Arguments for the use of armed guards

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• Complementary solution to multinational naval coalition
• Creates a “harder” target for pirates
• ICS press release acknowledged benefit of using PSCs
• Shipowners should retain all options to deter piracy attacks, defend
its crews and vessel
• Armed security is preventive measure to avoid high costs associated
with post-hijacking efforts (negotiators, ransom, rescue attempts, etc.)
and the need to transit longer routes and saves costs (Cape of Good
Hope)
Arguments for the use of armed guards
• Many armed guards are highly trained
former military personnel
• No vessel with armed guards has ever been
hijacked
• MAERSK ALABAMA targeted again by pirates
on March 9, 2011 but warning shots fired by
armed guards foiled the attac

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