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Researchers: Too easy to become an armed guard

Two researchers at Copenhagen Business School have studied the market for armed guards on the Danish ships: It's far too easy to become approved as a guard, and some only have sporadic weapons experience, they conclude.

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The requirements of the security companies that shipowners hire to protect their ships arent't high enough, conclude associate professor Kim Østergaard and assistant professor Marie-Louise Holle of the Legal Institute at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), both of whom are researching piracy. They agree on the necessity of having armed guards on ships sailing under Danish flags, but they also believe that current legislation makes it too easy to become approved as an armed guard on Danish commercial vessels.

"If you want the scheme concerning civilian armed guards on Danish commerc to be operated professionally, we believe there needs to be a certain standard regarding the qualifications and skill sets of the companies handling these jobs. And we believe that the requirements of the current legislation aren't high enough," says Kim Østergaard.

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