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Old Jan 30, 05, 3:18 pm
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MIKESILV
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Taking about lack of knowledge:

Fact: a) Every foreign vessel docking at a US port is visited by the DHS-INS officer, the officers still perform their original/former functions ie former customs officers still take of the "customs inspection", former INS officers check passports etc and validate visas. If even one crew member does not have a valid visa - armed guards are posted, 24/7 untill the vessel sails.
b) Very often upon sailing the DHS-INS officers will return and match the crew to the number of passports etc.
c) If a stowaway is found on board the master is required to lock him up on board and to return him ONLY to the country of origin which might take years.
( Some captains have been know to sail close to the country, say Haiti and literally shove the stowaway overboard)
d) If the stowaways are too numerous to handle safely the Border Patrol in conjunction with the DHS will remove them and send then to a detention centre.

E) WHEN THE SHIP IS IN PORT THE CONTROL OF ALL CREW IS UNDER THE DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, THE CG ONLY SETS THE MATRIX AS TO THE NUMBER OF GUARDS, THE 96 HOUR ENTRY WINDOW AND IF THERE IS A POLLUTION ISSUE.

F) THE COAST BOARDS ONLY A PERCENTAGE ( MY GUESS 20%) OF ALL VESSEL COMING INTO PORT AND THAT INCLUDES VESSELS CARRYING DANGEROUS CARGOES.
THE STORY ABOUT THEM BOARDING AND ESCORTING ALL HAZARDOUS CARGO VESSEL INTO PORT IS PURE HOGWASH.

mike

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