Project Kraken – Maritime Vigilance

What is Project Kraken?

Project KRAKEN is a National Crime Agency, Police, and Border Force initiative to increase vigilance along the UK’s coastline and maritime environment.

How does Project Kraken work?

There are nearly 20,000 miles of coastline, and a complex network of estuaries, navigable rivers, coves, inlets, ports and harbours, all of which can be exploited by terrorists and serious criminals.

We want you to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour in these and other maritime environments. No matter how trivial it may seem; if it looks out of the ordinary, we want to know about it.

Whether you work in the maritime industries, are a keen sailor, or are just walking along the coast, your local knowledge and your experience of the maritime world means you are well placed to spot anything unusual.

By working together we can help to prevent terrorists and organised criminals posing a threat to your neighbours, your pastimes, your businesses and your livelihoods. They will exploit any opening they find.

How can you help us?

  • Do you sail or use small boats for leisure or business?
  • Do you work in maritime industries, or near a harbour?
  • Do you dive, fish, or visit the coast regularly, or live close by?

We want you to report any unusual or suspicious activity near the coastline and in maritime environments. This could include, among others:

Crew who show signs of nervousness or a lack of awareness of maritime protocols and customs.

Vessels showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage.

Increased activity at isolated coastal locations or at unusual times of the day.

Any attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual landfall.

Strange patterns of payment, such as large amounts of cash.

People testing site security or an unusual interest in site structures and wharfs.

What should you do?

If you see unusual or suspicious activity, report it to your local police on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, and quote “KRAKEN”.