Africa - Control RisksAshley contributes to analysis of political, security and operational risks in the Middle East and North Africa and leads on Lebanon and Yemen. She writes analysis on political and security developments and their implications for commercial activities. She also contributes to bespoke consulting reports for clients in a range of sectors and jurisdictions. Ashley monitors and logs incidents related to civil unrest, terrorism and war in the Middle East and North Africa.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 3 - The Escalating Crisis of Migration at Sea – what can we learn from the case of the Maersk Etienne?
According to the UN Refugee Agency, some 40,000 people have attempted to cross from North Africa to Europe in 2020 alone, the size of this humanitarian crisis is further compounded when we learn that 400 of these migrants are reported to have lost their lives when making this dangerous journey. The legal complexities of migrant rescue involves the application of international conventions and multi-jurisdictional and agency issues, all of which does nothing to alleviate the ship master’s moral and legal obligation to respond to the plight of migrants when in distress at sea.It’s in the DNA of those who work at sea, to save life at sea and in so doing, they often expose themselves, their vessels and their employers to safety, legal, security and commercial issues that can take time and money to resolve.In this podcast we will look at the legal and operational complexities of seaborne migrant rescue and we will point our listeners in the right direction to access freely available information, advice and support when caught in the crosshairs of the perhaps inevitable political standoff which may ensue when seeking a safe place to disembark those that you have saved at sea.Today Shoreline has the pleasure of speaking to two leading industry experts on this issue, namely;David Hammond – David is the CEO and founder of the Human Rights at Sea Organisation, HRAS is a not for profit, advocacy charity, that strives to deliver social change through legal and policy development to ensure human rights apply equally to those at sea as they do to those on land, and;Dr. Victoria Mitchell – Victoria is part of Control Risks’ dedicated maritime security team, providing global analytical coverage of maritime security issues. Victoria is an expert in the law of the sea and holds a PhD that addresses this and maritime security cooperation.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
EPISODE 2 – The Digitalisation of the Shipping Industry
The volume of data available in the world is growing exponentially; according to recent predictions by International Data Corporation, the amount of data created worldwide in 2025 will be ten times what it was in 2017. Increased digitalisation of the shipping industry is an inevitability. The consumption of data analytics to gain deeper maritime domain awareness is on the increase. Indeed Shoreline is a consumer of data analytics derived from AIS positional data. They work with leading data analytics firm Windward, to establish accurate reporting on Shoreline’s insured fleet for every entry, exit and duration of stay within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone.Windward’s artificial intelligence-driven platform processes millions of data points to establish accurate vessel tracking in pre-defined areas or ‘polygons’. Shoreline uses data analytics to re-engineer their internal administrative procedures to create significant efficiencies for the business and their client base.In this podcast Nick Maddalena, a consultant for Shoreline, talks to Ron Crean VP of Commercial at Windward about digitalisation and the shipping industry and whether Covid-19 has accelerated our adoption of all things digital.Nick Maddalena is an independent consultant working with both insurers and insurtechs to create strategies for digitalisation and distribution respectively. He has spent the majority of his 30 year career working within corporate and private insurance companies entering into new product environments and opening distribution channels in a variety of geographic areas. Immediately prior to founding Quilla Consultancy, Nick was Head of Insurance for a leading data analytics firm.Ron Crean is VP of Commercial at Windward. Ron qualified as a Chartered Shipbroker and has experience developing business in 30+ countries and leading global teams mainly in maritime and energy related businesses including shipowners, ports and particularly maritime technology/information businesses.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 1 - Escalation of US and Iranian tensions and its impact on security in the Gulf
On the 4th of July, 2019, the Iranian tanker Grace One was detained by UK forces in Gibraltar on suspicion of EU sanction violations and on the 19th of July a British flag tanker, the Stena Impero was detained by Iran's Islamic revolutionary guard Corps. Track forward to August 2020, and we find Iranian forces once again, boarding another vessel this time a Liberian flag tanker, the MV Wila. Are these events connected and should shipowners be concerned with the apparent escalation of hostilities in the Persian Gulf. We'll aim to answer these questions with Cormac McGarry senior analyst at Control Risks and Jonathan Wood lead analyst for North America and deputy global research director for Control risks.
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