In Kenya, CRIMARIO trains how to visualise the events at seaby Isabelle Gachie Vinson 1 March 2018
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 interagency coordination, which are illustrated by this new training session dedicated to maritime data visualisation for 18 participants of Kenya and Madagascar (12-23 February 2018 in Mombasa). Data visualisation associated with data analysis contribute to know what is happening at sea.
The EU CRIMARIO project has designed a complete training programme on maritime data processing (MDP) for the specialized staff of civilian and military agencies involved in the action of State at sea. A first cycle was delivered in 2017 to Comoros and Madagascar, breaking down into six sessions on data visualisation and three on data analysis. As a result of this cycle, trainers on visualisation and analysts have acquired trainer skills, which will further facilitate knowledge and practice updates.
Kenya is welcoming this complete programme in 2018. The first session (MDP3 training), organised from 12 to 23 February 2018 in Mombasa, focused on maritime data visualisation (level 1). First of all, participants learned how to extract data provided by AIS sources (AIS or Automatic Identification System is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships, AIS base stations, and satellites). They also learned how to use a free and online geographic information system (GIS) application that provides data viewing and editing.
The participants who successfully completed the test, will attend the next training session organized from 26 March to 6 April in Mombasa, to deepen the usages of these tools and discover others.
Kenya attendees belong to the main agencies involved in the surveillance of maritime domain: Fisheries Service, KMA (Kenya Maritime Authority), KPA (Kenya Port Authority), Navy, Police, Wildlife Service. In addition three participants from Madagascar working at RMIFC (Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre), Secretary of State at Sea and APMF (Port Authority).
More about the CRIMARIO training programme.