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Piracy, maritime awareness and risks

As one of the EU initiatives to ensure maritime security and counter piracy, the JRC helps African authorities – in the context of the Piracy, Maritime Awareness and Risks - Maritime Security (PMAR-MASE) project – to build up their own capacities for maritime awareness. Maritime awareness allows them to know what is happening at sea and recognise threats in time; the Blue Hub was used to develop an experimental system with state-of-the-art software providing Maritime Situational Awareness.

PMAR-MASE: Supporting operations centres off East Africa

LATEST: During a visit to the region from 31 August - 9 September 2015, the attached Status Update.pdf and Monthly Ship Density Maps.pdf were presented to users in the two operational centres in Mombasa and the Seychelles, as well as to members of the interministerial committee responsible for establishing the Regional Information Fusion Centre (RIFC) in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The PMAR-MASE project aimed at capacity building for maritime security and counter-piracy in the Eastern and Southern African / Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) region. It focuses on familiarisation with Maritime Situational Awareness. It provides the ship traffic picture off East Africa, in real-time and as monthly statistics, for one year to two operational centres: the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (RMRCC) of the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) in Mombasa, Kenya; and the Anti-Piracy Unit of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) in the Seychelles. The ship traffic picture is mostly based on automatic ship reporting data from the AIS and LRIT systems, complemented by imagery from earth observation satellites. The project runs for 15 months, between July 2014 and October 2015. Beyond the two operational centres, the results should benefit the entire region.

Contracting Authority: Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)

Funding: European Union - EuropeAid 10th European Development Fund

Envelope program: Programme to promote Regional Maritime Security (MASE)

The attached presentation of the project was given on 1 April 2015 at a meeting of the National Focal Points of the EU-funded MASE program for maritime security in the Eastern-Southern Africa / Indian Ocean region. The meeting was organised by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) who implement “Results 4 and 5” of the MASE program, and the audience consisted of representatives from Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoros, La Réunion, Djibouti and Somalia plus regional organisations IGAD, COMESA, EAC, EASF, ECCAS and the African Union. The EU was represented by the EU Delegation Mauritius, EUNAVFOR and the JRC.