Durban – Stowaways in Durban and Richards Bay are costing shipping companies thousands and are a growing problem for port authorities as they hop from ship to ship, trying to catch free rides to a better life.
In the past two months 32 stowaways – most from Tanzania, but some from countries in west Africa – have been found on ships docking in Durban.
Basil Ndlovu, managing director at BIS Shipping, said stowaways were found “all the time”.
“What this means is the port they boarded the ship from is not enforcing the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and this, in turn, endangers our ports. A stowaway is a huge cost to an agent of the ship he is found on.”
A source from a shipping insurance company, who has expert insight into stowaways and crew matters, said in Durban last month 10 stowaways had been found – seven on one ship. In February shipping companies, between them, repatriated 22.
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