The Human Cost of Maritime Piracy 2012 Report

June 2013


The Human Cost of Maritime Piracy 2012 Report has been developed through the combined efforts of the Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) project of One Earth Future Foundation, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP).

The updated report considers not only the human cost of Somali Piracy but also, for the first time, the threat of piracy in the waters off West Africa.

The report finds that the incidents of violence against seafarers remain high, and whilst there has been an 80% drop in attacks off the East African coast, the average period of hostage captivity there exceeds two years. Seafarers were subject to more West African piracy attacks and boardings than Somali-based piracy.

The report contains information submitted by flag states, online surveys of seafarer concerns as well as first-hand accounts released by seafarers.

(Based on Press Release of 18 June 2013 from IMB, OBP and MPHRP.)


The Report as well as a useful fact sheet which summarises the findings can be viewed and downloaded below with kind permission of OBP.