CRIMARIO, Critical Maritime Routes Indo-Pacific
The European Union (EU)’s maritime capacity building initiative CRIMARIO I, established between 2015 to 2019, contributed to enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) through information sharing, capacity building and training, in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). This was achieved through the development of the IORIS platform, a maritime coordination and communications tool for the region, coupled to extensive training programmes on maritime data processing.
Since CRIMARIO I was a success, the EU decided to extend the project’s geographical reach with the ambition of inter-connecting the Indo-Pacific through CRIMARIO II (2020-2024), also implementing law enforcement capacity building activities. This supports the EU’s recently promulgated Indo-Pacific strategy where the Union is underlining its role as a global maritime security provider, to promote an open and rules-based regional maritime architecture.
CRIMARIO II is a four-year EU funded project, with a budget of EUR 7.5 million (May 2020-April 2024), and implemented by Expertise France.
Collaborating with the Maritime Domain Initiatives
CRIMARIO II was established to pursue two main objectives: (1) enhancing information exchange and analysis, and crisis/incident management; (2) strengthening inter-agency cooperation in maritime surveillance, policing, investigation and judicial matters.
After a preliminary inception phase, CRIMARIO II developed its 3-year Work Plan in close collaboration with EU bodies and potential partners. In fact, CRIMARIO II’s collaborative approach will focus on enhancing cooperation and complementarity with regional Information Fusion centres (IFCs), national maritime operations centres (MOC), national maritime information sharing centres / joint operations centres (NMISC / JOC), regional actors (IMO/DCOC, UNODC, IOC, ASEAN, IORA, RECAAP), fora (such as IONS) and third countries active in the Indo-Pacific (EU Members States and EU partners such as India, Japan, USA, Australia). In this context, CRIMARIO II will continue to engage with its traditional partners and seek to build new partnerships with countries in South and Southeast Asia.