RHA calls for better security after new migrant stowaway case

The RHA says the latest migrant find on a refrigerated container bound for the UK from the Netherlands highlights that security is now dangerously lax.

At least 26 stowaways were found on the Brittania Seaways which has returned to the port of Vlaardingen after the discovery by crew members.

The incident comes just weeks after the bodies of 39 people were found on a refrigerated lorry trailer in Essex.

The victims – who were Vietnamese nationals – had arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.
Two lorry drivers have since been charged with manslaughter.

The RHA’s Managing Director of Policy Rod McKenzie said: “First Belgium – now Holland – this shows that the people smuggling traffickers are looking for chinks in the armour of cross channel security and with security improved at French ports it’s high time other ports stepped up their security act.

“It looks like they found a chink at Vlaardingen. Lives are at risk here and the authorities must do all they can to protect both those working lawfully on cross channel trade and the migrants being cynically trafficked by evil gangmasters.”