Stefan Reidy, CEO at Arviem

23 Jun 2014

Is it morally defensible to write about African refugees to actually advertise a commercial cargo monitoring service?

Hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to cross the Mediterranean from the North African coast to Europe. Figures for the first few months of this year already show a dramatic increase on previous years.

They know they are putting their lives at risk in the hope of a better life in Europe.

In order to cross the boarders, many options are tested out, among them also travelling as stowaways in containers.

While the container is in transit to the outbound port, refugees intrude into containers and try to reach their goal like prisoners in metal boxes.

For the shipper of the container there is another side to the coin.

Customs clearance of containers will be slower, cargo will arrive later and/or miss the vessel and most likely some of the cargo can’t be used anymore.

arviem’s cargo monitoring services help to address such issues. Monitored containers can pass the green line if everything is ok, or can be quickly identified and checked in case of intrusion, as happened last week in the middle of Morocco.

“This incident is a poignant reminder of the overall importance of this project, not only in terms of security and cost considerations, but also as a tool to save lives.”

As much the real-time cargo monitoring service is of great benefit to the shipper, we should not forget about the desperate situation of all these refugees. The German President Joachim Gauck concluded:


“Protecting lives and granting refugees the chance to be heard is at the foundation of our legal and moral codes!”

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