Maritime Security – Stowaway Searches

The issue of stowaways is as prevalent today as it has ever been.  Migrants in search of a better life continue to risk their lives by ‘stowing away’ on board private and commercial vessels.  Despite the introduction of the ISPS Code, STCW proficiency in designated security duties and security awareness training, statistics highlight the seriousness of the stowaway problem and demonstrate the issue is deteriorating.

Stowaways present a number of problems to a vessel and crew not least the risk of violence and fines or penalties imposed by port authorities.  The average cost to the ship owner per stowaway is in the region of US$ 8,000 with costs in some cases running significantly higher.

Undoubtedly, the best tactic for stowaways is to prevent them from coming on board in the first place.  However, if they are found on board they need to be disembarked as soon as possible.

Intrepid Risk Management provides designated search teams and equipment that can conduct a thorough and comprehensive stowaway search prior to the vessel’s departure.  Upon completion, a report will be made to the Master declaring that no stowaways are on board.

Intrepid Risk Management understands the benefits of building long term relationships and continually works with its clients to assess their on-going security needs.