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Nigerian Navy excludes armed guards on board

In latest ship security advisory, the Republic of the Marshall Islands draws the operators' attention to effective restrictions on armed security in Nigeria which is becoming an issue for the country's navy, according to information provided by INTERTANKO. The Association highlights that according to Nigeria's new requirements, no  armed guards, including the Nigerian Navy guards, are no longer allowed on board merchant vessels

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BIMCO updates GUARDCON guidance notes

BIMCO has been made aware that some PMSCs are using weapons “rented” or “borrowed” from other security companies. Therefore, BIMCO has updated the guidance on Clause 10 of GUARDCON to clarify the responsibilities of owners and contractors in respect of permits and licences with the aim to reinforce importance of validating firearms end user certificates.

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Guidance on the use of armed guards

The Shipowners P&I Club have produced an Armed Guard Checklist The Shipowenrs' P&I Club has recently witnessed an increase in pirate activity in certain areas of the world. New cases of cargo theft and crew kidnapping have been reported in the Malacca Straits and West Africa Aligned with this new trend, The Club has seen a renewed interest from some operators in placing armed guards onboard their vessels. The common position of all International Group Clubs, in respect of piracy and the use of armed guards onboard entered vessels, was set out in thePiracy FAQs in 2013.This advice remains accurate, therefore operators are advised to refer to this in the first instance, when considering the deployment of private security personnel as part of their business.To supplement the Piracy FAQs, The Club has now produced a checklist for Members to use, specifically in relation to the use of armed guardsSource: The Shipowners' P&I Club

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Deprivation of Liberty at Sea International Guidance

Issued by HRAS and MARSAFENET Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) and the Network of Experts on the Legal Aspects of Maritime Safety and Security (MARSAFENET) have joinlty published 'Deprivation of Liberty at Sea' International GuidanceThis is the first independently drafted international document covering Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) by Shipmasters, crew and/or Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP). It is the result of in-depth research into the domestic and international legal frameworks governing deprivation of liberty on board private vessels.The Guidance, which complements existing guidelines on fair treatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident as adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), aims to become a leading soft law instrument voluntarily applied by relevant actors in the maritime, fishing and security industries.HRAS CEO, David Hammond, said: "This first edition of the Deprivation of Liberty at Sea Guidance has been the result of six months work involving significant research and stakeholder input. Working alongside European colleagues, Human Rights at Sea is proud to be able to deliver a new and relevant maritime human rights reference document in partnership with EU MARSAFENET."The Guidance outlines a succinct set of principles and detailed guidance for safeguarding a criminal suspect's human rights at ...

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