Internationally, efforts are being made to develop guidelines for security companies used to protect ships against piracy.
At a meeting held on 28 February 2012, the Industrial Working Group 3 under the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) almost finalized a document addressed at maritime security companies offering the services of civilian, armed guards to prevent acts of piracy on ships in the Indian Ocean.
In addition, the working group almost finalized a document addressed at flag States on the implementation of best practices for preventing piracy.
Now, the documents will be submitted to the IMO (United Nations’ International Maritime Organization) in the hope is that the IMO can finalize the guidelines at a meeting in May 2012.
Source: DMA, March 2, 2012