Armed pirates rob offshore platform in Bay of Campeche

Armed pirates struck on a second offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico last week, hitting a platform operated by Pemex in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico. They forced the crew to help them load goods onto their three vessels before departing.

The 10 armed robbers boarded a platform at the Rebombeo pumping complex last Tuesday evening June 14th, according to local media. The attackers stayed for about three hours, loading tools, self-container breathing apparatus (SCBAs), and other materials from the platform. None of the crew was injured.

The Repompeo platform is a re-pumping station for three major oil pipelines connecting the Bay of Campeche’s offshore fields with a receiving station on shore. It has a capacity of 800,000 barrels per day and is a central infrastructure node for Pemex’s offshore operations.

Criminal gangs are thought to target platforms as well as offshore support vessels on a regular basis, with the number of actual incidents believed to be greater than the number reported.

Late last month an armed group boarded an offshore vessel near an oil field off Tabasco, making off with thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment – notably 35 SCBAs. In late January another group of pirates robbed the Ku Sierra platform in the Bay of Campeche, part of Pemex’s core Ku-Maloob-Zaap field complex. They made off with 25 SCBAs, communications equipment, tools and other gear.