Secure A Ship were the first company to actively seek out Panama accreditation and are already in the process of achieving the German Flag accreditation.

For more information on our progress with this please contact the UK office: +44 1295 254252 or get in touch with our German (Hamburg) office +49 (0) 40 361 99 461 or 24/7 Mobile: +49 (0) 172 425 98 40.

German-flag ships requiring armed security

According to The German Shipowners’ Association (VDR), private security firms operating in Germany and abroad can apply for approval with the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) to be commissioned on board merchant ships flying the German flag under a new Maritime Ship Surveillance Regulation that entered into force the 21st of June 2013.

The Regulation contains numerous requirements that need to be met by the security firms. Each mission must be carefully planned and documented. Staff members must have the necessary personal suitability as well as emergency medical skills and legal knowledge.

The use of firearms is only permitted in 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 ships flying the German flag.

The process begins with a thorough verification of the qualifications of the management and operational personnel including evidence of firearms licenses, operating licenses, flag state approvals and home state registrations. Then, it analyses the documentation and proof of sustainability of all key processes within the company. Such key processes are, for example, the training and education system which has to ensure that all operational personnel have satisfactory knowledge of: relevant German and international legislation, ISM and ISPS Code, basic medical aid, military operations in the area, relevant tactics to defend a vessel. Another key process, which has to be documented, is the operations planning. The PMSC has to prove its access to reliable intelligence sources and how this recent information is integrated in the risk assessment of each transit. Last but not least the PMSC has to provide for the transmission of mandatory reports to the German authorities mentioned above when planning, realising and successfully completing a transit on a German flagged vessel.

For more information on our progress with this please contact the UK office +44 1295 254252 or get in touch with our German (Hamburg) office +49 (0) 40 361 99 461 or 24/7 Mobile: +49 (0) 172 425 98 40.