Porn – vanishing with a flash

The Swedish Club has sent out a member alert after a seafarer was found with porn on his flash drive. Gives a whole new meaning to deep blue sea.

The alert goes thusly:

Del Rosario & Del Rosario has provided us with the following information courtesy of Barko International Inc.We would like to inform you about an unfortunate incident that happened with one of our manned vessels calling Canadian port.

Said vessel was detained at Prince Rupert, Canada because of pornographic material found in one of the crew’s USB flash drive during Custom Officers’ inspection. As a result, concerned crew’s seaman book and passport were taken and he was brought ashore for investigation. Everything from inspection to apprehension happened in the span of about three hours. Concerned crew is set for trial a day after arrest. If found guilty, he faces minimum penalty of CD$25,000 with deportation and blacklisting with Canadian immigration.

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2 Responses to Porn – vanishing with a flash

  1. foggy says:

    The treatment of seafarers around the world, spearheaded by the US, and now topped by
    everyone looking up to “big brother” is seriously getting out of hand. The singling out
    of seafarers when it comes to law enforcement scrutiny, immigration and customs must
    be stopped. Seafarers are by large the most law abiding group of people that travel
    internationally. This issue must be brought to the attention of the general public and
    should be on the agenda of every human rights group.

    Just to mention an example, about the USA…

    As a seaman I must fill out numerous application forms and be subjected to a rather harsh
    interview in order to get my C1/D visa. Next when it’s time to sign on I’m again singled
    by the CBP and taken to “the room” to wait for up to 6 hours (making me miss my connecting
    flight), then again interviewed (or worse just let off after 6 hours without a word, trying
    to organise a new flight, hotels etc). Now there is a new proposition that seafarers should
    not be allowed to stay in the US more than 24 hours when signing on or off, with serious
    fines imposed if you do. What if the ship is delayed? What if there are no available flights?
    What about proper hand-over and rest hour regulations?

    Well, having gone through all that, let’s say I sign off and go home to my country. The next
    week I come back to the US as a tourist, and beeing a citizen of a Visa Waiver country, is
    waived through by CBP and given a 90 day stay without a word!

    BRGDS / foggy

  2. Bob Couttie says:

    And, of course, you can’t put cadets on a ship in a US port because without seatime they won’t get a visa. It’s all rather dumb.

    A Master friend of mine suggests, tongue in cheek of course, that non-US flagged vessels stop stop calling at US port for, say, five days. It might generate some common sense.

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