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While industry best management practice does not recommend the employment of Private Maritime Security Companies onboard ships, the use of experienced and competent PMSCs either onboard the vessels, where legally permitted, or on a security escort vessel, can mitigate risk.

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

Section 8 has been updated in February 2022 to give additional practical advice on human factors and what potential issues PMSC management should be able to identify.