Armed guards to be allowed on Cyprus registered ships

The Cyprus parliament has unanimously passed a bill that will allow crews of merchant ships registered in Cyprus, to defend themselves with weapons in case pirates launch an attack.

Cyprus will be the first country within the European Union to pass such a maritime law and will apply to all ships sailing under the Cypriot flag.

The Law will enable Cyprus registered ships to defend themselves against illegal acts, including attempts to take their crews hostage.

The Law will further enhance Cyprus’s position as a leading maritime center. For further information on Cyprus ship registration please feel free to contact us.