The Critical Maritime Routes Programme is currently implemented in 40 countries in the Gulf of Guinea, Western Indian Ocean and Wider Indian Ocean.

The Critical Maritime Routes Programme is composed of six projects. Three of these projects – CRIMSON, CRIMARIO and GoGIN- are currently ongoing, while the other three  – CRIMGO, CRIMLEA and MARSIC – are concluded.


CMR Monitoring, Support and Evaluation Mechanism


CMR Indian Ocean


Gulf of Guinea Inter-regional Network


Improving Port Security in West and Central Africa


Law enforcement capacity building in East Africa
2010/2017 – finished


CMR Gulf of Guinea
2013/2016 – finished


CMR Western Indian Ocean
2010/2015 – finished

EU Financing

The Critical Maritime Routes Programme is financed by the European Union for an amount of 40.4 million euros over a period of 12 years.

The following chart shows the budget distribution of the Critical Maritime Routes Programme per project:

  • CRIMARIO - 5,5 M. Euro - 13,6%
  • CRIMLEA - 3,6 M. Euro - 8,9%
  • GoGIN - 9.3 M. Euro - 23%
  • CRIMSON - 3 M. Euro - 7,4%
  • CRIMGO - 4,5 M. Euro - 11,1%
  • MARSIC - 6 M. Euro - 14,8%
  • WeCAPS - 8,5 M Euro - 21%

Non-CMR maritime security actions

Among the several important actions sponsored by the EU (which can be found in the EU Mapping Datasheet), six initiatives, which share similar general objectives of the CMR, are worth to be highlighted.

These actions are:

  1. SWAIMS, Support to West Africa Integrated Maritime Security
  2. MASE, the regional Maritime Security Programme in the EA-IO region
  3. Operation ATALANTA, launched within the framework of the EU Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP)
  4. EUCAP Nestor, a civilian CSDP mission supported by military expertise, renamed EUCAP Somalia in 2016
  5. SMTS, the Support to the Maritime Transport Sector
  6. PMAR, The Piracy, Maritime Awareness & Risks research carried out by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

Click here  to discover the six non-CMR actions