CMR Gulf of Guinea (CRIMGO) is aiming at complementing and reinforcing regional or international initiatives against piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea. This will be achieved through the implementation of four main components as following:
- the set-up of a regional maritime security and safety training function,
- the initialization of a regional maritime information sharing function,
- an improved coast guard function (maritime law enforcement) in key coastal States,
- and the development of a joint operational coordination capacity through common exercises or pilot operations.
This project involves the Republic of Benin, the Republic of Cameroon, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the Gabonese Republic, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sao Tome and the Togolese Republic. As for the training function, the CRIMGO Expert Team is intending to use existing education and training establishments: the Académie Régionale des Sciences et Techniques de la Mer (ARSTM), in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and the Regional Maritime University (RMU), in Accra, Ghana. Therefore, there is no need to build new facilities.
Concerning the information sharing need, the CRIMGO team is considering the set-up of a regional maritime information platform. This platform, the regional Gulf of Guinea Maritime Information Sharing (GoGMIS) Network, would link the different national maritime information centres.
It would provide the relevant stakeholders with a common regional maritime picture.
Launched in 2012 for a three-year duration, this project is currently in its third phase, after the “exploration” phase.
The CRIMGO project is being implemented by FEI (France Expertise International).