Today, the EU’s maritime capacity building mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean, EUCAP Nestor, celebrated together with its Seychelles partners the successful completion of the first Basic Seamanship Training for the Seychelles Maritime Police Patrol Unit (MPPU) and the Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Training for Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG).
“Thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partners in the Seychelles, we had three trainings ongoing in parallel this week” says Giulio Pirodi, Acting Country Team Leader for EUCAP Nestor in the Seychelles at the end of two of these trainings. “The Coast Guard, Maritime Police, Air Force and all other partners, as well as our maritime and police experts are doing a great effort to make these trainings a success.”
Basic Seamanship Training:
From 23 June to 18 July, EUCAP Nestor provided Basic Seamanship Training to 9 officers of the Seychelles Maritime Police Patrol Unit.
This Basic Seamanship Training is the first of a group of trainings tailored for the specific tasks and responsibilities of the MPPU. It was carried out by EUCAP Nestor Maritime Police Expert in the Seychelles Police Academy facilities.
The objective of the training was to provide the MPPU with the basic maritime knowledge and essential skills they need to perform their duties at sea.
Theory was combined with practical training and focused on maritime technical issues such as coastal navigation, boat handling, communications, safety, boat maintenance and meteorology.
The Seychelles Coast Guard provided the logistical support for the practical training so that the trainees could receive the instructions on boat handling on board the Coast Guard boats.
The course content was developed in close cooperation with the Seychelles authorities.
Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Training:
From 7 to18 July 2014 experienced EUCAP Nestor trainers carried out a crime scene investigation and evidence handling training for 18 privates from the Seychelles Coast Guard, among which 1 female private.
The training took place in the Seychelles Defence Academy in Victoria, and is part of the 27 weeks basic training for the Coast Guard that is being carried out since January 2014 also with the help from EUCAP Nestor experts.
During the two weeks, the trainees obtained a basic knowledge of forensic crime scene investigation, evidence handling, taking photos of a crime scene and taking fingerprints.
The course content was developed in cooperation with the Seychelles authorities. The Seychelles Coast Guard participated in the training providing the logistical support, such as boats for practical training and class rooms within the Seychelles Defence Academy.
EUCAP Nestor is a civilian EU mission, under the Common Security and Defence Policy, which assists countries in the Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean in strengthening their capacity to ensure maritime security and in particular to fight piracy.