MGN 70 Guidelines on responsibilities resolution of stowaways

Reminds all seafarers of the continuing need for vigilance against stowaways.


MGN 70 Guidelines on the allocation of responsibilities to seek the successful resolution of stowaway cases

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Notice to:

  • shipowners
  • operators
  • charterers
  • managers
  • shipping agents
  • port authorities
  • masters and ship’s officers.

Provides practical advice on procedures to follow if a stowaway is found on board.

Pay particular attention to the need for adequate searches, especially when a hold is to be sealed and/or fumigated.

Published 1 July 1998