OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian officials prepared to search a container ship on Tuesday that authorities believe could be carrying hundreds of stowaways, the Canadian Broadcasting reported.
The Cala Puebla, registered in Cyprus, arrived in the Atlantic port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, at about 1 p.m. (5 p.m. British time) local time.
CBC quoted the captain of the ship as saying after he left Lisbon two weeks ago that Portuguese authorities warned him there could be stowaways on board. He searched the ship but found no one hiding, the CBC said.
No one at the Canadian Border Services Agency was available for comment.
In February 2006, Canada said police had broken up an international ring that smuggled more than 100 people from several countries across the Canada-U.S. border.
In 1999 and 2000, several boatloads of illegal Chinese immigrants were intercepted off British Columbia on Canada’s Pacific coast.