From 13 to 17 November 2017, ten operational specialists of Kenya were trained on PELAGUS software, aimed at managing a National AIS network. This capacity building exercise is part of the CRIMARIO technical assistance provided for Kenya in order to implement their national AIS network. It was coordinated by David Nattrass, CRIMARIO Information Sharing component manager.

PELAGUS software, developed by Elman S.R.L, allows to collect, process, store, display and distribute data originating from multiple data sources and sensors related to vessel tracks and, more in general, maritime data. The flexible web user interface of PELAGUS assists the operators in the monitoring and management of the maritime traffic helping in identifying the relevant events. More about Pelagus software.

During the 1 week course, experts from Elman delivered an in depth presentation on how to use the web based graphical interface with various modules: data integration, Web GIS, event notification, user access control. Participants learned how to use the software from case studies in other regions and included modules on hardware maintenance and operation.

The ten specialists belong to three main Kenya maritime agencies: KMA (Kenya Maritime Authority), KPA (Kenya Port Authority) and Kenya Navy. On their return to Kenya, they will participate actively in the implementation of the national AIS network; to complement the existing equipment, CRIMARIO is providing one server with PELAGUS software and 4 transponders and antenna with associated networking equipment.

This will provide the core system for an improved Kenya AIS network with improved potential for interagency cooperation, which in turn will enhance Maritime Situational Awareness.