Specialist Advice for the Maritime Sector

How you can help prevent terrorism

You should be aware of your responsibilities and make sure you comply with them.

It is also important to be vigilant and inform us immediately of anything suspicious.

What to look out for

  • Unauthorised activity at your marina / sailing club
  • Packages being transferred from vessel to vessel or to a vehicle in unusual locations, such as a remote part of the river
  • Activity or sightings of craft at night or on unusual places
  • Strangers trying to hire your craft - or those belonging to other club members
  • Evidence of adaptation of vessel for concealment purposes.

What to do if you do notice anything unusual

  • Do not involve yourself
  • Do not touch any suspicious packages
  • Make a note of any registration number, markings or description
  • Call the Port Unit immediately, or if out of office hours call the Police immediately. Your information will be treated in confidence.

What we do to prevent terrorism

Cheshire CTB Ports Unit is staffed by detectives from Cheshire’s Counter Terrorism Branch (CTB).

The unit has responsibility for National Security policing of all maritime ports within Cheshire. This includes ports located within Cheshire on the Manchester Ship Canal (MSC) together with inland waterways. The Port of Liverpool Police has responsibility for the day to day general policing of the MSC.

The unit also gathers intelligence relating to Serious and Organised Crime including drugs offences and illegal immigration.

Cheshire CTB Ports Unit aims to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, in particular with regard to Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. This allows CTB Ports Officers to stop, question, search and if necessary detain people entering or leaving the UK. This also applies to those travelling within the UK on board a ship or aircraft. The use of the legislation applies only at a port or border area. This power therefore applies to crew on board vessels as well as passengers.

The potential to use maritime access as a way of exploiting terrorist gains are an obvious risk which has been highlighted with incidents such as the USS Cole in 2000, MV Limburg in 2002 and MT Star in 2010.

Cheshire’s CTB Ports Unit works closely with counterparts across the North West Region and nationally, together with partner agencies such as Border Force (i.e. Customs and Immigration), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Port Health Authorities, Civil Nuclear Police, and VOSA.

The Regional Maritime Intelligence and Information Team (ReMIIT) is a multi agency maritime border intelligence forum that serves to underpin national and regional border security with up to date information and intelligence concerning crime and terrorism.

Who is involved with ReMIIT?

The following direct partners / agencies are involved

  • Border and Immigration Agency UKBA/F
  • British Transport Police (BTP)
  • Cheshire Police
  • Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC)
  • Cumbria police
  • Department for Works and Pensions (DWP)
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs UKBA/F
  • Isle of Man Police
  • Lancashire Police
  • Marine & Fisheries Agency (MFA)
  • Maritime and Coastguard (MCA)
  • Merseyside Police
  • N2 Defence Debrief Team (via NPAC)
  • National Co-coordinator Ports Policing (NCPP)
  • National Ports Analysis Centre (NPAC)
  • North Wales Police
  • Port of Liverpool Police
  • Roads Policing Unit
  • Seaport Commanders Group
  • SOCA
  • Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)

The ReMIIT is a comprehensive initiative aimed at drawing together both public agency and private sector maritime stakeholders at all levels and empowering them to work in partnership toward the core objective of securing the UK Border.

What is Project Kraken?

Project Kraken delivers an enhanced crime and counter terrorist 'vigilance' capability within the maritime environment of the Irish Sea. It engages key stakeholders together with local communities to provide a hostile environment to terrorists and criminals looking to disrupt the everyday lives and safety of those who live, work, or travel through the Irish Sea Portal.

"Through enhanced criminal and counter terrorist awareness and a promotion in the exchange of information, the Irish Sea Portal can continue to be a safe place to live, work and relax for all."

How does Project Kraken work?

Project Kraken provides a mechanism for the reporting of unusual activity or behaviour within the maritime environment, believed or suspected to be linked to acts of crime or preparatory acts of terrorism.

Whilst it is almost impossible to say with any certainty what a terrorist might look like, an individual's activity or behaviour can become suspicious in the context of the location they are in. Likewise, the unexpected or unusual presence of a vessel or a particular cargo within a small port or marina might just cause reason for concern by those who live, work and relax in that particular environment on a regular basis.

Project Kraken provides for the collation and assessment of all information and intelligence relating to such suspicious activity or behaviour in circumstances that could be linked to criminal or terrorist activity or acts of a preparatory nature. It allows for the appropriate deployment of assets and resources from Lancashire Constabulary and its partner agencies in response to a potential or defined threat.

How you can help

If you have any information concerning suspicious, criminal or terrorist related activity associated with the maritime arena then don't hesitate to contact:

  • Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111
  • Anti-terrorist hotline - 0800 789321
  • Police non-emergency- 101
  • Cheshire Small Ports (for non-urgent enquiries) - small.ports.unit@cheshire.police.uk

If it is urgent then call 999 and quote KRAKEN.