The French expertise center dedicated to the worldwide maritime security.

A center of expertise

The Maritime Information Cooperation & Awareness Center (MICA Center) is the French analysis and assessment center for worldwide security of maritime areas.

A steady monitoring

The MICA Center is 24/7 monitoring, assessing and alerts incidents that affect worldwide maritime security by the collaborative work of about thirty experts from French and foreign partner navies.

A worldwide vocation

Working with centers of expertise and agencies spread from all over the world, the MICA Center has trust-based relationships with the worldwide maritime industry.

Latest news

European cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea

On October 22, 2020 at 07h58Z, while sailing in international waters in the Gulf of Guinea, tanker ERRINA issued an SSAS warning and its crewmembers locked themselves in the ship’s citadel. Starting then, all attempts to contact the ship failed. The Italian Multi-Missions Frigate NAVE FEDERICO MARTINENGO reached the position given by the MICA Center in the afternoon and searched the area using its helicopter to no avail.

In the evening, the shipowner informed the MICA Center of the last known position of ERRINA before the SSAS warning signal. The participants in the search were then reoriented toward that position. On October 23, 2020 at 08h00Z, the helicopter of the Italian Frigate established VHF communications with the tanker. The ship’s captain testified to a boarding by six pirates but all crew was safe and accounted for. A ship armed with a security team from the Nigerian Navy then escorted the tanker.

Increased threat in the Gulf of Guinea and recommendations from the international shipping industry

The coming of the dry season and the statistical study of the past years suggest that acts of piracy and maritime crime will increase in the next months throughout the Gulf of Guinea. On this occasion, the major maritime associations (OCIMF, BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO) have published joint recommendations in addition to the BMP WA guide (Best Management Practices – West Africa) published this year.

The MICA centre and the MDAT-GoG are fully associated with this approach, and call for the highest level of vigilance for ships operating in the area.

Maritime piracy in the world: a dormant threat?

Interview with Captain Eric LAVAULT, Commander of the SIRPA Marine (Navy’s information and public relations service) invited by TV5 Monde to talk about piracy in the world and more particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, the epicenter of the phenomenon.

3rd of September 2020 : French Navy Chief of Staff visits the MICA Center.

Admiral Pierre Vandier, the French Navy’s Chief of Staff since 1st september, payed a visit to Brest to preside over the military ceremony for the inauguration of vice-admiral Olivier Lebas, the new maritime Prefect.

Admiral Vandier took advantage of his presence at the Préfecture Maritime to visit the MICA Center.

This lent us the opportunity to present to him the specificities of our organisation. These characteristics linked to the peculiarities of the various cells that make it up, such as the Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG) or the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHoA) of the European operation Atalanta have been detailed.

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