CRIMARIO continues its activities
The last couple of months has seen CRIMARIO engage in a process of planning as the project works towards developing a future governance strategy for its IORIS platform, coupled with its initiative to develop its SHARE.IT interoperability framework with key partners, especially the Indo-Pacific Information Fusion Centres. Enabling partners to understand the benefits of utilizing a common information-sharing platform linked to other bespoke platforms, to provide enhanced operating pictures is key to its success.
In this context, CRIMARIO II organized its first regional command-post exercise in the Western Indian Ocean with the Indian Ocean Commission taking the lead. The exercise CRIMASREX, saw the participation of 17 agencies from 7 countries as well as EU NAVFOR Atalanta, and covered search and rescue, and health incidents at sea, using IORIS as the prime information exchange and maritime coordination tool.
Meanwhile, in South Asia, CRIMARIO also organised its first lessons learnt webinar with the NMF addressing marine oil pollution incidents at sea. In Southeast Asia, CRIMARIO continues to support the US Navy 7th Fleet series of CARAT exercises. In other activity, CRIMARIO’s IORIS trainers continue to provide courses to those Indo-Pacific countries willing to join the growing IORIS club.
Tuesdays Second Chance with NMF A new edition of Tuesdays Second Chance was organized in association with National Maritime Foundation (NMF) for South Asia target audiences on 28 September. This edition covered oil spill case studies introduced by Dr Saurabh Thakur (NMF Associate Fellow) and Andrew Mallia (CRIMARIO Law Enforcement expert). Discussions with participants explored different responsibilities and cooperation strategies at regional level to both prepare for and mitigate such serious accidents. Link to the recording
The CRIMARIO-MASE Regional Maritime Exercise (CRIMASREX 21/1) The CRIMARIO-MASE Regional Maritime Exercise (CRIMASREX 21/1) debrief took place on 30 September 2021 with representatives from 17 participating agencies, belonging to 7 countries of the Western Indian Ocean. Participants reported on the positive outcome and lessons learnt, from the exercise, organised by the CRIMARIO project in collaboration with the MASE programme, which is implemented by the Indian Ocean Commission and funded by the European Union. Read more
New team members To support the deployment of the IORIS platform and the development of an expanded network of users, the CRIMARIO project has strengthened its team of experts. The current pool of trainers, under the coordination of Glen Forbes, includes, Alexandru Chiric, Björn Beirens, Patrick Rakotondravao, Ronny Matatiken. In the forthcoming weeks, Arabic speaking trainers will join the team. The core team now includes 11 experts under the leadership of Martin Cauchi-Inglott, Project Director. Read more