SAFE SEAS is a network led by Cardiff University and the University of Bristol and is a collaboration with a range of partners.

ACADEMIC PARTNERS & Associated Universities

Three African University are associated with the project.

University of Nairobi, Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Law School is one of the leading African institutions in the field of maritime law. The Law school’s role was to work on a case study of Kenya’s maritime security sector.

University of Seychelles, Seychelles

The University of Seychelles Mancham Centre for Peace and Diplomacy is a research centre devoted to the study of conflict and international relations. It develops with SAFE SEAS the case study on the Seychelles.

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

The Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) is a research institute of Stellenbosch University located with the Faculty of Military Science, Saldanha, South Africa. It focuses in particular on upon maritime governance and security at sea off South Africa in order to unlock the maritime public goods of political, economic and social interests for South Africa, but to the wider international community as well.

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

RSIS has been on of the pioneer institutions in the field of maritime security and hosts a research group on the topic, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia.

Institute for Security Studies (ISS), South Africa

ISS is the leading think tank in the field of African maritime security.

Capacity Building Partners

A range of organizations, international projects and missions active in the field of maritime security capacity building has agreed to support the project. This includes

Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS)

SAFE SEAS coordinates with the Regional Capacity Building Working Group (RCBWG) of the CGPCS. The RCBWG is mandated to coordinate capacity building work in the Western Indian Ocean.


The European Union (EU) funded CRIMARIO project is one of the core organizations supporting the Djibouti Code of Conduct process.


EUCAP Nestor/Somalia is the EU’s Civilian Capacity Building mission in particular focused on providing assistance to Somalia.

Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)

The IOC is one of the main implementing organization of the EU’s MASE project. It is in charge for enhancing national and regional capacity for maritime tasks, and the development of a regional mechanism for coordination and exchange of information. IOC is also the co-chair of the Regional Capacity Building Working Group (RCBWG) of the CGPCS.

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The IMO’s Maritime Security & Facilitation Division provides in particular technical assistance in the fields of port security, search and rescue, and maritime situation awareness.

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

The Global Maritime Crime Program of UNODC is the major capacity building provider in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice.

Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Information Sharing Centre

ReCAAP-ISC is the leading informaiton sharing center on maritime piracy in Southeast Asia.