Posted on June 11, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

A stowaway onboard the Panamanian-flagged Container ship, MSC Canberra tried to set fire to the vessel during the early morning hours of June the 9th while the ship was anchored off Haifa, Israel.

The incident occurred at approximately 03:00 am LT, on Sunday morning while the vessel was anchored some 5 nautical miles off the port of Haifa.

The crew of the container ship sent out a distress call, saying how a “clandestine passenger” had gone on a rampage, damaging objects onboard the vessel.

The crew proceeded to send a 2nd distress call at a later point, informing the Haifa Port Authority that the stowaway had started a fire in the ship.

Having received approval from Israeli High Command, the Israeli Navy sent out the Shayetet 13 elite naval commando unit to the ship.

They proceeded to board the vessel, locate the suspect and arrest him, thankfully with minimal use of violence.

Information on the stowaway has been limited so far. The only thing we know is that he identifies as a Turkish national and has been handed over to the Israeli Police.

Thankfully, there were no injuries reported as a result of the fire, and the vessel sustained minimal damage during fire and the ensuing raid.

Currently, authorities are not treating the event as a terror-related incident.

Israeli authorities have decided to deport the 43-year old back to Turkey.


Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic

Posted in Stowaways , Security , Israel , Middle East , Fire

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