SafeSeas is a network of academic institutions that studies maritime security governance. It investigates responses to maritime threats and how they are related to other areas of ocean governance, such as ocean health or the blue economy. A major area of concern is improving maritime security capacity building. Safeseas started as a pilot project that studied lessons from maritime security capacity building in the Western Indian Ocean.

SafeSeas develops key guidelines and best practices for maritime security governance and the coordination, programming and implementation of maritime security capacity building. Best practices have been consolidated in a best practice toolkit, titled “Mastering Maritime Security. Reflexive Capacity Building and the Western Indian Ocean experience”.

SafeSeas is a registered voluntary commitment to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 (OceanAction14234) and has received financial support by the British Academy, Cardiff University, the University of Bristol and the University of Stellenbosch


SafeSeas attends 21st plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia
Prof. Christian Bueger attended the 21st plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast (CGPCS) held in the UN Offices in Nairobi in July 2017. Part of the ...
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SafeSeas visits Southeast Asian partners
During a recent visit to Southeast Asia Prof. Tim Edmunds and Prof Christian Bueger met partners and stakeholders in Southeast Asia. They visited the regional MDA center based in Singapore, ...
Oceans Beyond Piracy State of Maritime Piracy 2017 Report Launch
SafeSeas researcher Dr Rupert Alcock attended this OBP report launch event at the Riverside Park Plaza, London, 23 May 2018. The annual report assesses the economic and human costs of ...
Uk Foreign and Commonwealth Office endorses Best Practice Toolkit
At the recent Djibouti Code of Conduct meeting in Jeddah, 7-9 May 2018, the representative of the UK, Mr. Joe Legg, welcomed the work of SafesSeas and stated that the ...
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What directions for maritime domain awareness in the Pacific?
In a new blog titled "Uniting nations: developing maritime domain awareness for the ‘Blue Pacific’" published by The Strategist, Prof. Christian Bueger discusses together with Dr. Anthony Bergin which steps ...
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Jeddah Workshop on Djibouti Code of Conduct
SafeSeas director Prof Christian Bueger will attend and present at the High Level Workshop on the Implementation of the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, held in Jeddah, ...
Indian Ocean Commission draws on SAFESEAS results in High Level meeting
At the recent high-level conference on maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean region, a representative of the Indian Ocean Commission highlighted the importance of the SafeSeas Best Practice Toolkit ...
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SafeSeas participates in discussion on maritime security architecture in WIO
The Indian Ocean Commission in the frame of the EU funded MASE program as well as the Government of Mauritius is organizing a strategic dialogue on the future of maritime ...
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The British Academy’s Sustainable Development Programme Policy Workshop on Sustainable Governance
Senior SafeSeas researcher Dr Rupert Alcock presented key findings and policy implications from SafeSeas’ initial 18-month period of research funded by the British Academy. The workshop took place at the ...
SafeSeas presents best practices at Pacific Island Forum workshop
The Pacific Islands are seeking to strengthen their regional collaboration in maritime security and are in the process of negotiating a new agreement -- the so-called Biketawa plus agreement. To ...