Pirate networks are vast and far-reaching. Therefore it is not only essential to identify and apprehend pirates following an attack, but also to gather intelligence and use it wisely to prevent future attacks.

Intelligence and evidence collected from piracy cases is contributed by affected countries and organizations and centralized in INTERPOL-coordinated databases. The intelligence is analysed in order to assist authorities in identifying pirates and their leaders and in connecting cases of piracy.


Global Maritime Piracy Database

The INTERPOL National Central Bureau in the United States assisted with the creation of a global database to house information pertaining to maritime piracy investigations. The database includes more than 4,000 records of:

  • Personal details of pirates and financiers;
  • Pirates’ telephone numbers and phone records;
  • Hijacking incidents;
  • Vessels;
  • Currency and bank accounts used in ransom payments.

Digital photo album

The INTERPOL Maritime Piracy Task Force has created a digital album containing photos of more than 300 suspected pirates.  The photos are shared with authorized international partners and are often used when debriefing released hostages, to help identify their captors.

By using the photo album when debriefing the Filipino crew of the Irene SL, an oil tanker hijacked in February 2011, police were able to identify four of the pirates involved.

Europol Analysis Work File Project

INTERPOL is working alongside Europol on a cooperative project to analyse information related to maritime piracy cases.

Analytical training programme

This initiative aims at enhancing the analytical skills of law enforcement agencies in countries affected by maritime piracy.

26 junio 2015

Police cooperation focus of visit by Gabon Minister of Interior to INTERPOL

20 junio 2015

Effective response to global security challenges focus of Norway visit by INTERPOL Chief

02 febrero 2015

INTERPOL Basic Training on Maritime Security held in Malaysia

16 diciembre 2014

INTERPOL holds training on digital forensics for maritime piracy investigations

01 septiembre 2014

En su visita a Eritrea, el Jefe de INTERPOL aborda las necesidades de la región en materia de seguridad

20 agosto 2014

INTERPOL workshop in Kuala Lumpur marks launch of regional counter-terrorism programme

11 agosto 2014

La visita del jefe de INTERPOL a las Islas Marshall destaca la importancia de este país en la seguridad de la región

08 julio 2014

FBI-INTERPOL symposium to enhance global preparedness in securing critical infrastructure

08 junio 2014

Fight against terrorism and piracy focus of INTERPOL Chief meeting with Yemeni President

21 mayo 2014

EU and INTERPOL: combating transnational organized crime at sea

21 marzo 2014

INTERPOL anti-piracy meeting reviews key evidence against network leaders

14 febrero 2014

La visita del Jefe de INTERPOL a Liberia se centra en impulsar la cooperación de las fuerzas del orden

11 febrero 2014

President of Guinea discusses security needs with INTERPOL Chief

10 febrero 2014

El papel de Togo en el marco de las iniciativas para combatir los delitos contra la fauna y la flora silvestres y de carácter transnacional, eje de la visita del jefe de INTERPOL

18 enero 2014

Visita del Director de la Policía de Zanzíbar a INTERPOL para fomentar la seguridad regional