Belgium Allows Private Armed Guards on Ships

Royal Belgian Shipowners'Association
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

With the publication of the law on various measures concerning the fight against maritime piracy in the Belgian official journal, the use of private security on board Belgian flagged ships is allowed. As a result, from now on ship-owners have the ability to continue their activities in the known piracy high risk areas with assurance of adequate protection of their crew.


In this way, the RBSA wishes to express her appreciation regarding the Belgian government for the efforts which resulted in a law that meets the needs of the ship-owners. Belgium follows the example of many other international and European flag states including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Luxemburg, Italy and Cyprus.

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