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    Re: Off-topic: Recommendation for "Captain Phillips"
    From: Jeremy C
    Date: 2014 Jan 16, 05:41 -0800

    There is finally starting to be a work around for carrying weapons on merchant ships. It is still expensive, but it is feasible.

    Option 1) Most countries let you declare security team weapons. That usually means a rigorous inspection (count every round kind of thing), application for a permit along with the declaration, and either locking the weapons up in a sealed room for the port stay, or transportation of the weapons to a secure area in the port by the local police.

    Option 2) for countries not willing to let you enter with weapons is to meet up with a floating armory that is run by the security companies where you can drop off your weapons "pod" and enter the port as normal.

    If you can't do that, in the past you had to dispose of the weapons over the side. The problem now, is that new international regulations prohibit the discharge of metal overboard, so even if you "deep six" your guns at sea, you are still breaking the law.

    When I was off the coast of Somalia a few months ago, we did a combination of the above options depending on where we were going.

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