Swedish Club has advised members that its South African correspondent has informed it that no stowaways will be permitted to be landed in South African ports, after the country’s immigration authority sharpened its policy.
With immediate effect, no stowaway will be permitted 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.
Swedish Club urged vessels calling at South African ports to be careful to comply with their International Ship & Port Facility Code (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 Transnet National Port’s Authority port permit.