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.

“It is a great and proper step that guidelines are now being created for the shipping companies to embrace. However, it is important to focus on the industry itself, both the security guard companies and the guards themselves. For instance, in Denmark the latter can be hired on nothing but the absence of a criminal record and 14 days of training. And Denmark actually has more demands than a lot of other countries. Many of the people we meet are not properly equipped to do their job as an armed guard on a ship,” says Stefan Nonboe.   

Already a subscriber? Log in.

Read the whole article

Get access for 14 days for free.
No credit card is needed, and you will not be automatically signed up for a paid subscription after the free trial.

  • Access all locked articles
  • Receive our daily newsletters
  • Access our app
An error has occured. Please try again later.

Get full access for you and your coworkers.

Start a free company trial today

More from ShippingWatch

Bimco sets up Brussels office

The shipping organization faces the consequence of the EU having in a short time span manifested itself as the trendsetting international legislator within climate, and establishes an office in Brussels, ShippingWatch learns.

Latest news

See all jobs