Senegal: Dakar Port Issues Circular on Stowaways

We would like to bring the attention of all Clubs and Members to the attached port circular stressing the importance of respecting certain stowaway prevention regulations in Dakar.

In English, the circular reads:

RE: Fighting Illegal Emigration

It has come to my attention that the terms of our circular no. 02274/PAD/DG/DOP/COP/SS dated 15 July regarding the fight against illegal emigration are not being properly applied by some port users.

Therefore, I would remind you that the following security measures concerning watchmen and access to vessels in the port apply at all times:

For vessels at berth:

Four watchmen should be deployed as follows:

  • Two at the gangway of the vessel
  • One at the bow of the vessel
  • One at the stern of the vessel
Access to the vessels:
  • All personnel boarding and disembarking from vessels must be identified and counted;
  • This information should be logged.

Once they have been appointed, some security companies have not been fully respecting the security measures listed above. Any failure to meet the above requirements will be sanctioned, in accordance with current legislation.

The circular is signed by the Managing Director of the Port of Dakar.

Budd Dakar reports that in recent years, permission to disembark stowaways which have boarded in Senegal has usually been granted and this is still the case.  However, it is now even more important that the vessel be able to demonstrate that the security regulations were strictly applied.

Port staff make regular rounds to check that the four mandatory watchmen are on duty.  Fines of up to CFA Francs 5,000,000.00 (Euros 7,622.45) can be imposed on vessels which do not meet this requirement.

Vessels which have not fully complied with the security measures and then found stowaways from Senegal on board are also likely to face longer delays and heavier sanctions, including large fines, from the authorities than vessels which met the security regulations but nevertheless need to disembark stowaways from Senegal.  It is expected that fines will be smaller in the latter case.

Our local office recommends that vessels calling in Dakar ensure that they receive the latest updates from their agents before berthing.

It should also be noted that to obtain clearance to sail from the Harbour Master, vessels will need to provide a stowaway search certificate.

The situation regarding “imported stowaways” as they are described locally remains the same, i.e. authorisation is never granted to disembark and repatriate stowaways who have boarded a vessel in another country.

Dakar Port Circ Security.pdf Information provided by Budd Senegal

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