Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and France together for a Tabletop / Command Post Exercise

CRIMARIO organised seventeen exercises in 2023, enhancing partners’ collective response capabilities and operational readiness in various maritime scenarios. Building on this success and understanding, CRIMARIO organised a virtual maritime domain awareness exercise in Latin America from 18 to 22 March of this year. The Tabletop / Command Post Exercise involved Colombia (Navy, Pacific and Caribbean Commands), Ecuador (Coastguard, Navy), France (Navy, Pacific command), and Peru (Coastguard) and...

2nd IORIS Steering Committee meeting, Colombo, 5-7 March 2024

More than 100 senior officials and representatives from over 60 agencies and authorities across the Indo-Pacific region, together with other regional actors, convened in Colombo from 5-7 March 2024 to consolidate and enhance the governance of IORIS, the Indo-Pacific regional information sharing platform designed to facilitate coordination and exchange of information to respond effectively to maritime security threats and support sustainable fisheries. Over the three days, participants...

Navies, authorities and agencies and from Bangladesh, the Maldives and Sri Lanka attend Regional IORIS Standard Operation Procedure workshop

Between the 5 and the 9 of February, 2024 CRIMARIO II instructors, including CRIMARIO’s Regional Representative Admiral (Ret’d) Piyal De Silva, former Commander of the Navy, organised a regional SOP workshop in Sri Lanka, which was attended by officers from the Sri Lanka Navy, the Coast Guard, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, as well as officers from the Bangladesh Navy, the Maldivian National Defence Force and the Maldivian Transport and Civil Aviation Department. The three...

Peer learning in Mozambique for safety and security at sea

Peer learning provides an opportunity for participants to share and discuss diverse perspectives, for a more well-rounded understanding of a topic. Moreover, the process facilitates collaboration and teamwork and helps build valuable skills, much needed when one operates out at sea. CRIMARIO values peer learning and each year instructors and country representatives offer Train-the-Trainer workshops in different countries of the Indo-Pacific. At the beginning of February, an IORIS workshop was...

Enhancing connectivity and interoperability around the Horn of Africa through IORIS

Pirate Action Groups (PAG) operating in and around the Horn of Africa and the Somali Basin are once again back in the spotlight following recent incidents such as the hijacking of the MV RUEN, the unlawful boarding of the MV Lila Norfolk, and the confirmed hijacking/seizures of other vessels in the region. Though CRIMARIO offers no silver bullet, it has in recent years supported coastal States enhance maritime situational awareness by providing IORIS, a neutral and secure EU funded common...

CRIMARIO at the Indo Pacific Ministerial Forum

The EU funded CRIMARIO project was mentioned as an example of concrete cooperation between authorities and agencies in the maritime domain during the Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum, which was held in Brussels on the 2 of February. The Indo -Pacific Ministerial Forum is an annual high-level meeting, now in its third edition, aiming at further enhancing the partnerships between the EU and the countries of the Indo-Pacific. Chaired by Josep Borrell Fontelles, the EU High Representative for...


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To enhance information exchange and analysis, and strengthen inter-agency cooperation in the Indo Pacific region, the CRIMARIO II project has developed an information sharing tool named IORIS and a framework to link existing information exchange systems named SHARE.IT, both available to all maritime agencies in the Indo Pacific region.
The project also organises training courses on law enforcement and maritime safety, as well as exercises to practice inter-agency work cooperation at regional and national levels.


The Indo Pacific Regional Information Sharing (IORIS) platform is a secure and neutral, web-based, maritime coordination and information-sharing tool for national and regional multi-agency use.


SHARE.IT was developed within the project to link existing information – exchange systems, and in this way facilitate the exchange of information and data among different Centres in a structured, secure and sustainable manner.

Maritime Safety and Security Training

The development of the blue economy requires the control of crimes and incidents at sea. In response, the CRIMARIO II project advocates regional cooperation and inter-agency coordination and offers its partners in the Indo-Pacific the option to receive tailor-made training packages, designed to meet the specific needs of individual countries.


Exercises are perhaps the most powerful training tool available to prepare personnel, administrations and governments to confront the vast spectrum of maritime safety and security challenges, in today’s complex world.



Mission and objectives


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