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Custos: Armed guards still the weakest link

The unregulated market for armed guards urgently needs to be subject to an impartial supervisory authority, maintains security company, Custos. Today, both Danish and international shipping companies are left facing an impenetrable supply which makes it harder for companies to protect themselves against a "bad product. "

The international maritime council, BIMCO, is in the process of completing a set of guidelines for hiring armed guards. In and of itself that is a good and positive step, says Stefan Nonboe, a partner of Custos, a security company which advices shipping companies on piracy. However, Nonboe also believes that jurisdiction and ongoing supervision is necessary to get rid of the lawlessness which, according to Custos, characterizes parts of the market.

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