Guardcon Goes West

BIMCO is set to review its standard security contract Guardcon to ensure that it is fit for purpose for companies operating in West Africa.

According to reports the new recommendations are due to be published next month, and are in line with the recent industry guidelines which reviewed BMP4 to ensure that it was relevant and applicable to piracy problems over on the opposite coast of Africa.

The Guardcon amendments are likely therefore to remove elements that refer specifically to the high-risk area and add provisions relating to the mandatory use of local guards.