What is Stowaways search and requirements ? |

What is Stowaways search and requirements ?

General Requirements

Stowaway search is to be made as a matter of routine prior to sailing from port.

If stowaways have boarded, a vessel can experience considerable delays and very high costs trying to arrange for their disembarkation and return.

East & South African ports shall be considered as being high risk areas.

Ships will be notified of any other ports or areas which may fall into this category.

 These procedures shall be followed by Masters in event that stowaways are discovered on board.

Within one day from arrival at first port in a high risk area, a search shall be carried out in accordance with instructions. Results of search shall be appropriately entered in the Deck Log Book.

Prior to arrival in high risk area ports, security plans and precautions at anchor and when alongside pier shall be developed:

  • Precautions Whilst at Anchor
  • Anchor wash water shall be left running.
  • Hawse pipe covers shall be kept closed and secured.
  • Spurling pipes shall be sealed and secured.

Additional over vessel’s side illumination is required around bow and stern.

Lookouts shall be:

  • Posted on forecastle and poop decks during hours of darkness.
  • In radio contact with bridge OOW.

Following spaces shall be:

  1. Kept closed and locked at all times when not in use.
  2. Immediately re-locked after use.
  • Forecastle store rooms and working spaces.
  • Forecastle and Centrecastle doors.
  • Access hatches to forecastle area.
  • Other storerooms, workshops, access trunks and any area with external doors.
  • Storing hatches.
  • Unused cabins, hospital, cleaning lockers etc.

During hours of darkness access doors permitting access to machinery spaces and accommodation spaces shall be secured. Only access to superstructure should be via wheelhouse.

During working hours minimum number of doors consistent with safe working of vessel should be open.

Pumproom doors shall be locked at all times when pumproom is not in use. Cable locker doors shall be locked or secured so they cannot be readily opened.

Pilot ladders shall not be rigged until required.

Accommodation ladders shall only be turned out when required.

Stages, platforms, chairs that are rigged outboard shall be:

  1. Brought inboard when not in use.
  2. Unrigged at end of working day.

Tank, cofferdam, and void space hatches shall be closed and secured unless specifically required to be open.

All vessel personnel shall keep cabins and offices locked unless in use.


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