Friday, March 1, 2024

Pirates attack Gulf of Mexico oil rig, lock up crew and loot the contents

Pirates attacked and plundered an oil rig last Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico, locking up the crew while they looked for loot.

Witnesses said at least six men armed with guns and knives boarded the rig at 9:30pm and proceeded directly to the third floor to wake up the crew. After locking up workers in the cafeteria, the thieves wandered freely, looting equipment, materials, money and anything of value they could carry.

The pirates departed at 4:00 am on Monday, when the rig’s captain sent an emergency alert to authorities. The navy responded 4 1/2 hours later. The crew and company lawyers have spent this week in interviews and taking inventory of damaged or stolen items, which have still not been fully identified.

It was not the first heist of this kind in the Gulf of Mexico, where pirate attacks are becoming a growing threat to oil rigs. On March 12, President López Obrador announced that the navy would maintain permanent operations off the coast of Dos Bocas, Tabasco, to protect against pirates that have in the past attacked Pemex oil rigs.

The rig that was targeted Sunday, called Fortius, is anchored several kilometers off the shore of Campeche. When fully staffed it has a total capacity of 150 people, but it is currently manned by a small maintenance team.

The owner, Mexican oilfield services firm Oro Negro, declared bankruptcy in September 2017, and is currently in the middle of a US $900-million negotiation with debtholders over the future of five oil rigs, including Fortius.

Source: Reforma (sp)

Soldiers look at spent explosives on a rural road, with their truck in the background.

Armed ambush kills 4 soldiers in Michoacán

0
The soldiers were on their way back from checking an area reported to be criminal encampment.

Got 1 min? New tropical fish species discovered in Mexico’s Pacific waters

0
A Mexican scientist first discovered the fish in a November 2022 species inventory expedition to the Revillagigedo Archipelago.

Mexico in Numbers: Illegal weapons trafficking

Since 2016, there has been a 105% increase in rifles found in Mexico, where at least 68% of all firearms can be traced back to a sale in the United States.