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Industry Regulation

Baltic and International Maritime Council

With members in more than 120 countries, BIMCO is the largest of the international shipping associations representing ship-owners. The association's main objective is to protect its global membership through the provision of quality information and advice, and while promoting fair business practices, facilitate harmonization and standardization of commercial shipping practices and contracts. In an effort to promote its agenda and objectives, BIMCO has developed industry guidelines for the use of private maritime security contractors and a standard contract for the employment of armed guards aboard ships.

Documents Issued by BIMCO

GUARDCON Standard Contract for the Employment of Security Guards on Vessels

Author: BIMCO
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The GUARDCON standard contract was drafted by a team of experts of ship owners, lawyers and underwriters in 2012. It was created to assist the industry, and in particular shipowners and their P&I Clubs, by providing a clearly worded and comprehensive standard contract on which they can conclude agreements for security services. An explanatory note accompanies the sample contract and provides further guidance to shipowners. 

Industry Guidelines for the Use of Private Maritime Security Contractors (PMSC) as Additional Protection in Waters Affected by Somali Piracy

Author: BIMCO
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BIMCO, together with ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, OCIMF, IG P&I Clubs, created voluntary Industry Guidelines for the Use of Private Maritime Security Contractors as Additional Protection in Waters Affected by Somali Piracy, published in May 2011 to assist their members with the selection, vetting, training, command and control of maritime private security contractors. 

Guidance on Rules for the Use of Force by Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel in Defence of a Merchant Vessel

Author: BIMCO
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The aim of the this guidance is to assist ship owners and contracted private security guards to review rules for the use of force pertaining to the type, carriage and use of firearms and equipment, in order to provide an accurate and graduated level of response by armed security guards to any actual, perceived or threatened act of piracy and/or violent robbery and/or capture/seizure by third parties in order to protect the crew and defend a vessel from being hijacked.