USCG to investigate Nigerian stowaway case

The US Coast Guard is to conduct a thorough investigation of a Panamanian flagged car carrier today after a number of stowaways were found onboard when it docked at Jackonsville on Thursday.

Three Nigerians were found to have been onboard the Petra (17,995 dwt; built 1985). The ship, owned by Sallaum Lines from the United Arab Emirates, started out from Nigeria on August 7.

Authorities said the three stowaways were on the ship for a fortnight before being spotted by the crew at which point one jumped overboard and the other two clung to the side of the vessel.

A Victory casino cruise passing by spotted the person in the water and brought him to safety.

The three are now being treated for dehydration and sun exposure at a local hospital. Once recovered they will be deported.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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