OBP Reports and Analysis

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.

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1/31/17
Addressing Maritime Insecurity in the Horn of Africa

Some recent incidents involving vessels off the Horn of Africa do not seem to reflect traditional forms of piracy, and could signal major maritime disruptions if an effective response is not developed. OBP has highlighted and classified six of the reported incidents. Can...

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 PaperJens 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[1] along the...

Peter Kerins
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,...

6/21/16
New Report Explores Piracy’s Long-Term Impact on Seafarers

More than 3,000 seafarers have been held hostage by Somali pirates since 2001, with a significant, but unknown, number of seafarers kidnapped in other parts of the world. These seafarers, and their families, have faced fear and uncertainty, and in some cases, direct...

ReportConor Seyle
6/6/16
The State of Maritime Piracy 2015

This year's report marks the sixth year that Oceans Beyond Piracy has assessed the human and economic cost of maritime piracy. Over the years the report has evolved and our focus has expanded from piracy off the coast of Somalia to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, and...

State of Maritime Piracy
3/9/16
Gulf of Guinea 2016 Trends

OBP is concerned about changes in Pirate Activity in the Gulf of Guinea:

  • Kidnapping.  Kidnap for Ransom against merchant vessels has significantly increased in areas off of the Niger Delta: at least 16 of the kidnapping...
Report
1/29/16
Ian Urbina of the New York Times Follows Up on Murder at Sea

Ian Urbina of the New York Times has just released a story that provides further analysis on the victims that appear in the "Murder at Sea" video featured in his...

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