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Gard Guidance Masters GENERAL

People leave their homes for various economical and political reasons. Some sail to open waters in the hope of being picked up by passing vessels and others try to board vessels in ports and stow away.

Even in times of heightened security it may not always be possible to prevent determined stowaways from coming on board. Masters and officers should be aware that
  • stowaways may enter a vessel with the assistance of a third party, sometimes local stevedores
  • crew members may sometimes be involved.

    Whilst the Company may have insurance cover with the P&I insurer for costs and expenses directly or reasonably incurred in identifying, disembarking and repatriating stowaways and refugees, the time and trouble involved is substantial and is not generally covered by insurance.