714 - 08/10 - Stowaways - Nigeria

The Association has recently handled a case where a number of stowaways were detected onboard a vessel that had sailed from Nigeria.

In line with prudent practice, the vessel in question had installed a set of bars in the rudder trunk to prevent stowaways from accessing the vessel through this area. Following loading operations in Port Harcourt the vessel sailed for Brazil with a cargo of cement. Once the vessel was about 350 miles out, the crew discovered 5 stowaways hiding the rudder trunk.

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