INTERIM GUIDANCE TO UK FLAGGED SHIPPING ON THE USE OF ARMED GUARDS TO DEFEND AGAINST THE THREAT OF PIRACY IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES
|Author(s)||Department for Transport|
|D O W N L O A D|
The present officially released Guidance was developed to set out the declared policy of the Government related to the use of the armed guards on board UK vessels, the importance of performing full risk assessments prior to taking any decisions to their use, as well as the circumstances under which shipping companies might consider use of guards, factors to consider and include in the contracts between PMSC and shipping companies, issues relating to the proper storage of firearms and their handling, demonstrate how to produce a counter-piracy plan, command and control security teams, and, in general, provides readers with necessary information in this regard.
It is highly recommended for the officers of the vessels flying the flag of the United Kingdom to be in possession of this regulatory document especially in case if their intended voyage implies passing through the waters where the vessel and crew members may be under danger.
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