OBP strives to produce objective, well-researched studies on a number of topics related to piracy and maritime security. Below you will find our body of work.
|8/8/17||Privately Contracted Armed Maritime Security
This issue paper explores the model of private maritime security, a form of contracted maritime security that has emerged primarily off the Horn of Africa as a response to Somali piracy.
|5/17/17|| OEF's Stable Seas Report Shows Maritime Security About More Than Piracy
Many forms of criminal networks, including illegal fishing, black markets, piracy, and human trafficking, have taken advantage of the strategic location of Somali waters and poor governance capacity of the Somali region. These networks constantly seek new ways to profit...
|5/2/17||State of Maritime Piracy 2016
Oceans Beyond Piracy presents its seventh annual report in the State of Maritime Piracy series, analyzing the economic and human costs of piracy. Regions covered in the research include the Western Indian Ocean region, West Africa, Asia, and—for the first time this year—...
|State of Maritime Piracy|
|3/24/17||OBP Working Group Meeting Summary - March 2017
Oceans Beyond Piracy recently convened a meeting of 40 maritime experts in London to discuss the current state of piracy off the east and west coasts of Africa. The meeting was convened just as reports of the...
|1/31/17||Addressing Maritime Insecurity in the Horn of Africa
Recent incidents involving vessels off the Horn of Africa do not reflect traditional forms of piracy, signaling an evolving threat to maritime security in the region that could lead to major maritime disruptions if an effective response is not developed. OBP highlights...
|12/16/16||OBP Issue Paper: Defining Contracted Maritime Security
This paper provides information on the different types of contracted maritime security services currently in use, and outlines the oversight mechanisms that govern them.
|9/22/16||OBP Working Group Meeting Summary
Since 2011, OBP has convened Working Group meetings for maritime stakeholders and experts to share information and discuss challenges and opportunities regarding how to address maritime piracy in the Western Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Guinea. These meetings are...
|9/16/16||The Power of Networks in Maritime Security
Understanding the Somali piracy crisis could make crossing the Mediterranean safer for refugees. Although the Mediterranean migration crisis is very different from maritime piracy, many of the same groups are impacted. The lessons of counter-piracy suggest that by...
|Working Paper||Jens Vestergaard Madsen and Conor Seyle|
|7/11/16||Somali Perspectives on Piracy and Illegal Fishing
Discussions of Somali piracy typically have focused on how piracy has affected the international community, but have rarely incorporated the local perspective. OBP conducted a series of interviews along the...
|6/23/16||VRAs: Traffic, Threat, & Response Awareness
The establishment of the new MDAT-GOG reporting "network" in the Gulf of Guinea and the associated changes to UKHO chart Q6114, have raised odd questions about the definitions and purpose of risk and reporting areas associated with maritime piracy. In general terms,...