CSC welcomes new Cyprus Ships “Anti-Piracy” Bill

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On 31 May 2012, the House of Representatives approved the relevant Bill to combat Piracy on Cyprus ships. With the approval of this pioneering Bill, an innovative and detailed legislative framework is established for lawfully using armed escorts by specially trained and certified guards.

The Chamber, as the official representative of the Cyprus Shipping Industry, cooperated very closely with the Cyprus Maritime Administration and especially with the Department of Merchant Shipping, during the preparatory stages of this important Bill, the approval of which renders Cyprus as the first country in the European Union, and possibly internationally, which regulates in such detail this burning issue for International Shipping.

The Cyprus Shipping Chamber believes that, this pioneering Bill can further enhance the maritime infrastructure of Cyprus and its image held today as a reliable and constantly developing Maritime Centre, as well as form the basis as a reference tool, for the preparation of a comprehensive legislative and regulatory framework, both at European and international level, towards the resolution of the serious problem of Piracy.