Introduction to Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs)

Key Findings

In 2011, the number of vessels transiting the Indian Ocean employing onboard private armed security teams increased dramatically, motivating Flag State governments, the shipping industry and international naval forces to address their usage. In order to help to clarify this relatively new industry, the Oceans Beyond Piracy team compiled information regarding the private maritime security industry, organizing the documents which seek to provide guidance on the issue of onboard security teams, navigating Flag State policies and identifying the major stakeholders and key players. As the industry evolves further, we will continue to update our information as developments become apparent.