Guards face increasing criminalisation

Concerns are being raised across the maritime security industry over the increasing criminalisation of security operatives.

Guards ‘facing increasing criminalisation’

Concerns are being raised across the maritime security industry over the increasing criminalisation of security operatives.

While the vast majority of operations are carried out without undue drama, a few have incurred problems and it is often a result of misunderstanding and mistrust by some authorities over the role played by private security guards.

And it is a situation which could get much worse, according to the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) which believes the root cause of the problem stems from guards not being classed as seafarers and therefore not receiving the same protection as crew members under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006).

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Source: shipmanagementinternational.com

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