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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The Cost of Piracy: Moving from Mitigation to Investment

Both the human and economic costs of piracy off the coast of Somalia have been reduced, at high expense, through the use of armed guards and continued adherence to Best Management Practices (BMP) by industry, more aggressive actions by navies, and positive developments...

Working PaperJon Huggins
Somali Piracy - Are we at the End Game?

Recognizing the decrease in pirate attacks, this paper evaluates the current status of counter-piracy initiatives and attempts to answer the question, have we reached the End Game?

Working PaperJon Huggins and Liza Kane-Hartnett
Underreporting of Crimes at Sea: Reasons, Consequences, and Potential Solutions

The increase in global maritime piracy, particularly in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden and in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa, has developed into a serious threat to maritime shipping, demanding the attention of international organizations and states around...

Working PaperNoah D. Lombardo
The Power of Networks in Maritime Security

Understanding the Somali piracy crisis could make crossing the Mediterranean safer for refugees. Although the Mediterranean migration crisis is very different from maritime piracy, many of the same groups are impacted. The lessons of counter-piracy suggest that by...

Working PaperJens Vestergaard Madsen and Conor Seyle
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
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
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
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
Human Cost of Somali Piracy 2010

Thousands of seafarers have been subjected to gunfire, beatings, confinement, and in some cases torture, in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. In spite of the violent nature of these crimes, the human cost of piracy is under-reported and misunderstood by the public. The...

State of Maritime PiracyKaija Hurlburt
The State of Maritime Piracy 2014

Oceans Beyond Piracy has launched the fifth installment of its annual reports detailing the economic and human costs of maritime piracy. "The State of Maritime Piracy 2014" examines both human and economic costs incurred as a result of piracy occuring in the Western...

State of Maritime PiracyMatthew R. Walje, Jens Vestergaard Madsen, Conor Seyle, Kellie Brandt, Peter Kerins, Megan Matthews, Tyler Maybee