Paper from OCIMF on hiring private security guards

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has published an information paper – Guidelines for the Employment of Private Maritime Security Companies – providing guidance on the hiring of Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs).

The use of PMSCs on merchant ships is considered one of the measures which can assist in keeping seafarers safe from harm and protecting vessels operating in areas of increased threat. However, industry best-management-practice does not recommend or endorse the employment of PMSCs.

Nevertheless, the use of experienced and competent PMSCs either onboard the vessels, where legally permitted, or on a security escort vessel, can mitigate risk.

The OCIMF guidance is intended to help owners/operators with pre-selection considerations before using private maritime security services.

The publication is available as a free download at