As the Swedish Club informed, no stowaways will be allowed to be landed in South African ports, according to a new sharpened policy from the immigration authority. Any person declared as a stowaway will have to be removed on route or at the next port of call outside South Africa.
According to Mike Heads at P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd, the South African Immigration Authority has significantly changed its policy regarding stowaways in South African ports.
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Namely, effective immediately, no stowaway will be allowed to be landed in South Africa. Any person declared as a stowaway will have to sail with the vessel and be removed on route or at the next port of call outside South Africa.
Ships calling on South African ports are called to comply with their ISPS procedures.
Proper security arrangements must be in place to prevent any unlawful person to board the vessel. No person should be permitted access to the vessel, unless that person holds a TNPA (Transnet National Port’s Authority) port permit
the Swedish Club explained.