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Maersk allegedly paid millions to agent under bribery suspicion

PortandTerminal.com, February 3, 2020

A giant bribery case in Brazil is now pointing directly into A.P. Møller – Maersk’s headquarters in Copenhagen.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – The Danish newspaper Berlingske has published an article that alleges that Maersk companies in Denmark transferred “millions” to an agent who is suspected of having used bribes to secure shipping contracts for Maersk’s tanker division in Brazil.

According to Berlingske, A.P. Møller-Mærsk has allegedly paid Brazilian agent Wanderley Gandra, who is under suspicion of having used bribes to secure contracts for Maersk Tankers with Brazilian oil firm Petrobras.

A former Petrobras boss has said in a signed testimony that he received millions in bribes from agent Wanderlay Gandra, who was employed by Maersk.

Federal prosecutors in Brazil have said in a statement in December that Denmark’s Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, was involved in allegedly paying $3.4 million in bribes related to 11 shipping contracts with Petrobras, worth 592 million reais ($141.07 million).

READ: Brazil probe into Petrobras widened to Maersk shipping contracts

The article in Berlingske shows confidential documents that they claim to have obtained in the wake of the Brazilian police investigating two Maersk offices shortly before Christmas.

Berlingske says that A.P. Møller – Maersk declined to answer the newspaper’s questions about the case, but reiterates that the group is cooperating “fully with the relevant authorities in their investigation of the case”.

“It is important to emphasize that A.P. Møller – Maersk is fully focused on ensuring that activities in all countries comply with the anti-corruption rules, ”says an email from the company to Berlingske.

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