Maritime Security And Transnational Organized Crime Course



The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana – sponsored by Germany – will run a two weeks Maritime Security and Transnational Organized Crime Course.


The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in its 2013 third quarter Piracy Report stated that piracy in global waters is currently at its lowest in the third quarter level since 2006. Though the worldwide figure is low, there has however been a gradual increase in pirate attacks along the Gulf of Guinea. In the first three quarters of 2013, the Gulf of Guinea region recorded over 40 piracy attacks, 132 crew-hostage situations and seven hijacked vessels. The pirates in this region are often heavily armed, violent and mostly target vessels and its crew along the coast, rivers, anchorages, ports and surrounding waters. More often than not, the pirates raid the vessels and steal the cargo usually crude oil, bulk cargo, weapons, medication and even fish/- products. The operations of the pirates in the region are characterized by high level of violence, with reported cases of attacking ships with automatic weapons and killing crew members.  These increases in number and extent of violence have gradually become a cause of concern for states, security analysts and persons engaged in maritime commerce.Piracy and Transnational Organized Crime Networks hamper national development and erode international maritime security. The effects of piracy and the Transnational Organized Crime Networks are clearly detrimental to the welfare and well-being of the population in the areas where they operate. They also create instability and foster breeding grounds for additional criminal activities. Their effects on at-risk youth and potential enabling of terrorist networks are an additional factor.



Course Description

The two-week Counter Piracy and Transnational Organized Crime Course is designed by and conducted at the KAIPTC to expose participants to relevant and current skills, expertise and best practices in the domain of counter piracy, maritime piracy, and transnational organized crimes within the broader African context in general, and West Africa specifically. The course facilitation team will be composed of resource persons from Training Institutions in Africa and abroad, NGOs, Peacekeeping Practitioners, as well as academia among others.


Course Aim

The overall aim of the course is to train security sector actors in the domain of counter- piracy/maritime security and explore its potential links to transnational organized crimes. The security sector actors will be trained and updated on the newest trends and issues in the rule of law regarding piracy and transnational organized crime in Africa generally, and West-Africa specifically. The course also aims to establish and foster regional cooperation and coordination between individuals and institutions engaged in counter-piracy and transnational crimes.


Expected Outcome

At the end of the course, participants are expected to be equipped with;

  • an understanding of the nature of maritime insecurity and how it enables the furtherance of transnational organised crime ;
  • an enhanced ability to counteract piracy operations and transnational organized crime networks that operate and/or facilitate piracy
  • the capabilities to minimise the impact of piracy and its symbiotic/enabling effects on transnational organized crimes (drugs, human trafficking, and terrorism etc) through education and awareness of new laws, techniques, tactics, procedures and policies.



Target  Group

Set at the operational level, the course targets a mixed group of middle level security sector practitioners from the following:

  • ECOWAS Maritime Security Structure officials
  • Government officials, operational level staffers of legislative bodies/policymakers; and
  • Security sector practitioners (Key representatives from civil society, Police, Border Police, Maritime Police, Navy, Militaries, Gas and Oil Platform (GOPLAT) Industrialists, intelligence actors, oil traders, and maritime/shipping/storage security officers) directly involved in operational planning and implementation of policies.
  • Individuals and researchers in the area of maritime border security


The selection process will strive to achieve gender balance of participants as much as possible.


Course Content

The course is planned to cover the following modules:

  • Introduction to West Africa and it’s security challenges
  • Legal Frameworks on Maritime Security
  • Piracy/Armed Robbery
  • Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU)
  • Introduction to Transnational Organized Crimes, Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking
  • Human Trafficking / Migration
  • Arms Trafficking / Proliferation
  • SALW Proliferation
  • Criminal Investigation / -Intelligence
  • Maritime Environmental Crimes
  • Threat Assessment, Maritime Patrolling and Pursuit
  • Security Sector Reform
  • Reintegration and Reorientation
  • Illegal Migration by Sea
  • Human Security Management
  • Scenario based exercises


To complement the classroom work, there will also be a facility visit to the Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System (VTMIS) of the Ghana Maritime Authority as well as TEMA Harbour





The problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the ten-day residential course. Participants will play active roles in the learning process under the supervised guidance of a team of experienced facilitators. The course content will thus be delivered using a combination of tools such as; lectures, case studies, small group work exercises and simulation among others. The course will be conducted in both English and French.


Course Capacity: 30 participants


How to Apply

Interested applicants are requested to kindly fill and submit an online application form

Access the application form using the link here




Cost of travel, accommodation and feeding for participants will be covered by the KAIPTC. (sponsored by German Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs)




Contact at KAIPTC:

Mrs Marylyn Agblor

Training Coordination Officer

Tel.  00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1012

Fax. 00 233 (0) 302 718201




LtCol Michael Reinwald

Course Director

Tel.: 00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1106

Mob: +233 555 61 7001