The Mozambique channel: an emerging maritime security hotspot

The waters off Mozambique are becoming a major security hotspot in the Western Indian Ocean. On 24 March, militants linked to the Al Sunna group orchestrated a bloody ambush in the coastal town of Palma, in Cabo Delgado province. During the attack, dozens of foreign contract workers and locals were besieged at the Amarula Palma Hotel, while…

Piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Africa: EU and global impact

The in-depth analysis elaborated by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) was divulgated at the occasion of the High-Level Conference on Oceans that took place in Brussels on 19 March 2019. The paper addresses the most pressing challenges in relation to maritime security: piracy and armed robbery at sea. Africa is particularly vulnerable to these…

Inauguration of IORIS, the information sharing platform developed by CRIMARIO

The official launch of IORIS took place at the Eden Blue Hotel in Mahé, Seychelles, in the morning of 4 September. During the launch, CRIMARIO experts provided a thorough description and explanation of the creation, development and use of the IORIS platform. Initiated by CRIMARIO, the new secure information sharing and incident management tool will…

Presentation of the Report ”EU Maritime Security Programming: a mapping and technical review of past and present EU initiatives”

On behalf of DG DEVCO B5 the CRIMSON project organised on 21 June, in Brussels, the presentation of the Report ‘’EU Maritime Security Programming: a mapping and technical review of past and present EU initiatives’’. The study, developed in the framework of CRIMSON, aimed to acquire information on past and existing EU and non-EU initiatives…

CRIMARIO trains Kenyan and Malagasy participants on how to visualise the events at sea

The development of the blue economy requires the control of crimes and incidents at sea. As a response, the EU CRIMARIO project advocates regional cooperation and interagency coordination, which are illustrated by this new training session dedicated to maritime data visualisation for 18 participants of Kenya and Madagascar (12-23 February 2018 in Mombasa). Data visualisation…

CRIMARIO: New Training Session on Data Analysis in Madagascar

CRIMARIO, in collaboration with the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC), continues the implementation of the training courses on maritime data visualisation and analysis. After a course on maritime culture, from 11 to 22 September 2017, 31 specialists from Comoros and Madagascar were introduced to the methodology of analysis in Antananarivo. The participants had different…

CRIMARIO in the news: Towards an India-EU Security Partnership in the Indian Ocean

Europeans and Indians are both working towards similar objectives, including a rules-based order, cooperative multilateralism, and sustainable growth and stability in the Indian Ocean region. This article explains how the EU and India should move towards high-level strategic convergence, mentioning the CRIMARIO project. According to the article, Indian and European navies have operated side by…

CRIMARIO and CRIMLEA on the CGPCS Newsletter

In its March newsletter, the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) reserved a great space to two CMR projects, CRIMARIO and CRIMLEA. The CGPCS is an international governance mechanism established in 2009 to facilitate the discussion and coordination of actions among states and organizations to suppress Somali piracy, hence sharing its…