PortandTerminal.com, April 10, 2020
PUERTO DOS BOCAS, MEXICO – The Italian Coastguard is reporting that an Italian flagged vessel has been attacked in the Gulf of Mexico, 65nm NW, Puertos Dos Bocas.
No other details available at this time. We will update this story as more information becomes available.
This is the first reported incident in the Gulf of Mexico since the attack on the Italian flagged MV REMAS on 11 November 2019. It had a crew of about 35 when the attack occurred off the city of Ciudad del Carmen in the state of Campeche. In that incident, two Italian personnel were injured in the attack, with one being shot in the leg and another concussed.
Dryad reports that The Gulf of Mexico continues to be a relatively stable region, despite reports of an increase in offshore criminal activity. International maritime monitoring organisations have recorded four incidents in the previous 12 months targeting tankers and offshore supply vessels.
Piracy is concentrated in the southern Mexican state of Campeche. Pirates have historically targeted oil rigs and tankers with the intent of robbing personal valuables and items which can be sold on black markets in and around Mexico. Despite the low risk, piracy incidents can be violent, often involving weapons and firearms with a willingness to shoot and intimidate.
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