September 7, 2001
Stuffing containers with stowaways
In the latest edition of its StopLoss Bulletin, the London P&I Club alerts its members to reports from Italy that organized gangs in Genoa and Livorno are using container stuffing stations as a base to put stowaways in containers, principally consigned for the United States and Canada.
In the past year, at least seventy Romanian stowaways have reportedly been discovered in Genoa. But, most recently, the problem seems to be more acute at Livorno, where recent initiatives include the use of infra-red cameras to detect the presence of stowaways inside containers.