Grand Africa Nemo 2022: the fundamental role of the YARIS platform in the Gulf of Guinea

The 2022 edition of the multinational maritime exercise Grand Africa Nemo (GANO 22) took place between 11 and 16 October 2022. The exercise, organised by the French Navy, the two Regional Centres for Maritime Security in West and Central Africa (CRESMAO and CRESMAC) and involving 17 of the 19 countries bordering the Gulf of Guinea…

GOG-MCF/SHADE: a new forum to galvanise efforts against maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea

On 14 July 2021, the first plenary of “The Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum and Shared Awareness and De-confliction” (GoG-MCF/SHADE) took place online, organised by Nigeria and the Interregional Coordination Centre (ICC). The meeting benefitted from the participation of IMO, regional and international navies, the international shipping industry, and other maritime stakeholders in the…

CMR Newsletter#5 January-April 2021: GoGIN

Presentation of YARIS to partners and upcoming activities for 2021 Since the beginning of January, the GoGIN team has been entirely focused on the training activities on the YARIS platform for the maritime centres in the Gulf of Guinea, organising remote introductory training sessions on the use of the system. In February, the team held…

CMR Newsletter #5 January-April 2021: CRIMARIO

CRIMARIO to commence its activities Now that the CRIMARIO Inception Phase is drawing to a close, the Team will be forwarding its report to the European Commission together with a consolidated Action Plan of proposed activities with a focus on enabling beneficiary partners improve maritime governance in the Western Indian Ocean, South Asia and Southeast…

Preventing ecological disasters through information sharing: the Mauritius oil spill

On 25 July 2020, the bulk carrier MV Wakashio, en route from Japan to Brazil, ran aground on a reef at Pointe d’Esny on the south-eastern coast of Mauritius. Although not carrying any cargo, the vessel was transporting more than 4100 tonnes of oil which, after the collision with the reef, began leaking into the…

Dakar hosts an international meeting on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea

On 9 and 10 April, after more than two years of implementation, GoGIN brings together its stakeholders in Dakar to take stock of the project’s results and to discuss an action plan for the next two years. On this occasion, the representatives of 27 maritime centres of 19 coastal countries of the Economic Community of…

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…

2018 Global Maritime Crime Programme Report

The 2018 Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) Report highlights the UNODC’s recent efforts in tackling the activities of transnational organised crime at sea in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Indo-Pacific Ocean regions. These crimes are not limited to piracy and armed robbery at sea, but they also include human smuggling, drug-trafficking and terrorist activities.…

GoGIN in the news: Improving Maritime Governance and Communication to Fight Insecurity and Threats in the Gulf of Guinea

At the closing ceremony for the first GoGIN In-Crisis Communication Course for English speaking countries at the Regional Maritime University (RMU), in Accra, the European Union Ambassador to Ghana, Ms. Diana Acconcia stressed how much maritime governance is needed to improve the blue economy as well as coordination of efforts to fight maritime insecurity and…

Somalia will not sign deal to increase security the Indian Ocean together with Kenya

On 26 November, Kenya signed a security pact with France, Madagascar, Seychelles and Djibouti to share intelligence and strengthen maritime security in the Indian Ocean. On the sidelines of the Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenyan Defence secretary seized the opportunity to announce that Tanzania and Somalia were about to sign the deal as well.…