One Earth Future Foundation: Funding Partnerships to Address Piracy

Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) is a program of the One Earth Future Foundation, located in Broomfield, Colorado. It works to reduce violence at sea by mobilizing maritime community stakeholders, developing public-private partnerships, and promoting the prosecution and incarceration of criminals. The program is looking to expand outside of its focus on piracy to address violence caused by other types of maritime crime such as maritime terrorism and human smuggling.

One of OBP’s focus areas is the Hostage Support Partnership, which supports victims of piracy.  The Hostage Support Partnership, which includes the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Compass Risk Management, and the law firm of Holman Fenwick Willan, recently secured the release of the crew of the Naham 3 on October 22, 2016. The Naham 3, an Omani-flagged fishing vessel, was hijacked on March 26, 2012 at the peak of Somalian piracy. Of the 29 original crew members, one was killed during the initial capture and two others died in captivity. The remaining 26 survived over four and a half years and have now been repatriated. OBP continues to work for the release of other hostages still being held in Somalia.

In 2014, One Earth Future Foundation provided its Oceans Beyond Piracy program with $1.459 million to support of rule of law and institution-building relating to prevention of maritime piracy and supporting maritime security.

One Earth Future Foundation: Funding Partnerships to Address Piracy

Ben Lawellin