Norway To Respond

The Norwegian government is reconsidering a ban against weapons on board ships in its international registry.

Several Norwegian shipowners with vessels registered outside of Norway already have taken up arms and after a Frontline tanker controlled by Norwegian shipowner John Fredriksen, narrowly avoided a piracy attack last week it seems the calls for action are increasing.

The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association has been urging the government to allow arms on board and now Trade Minister Trond Giske seems to be heeding the call. “This involves the security of the crew members,” Giske told reporters. “In some situations, weapons are unfortunately necessary.”

The Trade Minister will push for weapons to be allowed, as current law only allows the military and police to carry arms. A decision due by the end of April.

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