Armed View

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has been collating the policy and rules of Flag States on arms and private armed guards on board ships.

Kiran Khosla, ICS director of legal affairs, says: “It is interesting to see the similarities and variations…throughout the international community.

According to Khosla, the consensus view among ICS national shipowner associations remains that private armed guards are a clear second best to military personnel. This view echoes the latest BMP4, in which vessel protection detachments are seen as the prefered armed option.

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