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.

23 mai 2016

INTERPOL et l’ONUDC resserrent leurs liens dans la lutte contre la criminalité transnationale

26 juin 2015

La coopération policière au centre de la visite du Ministre de l’Intérieur du Gabon à INTERPOL

20 juin 2015

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

02 février 2015

INTERPOL Basic Training on Maritime Security held in Malaysia

16 décembre 2014

INTERPOL holds training on digital forensics for maritime piracy investigations

01 septembre 2014

Le Chef d’INTERPOL évoque les besoins régionaux en matière de sécurité lors de sa visite en Érythrée

20 août 2014

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

11 août 2014

La visite du chef d’INTERPOL dans les îles Marshall souligne le rôle du pays dans la sécurité régionale

08 juillet 2014

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

08 juin 2014

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

21 mai 2014

EU and INTERPOL: combating transnational organized crime at sea

21 mars 2014

INTERPOL anti-piracy meeting reviews key evidence against network leaders

14 février 2014

Le renforcement de la coopération entre les services chargés de l’application de la loi au centre de la visite du chef d’INTERPOL au Libéria

11 février 2014

President of Guinea discusses security needs with INTERPOL Chief

10 février 2014

La visite du chef d’INTERPOL souligne le rôle du Togo en matière de lutte contre la criminalité liée aux espèces sauvages et la criminalité transnationale

18 janvier 2014

Le renforcement de la sécurité régionale, thème central de la visite à INTERPOL du Directeur de la Police de Zanzibar