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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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.

9/3/15
Somali Prison Survey Report: Piracy Motivations & Deterrents - FULL REPORT

The joint survey of UNODC and OBP finds that:

• Poor economic conditions were reported as the major reason for engaging in piracy, and long-term solutions to piracy should address this.

• Prisoners report being very impacted by prison, and express a strong...

Report
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...

Report
5/13/14
Prosecuting Pirates: Lessons Learned and Continuing Challenges

Since 2005, there has been growing consensus and frequently recurring calls in the international community for the leaders, financiers, and land-based facilitators of modern maritime piracy to be prosecuted. There is broad recognition (at least in concept and rhetoric)...

ReportKenneth Scott
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
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
4/29/13
Burden-sharing Multi-level Governance: A Study of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

The CGPCS was developed as a multifaceted response to the spike in maritime crime near the Horn of Africa and the UN Security Council’s call in late 2008 for a coordinated response. The CGPCS is a novel global governance mechanism, as it lacks terms of reference or a...

ReportDanielle Zach, Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen
11/22/13
Featured Story: United Nations Security Council Passes New Resolution on Somali Piracy

This Monday, the United Nations Security Council reiterated its position on Somali piracy and urged the international community not to abandon its counter-piracy efforts in the wake of a decrease in successful pirate attacks on vessels in the Indian Ocean....

Featured StoryMaisie Pigeon

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