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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Borrowing from Civil Aviation Security: Does International Law Governing Airline Hijacking Offer Solutions to the Modern Maritime Piracy Epidemic of the Coast of Somalia?

Maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia continues to spiral into an increasingly threatening international crisis, with attacks in the Gulf of Aden increasing during the first half of 2011. While more states have been prosecuting pirates in their national courts during...

Working PaperRichard L. Kilpatrick Jr.
Equipment Articles for the Prosecution of Maritime Piracy

Somali pirates astound because their skiff-mounted attacks on state-of-the-art supertankers repeatedly yield multimillion dollar ransoms, and because they can basically count on getting away with it. Why? Because the legal framework that governs the high seas contains...

Working PaperEugene Kontorovich
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
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
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
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 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 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 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 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