GABON: WARNING OF FAKE OFFICIALS ATTEMPTING TO BOARD SHIPS
November 21, 2019
One of our Member’s ships recently called at Cap Lopez in Gabon. Local Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) boarded the ship, found two deficiencies and then presented a fine against the ship. Further checks revealed that the people who boarded the ship were not, in fact, PSCOs.
Local Correspondents in Gabon, McLeans, have advised that masters and ship’s agents should be very cautious when people claiming to be from PSC ask for access to the ship. These individuals often have fake ID papers making it very hard for the master to tell if they are legitimate or not. The ship’s agent should be called immediately when anyone purporting to be from PSC wants to attend on board in order to check if they are genuine.