German-flag vessels with armed security

By Piracy

The German Shipowners' Association (VDR)  informed that security companies working in the country can apply for approval with the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) 
to be commissioned on board commercial vessels sailing under German flag. New regulation (Maritime Ship Surveillance Regulation) is is into force since 21st of June 2013.

Security companies have to meet certain requirements. They have to plan and document all their activity. Security forces have to be trained and with emergency medical skills.

The regulations allow the use of firearms but in case of self-defense or for emergency assistance. From December 1, 2013, only private maritime security companies approved by the BAFA will be allowed to be deployed on vessels sailing under the German flag.