Guidance On the use of PCASP On Board Singapore-Registered Ships in the High Risk Area
MPA Singapore has issued Circular No.15 to inform on the promulgation of the IMO document MSC.1/Circ.1405/Rev.2, which provides the interim guidance on the use of privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships in the high risk area, This Circular is applicable to Ship owners, ship managers, ship operators, ship masters, crew and the shipping community.
The purpose of the guidance is to assist ship owners, ship operators and ship masters considering the use of PCASP on board ships to provide additional protection against piracy. Taking into account the guidance provided by the IMO for preventing and suppressing piracy and armed robbery against ships contained in MSC.1/Circ.1334 and also our advisory relating to adopting the latest Best Management Practices, there may be scenarios that ship owners are considering the use of armed guards for ships transiting the piracy High Risk Area due to the increased threat by Somalia-based pirates.
However, the use of PCASP should not be considered as an alternative to Best Management Practices (BMP) and other protective measures.
Find more details at MPA Singapore Circular No.15/2012
Source: MPA Singapore