Title: Maritime Piracy Incident Reporting - A Technical Feasibility Study
Publisher: Publications Office fo the European Union
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC77861
ISBN: 978-92-79-28311-6
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 25779 EN
OP LB-NA-25-779-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC77861
DOI: 10.2788/82759
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: To address maritime piracy, the maritime stakeholders in the Gulf of Guinea region need timely and accurate information on piracy incidents, not only to provide accurate and timely information on the safety of shipping, but also for statistics and trends. Furthermore, the sharing of this piracy incident information is essential to support law enforcement agencies in their counter piracy activities. In the Gulf of Guinea region, no formal system of piracy incident reporting exists, and one of the main problems is the lack of good quality information on piracy attacks. Therefore, it is needed to collect and store information on piracy incidents in a (centralized) reporting system. Besides this, no formal system of information exchange exists between States or organizations in the Gulf of Guinea region. Since the ECCAIRS software already provides a reporting environment allowing data collection and data exchange, it was suggested to study from a technical point of view if ECCAIRS could be a suitable system for addressing the above mentioned issues in the Gulf of Guinea region. The feasibility study shows that from a technical point of view the ECCAIRS software is applicable to the maritime piracy domain at very low costs and with a very short development time. The main deliverable of this technical feasibility study is a specific maritime piracy version of ECCAIRS, which is called PIRATES (Piracy Incident Reporting And informaTion Exchange System). It was recommended to (test) implement PIRATES in the Gulf of Guinea region to support the local maritime authorities to enhance their maritime awareness.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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