The Department of Merchant Shipping (‘DMS’), based on the provisions of the Protection of Cyprus Ships against Acts of Piracy and Other Unlawful Acts Law of 2012 (“the Law”), issued the following instructions under Circular No. 26/2017:
- The maximum total number of firearms a Private Ship Security Company (‘PSSC’) is entitled to register on its Cyprus certificate has been increased from four hundred (400) (as indicated previously by Circular No. 1/2016) to six hundred (600); and
- The number of firearms shall be proportional to the number of guards at a ratio of two (2) to one (1). That is, for each approved private ship security guard, the PSSC can register on its Cyprus certificate up to two (2) firearms and not vice versa as indicated by Circular No. 1/2016.
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