West of England P&I Club reports that it has 60 cases involving 220 stowaways in the past 12 months, costing over $1.6 million to resolve.
African ports continue to be the major problem areas for stowaways, with Lagos, Nigeria being the most prolific African ports. In recent years the Club has experienced several incidents whereby large numbers of stowaways (10+) have boarded a vessel in Lagos in a single incident. Durban in South Africa and Douala in Cameroon have also been problematic.
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