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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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...

Report
5/2/17
State of Maritime Piracy 2016

Oceans Beyond Piracy presents its seventh annual report in the State of Maritime Piracy series, analyzing the economic and human costs of piracy. Regions covered in the research include the Western Indian Ocean region, West Africa, Asia, and—for the first time this year—...

State of Maritime Piracy
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...

1/31/17
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
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.

9/22/16
OBP Working Group Meeting Summary

Since 2011, OBP has convened Working Group meetings for maritime stakeholders and experts to share information and discuss challenges and opportunities regarding how to address maritime piracy in the Western Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Guinea. These meetings are...

9/16/16
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
7/11/16
Somali Perspectives on Piracy and Illegal Fishing

Discussions of Somali piracy typically have focused on how piracy has affected the international community, but have rarely incorporated the local perspective. OBP conducted a series of interviews[1] along the...

Peter Kerins
6/23/16
VRAs: Traffic, Threat, & Response Awareness

The establishment of the new MDAT-GOG reporting "network" in the Gulf of Guinea and the associated changes to UKHO chart Q6114, have raised odd questions about the definitions and purpose of risk and reporting areas associated with maritime piracy. In general terms,...

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...

ReportConor Seyle

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