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Dirk SiebelsThe question of armed guards in shipping comes under scrutiny in this year’s first Research Seminar of the Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI) on Wednesday 9 October.

In ‘Ships, Guns, But No Rules? Licensing and Evaluation of Private Maritime Security Companies’, PhD candidate Dirk Siebels looks at ongoing developments in the private maritime security industry. With armed guards employed on ships flying many different flags, how to legislate them has become a growing concern. In this seminar, Dirk will first compare the varying solutions chosen in important flag states (e.g. Panama and Cyprus) to other countries such as Germany and Norway.

The second part of the seminar will address the actual performance of armed guards on ships. Despite their growing popularity in the past decade, no data has yet been published about on this. Dirk’s research uses questionnaires sent to the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) and the Marshall Islands, the third-largest flag state, to shed light on how effective private security is in shipping, with important commercial implications.

Before joining GMI, Dirk was an officer in the German Navy. He holds an MA in International Relations, and his PhD at Greenwich researches maritime security issues in East and West Africa.

All GMI seminars take place in Room 075, Queen Anne Court from 6pm. Tea and coffee is available from 5.30pm and a drinks reception will follow the seminar.

Bookings: Please book a place at this free event by visiting the following website:

Click here for a full copy of the seminar programme from October 2013 to May 2014.

The GMI Seminar Series is sponsored by the Zhonghui Maritime Education Fund.

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