Operational support

Maritime piracy has a global reach. A single incident can involve seamen, vessel owners, shipping companies, insurance companies, navies and pirates from several different countries.

At INTERPOL, we have taken the lead in providing the international community with the operational support necessary to bring an end to maritime piracy. Our goal is to equip member countries affected by maritime piracy with the skills they need to identify and arrest the high-level leaders and financiers, in order to break up the syndicates involved in this crime.

Types of assistance

Incident Response Teams

When a captured vessel is released by pirates, INTERPOL can send a team of experts, known as an Incident Response Team (IRT), to assist with the crime scene investigation and evidence collection.

In April 2011, the first ever piracy IRT was sent to Durban, South Africa, to assist national police with the investigation of a Greek vessel released by Somali pirates. The team collected physical evidence, recovered digital evidence from the vessel’s satellite phone, collected fingerprints and DNA, and gathered testimony from the crew. The evidence was forwarded to the South African authorities to conduct a formal investigation.

Another IRT was deployed to Salalah, Oman, in June 2012, to assist with the processing of a piracy crime scene on the ‘Liquid Velvet’, a Greek vessel operating under the flag of the Marshall Islands.

Project EVEXI (Evidence Exploitation Initiative)

The project assists our member countries investigating piracy cases by providing regional investigators with an INTERPOL-supported procedure for intelligence gathering, evidence collection and information sharing. This ensures that all information and evidence collected is effectively used in the prosecution of pirates

In our pilot project, Project Cerberus, we collaborated with partners to interview Somali pirates in Seychellois prisons. The initiative has produced positive results, including the discovery of evidence placing one pirate at the scene of an attack against a Belgian vessel two years earlier.

The project has been launched in Madagascar, the Maldives, the Seychelles and Tanzania, with other beneficiaries including Kenya and Oman.

Distribution of best management practices

We have contributed to the creation of a chapter in a manual distributed to the shipping industry. INTERPOL’s chapter provides guidance to seafarers and vessel owners on the proper techniques of post-incident evidence preservation and recovery, and we have set up a mechanism to offer them assistance.

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