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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2/27/15
OBP Welcomes the Release of Remaining FV Prantalay-12 Hostages

OBP welcomes the news of the release of the remaining four Thai crew members of the FV Prantalay 12 on 25 February 2015, 1,774 days after being taken hostage by pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Originally taken on 18 April 2010, the Taiwanese (Province...

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.

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. 

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...

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.

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.

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...

9/29/17
Coastal State Embarked Personnel

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

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...

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.

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