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

Wednesday, 10th February 2021 : Creation of the MDAT GoG Twitter account

The MDAT-GoG created its Twitter account on February 10, 2021 to publish in real time warnings, advisories, notices and updates.

The exchange of information and the development of national and international cooperation between the actors of the maritime communities remains more than ever necessary to ensure the safety of navigation in the Gulf of Guinea, the epicenter of piracy.

To prevent attacks against merchant ships and better protect them from the risk of piracy, it is essential to relay any incident or proven threat as quickly as possible.

If instantaneity is the first advantage of Twitter, this major and essential social network also allows the MDAT-GoG to meet and exchange with the community of maritime security actors involved in the fight against piracy.

Reminder on the interest of properly applying the measures recommended by the BMP West Africa (BMP WA)

On Saturday 23/01 the container ship MOZART, Liberian flag, Turkish ship-owner was attacked by at least 4 pirates, west of Sao Tome.

The crew immediately rallied the citadel but the pirates managed to force their way into the dedicated room after 6 hours.

During this attack, one crewmember has been killed and two other sailors injured.

Before leaving the ship, the pirates took 15 crewmembers as hostages.

The MICA Center and all of its teams regret the tragic turn of events.

This attack took place in an area that had been the subject of an alert message issued the preceding day by the MDAT-GoG on the very probable presence of pirates and on a potential imminent attack by them.

More than ever, the MICA Center calls on sailors operating in the Gulf of Guinea to respect the recommendations of the BMP West Africa (BMP WA).

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Thursday, 07th January 2021 : Publication of the second MICA Center annual report on worldwide maritme piracy and robbery

For the second consecutive year, the Maritime Information Cooperation & Awareness Center (MICA Center) publishes an annual review of maritime piracy and robbery events. This report identifies and characterises the events recorded in 2020 that affect maritime security worldwide.

The total number of events related to maritime piracy and robbery has remained stable over the last five years. With 375 events reported worldwide, it is still almost half the peak number reached in 2011, at the height of the attacks off the coast of Somalia. For the year 2020, the MICA Center notes a slight increase in the number of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea but no increase in the number of people kidnapped. It confirms that piracy off the Horn of Africa remains at a low level and that robbery is on the rise in the Caribbean arc and in South-East Asia (increase in thefts).

The MICA Center is a centre for the analysis and assessment of the maritime security situation, but also a unit that centralises alerts in the event of an attack at sea. It collects and relays useful information to partners who subscribe to its free services. This annual report summarises the assessments regularly transmitted to maritime industry actors and analyses the trends observed as well as the evolution of modes of action.

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Gulf of Guinea : Large increase in acts of piracy and robbery during November

In accordance with the calls for vigilance issued as the dry season approaches[1], the increase in acts of piracy and robbery observed in November confirms the trend of recent years. Indeed, 18 incidents were reported in the Gulf of Guinea during the period, 7 more than the previous month. This increase is mainly due to a growing number of attacks and boardings of ships.

These last events took place mainly in the JWLA[2], up to 170 nautical miles offshore. They mostly affected oil tankers and fishing vessels, however all types of vessels remain concerned and are invited to apply the measures of the Best Management Practice West Africa.

The total number of crew members kidnapped at sea rose to 36 in November alone. The latest incidents show that a quick retreat from the citadel by the crew can prevent kidnappings.

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