State of Maritime Piracy 2013
Political Conflict

The State of Maritime Piracy 2013

Author(s): Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen, Kellie Brandt, Ben Purser, Heather Randall, Kellie Roy
Date: May 7, 2014
Publication Type: Research Report
Research Topics: Political Conflict

Overview:

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 costs incurred as a result of piracy occurring off the coast of Somalia, as well as in the Gulf of Guinea. 

Key Findings:

East Africa
  • Overall cost of Somali piracy is down around 50% from 2012.
  • Attacks carried out by Somalia-based pirates continued multi-year decline; only 23 vessels were attacked. However, regional seafarers still at high risk.
  • The international community spent an estimated $139.1 million to deter each attack that took place in 2013.
  • Despite significant progress in the fight against Somali piracy, the remaining 54 hostages have been held for an average of almost 3 years.

West Africa

  • Attacks in West Africa in 2013 were much more frequent than those by Somali pirates.
  • Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea are more violent than attacks in East Africa.
  • Longer term affects on seafarers subjected to violence is hard to determine based on a lack of reporting and assessment. 

    Related Publications

    Seafarer Report

    After the Release: The Long-Term Behavioral Impact of Piracy on Seafarers and Families

    Written by Conor Seyle, Chirag Bahri, Kellie Brandt, Alexander Dimitrievich, Karina Fernandez, Tom Holmer, Niyati Malhotra on June 24, 2016

    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.

    Read more
    Somali Investment Survey Report

    Somali Diaspora Investment Survey Report

    Written by Jay Benson, Lee C. Sorensen, Alexandria E. Wise, Lindsay Heger on June 16, 2016

    As the Somali regions continue to emerge from decades of civil war, investment is expanding, banks are opening their doors, and Somali exports are increasingly finding markets.

    Read more
    Glass Ceilings Broken by Hillary Clinton

    What Happens After Glass Ceilings Shatter? The Influence a First Female Leader Has on Women’s Representation in Elected Offices

    Written by Curtis Bell on June 14, 2016

    This paper leverages data from the fifty democracies that have had a female leader to better understand how women in the highest levels of government affect women’s representation in other elected offices.

    Read more
    United Nations Intervention Good or Bad

    The UN Intervention Brigade: Extinguishing Conflict or Adding Fuel to the Flames?

    Written by Jay Benson on June 2, 2016

    The authorization of the Intervention Brigade (IB) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sparked controversy in the international community over the value of such deployments for UN peace operations.

    Read more
    Renewable Energy in Somalia

    Powering Progress II: The Potential of Renewable Energy in Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central Somalia

    Written by David Poplack, Kelsey Coolidge on May 9, 2016

    This report provides a common operating picture based on diverse information collected from renewable energy experts, development actors, donors, and Somali businesspeople in the traditional and emerging renewable energy market.

    Read more
    Ecology and Evolution

    Causality and the Levels of Selection

    Written by Daniel Brian Krupp on March 30, 2016

    When is it sensible to say that group selection has shaped organismal design? This question has prompted many replies but few credible solutions. This article provides new work that exposes the causal relationships between phenotypes and fitness.

    Read more
    Democracies and coups

    Why Democratization Does Not Solve the Coup Problem

    Written by One Earth Future on March 7, 2016

    Since the end of the Cold War, the military coup d’état has become the greatest threat to transitional democracies around the world.

    Read more
    Democracy and Coup d’État

    Coup d’État and Democracy

    Written by , on February 19, 2016

    This article explains coup activity in democracies by adapting insights from the literature on commitment problems and framing coup around the threats leaders and potential coup plotters pose to each other.

    Read more

    Pages