Monthly Archives: July 2016

Ghana News Agency: Stakeholders end training in Maritime Safety and Security


The European Union (EU), with support of the Critical Maritime Route project for Gulf of Guinea (CRIMGO) and the Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Accra has organised an eight-week course for stakeholders in the maritime industry.

The course was designed for the mid-managers to address issues including maritime regulations, prosecution of illegal activities, and fair governance of the maritime domain.

The programme attracted participants from seven coastal countries of the Gulf of Guinea – Ghana, Benin, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, and Togo.Participants were taken through various courses on maritime security and were presented with certificates.

The courses, developed by CRIMGO, aim to develop common skills among the various agencies involved in maritime safety and security around the Gulf of Guinea.

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EUNAVFOR welcomes conviction of armed pirates who terrorised seafarers off the coasts of Somalia


The European Union’s counter-piracy EU Naval Force has welcomed the conviction on 14 July of twelve men after they were found guilty by the Mauritian Court of attempting to carry out an act of piracy against a merchant ship, MSC Jasmine, on 5 January 2013.

The successful conviction came after prosecution lawyers in the Republic of Mauritius challenged an earlier court ruling in November 2014 that had found the men not guilty of attacking the Cypriot container ship as it transited south in the Indian Ocean.

This was the first piracy trial held by the Mauritian Court after a transfer agreement, that enables those suspected of committing an act of piracy off the coast of Somalia to be transferred to the island nation for prosecution, was signed between the European Union and the Mauritian Government in July 2011.

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CRIMGO training session graduation ceremony in Regional Maritime University in Accra


Between May and July 2016, the Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Accra, supported by the EU CRIMGO project, has delivered an eight-week training to 18 mid-managers and operators from seven coastal countries of the Gulf of Guinea (Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe and Togo).

The curricula developed by the CRIMGO team for these training sessions, recently approved by ECCAS as a main element in the regional capacity building strategy for maritime safety and security, will remain in the hands of RMU and full autonomous sessions will be proposed in 2017 to all the states in the Gulf of Guinea and regional centres for military and civil servants as well as to private sector candidates.

This training session was the third and the last one developed in the framework of the partnership between CRIMGO and the RMU. The graduation ceremony took place at the University on 14 July, co-chaired by Ambassador William Hanna, head of the European Union Delegation in Ghana, Dr Gibril Jaw, RMU Pro Vice-Chancellor and VADM Jean-Pierre Labonne, CRIMGO Team Leader.

Another training session is planned between August and October 2016 at the Institut de sécurité maritime interregional (ISMI) at the Académie régionale de sciences et sécurité de la mer (ARSTM) in Abidjan. As in the case of the RMU, the ARSTM will be handed over the curricula devised by CRIMGO, to be utilised also after October 2016, date of the end of the project.

Between 2013 and the end of 2016, the two regional maritime universities (with the support of the EU) will have trained 185 delegates. This new capacity is clearly a successful symbol of the Yaoundé process spirit and a reference point for the other regional initiatives.

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