Nova Scotia

Stowaway arrested after ship arrives in Halifax

The Canada Border Services Agency said it has arrested a man they believe stowed away on a container vessel that arrived in Halifax on Monday.
Border officials have arrested a man they believe stowed away on the Atlantic Concert. (CBC)

The Canada Border Services Agency said it has arrested a man they believe stowed away on a container vessel that arrived in Halifax on Monday.

Kevin Watson, the agency's chief of marine operations in Nova Scotia, said officers boarded a container vessel at the Ceres terminal and arrested the man at 8 a.m.

Watson declined to give the name, age or nationality of the man arrested, and also refused to say whether he is seeking refugee status.

"CBSA examined an inbound container vessel at the port of Halifax," Watson told CBC News on Monday.

"During the examination, CBSA officers located one stowaway who is currently being processed according to Canadian law."

Watson said officers boarded the Atlantic Concert, one of Atlantic Container Lines' ships, where they apprehended the man.

The website marinetraffic.com said the Swedish-flagged ship left Liverpool, England, on March 26, and before that had been in Antwerp, Belgium.

Watson said the agency learned on the weekend that a stowaway might be on the vessel.

Under Canadian laws, shipping lines must pay a deposit of $25,000 per person, every time a stowaway is found on their vessel.

The money is used to pay for possible medical treatments and for the cost of deporting the stowaways if their claim to stay in Canada is rejected. Any leftover money is returned to the company.

This is not the first time stowaways have been found on board the Atlantic Concert.

In February 2011, two men were arrested on board after the ship arrived from Liverpool. In April 2009, seven stowaways from North Africa were found on the ship when it docked in Halifax after a trip from Antwerp.

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