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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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...

Working Paper
7/1/10Hybrid Tribunals to Combat Regional Maritime Piracy: Guiding the Rule of Law Through the Rocks and Shoals

Maritime piracy continues to afflict the modern world. Basing their operations in places like Somalia, modern pirates have been able to launch attacks on ships traveling some of the world’s most trafficked waterways. The international community has created an interim...

Working PaperAndrew Lee
Prosecuting Pirates and Upholding Human Rights Law: Taking Perspective

Incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia have increased in recent years, rising by 47% between 2005 and 2009. With a growing number of states involved in the determent and disruption of attacks, there is a need to outline their human rights obligations when engaging...

Working PaperSaorise de Bont
Piracy Ransoms- Conflicting Perspectives

This paper presents both sides of the debate over whether States should allow payment of ransoms to pirates. United States Executive Order 13536 and other recent national and international legislation have brought increased awareness to this issue. This paper does not...

Working PaperCharles Marts
State of Maritime Piracy 2 Page Summary

This document gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of OBP's most recent report "The State of Maritime Piracy 2013", which analyzes the human cost and economic cost of maritime piracy off both the east and west coast of Africa.

State of Maritime PiracyJens Vestergaard Madsen, Conor Seyle, Kellie Brandt, Ben Purser, Heather Randall & Kellie Roy
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
The Economic Cost of Maritime Piracy 2010

At the end of 2010, around 500 seafarers from more than 18 countries are being held hostage by pirates. Piracy clearly affects the world’s largest trade transport industry, but how much is it costing the world? One Earth Future (OEF) Foundation has conducted a large-...

State of Maritime PiracyAnna Bowden
Economic Cost of Piracy 2010

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 Piracy
The State of Maritime Piracy 2013

Oceans Beyond Piracy has launched the fourth installment of its annual reports detailing the economic and human costs of African maritime piracy. The study, "The State of Maritime Piracy 2013," examines the human costs and economic costs incurred as a result of piracy...

State of Maritime PiracyJens Vestergaard Madsen, Conor Seyle, Kellie Brandt, Ben Purser, Heather Randall & Kellie Roy
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