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.
|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...
|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)...
|3/9/16||Gulf of Guinea 2016 Trends
OBP is concerned about changes in Pirate Activity in the Gulf of Guinea:
|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...
|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...
|Report||Danielle Zach, Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen|
|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...
|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...
|8/28/15||Iranian Hostages Escape from Pirate Gangs
On August 27, 2015, the Jaber, an Iranian fishing dhow, and its crew members, managed to slip its mooring and escape from the hands of Somali pirates. The Jaber was briefly pursued by the pirates before it was able to rendezvous with international naval forces operating...