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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6/6/16
The State of Maritime Piracy 2015

This year's report marks the sixth year that Oceans Beyond Piracy has assessed the human and economic cost of maritime piracy. Over the years the report has evolved and our focus has expanded from piracy off the coast of Somalia to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, and...

State of Maritime Piracy
3/9/16
Gulf of Guinea 2016 Trends

OBP is concerned about changes in Pirate Activity in the Gulf of Guinea:

  • Kidnapping.  Kidnap for Ransom against merchant vessels has significantly increased in areas off of the Niger Delta: at least 16 of the kidnapping...
Report
1/29/16
Ian Urbina of the New York Times Follows Up on Murder at Sea

Ian Urbina of the New York Times has just released a story that provides further analysis on the victims that appear in the "Murder at Sea" video featured in his...

1/8/16
OBP's 2016 Priorities

New Year's Greetings from the OBP Team!

We look forward to continued progress in this critical year in the fight against piracy and violence at sea. But first and foremost, our thoughts are with the seafarers still in Somali pirate hands. At least 26 confirmed...

12/17/15
Joint War Risk Committee Revises Indian Ocean Listed Area

Following close on the heels of the BMP4 High Risk Area reduction, the Joint War Committee made the decision to reduce the size of the Hull War, Piracy, Terrorism...

Featured Story
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...

Report
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...

Featured Story
8/10/15
FV Al Amal Incident

The FV Al Amal, with a Yemen registration, was wrecked on the coast of Somalia, south of the former pirate stronghold of Eyl on the night of August 5, 2015. All 34 crew (including 14 Kenyans, 12 Indonesians, 6 Vietnamese, and 2 Yemenis) were saved in a dramatic cliff...

Featured Story
6/8/15
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
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. 

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