The MICA Center at your side

The world is going through a huge crisis, all men, women are asking themselves questions, and so seafarers are asking themselves questions about their situation.

Faced with the health crisis that we are going through, the MICA Center is more than ever at the side of the maritime industry.

Because it is essential to be well informed and well protected during this exceptional situation, we remain mobilized to ensure the continuity of our missions at your service, accompanying and advising you 24/7, as we have been doing for several years. (Contacts)

PUBLICATION OF THE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES West Africa (BMP WA)

The MICA Center invites you to read and apply the advice given in the BMP WA.

The maritime security situation off the west coast of Africa is complex. The BMP WA is written and published to assist ships and mariners in adopting behavior that should prevent them from becoming victims of maritime incidents in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea.

In particular, the publication aims to assist ships in planning their voyage and in detecting, avoiding, deterring, delaying and reporting attacks against them.

The consequences of the lack of effective security measures can be serious, as some pirates subject their crews to ill-treatment and long periods of captivity.

Other attacks demonstrate that, even if kidnapping is unsuccessful, there is evidence of intentions to damage ships, seize cargo and endanger lives.

Download the BMP WA HERE.

March 29, 2020: First anniversary for the MSCHoA in Brest

The Maritime Security Center-Horn of Africa (MSCHoA) is the interface between the civilian maritime world and the European Union’s military counter-piracy operation ATALANTA, which deploys a maritime task force off the Somali coast for almost 12 years.

This centre monitors merchant ships sailing in the region, spreads the threat of piracy off the Horn of Africa and relays the alert in the event of an attack.

It has been co-located with the military command in Northwood, Great Britain, since the beginning of the operation in 2008. In March 2019, BREXIT resulted in the relocation of this headquarters to Rota (Spain) for the military command and to Brest for the MSCHoA.

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MDAT-GoG: +33 (0) 298 228 888 / watchkeepers@mdat-gog.org

It is recommended that vessels register and report any suspicious incidents or activities they observe as soon as possible. This will help to reduce incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

On Thursday 5 and Friday 6 March 2020, three piracy incidents were recorded in the Gulf of Guinea, the epicentre of global maritime piracy.

The MDAT-GoG has been proactive in relaying information as soon as possible.

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Gulf of Guinea : a pirate attack fails off Sao Tome

On the 14th of February 2020, the container ship Maersk Tema detected a suspicious small craft as she sailed 100 nautical miles (185 km) North-West of Sao Tome. The Marshall Islands flagged Maersk Tema transits between Pointe-Noire (Congo) and Lagos (Nigeria).

Immediately, 17 of the 21 crew members retreated in the citadel (a secret and secured stronghold on the ship), enabling them to escape from capture. The captain and three crew members staid on the bridge to make deflection maneuvers, like zigzags, with the aim to prevent the boarding. Despite these maneuvers, the pirates finally boarded the container ship. The team that had remained on the bridge and the captain quickly joined the citadel.

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Thursday, 13th february 2020: Admiral Danish Fleet visit to MICA Center

The Royal Danish Navy Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen, was in Brest on Thursday 13th of February to meet the Admiral Commander-in-Chief for the Atlantic (CECLANT). The discussions focused on various subjects including maritime security for the benefit of the merchant navy.

The Admiral was very interested by his visit to the MICA Center. He has shown a particular interest to the French approach of maritime security through the Voluntary Maritime Cooperation.

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Wednesday, 05th february 2020 : Kongelig Norske Marine Chief of Staff visit to Brest

In the framework of the military cooperation relations between the French navy and the Norwegian Navy, Rear Admiral Nils Andreas StensØnes, Chief of Staff of the Kongelig Norske Marine, visited Brest on Wednesday 05 February 2020.

The visit was an opportunity for the two friendly countries to exchange and share their perceptions of the security situation at sea and to further strengthen the prospects for cooperation between the two nations in the fight against maritime crime.

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Maritime Piracy : a latent danger

Interview with Capitaine de Vaisseau Eric LAVAULT, Commander of the SIRPA Marine (French Navy’s information and public relations service).

Thursday, 23th January 2020: Jean-Charles Larsonneur visit to the MICA Center

In response to the invitation of Vice-Admiral Jean-Louis Lozier, Maritime Prefect of the Atlantic, Jean-Charles Larsonneur, Member of Parliament for the Second constituency of Finistère, visited the MICA Center.

The center’s current resources and challenges were presented throughout the visit with, as a backdrop, the global assessment of the year 2019 concerning events related to piracy and robbery. The specificities of each office have been detailed as well as the necessary trust established between the MICA Center and the maritime industry.

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Wednesday, 22th january 2020: Norwegian delegation visit to the MICA

The Norwegian Shipowner’s Association and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spent the morning of 22 January at the MICA Center.

Norway has a large merchant fleet of more than 1,800 ships. It plays a major role in trade flows, on all seas and oceans, with approximately 900 freighters and passenger ships. The other half of the fleet is made up of vessels specialized in oil exploitation.

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