A flexible approach…
After the positive experience of gathering people from the region in a single country, CRIMARIO is now proposing to train people in their home countries or in regional centres. This approach allows especially to:
⇒ Add flexibility in the content of each course tailored for each country and/or centre needs;
⇒ Direct involvement from the beneficiary country and/or centre in the preparation and the execution of the course;
⇒ Conduct longer courses, as always expressed since long time by the attendees (and the lecturers).
A set of seven courses on “Visualisation of maritime oriented data” and “Analysis of maritime oriented data” is proposed to each country. In addition, incident management exercices are organized on demand. Since Spring 2018, a learning curriculum for the IORIS platform is also available.
This approach has been proposed to the two hosting countries of the new regional maritime centres, i.e. the RMIFC (Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre) hosted in Madagascar and the RCOC (Regional Coordination Operational Centre) hosted in Seychelles. This training offer is also be opened to all administrations/ agencies involved in the action of State at sea in those two hosting countries as well as in the other partner countries of EU CRIMARIO. A first complete cycle has been already achieved for Comoros, Kenya and Madagascar and has started for Seychelles and Mauritius.
…focused on maritime data processing
Content of sessions
There are two main curricula available since 2015, which aim at training public servants in following domains:
⇒ Visualisation. This course aims to provide all the necessary skills to extract (from a file, from the Internet, from a database, etc.), clean, format, enrich and present data of maritime interest (on a spreadsheet, a graph, a map, a geographic information system). (3 on-site courses – 2 weeks, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, and 2 distance-learning courses of one month each).
⇒ Analysis. This course aims to provide all the necessary knowledge to become a competent maritime sector analyst. The analyst transforms data prepared by the visualisation specialist into value added information useful for decision-making. The participants are trained to make assumptions to explain facts or trends, and to undertake necessary examination and / or investigations in order to verify or invalidate their assumptions. Thereafter, they are trained in predictive monitoring methods (definition and implementation of indicators and rules of interpretation) in order to acquire the capacity to carry out a strategic analysis. Finally, during the whole training, they acquire in-depth knowledge of the maritime domain in particular in the areas key to the role of an analyst (3 on-site courses – 2 weeks, 2 weeks, 3 weeks).
⇒ A learning curriculum for the IORIS platform is available since Spring 2018. See the detailed factsheet.
⇒ There are also courses that are not part of a curriculum, the first being courses for international liaison officers in maritime operations centers (fusion of information, operational coordination, conduct of operations). These courses will be a proposal for a regional grouping if the number of interested countries is sufficient.
Organisation of sessions
EU CRIMARIO shall bear the preparation and conduct of training courses, including interpreting service when needed. Most of the beneficiary country’s contribution is the provision of a classroom and the gathering of trainees.
The focal point of the beneficiary country shall designate the trainees for each course, and EU CRIMARIO subjects them to an online entrance test (Internet) for group lessons. Those failing a test will not be allowed to take the course (but may retake the test). Display the detailed agenda of courses.
Students will be graded and tested by EU CRIMARIO after each group lessons, the results will be communicated to the beneficiary countries and interested. The staff who passed the test and then followed the consolidation correspondence, will be awarded a certificate of achievement specifically detailing the acquired knowledge.
The simulation exercises proposed by CRIMARIO aim to promote inter-agency coordination and regional cooperation related to the action of the State at sea, needed to achieve mastery of the maritime domain security.
They consist of tabletop exercises lasting from 12 to 96 hours led by a team of animators from CRIMARIO, remotely by Internet (IORIS) and telephone or on-site in the recipient country. The centres or teams participating in the exercise react to a hypothetical operational situation created by the hosts, which could include a major marine pollution by hydrocarbons, piracy and maritime terrorism, human trafficking, or drug trafficking for example. They then generate a comprehensive debriefing, in writing.