India Drops Charges Against Advanfort Private Security Crew

A High Court in India has dropped the charges against the crew and guards from a US-based private security ship 8 months after the legal battle began. Washington, D.C.-based security firm Advanfort reports that the Madras High Court has quashed charges against the 35-member crew of the security ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio after the court could not substantiate any of the … [Read more...]

Bail Denied for Detained Advanfort Crew in India

India's High Court has refused bail for the 35 crewmembers of a U.S. owned private security vessel that India says was carrying undocumented weapons and ammunition in its territorial waters. BBC News reports that although no charges have been filed against the crew, under Indian law they should be charged or released within 90 days, and only two weeks remain of this … [Read more...]

France To Allow Private Security On Shipping Fleet

PARIS, Dec 3 (Reuters) - France will allow private security forces to protect its shipping fleet against the threat of piracy with armed guards, the French government said on Tuesday. France is one of the main contributors to an international naval force that patrols the waters off Somalia in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean to foil pirate attacks. Prime Minister … [Read more...]

Piracy Threat Spurs Japan to Ease Samurai-Era Gun Ban on Ships

Kiyotaka Matsuda and Chris Cooper Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Pirates wielding rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s have prompted Japan to ease a samurai-era ban on civilians carrying guns, allowing guards on locally registered oil tankers to be armed for the first time. Shipping companies will be able to place security personnel with guns on the tankers when sailing through … [Read more...]