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

MICA CENTER: SPOTLIGHT ON PIRACY

The article dedicated to the fight against piracy at sea and the presentation of the MICA Center, in the maritime magazine Le Chasse-Marée, begins with these words.

In the April-May 2021 issue of the magazine, a 16-page long article, by Jean-Yves Béquignon, gives an overview of piracy from the mid-2000s to the present day.

Piracy, or rather, piracies, are described according to the shapes they take in the different regions of the world, as well as the responses developed to fight this criminal activity. An important part of the article is dedicated to the MICA Center, the genesis of its creation in 2016, under the authority of the French Navy, as well as the functioning of the different cells that compose it.

The full article is available on the magazine’s website:

https://www.chasse-maree.com/mica-center-pleins-feux-sur-la-piraterie/

The MICA Center takes part in a webinar

“The MDAT-GoG is a reference organization for the maritime industry with which it exchanges very regularly in order to improve its processes and contribute more effectively to the security of maritime spaces in the Gulf of Guinea.”

This is the message that the commanding officer of the MICA Center stressed during the coordination meeting of international partners in the maritime sector of the Gulf of Guinea. This meeting, in webinar format due to the health crisis, is organized by the European Union program to secure critical maritime routes.

This conference was an opportunity for many state, community and private partners to share their experience and strategies for the region.

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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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