Are any procedures in place to protect against stowaways?
Yes prior to loading there are compulsory CO2, scanner and heartbeat checks on all vehicles leaving Calais, in addition there is a scanner in operation in Zeebrugge. These checks are provided free of charge
Ref : delivery to any P&O terminal of unaccompanied trailers for shipment between continental Europe and the UK.
There is growing concern that illegal migration is a problem for shippers, agents and hauliers. Illegal entry into freight units is not only a security problem for the terminals and the ships, it is also the cause of damage to the units and the goods that our customers transport. In accordance with UK Border Agency guidelines, unless hauliers can prove that they have an effective system in place for preventing clandestine entrants, such as providing robust security, checking vehicles and training drivers, a civil penalty could be imposed.
P&O Ferries is committed to achieving the best possible security standards for our customers, their freight units and the goods carried. In order to maximise the effectiveness of security efforts with subject to security, would you kindly support our request for all softsided loaded freight units to be properly closed and sealed prior to delivery to terminal. This will not stop fraud and illegal migration but it will rule out some of the risks posed.
Could you please advise your staff and contractors that we will be implementing security checks fully on your arriving units as from 1st of August 2010.
Please note should we receive units that are unsealed we will make every effort to assist in the sealing. However under certain circumstances your unit could be refused entry to terminal.