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Monday, June 25, 2018

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PORT AND SHIPPING ORGANISATIONS TO CONTROL UNAUTHORISED PERSONS BOARDING VESSELS WHILE IN IRANIAN WATERS

As unauthorised passengers (stowaways) on board vessels are creating extensive problems for ship agency companies, and in addition to generating expenses, are also a safety risk to vessels, the following circular has been issued by the Ministry of Road and Transportation of Hormuzgan Province and implemented as from 5 July 2000.

Reference is made to their circular No. 14414 dated 21/06/00.  The text below is shortened, and a copy of the complete circular is obtainable by contacting INTERTANKO on email: PortsandTerminals@intertanko.com

Circular No. 14414 dated 21/06/00:

a)  SHIP AGENCY COMPANIES:

In order to prevent unauthorised persons from embarking a vessel while in port, the agents should employ a watchman to control stevedores or others embarking by obtaining their valid pictorial ID cards.

The agent is then to provide such person with a special permission card, tag or plate that is to be displayed visibly on the person. When disembarking, the card, tag or plate is to be collected by the watchman, and the ID card is then returned to the person.

If an unauthorised person is detected and arrested upon search on board prior to the vessel’s departure, the responsibility will rest completely with the ship agency company.  A temporary or permanent cancellation of the company’s agency permission will be the result.

b)  STEVEDORING COMPANIES:

The companies should prepare pictorial ID cards for all their personnel in co-ordination with the port guards and the police.  All of their personnel are obliged to give these ID cards to the watchman on board.  The stevedoring companies are responsible for checking their personnel after completion of their work on board, and they hold the full responsibility for their personnel.

Source:  Circular issued by the general manager of Ports and Shipping of Hormuzgan Province