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How will the insecurity in Mexico be that even on the high seas, one cannot be at peace. This week, modern pirates – in boats, with guns and all the faramalla – assaulted the workers of an oil platform in Tabasco. A good number of specialized tools and equipment were also taken.
Everything happened around 9 p.m. on Monday, November 4. The Mexican pirates arrived at the Independencia oil platform, owned by Grupo Carso, to bring down all the workers who were there. According to La Jornada, they did not hesitate to empty their cartridges to threaten the employees.
Beyond output and exploration, Mexico’s oil future relies on checking fuel losses.
In recent years, Mexico's state oil company Pemex has been weakened by hundreds of cuts, as low-level robbers illegally tapped oil lines snaking through remote areas, a practice that’s become known as huachicoleo.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) has made ending fuel theft a centerpiece of his strategy to boost the output of NOC Pemex, pressing the military into service to monitor and prevent those participating, or huachicoleros.
In the last 4 years, just under 600 pirate attacks have been counted in the Campeche Sound and, therefore, it is urgent to establish a naval base near the oil platforms, to timely respond to the reports, said Enrique Lozano Díaz, inspector of the International Federation of Maritime Transport Workers..."In 2016 there were 48 reported cases or so; in 2017 they were about 147, and in 2018 the figure reached almost 200. Until September 2019 there were about 164 reported cases.
“The last incident was on November 4 at about 20:30 hours aboard the ship ‘Remas’ of Italian flag, where they were assaulted with a firearm: a bullet apparently in the leg of a crew member, and another was a strong blow to the head, apparently a cachazo ‘, explained Lozano Díaz.