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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7/1/13
Evolution of Piracy: Historical Piracy

Piracy has plagued the seas for at least 40 centuries, and been a thorn in the side of nearly every sea going civilization. Pirates have plied their trade as common thieves, instruments of war, or as civilizations in their own right. Most states throughout history have...

InfographicMatt Walje
6/18/13
The Human Cost of Maritime Piracy 2012 Summary

OBP's third study on the Human Cost of Maritime Piracy was released in June 2013 and, for the first time, provided an analysis of the human cost for both Somali and West African piracy. The summary provides an overview of the report's key findings. 

State of Maritime PiracyTimothy Schommer
6/18/13
Human Cost of Maritime Piracy 2012

Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), a project of the One Earth Future Foundation; the International Maritime Bureau (IMB); and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) are pleased to present the Human Cost of Maritime Piracy, 2012. This is the third assessment...

State of Maritime PiracyKaija Hurlburt
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
4/9/13
Economic Cost of Somali Piracy 2012

Oceans Beyond Piracy is pleased to present its third annual assessment of the Economic Cost of Somali Piracy 2012 (ECoP 2012). This year's assessment, like the one before it, considered nine separate cost categories and found that maritime piracy cost the global economy...

State of Maritime PiracyJon Bellish
4/9/13
The Economic Cost of Somali Piracy 2012 Summary

In April 2013, OBP released its third study on the Economic Cost of Somali Piracy. The report provides a detailed analysis of nine specific cost categories and analyzes the major trends in Somali piracy for the year of 2012. The summary provides an overview of the cost...

State of Maritime PiracyTimothy Schommer
4/4/13
Towards a Regional Solution to Somali Piracy: Challenges and Opportunities

Piracy has topped the international agenda since 2008, when Somali piracy resurfaced as a major threat to global shipping, humanitarian aid delivery, and the well-being of seafarers. The international community responded to this threat with crisis response operations in...

Working PaperJens Vestergaard Madsen and Liza Kane-Hartnett
6/22/12
Human Cost of Somali Piracy 2011

The latest version of the joint study by Oceans Beyond Piracy and the International Maritime Bureau was launched at the International Maritime Organization’s headquarters in London on June 22, 2012 and details the plight of seafarers at the hands of Somali pirates. The...

State of Maritime PiracyKaija Hurlburt
2/8/12
Economic Cost of Somali Piracy 2011

In 2011, Somali pirates attacked 237 ships and successfully hijacked 28. Piracy impacts multiple stakeholders, none more so than the seafarers attacked, held hostage, or killed. Oceans Beyond Piracy’s report on the “Economic Cost of Somali Piracy” estimates that piracy...

State of Maritime PiracyAnna Bowden
1/1/12
Introduction to Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs)

In 2011, the number of vessels transiting the Indian Ocean employing onboard private armed security teams increased dramatically, motivating Flag State governments, the shipping industry and international naval forces to address their usage. In order to help to clarify...

InfographicMaisie Pigeon

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