The offshore vessels Global Explorer and Vikrant Dolphin were attacked and robbed by pirates in Gulf of Mexico. The vessels were approached by rubber boat with armed men at the Dos Bocas anchorage off Tabasco, Mexico. The pirates succeeded to take control of the ship and crew was locked in the citadel, while pirates robbed the ships and stole personal belongings, ship equipment and other valuables. After robbery the armed men fled to the shore in unknown direction. The piracy accident was reported to the local authorities and the site were dispatched security teams, which released the crew from the offshore ships. There were no reported injuries and no significant damages to the vessels during the piracy attack.
The local authorities and navy started investigation for the root cause of the accident. According to authorities the pirates are members of local organized gang, which is engaged with robberies in the vicinity. However, the local authorities do not reject the possibility the piracy to be repeated and asked the seafarers to increase security on board.
The offshore vessel Global Explorer (IMO: 7717004) has overall length of 82.80 m, moulded beam of 13.70 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 3,450 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,704 GRT. The ship was built in 1978 by Bollinger Marine Fabrication shipyard in Morgan City, USA. The vessel is operated by the US company Marine Management Des Moines with home port Dos Bocas.
The offshore vessel Vikrant Dolphin is operating under the flag of Mauritius. The ship has overall length of 90.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m.