Africa and the EU

Analysing maritime incidents for better surveillance at sea

30/05/2019 - 10:17
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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 inter-agency coordination, including training on maritime data analysis.

During last week's training, participants learned the alert warning process, basics of maritime intelligence and deepened their knowledge in law of the sea, oil and gas offshore installations, and practiced with simulation exercises. As a result, trainees are prepared to analyse, synthesise and brief their authorities on decisions to be undertaken.


The EU CRIMARIO project has designed a complete training programme on maritime data analysis for the specialized staff of civilian and military agencies involved in the action of State at sea. The full cycle breaks down into six sessions on data visualisation and three on data analysis. These training cycles equip trainers on visualisation and analysts acquire trainer skills, which will further facilitate knowledge and practice updates.


Kenyan attendees to the training were drawn from the main agencies involved in maritime surveillance: Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Kenya Fisheries Service, Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Kenya Navy, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Wildlife Service and Ministry of Interior.


In addition, IORIS, the web platform for maritime information sharing and incident management at sea was introduced to the participants; the tool already equips the Kenya Navy, KMA and KPA and will be used by the Joint Operations Centre, recently set up within Mombasa Port. At the regional level, IORIS supports the two regional centres covering the ESA-IO region (Eastern and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean): RMIFC based in Madagascar and RCOC based in Seychelles.


Finally, the Automatic Identification System (AIS) network of Kenya will benefit from equipment provision, installation and maintenance provided by EU CRIMARIO.



  • For more information on EU CRIMARIO, visit the website
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