Firearms and Equipment

Our teams are supported in their work by high quality equipment and firearms, making sure they have all the tools they need to provide the best possible service.

Our Ambrey guards use a combination of firearms, including the single-shot bolt-action Steyr Scout and the semi-automatic L1A1 7.62×51.

All of our weapons are licensed by the UK Government for the purpose of providing maritime security to and from the following ports : Mozambique, South Africa, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Egypt, Oman, Tanzania, Madagascar, Comoros, Fujairah, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, India and Mauritius, as well as to and from our transfer vessels in the Gulf of Oman and the Red Sea. We also hold individual approvals from each of these countries for the legal movement of weapons.

Our Ambrey guard teams are tested on their weapons safety handling and Rules for the Use of Force at the beginning of every transit, and further refreshed between transits and our onshore and offshore facilities. Each of our vessels also has a resident armourer to conduct routine maintenance on our equipment.

When operating in regions that don’t allow the use of UK government firearms, such as the Gulf of Guinea or the Sulu Sea, Ambrey supplies armed personnel through Local Naval Armed Guards. They are contracted under the appropriate legal framework for that jurisdiction and covered under Ambrey’s own insurances as recommended in BIMCO’s advice to owners. These teams are deployed with their own firearms and equipment and operate to their nation’s own Rules of Engagement.

In addition to relevant weapons, every team of Ambrey guards is always equipped with:

Body armour and helmets

Every guard is protected by full body armour and helmets with teflar plates, given night vision goggles, VHF radios and satellite telephones and supplied with a medical kit.

SAT phones

These make sure we can always stay connected with our teams, wherever they are in the world and regardless of the conditions of their environment.

VHF radios

Marine VHF radio equipment allows our guards to communicate with each other whilst onboard.

Medical Kit

Our guards deploy with a medical kit including one tourniquet, dressings for trauma injuries, and chest seals for puncture injuries.

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