November 12, 2013
Passengers are believed to be at Blaydin alternative place of detention but are likely to be transferred offshore within 48 hours.
An asylum seeker boat arrived in Darwin on Monday night carrying an unknown number of people, Guardian Australia has learned.
It is believed that the asylum seekers are being held at the Blaydin alternative place of detention near Darwin, according to multiple sources.
The passengers are thought to be from Somalia and include children. Blaydin alternative place of detention is a centre for families.
Under current government policy the asylum seekers are expected to be transferred to Manus Island or Nauru within 48 hours.
Calls from Guardian Australia to customs and border protection, the Australian maritime safety authority, Blaydin, Darwin port authorities and contractor Serco were all directed to the office of immigration and border protection.
Calls to immigration minister Scott Morrison’s office went unreturned. The department’s current media protocol is to hold weekly briefings on Fridays.
According to customs and border protection releases, 10 asylum seeker vessels have arrived since the federal election.