Table comparing flag State laws on armed guards and arms on board.
This table was produced in 2017 and information in it should be checked with the relevant flag State. It contains information primarily on flag State policies towards their own ships. Coastal and port States may have different rules and requirements. IMO collects some information on these which, along with information on IMO policies concerning Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP), can be accessed here: https://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Security/Pages/Private-Armed-Security.aspx
The information in this table is for general guidance only and is not a substitute for proper verification with the flag States concerned. It should not be considered legal advice.