Armed guards – Introductory considerations

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• Presence of armed guards on board the vessel does not prejudice P&I cover,
but certain risks may fall outside the scope of cover based on the terms of the
contract entered into with Private Security Company (PSC)
• Operational decision to enter into such an agreement with PSC after making a
thorough risk assessment
• Please leave sufficient advance time for security services contract to be
negotiated (10 days)
• Consult with Flag State authority
• Best Management Practices 3 – still very important
• Consult a lawyer to assist with contract negotiations and to assess potential
liabilities and exposures
• Advise charterer and cargo interests to ensure that any existing contractual
relationships are not prejudiced
• Vet contract with your insurers

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