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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10/18/17
State Affiliated Escorts

This issue paper explores the use of escorts by a state military asset as a model of contracted maritime security.

9/29/17
Coastal State Embarked Personnel

This issue paper explores the model of coastal state embarked personnel in different regions around the world.

9/1/17
Vessel Protection Detachments

This issue paper explores the presence of uniformed military personnel embarked on a vessel with explicit approval of the Flag State.

8/8/17
Privately Contracted Armed Maritime Security

This issue paper explores the model of private maritime security, a form of contracted maritime security that has emerged primarily off the Horn of Africa as a response to Somali piracy.

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...

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