Monthly Archives: September 2016

IMO World Maritime Day 2016

On 29 September, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) celebrated the World Maritime Day 2016. The theme “Shipping: indispensable to the world” selected for the event was chosen to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the role of IMO as the global regulatory body for international shipping. The importance of shipping to support and sustain today’s global society gives IMO’s work a significance that reaches far beyond the industry itself.

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), around 80 per cent of global trade by volume and over 70 per cent of global trade by value are carried by sea and are handled by ports worldwide. These shares are even higher in the case of most developing countries. Without shipping the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world would not be possible.

The Parallel event of the World Maritime Day will be held in Istanbul on 4-6 November. For more information please visit

EU CRIMARIO: Crisis Management Exercise against oil spilling in Seychelles

Crisis management exercises are regularly conducted by Seychelles maritime authorities, with the support of international organisations, namely European Union. The European Union is particularly involved in strengthening the maritime security in the Indian Ocean with EUNAVFOR Atalanta operation (European Navy vessels patrolling and monitoring the IO waters), and the Critical Maritime Routes programme, including the EU CRIMARIO project.

In collaboration with CRIMARIO, Seychelles authorities have organised a crisis management exercise, simulating an oil spill pollution in Seychellois waters. Following this crisis scenario both animation and coordination cells activated the national contingency plan. Several agencies participated to the simulation: DRDM (Division of Risk and Disaster Management), SMSA (Seychelles Maritime Security Administration), Coast guard, Port Authority, Ministry of Environment, Fishery, Seypec, Vessel charter, etc. At the end of the exercise, a debriefing was conducted to identify possible avenues for enhancement and to further update the national urgency plan. This table-top exercise benefited from the expertise of Cedre, a French organisation specialised in response to accidental water pollution, of French Navy and Italian Coast Guard.


For further information about the CRIMARIO project, visit Twitter, LinkedIn and the CMR website.


CRIMARIO-IMO meeting to enhance cooperation in East African waters

Further cooperation on maritime security in the western Indian Ocean area was discussed between members of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretariat and staff from the EU Critical Maritime Routes Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO).

The talk focused on cooperation with Member States to enhance information sharing in the region.

They also discussed an EU-funded project to develop an Indian Ocean regional information sharing and crisis management network (IORIS-CMN).

In addition, maritime security and maritime law enforcement beyond the Djibouti Code of Conduct and joint IMO/EU support to maritime security training in the region were highlighted during the meeting.

See “What’s New” on IMO website.

EMSA publishes the new “Pollution Response Services” brochure

On 14 September, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) published its new “Pollution Response Services – Supporting Pollution Response for Cleaner European Seas” brochure.

EMSA offers a range of services to help coastal States around Europe respond quickly, effectively and efficiently to marine pollution from ships and oil and gas installations. The services offered can be described as a ‘toolbox’ from which requesting States can pick and choose the response means most suitable to their immediate needs. By developing these services at EU level, EMSA aims to complement and top up the response resources available at national and regional level through targeted cost effective and efficient support.

EMSA makes sure that these services remain operationally ready and organises their mobilisation at short notice when requested. Once activated, the specific services come under the control and responsibility of the requesting party.

Third Annual Reunion of the High Council for the Sea in Togo

On 25 August 2016, the Third Annual Reunion of the High Council for the Sea (HCM) took place in Lome. The HCM is an organisation which aims at developing a response to coordinate the services in the Togolese maritime domain and answer to the need of the society (and of the market) in terms of security, environmental and economical issues.

This reunion was an occasion to make the point of the maritime security situation in Togo before the Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa to be held in October 2016 in Lome.

According to the Prime Minister and the Councillor for the Sea, Togo owns a dissuasive security arsenal operating in its territorial waters. Nevertheless, it is sensible to say that more still needs to be done to secure Togolese waters and preserve the security of the Lome Port, a fundamental economic asset not only for Togo itself but also for the neighbouring landlocked countries.

For more information on the Third HCM, please follow this link.

EU CRIMARIO on Social Media – Twitter and LinkedIn


The social networks are the best way to enhance the visibility of project activities and relay information related to maritime security issues. The EU CRIMARIO Project has opened new accounts on the two of the most visited social media: Twitter and LinkedIn. The two pages will allow the readers to be updated with the progresses of the project in the region and with its coming activities.


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