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.…

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…

The 2017 Ocean Beyond Piracy Report

The Ocean Beyond Piracy Report 2017 has been released on 23 May 2018 and offers a comprehensive assessment of the economic and human costs of piracy in East Africa, West Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Report shows that, despite the actions taken to counter piracy, it still poses a serious threat…

East Africa: New Maritime Security Agreements Between Indian Ocean Countries

According to this AllAfrica article, four agreements pertaining to enhanced state coordination for maritime security in the western Indian Ocean were signed during a ministerial conference hosted by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the government of Mauritius, with the support of the European Union, an observer member of the IOC. The event was convened…

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…