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Danish Shipowners’ Association: Rules for armed guards not a job for EU

The Danish Shipowners’ Association does not support the idea that the EU should establish common rules for armed guards, as suggested by the EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas. That is a job for the IMO, says the Shipowners’ Association.

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Siim Kallas, the EU Transport Commissioner, does not get Danish support for his idea of making common EU rules for armed guards onboard trade ships. The Danish Shipowners’ Association believes that this is a job for the IMO, and points to the fact that the organization is already working on rules which will apply to ships from all over the world.

Before Easter Siim Kallas told ShippingWatch that the 27 member states should have a common set of rules, since at present the ways of handling the challenge of having armed guards onboard ships vary greatly. But Vice President of the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Jan Fritz Hansen, believes that the EU should focus on the military effort and the development aid work in the Aden area.

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