German-flag ships closer to getting armed security

New Maritime Ship Surveillance Regulation on force from the 21st of June 2013

According to The German Shipowners’ Association (VDR), private security firms operating in Germany and abroad can apply for approval with the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) to be commissioned on board merchant ships flying the German flag under a new Maritime Ship Surveillance Regulation that entered into force the 21st of June 2013.

The Regulation contains numerous requirements that need to be met by the security firms. Each mission must be carefully planned and documented. Staff members must have the necessary personal suitability as well as emergency medical skills and legal knowledge.

The use of firearms is only permitted in self-defense or for emergency assistance.

From December 1, 2013, only private maritime security companies approved by the BAFA will be allowed to be deployed on ships flying the German flag.


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