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The bands of “Mexican pirates” venture up to 130 kilometres offshore to assault the marine platforms and the Pemex ships located in the Sonda de Campeche. From those facilities, they steal tools, machines, copper cable, fire extinguishers and even well pressure control modules and consoles. The robberies, more and more frequent, without the Mexican Navy being able to do anything against these “pirates”, have occurred the maritime-northwest region where the Cantarell complex and the Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) deposits are located.
Another zone of attack is the maritime-southwest region, on the coast of Tabasco and Abkatún-Pol-Chuc (APC), which is located between Campeche and Tabasco, 132 kilometres from the Port of Dos Bocas.
The looting of oil installations has been minimized by the Navy, which only acknowledged recently that “a series of robberies and acts of vandalism have been presented to the oil infrastructure by means of smaller vessels that are covered with legal riparian vessels that engage in legal activities. to carry out fishing activities. ” In 2017, 89 assaults were reported in the Cantarell-KMZ area, while in the Tabasco and APC zones, 103 robberies were recorded. Without surveillance and control, the “pirates” can climb platforms located between 50 and 130 meters high.
The senator of Morena Margarita Sanchez Garci’a, ex-leader of the oil union in Campeche, denounced yesterday that the attacks are an increase and in the last months, it is had the report of at least 24 assaults to the platforms of the probe of Campeche. “The assaults are committed by a kind of ‘pirates’ who, with small motor boats, arrive heavily armed to the platforms, subjecting the workers to risk their lives,” he said. But the Senator of Morena, who will take the case to the Senate tribune, denounced that although the Navy limited the navigation in 5 thousand meters around the oil platforms, the surveillance was neglected.
“In that radius, only activities required for oil exploration and production are allowed, the rapid and uninterrupted transit of fishing vessels en route and outside these areas is authorized. However, the security problem continues to increase”, points out the point of agreement.