IORIS, the web-based platform for information sharing and incident management at sea, is operational from 1st July 2018.

A specific curriculum has been designed by EU CRIMARIO in order to both have a pool of trainers and skilled teams in the partner organisations and countries, able to use and master IORIS platform on a daily basis.

IORIS learning curriculum

The learning curriculum is organized according different qualification levels:

⇒ Basic individual qualification: user is introduced to all commands and functionalities of the system.

⇒ Intermediate team qualification: this qualification is gained by the whole team when each team member has gained its individual qualification. At least one team member must be an IORIS admin.

⇒ Advanced team qualification: The advanced qualification is reached when the team has demonstrated his ability to handle a situation where team working is compelling to solve all problems and reach a satisfactory solution.

⇒ Trainer: Trainers can teach basic individual qualification and are also admin.

Intermediate and advanced qualifications are delivered by CRIMARIO team, while the basic qualification is delivered by the trainers.

Train the trainer, at the core

The learning curriculum started by training a first pool of trainers, able to deliver basic individual qualification in their organisation and/or country.

The first train the trainer session was organized in Seychelles on April 2018 for 16 participants, and delivered by Polymorph Ltd, the IT company who developed the platform. The participants received the user handbook, explaining all the functionalities; after this session, they have been mentored by the two CRIMARIO component managers, Olivier Bézier (training component) and David Nattrass (information sharing component).

This pool of trainers is coming from Kenya (KMA, KPA and Navy), Madagascar (RMIFC), Mauritius (Coast Guard), and Seychelles (RCOC, DRDM, Coast Guard, NISCC).

Basic sessions have started

This pool of trainers, under the mentoring of CRIMARIO experts, have already conducted basic level sessions:

⇒ Madagascar (9-11 July 2018), 14 participants of Madagascar were trained by the trainer of RMIFC, with the mentoring of Olivier Bézier. Most of the participants are working together within the RMIFC as well as in Police, Navy, etc.

⇒ Kenya (12-13 September 2018): the three trainers – from KMA, KPA and Kenya Navy – under the mentoring of David Nattrass delivered a 2 day course to 12 participants from Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Navy, Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Ferry Service, and NEMA – National Environment Management Authority.

⇒ Mauritius (19-20 September 2018): The 3 trainers (trained in Seychelles in April) – 2 from the Police Department National Coast Guard and 1 from Maritime Shipping Division – delivered a 2 day course to 10 students participating from Police Department National Coast Guard, Maritime Shipping Division, and Mauritius Radio. Under the mentoring of David Nattrass the trainers were briefed on the latest IORIS updates.

Those basic level sessions will be enlarged to the countries participating to Cutlass Express 2019 (CE19), under the coordination of  US Africom and US Naval Forces Africa: Comoros, Djibouti, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania. The sessions will be organized by end of December 2018, before CE19 event scheduled in February 2019. IORIS will be used as the joint platform for conducting the exercises.

Intermediate and advanced sessions

A first intermediate level session has been organized in Seychelles for the whole RCOC team, under the direction of Olivier Bézier (21-24 May 2018). The RCOC team has gained the qualification and is able to use IORIS on permanent basis.

Intermediate and advanced training sessions, delivered by CRIMARIO experts, are scheduled in the coming months to Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Those sessions are organized around simulation exercises that enable to use efficiently all the functionalities offered by IORIS.

A multilingual platform

The IORIS platform is currently available in English and French; translations are ongoing in Arabic, Portuguese and Somali.