Three Crew Jump Ship From Mobile Alabama Docked Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Fantasy Mobile Alabama
Carnival Fantasy Mobile Alabama
Three Crew From Carnival Fantasy Arrested
Three Crew From Carnival Fantasy Arrested

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  reported on August 21, 2017, three crew members who had worked aboard a cruise ship have been apprehended.

A Cruise Bruise Investigation determined those crew members were from Carnival Cruise Lines’ cruise ship Carnival Fantasy.  The crew “jumped ship” while the ship was docked at the port of Mobile, Alabama. Carnival Fantasy was in port at Mobile, Alabama on June 8, 12, 22 and 26.

The three cruise ship crew from Indonesia, were arrested in Arkansas this past week,  after wandering around the U.S.  for the past two months. They now face federal charges and deportation.  Three other Indonesian workers who helped the three escape have already been deported.

As we wrote before on the Cruise Bruise main website, “U.S. Customs, says in one year, they caught 26 ship jumpers in America’s busiest port, New Orleans. That is 26 out of the thousands they say move invisibly into the nation each year. They say the gulf coast has always been the destination of choice for rogues, renegades and buccaneers. ”

Why are ship jumpers a serious issue? To abscond or desert a cruise ship is illegal for crew members.  Proper immigration procedures must be followed.

According to U.S. GAO – Maritime Security: Federal Agencies Have Taken Actions, a  January 14, 2011 letter written to Bennie G. Thompson, a Ranking Member Committee on Homeland House of Representatives, noted the following issues.

“The United States faces the challenge of balancing the need to secure  its borders to prevent the illegal entry of persons while also  facilitating legitimate trade and travel. In fiscal year 2009,  maritime crew–known as seafarers–made about 5 million entries into  U.S. ports on commercial cargo and cruise ship vessels. The overwhelming majority of the seafarers entering U.S. ports are  aliens. Because the U.S. government has no control over  foreign government seafarer credentialing practices, concerns have  been raised that extremists may fraudulently obtain seafarer  credentials as a way to gain entry into the United States or conduct  attacks against maritime vessels or port infrastructure. Although  there have been no reported terrorist attacks involving seafarers on  vessels transiting to U.S. seaports, the Department of Homeland  Security (DHS) considers the illegal entry of an alien through a U.S.  seaport by exploitation of maritime industry practices to be a key  concern.

Screening foreign seafarers to identify those who pose security  threats to the United States is a shared responsibility among federal  stakeholders. For example, overseas, State Department consular  officers screen seafarer applicants for non-immigrant visas–a  prerequisite to be eligible for a permit to depart the vessel and  enter the United States–and may deny a visa if, for example, they  determine that an applicant poses a potential security or immigration  risk. Within DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection  (CBP), the unified federal agency responsible for border security,  inspects all seafarers arriving from foreign waters to determine their  admissibility into the United States and prevent illegal immigration  at U.S. seaports. CBP obtains key support from the Coast Guard, the  lead federal agency responsible for a wide array of maritime safety  and security activities.”

On a Typical Day in Fiscal Year 2016 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection

PROCESSED:

  • 1,069,266 passengers and pedestrians
    • 326,723 incoming international air passengers and crew
    • 53,786 passengers and crew on arriving ship/boat
    • 688,757 incoming land travelers
  • 282,350 incoming privately owned vehicles
  • 74,417 truck, rail, and sea containers
  • $6.3 billion worth of imported products

CONDUCTED:

  • 1140  apprehensions between U.S. ports of entry
  • 22 arrests of wanted criminals at U.S. ports of entry
  • 752 refusals of inadmissible persons at U.S. ports of entry

DISCOVERED:

  • 404 pests at U.S. ports of entry and 4,638 materials for quarantine: plant, meat, animal byproduct, and soil

SEIZED:

  • 7,910 pounds of drugs
  • $289,609 in undeclared or illicit currency
  • $3.8 million worth of products with Intellectual Property Rights violations

IDENTIFIED:

  • 877 individuals with suspected national security concerns

INTERCEPTED:

  • 20 fraudulent documents

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