Project Kraken is a national initiative to increase public awareness of terrorism and criminal or suspicious activity at marinas, moorings or on water.

What to look out for:

  • recording of power stations, military bases, bridges or critical infrastructure
  • taking photographs, notes or drawings of restricted areas or ‘vulnerable sites’ (power stations, for example)
  • an unusual vessel in a marina, or someone who seems to be testing the security of a marina or restricted area to see if they’re challenged
  • avoiding answering common boating questions or seemingly deliberately avoiding contact with other people or drawing attention to themselves
  • putting objects into the water near bridges, pipes or infrastructure
  • suspicious charters or rentals; someone asking to change a route or go closer to restricted areas
  • making large cash payments, or asking for daily extensions of marina or port mooring
  • buying or transporting unusual equipment, chemicals, uniforms or identification etc
  • trying to get employment at sensitive sites or with suppliers who have access to restricted areas or vulnerable sites
  • vehicles parked in isolated places along waterways

What you can do about it

If you see anything that makes you suspicious, tell us, either report a crime online, or by calling 101. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

If you suspect possible terrorist activity you can report possible terrorist activity online, or on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.

If you’d rather report anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you have a non-urgent enquiry, please email the Cheshire Small Ports Unit.