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Benin to allow Armed Guards

DECREE Article 1 : Obligation of ships All ships bound for a port in Benin are required to have an Armed Protection Team (APT). Failing that, the vessel must receive a protection service by the Benin Public Forces at the entrance to Benin's territorial waters. The associated fees are paid at the port of call.

Article 2: Authorization to enter with an Armed Protection Team (APT) Any ship bound for a port in Benin with an armed protection team on board, sends through its ship agent, a request for permission to enter Benin's territorial waters with its own armed onboard protection team.

Article 3: How to apply for authorization The application for entry into Benin's territorial waters is a form that must be completed online and sent to the Director of the port of call at least 72 hours before the vessel arrives.

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