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5 Dez 2022

Wilhelmsen's response

5 December 2022

With reference to Amnesty International’s recently published report Deadly Cargo: Exposing the Supply Chain that Fuels War Crimes in Myanmar.

The Wilhelmsen group reiterates our written response on 18 October 2022 to Amnesty International’s findings, included within their report.

“We appreciate Amnesty International’s investigation regarding Jet A-1 aviation fuel imported to Myanmar via the Thilawa Terminal. Having thoroughly reviewed the latest information provided by Amnesty International with our case handling team, our ships agency colleagues in Myanmar, and senior management, we have determined that Wilhelmsen Ships Service Myanmar will not risk contributing in any way towards the human rights violations outlined by the report. Therefore, Wilhelmsen Ships Service Myanmar will immediately cease to provide agency services of any kind for vessel or cargo owners discharging Jet A-1 aviation fuel at ports in Myanmar, irrespective of designations regarding end use. This will remain the case until further notice. “

Building upon our governing elements, local and regional networks, and competence, the Wilhelmsen group is continuously strengthening its systematic due diligence approach towards human rights wherever in the world we operate. The Norwegian Transparency Act is an important tool for us and other companies to focus our efforts on this area, helping ensure human rights are respected worldwide.

Once again, we appreciate bodies such as Amnesty International conducting investigations into human rights impacts. They are essential for international maritime companies such as ours to continue to strengthen our approach towards upholding human rights with regards to often complex and extensive supply chains.