As you may already be aware, the UK Border Force has launched Project Kraken, a new campaign aimed at stopping Coastal Crime. As a Marina, it is our duty to ensure the safety of all our vessels and their owners, and we take this responsibility very seriously.
Project Kraken is a comprehensive initiative aimed at tackling maritime crime, illegal immigration, and drug trafficking along the UK coast. It involves a joint effort by multiple government agencies, including the Border Force, National crime Agency, and the Ministry of Defence, among others.
As part of this initiative, the Border Force will be carrying out regular patrols and checks along the coast. These measures are put in place for the safety of all Marina users and to ensure the integrity of our coastline.
We also take this opportunity to remind all berth holders to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the relevant authorities immediately, as support and cooperation among all boaters is vital in helping to maintain the safety and security of the wider community.
Here are some warning signs to look out for:
· Seeing boats moored up in strange or isolated places or at strange times
· Boats unloading scared or suspicious people, or unloading packages
· People making attempts to signal or guide boats offshore
· People putting objects into waterways near bridges or marinas
· People loitering with no sense of purpose, and / or acting nervously
· People taking an interest in port security or buildings – maybe taking pictures or videos, or trying to gain access to restricted areas.
We understand that reporting something out of the ordinary can be a little daunting, but your cooperation and support are vital in maintaining the safety and security of our coastline. Whether it is a strange vessel or person, it is always better to report it and let the experts handle it.
So, next time you’re out on the water, keep an eye out for anything that seems out of place and don’t hesitate to report it. Your efforts will go a long way in ensuring a safe and secure environment for all.
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To make an anonymous report, call the Coastal Crime Line powered by Crime-stoppers on 0800 011 3304. In an emergency, always call 999.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Marina Office.