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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:43 AM

Massive Response at NJ Port After Stowaways Suspected in Cargo Container

Source: NBC4

The U.S. Coast Guard suspects there are stowaways in a container that was loaded on a ship docked at Port Newark in New Jersey Wednesday.

Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe says the container was loaded aboard The Villa D'Aquarius in India. The manifest says the container was carrying machine parts to be unloaded in Norfolk, Va.

Rowe says a boarding party heard sounds consistent with people coming from the container. Ship crew members told the Coast Guard that there were several stowaways on board, an official familiar with the situation tells NBC 4 New York.

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The ship began its voyage several weeks ago in Pakistan. Rowe says its last port was in Egypt.

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Investigation-Stowaway-Ship-Port-Newark-Pakistan-Egypt-160509615.html



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"We have no information on the individuals, and we're not 100 percent sure that there are people in there until we open it," Rowe told CBS New York station WCBS-TV.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were notified to meet the vessel. It docked at Port Newark Wednesday morning.


The boarding party didn't open the container at sea in order to control the situation, Rowe told WCBS-TV. An effort is being made to see if the container can be safely opened from the ship's hull, if containers need to be moved on the ship or if the container needs to be off-loaded onto the dock, Rowe told CBS Radio News.


Customs officials told WCBS-TV it could take up to two hours to remove the ship's cargo.

more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57461638/stowaways-suspected-on-container-ship-in-n.j/

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Officers from the federal Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the Coast Guard and the Port Authority are on board the ship determining when and where the container can be safely unloaded and opened, Rowe said.

Emergency crews and ambulances are on scene off Mohawk Street.

State Police has boats in the water in case people try to swim away.

Port Authority Police are on the dock, where the container will be opened, Della Fave said.

It's unclear whether the container the stowaways are in were picked up in Pakistan or Egypt.

Longshoremen DeShea Best said she and other longshoremen who arrived for their 8 a.m. shifts learned of the stowaway situation before the ship docked at 8:30 a.m. There are two dozen officers at the dock waiting for the container to be offloaded.

more: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/06/stowaways_might_be_on_ship_doc.html

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Reply Massive Response at NJ Port After Stowaways Suspected in Cargo Container (Original post)
maddezmom Jun 2012 OP
longship Jun 2012 #1
maddezmom Jun 2012 #2
wingzeroday Jun 2012 #4
OnlinePoker Jun 2012 #5
Marrah_G Jun 2012 #3
wingzeroday Jun 2012 #6
wingzeroday Jun 2012 #7
wingzeroday Jun 2012 #8
maddezmom Jun 2012 #9
wingzeroday Jun 2012 #10

Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:59 AM

1. This is fucked up on so many levels

Can you imagine being sealed into a container on a ship for a trans-oceanic voyage? If true, this would be like living in Hell. Ignoring the fact of just having breathing space -- meaning enough oxygen -- how about food and sanitary issues?

Maybe they could learn from the Apollo astronauts who lived in basically two phone booths for a couple weeks.

Sometimes I am horrified at what people can endure.

Thanks for this OP.

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:09 AM

2. been at sea 2 weeks

I can't imagine it.

ETA: live link here
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Investigation-Stowaway-Ship-Port-Newark-Pakistan-Egypt-160509615.html

so far so good as I haven't seen anyone come out of the container.

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Response to maddezmom (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:18 PM

4. are



are they going through each container?



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Response to wingzeroday (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:28 PM

5. XRay Machine maybe

Like they have for trucks.

As an aside, when they were closing the two Canadian Forces Bases in Germany in the early 90's, they loaded helicopters and parts into sea containers and trucked them North for shipment from (I think) Bremerhaven. Before they were loaded on the ship, Traffic Techs went to verify the containers were still sealed. Finding a seal cracked they opened it up to find a dozen or so Romanians inside. They had been there for at least a couple of weeks and had consumed all of their food and water. They would have been dead before they made it to Canada had the container actually been loaded without the final check. Someone sealed them in and essentially left them to die.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:44 AM

3. Yikes

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Response to wingzeroday (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:56 PM

7. some believed to be dead

"A cargo ship carrying stowaways from Pakistan -- some believed to be dead"

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:26 PM

8. “We are now considering this to be a possible false alarm.”

Doug Veivia, New Jersey FBI's supervisory special agent, said it was beginning to look like a false alarm. “It's probably too soon to say for sure, but that's how it's looking," Veivia said.

A Port Authority official also said, “We are now considering this to be a possible false alarm.”



http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/062712_Stowaways_suspected_in_container_of_ship_at_Port_Newark.html

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Response to wingzeroday (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:44 PM

9. this would be good news, imo

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Response to maddezmom (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:23 PM

10. No Stowaways Found in Port Newark Search


"Police officers on the scene wondered aloud about how the “bad intel” had spread so widely so quickly."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/nyregion/possible-stowaways-on-ship-in-port-newark.html

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