I am the master on a large container vessel. There is presently an ongoing debate on my company about stowaway problem.
The question is following:
After the stowaways are found on board - what is proper procedure?
What paperwork to complete?
Who to contact first?
How to treat them?
What evidence to collect as proof that they have been treated correctly and fairly in accordance with IMO requirements?
(This would be to protect the owner / master against false accusations for maltreatment, lousy or no food at all, etc…)
Of course, the info may be found elsewhere, but the question is to those proffesionals on forum who had expereince with problem and took (positive) action.
What paperwork and action would a lawyer representing a company would expect to cover the stowaway repatriation and other expenses from P&I clubs?
What actions and records an CG officer, or immigration officer would expect?
What are the experiences of masters or merchant marine officers having stowaways on board?
many thanks for your answers and proffesional opinions!