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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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,...

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
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...

2/27/15
OBP Welcomes the Release of Remaining FV Prantalay-12 Hostages

OBP welcomes the news of the release of the remaining four Thai crew members of the FV Prantalay 12 on 25 February 2015, 1,774 days after being taken hostage by pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Originally taken on 18 April 2010, the Taiwanese (Province...

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.

4/6/15
OBP Issue Paper - Will Illegal Fishing Ignite a Preventable Resurgence of Somali Piracy?

OBP explores the the circumstances surrounding the seizure and detention of two Iranian-owned fishing vessels captured near Hobyo on 21 March 2015. 

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...

1/8/16
OBP's 2016 Priorities

New Year's Greetings from the OBP Team!

We look forward to continued progress in this critical year in the fight against piracy and violence at sea. But first and foremost, our thoughts are with the seafarers still in Somali pirate hands. At least 26 confirmed...

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...

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...
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