The increased use of armed guards on ships, as well as the conflicts they can cause and already have caused, has prompted the EU to propose a joint standard for shipping companies within the EU.
“Some countries are for armed guards on ships while others are against them. It is very problematic that you can encounter one opinion in Singapore, and another when you are sailing through the Suez Canal. When you are on the high seas, the problem is not that pressing, but what then when you enter national waters or reach a port? That is why we have to discuss how we can create a set of joint regulations,” says EU Commissioner of Transportation, Siiim Kallas, to ShippingWatch.