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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Seafarers - forgotten victims of maritime piracy

Above, representatives from flag States and seafarer Nations of Panama, the Marshall Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis and the Philippines, demonstrate their support for increased reporting of incidents occurring off the coast of West Africa. (Not pictured, but also...

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Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated Fishing in Somalia

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a global problem that occurs both on the high seas and within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of coastal states. IUU fishing is an economic and environmental problem that costs the global economy...

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Violence in Incidents of Maritime Crime

Though the overall number of incidents may be down in some regions, according to IMO data, the percentage of incidents involving violence against the crew appears to be increasing.

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State of Maritime Piracy 2 Page Summary

This document gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of OBP's most recent report "The State of Maritime Piracy 2013", which analyzes the human cost and economic cost of maritime piracy off both the east and west coast of Africa.

State of Maritime PiracyJens Vestergaard Madsen, Conor Seyle, Kellie Brandt, Ben Purser, Heather Randall & Kellie Roy
Prosecuting Pirates: Lessons Learned and Continuing Challenges

Since 2005, there has been growing consensus and frequently recurring calls in the international community for the leaders, financiers, and land-based facilitators of modern maritime piracy to be prosecuted. There is broad recognition (at least in concept and rhetoric)...

ReportKenneth Scott
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
OBP West Africa: About Us

Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) launched its West African Piracy project in 2012 to help address the continuing piracy challenge centered on the Gulf of Guinea.  The OBP staff has utilized  lessons learned from OBP’s engagement on Somali piracy to better comprehend the unique...

Featured StoryGregory Clough and Timothy Schommer
West Africa Information Sharing

In response to the continued challenges of piracy and armed robbery in West Africa, a number of initiatives have been developed both regionally and internationally. Among the most prominent initiatives are the International Information Sharing Centers that are currently...

InfographicGregory Clough and Timothy Schommer
Secure Fisheries: About Us

<blockquote>The mission of Secure Fisheries is to ensure sustainable fisheries by providing science-based assessments of living marine resources, promoting best practices in fisheries management, and enhancing monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS)...

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Shipping Industry, Hit by Somali Pirates, Meets in London to Boost Jobs in Somalia


LONDON, UK: 21st January, 2014:  Per Gullestrup, whose Danish-operated ship was hijacked by Somali pirates for several weeks, is to be joined this Thursday 23rd January at a meeting in London, by other shippers and...

Featured StoryAnna Bowden