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The head of V Ships shipmanagement has called for a cohesive strategy to protect vessels from pirates.

Speaking in Lloyd’s List, Robert Giorgi expressed concern at the “different approach” of many flag States. He believes that the key priority is to prevent ships being hijacked, something which needs more support by charterers and flag States.

According to Giorgi, the IMO should provide a stronger lead for flag States with regard to allowing armed guards onboard ships. With most owners wanting to put armed security guards onboard their ships, Giorgi feels that many flag States and insurers are creating problems. He believes that owners should have the freedom to protect their vessels.

The feeling is that for ship managers it should be imperative for ships to carry armed guards, and where the risk of attack warrants it, then vessels should seek alternative routes.

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