367 - 06/04 - Further Information on Stowaways - Brazil

Further to LP Bulletin 141 that gave details of preventative measures to assist ship operators and their masters in reducing cases of stowaways, we have been advised of several cases concerning stowaways hiding in ship’s rudder housing, specifically with ships coming from African ports in ballast to load sugar in Brazil.Stowaways have apparently discovered that the void space around the rudder stock is the best place to hide from the local stowaway search, since this place is not easily accessible from inside the ship. Crews should be instructed on this new stowaway strategy, intensifying the stowaway search to include the rudder housing. Crew may have access to the rudder housing by opening any of the available accesses in the steering gear room.

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Thomas Miller

Date23/03/2009

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