CRIMARIO trains trainers on maritime data processingby Isabelle Gachie Vinson 22 June 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 today in Mombasa by the Train the Trainer session dedicated to maritime data visualisation for 9 participants of Kenya and Madagascar (4-22 June 2018, Sarova Whitesands hotel).
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. 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 third session (MDP6 training), organised from 4 to 22 June 2018 in Mombasa, focused on training trainers on maritime data visualisation. During the first week, participants learned how to design and lead a training course for adults under the guidance of a lecturer specialised in adult education. During the second and third weeks, they deepened their skills in managing and querying large databases under the guidance of two lecturers from the Czech Technical University. They applied their knowledge to spatial databases of maritime interest for identifying and/or visualising any suspect behaviour at sea.
This third session was attended by the 9 participants who successfully completed the test following the two first sessions. After the 3 weeks of classes, five of them have been awarded as certified trainers.
Kenya attendees belong to the main agencies involved in the surveillance of maritime domain: Fisheries Service, KMA (Kenya Maritime Authority), Navy, Revenue Authority and Ministry of Interior. In addition three participants from Madagascar working at RMIFC (Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre), Secretary of State at Sea and APMF (Port Authority).