SEACOP holds two-week training in Barbados

A week of mentoring for the Joint Maritime Control Unit of Barbados 🇧🇧 kicked off yesterday in Bridgetown. Aimed at strengthening the capacities of the JMCU personnel, the mentoring follows a 5-day training course delivered last week by SEACOP’s Deputy Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean Benoit Verniquet. “We started last week at the Coastguard Training Centre at HMBS…

Barbados, SEACOP sign MoU on fight against illicit maritime trafficking

On Friday 20th May, Barbados renewed its commitment to the fight against illicit maritime trafficking through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of National Security and the EU-funded SEACOP project. In the presence of the EU Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM,  H.E. Malgorzata Wasilewska, the…

Regional training on Maritime Intelligence Unit concludes in Barbados

The EU Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean, H.E. Malgorzata Wasilewska on Friday closed a weeklong regional course dedicated to members of Maritime Intelligence Units of the region. Organised by the EU-funded project SEACOP in Barbados, the course was attended by 15 law enforcement personnel from nine different agencies in Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat…

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SEACOP meets Barbados counterparts to discuss future cooperation

The SEACOP team continues its outreach meetings in the Caribbean, with a visit to Barbados last Friday 27 November 2021. Led by Team Leader Dominique Bucas and Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean Karen Clarke, the SEACOP delegation met with Commodore E.R. Shurland, head of Barbados Defense force, Graham Archer from the Regional Security System and Captain…

News briefing week of 31 May

1/06 Barbados homicides have more than doubled since 2012, reaching a record of 49 murders in 2019, dropping to 42 in 2020. The government has pointed to the influx of illegal guns as a facilitator to the increase in violence. 1/06 Mafias operating along Ecuador’s borders with Peru and Colombia profit from the increased demand…

The AIRCOP network in Latin America and the Caribbean keeps yielding outstanding results!

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected air traffic worldwide, the AIRCOP network remains attentive and operational. In June 2020, several of the AIRCOP JAITFs in collaboration with partners and beneficiaries in Latin America and the Caribbean intercepted multiple illicit commodities that included: 95 kg of cannabis from six different and independent seizures made by…

SEACOP represented at the annual CABSEC/SAMSEC in Barbados

From 26 to 29 of March, the regional coordinator of SEACOP for the Caribbean attended the annual Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Summit (CABSEC) and South-American Security Summit (SAMSEC) combined forum on maritime security organised by the Barbados Defence Force. This year, the forum focused on promoting regional cooperation and countering transnational threats. On the second…

Barbados signs Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of SEACOP

On 13 December, Barbados signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the implementation of the Seaport Cooperation project (SEACOP). The Ambassador of the European Union attended the event. Barbados joining SEACOP highlights the extension of the project into a number of countries in the Caribbean region, thus emphasizing the need to adapt to new trends…