Stowaways boarding vessels in South African ports have increased significantly over the last two months, according to The Swedish Club.

“The South African Authorities have made it abundantly clear and they will not change their attitude and therefore the ship must combat unlawful individuals boarding the ship,” the P&I club says in a circular based on information provided by its correspondent in Durban, P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd.

“Should any unlawful person gain access onto a ship in a South African port, the person will automatically be deemed to be a stowaway unless the vessel can provide photographic, video or third party evidence that the stowaway attempted to board the vessel in Durban.”