Norway Approves Armed Guards on Cargo Vessels

By on February 13, 2013

The Norwegian Government will allow the armed guards on board Norwegian merchant vessels to thwart pirate attacks.

The government in 2011 launched a trial period during which it allowed private armed guards on selected vessels.

“It was not a desired goal for us to introduce armed security guards, but it was necessary based on the threat level Norwegian vessels were faced with,” Trond Giskel, Norway’s minister of trade, said in a statement. “Now we have seen a dramatic decline in the number of attacks.”

The government will also increase its military presence in the Horn of Africa. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen will joint NATO forces based in Somalia.