European carriers back private on-board guards

Almost all European shipowners’ associations are of the opinion that it is better to hire private guards than having national soldiers on board. This marks a change in attitude compared to two months ago, Deputy Director General in the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Jan Fritz Hansen tells ShippingWatch.

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During the past couple of months, European shipowners’ associations have dramatically changed their attitudes towards armed on-board guards. Before, many countries agitated to get national soldiers on the ships, now most consider private guards a more flexible solution.

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