Armed guards policies for different flag states

The UK Club is grateful to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA) for their permission in reproducing the following table of flag state rules in respect of private armed guards and draw readers' attention to the following disclaimer:



While ICS and ECSA have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this document has been obtained from reliable sources, ICS and ECSA are not responsible for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies, nor for the results obtained from the use of this information. ICS and ECSA stress that the information contained herein is for general guidance only and is not professional advice and as such it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with the relevant Flag state authority and/or legal advisers. Since the rules and regulations noted herein are subject to change at short notice, ICS and ECSA advise that you consult with the relevant Flag State authority and/or professional legal advisers and verify the applicable rules and regulations before making any decision or taking any action with regard to any of the matters the subject of this document.

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