Building on the achievements of MARSIC, the EU Critical Maritime Route Wider Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO) project was launched in 2015 to improve maritime security and safety in the Wider Indian Ocean, with a particular focus on selected countries and archipelagos in East Africa.
CRIMARIO aims to support countries in the region to enhance their Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA), i.e. the sharing and fusion of data from various sources to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the maritime domain and to promote its security and safety.
The project also seeks to promote cooperation, coordination and interoperability of different information sharing centres based across the region, in particular through the organisation of joint events, trainings and capacity-building exercises.
Since 2015, CRIMARIO has implemented a range of initiatives to achieve its objectives. These include the launch of a web-based information sharing and incident management network (IORIS), as well as tailor-made training and capacity building workshops.
The second phase of the project (CRIMARIO II), which started in April 2020, expanded the geographical scope of the action to all Indian Ocean rim countries as well as South East Asia. Moreover, two additional components focusing on communication among law enforcement agencies and judiciary at national, international and regional level and compliance with international regulations were added. These two additional components are implemented only in South and Southeast Asia.
CRIMARIO is managed by Expertise France and will run until April 2024.