188.8.131.52 PROBLEMS CAUSED BY STOWAWAYS
The Master, crew, Company and the P&I insurer may be faced with the discovery
of one or more stowaways after the vessel has left port. The presence of stowaways
creates considerable problems with immigration authorities en route
imposes additional strains and stresses upon the crew, and
may be deemed a breach of the ISPS Code.
If the stowaways outnumber the ship’s crew and/or become violent they
the safety of the vessel
the safety of the crew, and there may not be sufficient lifesaving equipment
If the vessel’s schedule involves ports where stowaways may be expected,
the Master should
familiarise himself with the intended port of call
together with his/her officers and crew, consider tactical measures
to keep stowaways away.