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Does this 357-Foot New Yacht Belong to Steven Spielberg?

Oceanco is keeping details of the mammoth vessel’s owner under wraps.

By Irenie Forshaw

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Oceanco is used to catering for the fabulously wealthy; earlier this year the Dutch shipbuilder delivered Jeff Bezos’s gleaming new ship , Koru. Now, the rumor mill is going into overdrive once again. This time, Steven Spielberg is reportedly the billionaire behind its newest yacht: Seven Seas.

Spanning 357 feet, the mammoth motoryacht isn’t as long as Koru – which scooped the title of the longest sailing yacht on the planet at 417 ft – but she does cut an impressive figure. This isn’t Spielberg’s first foray into the yachting world – the Hollywood director had his first ship (also called Seven Seas ) delivered by Oceanco back in 2010.

The original Seven Seas – whose name is inspired by Spielberg’s seven children – measured 282 feet and boasted an expansive spa , gym, beauty salon, and, of course, movie theatre. But the four-time Academy Award winner sold the ship to Canadian billionaire Barry Zekelman in 2021 for a cool $151m (the ship has since been renamed Man of Steel).

It seems Spielberg has caught the superyacht bug; the new Seven Seas is even bigger and more lavish than her predecessor. So, what do we know about the director’s latest ship? While Oceanco has remained relatively tight-lipped on the project, a few key details have emerged which we’ll dive into here.

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The superyacht – previously known as project Y720 – was commissioned back in 2022 for a whopping $250m. She was built by Oceanco – the same shipyard that made Spielberg’s old boat in Alblasserdam, a town in the western Netherlands around 12 miles from Rotterdam. Omani billionaire businessman Mohammed al Barwani bought the luxury shipyard back in 2010 (he also owns Turquoise Yachts in Istanbul).

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Oceanco has an impressive track record when it comes to building jaw-dropping superyachts. As well as recently unveiling Bezos’s Koru, four years ago the shipbuilder delivered Black Pearl – a striking three-mast vessel which, at 350 ft, became the largest sailing yacht in the world at the time, and garnered attention for its cutting-edge eco-credentials.

What do we know about the design?

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Oceanco collaborated with Dutch firm Sinot Yacht Architecture Design to build Spielberg’s new yacht. The project was overseen by Lateral Naval Architects, with the team carrying out an “extensive optimization process” to ensure Seven Seas met the highest performance standards (she is the first LY3-compliant yacht to feature a Marine Evacuation System).

Powered by twin MTU 20V 4000 M73L diesel engines, she is able to reach top speeds of up to 20 knots and weighs in at 4,444 GT. Her sleek steel hull, teak deck, and lightweight aluminum superstructure give her a graceful silhouette; this is certainly a yacht to turn heads.

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Considerably larger than Spielberg’s former yacht, Seven Seas 2.0 can host up to 14 guests across seven cabins (so there’s plenty of space for his entire family). There’s also room onboard for up to 30 crew, plus a gym, pool, spa, beach club, helipad and tender garage. Oh, and there’s a movie theatre too. Obviously.

The fourth largest project delivered by Oceanco to date, she was glimpsed for the first time in March 2022 being rolled out of the construction shed at the shipyard and was spotted in the Port of Gibraltar in early July.

How about the interiors?

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It’s extremely unlikely we’ll get to see inside Spielberg’s new yacht anytime soon, but we do know the interiors onboard Seven Seas have been crafted by Beverly Hills-based designer Molly Isaksen (in a telling sign she was also brought in for the interiors onboard Man of Steel ).

While details remain sparse, Oceanco did reveal we can expect plenty of “natural materials and glass onboard, offering guests an unparalleled outward-looking experience”.

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The 109m/357'7" motor yacht 'Seven Seas' was built by Oceanco in the Netherlands at their Alblasserdam shipyard. Her interior is styled by Dutch designer design house Sinot Yacht Design and she was delivered to her owner in July 2023. This luxury vessel's exterior design is the work of Sinot Yacht Design.

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Seven Seas has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to 14 guests in 7 suites. She is also capable of carrying up to 35 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.

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Her features include sauna, satellite communications, underwater lights, deck jacuzzi, WiFi and air conditioning.

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Seven Seas is built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with teak decks. Seven Seas comfortably cruises at 15 knots, reaches a maximum speed of 18 knots. She was built to Lloyds Register ✠ 100A1 SSC Yacht Mono, G6, ECO(IHM) ✠ LMC UMS classification society rules.

Length 109m / 357'7
Beam 16m / 52'6
Draft 4.6m / 15'1
Gross Tonnage 4,444 GT
Cruising Speed 15 Knots
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Beam 16m / 52'6
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Cruising Speed 15 Knots
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In 2021, the Seven Seas, the luxury yacht belonging to billionaire movie director Steven Spielberg, was sold to billionaire steel magnate Barry Zekelman after being listed for almost $158 million earlier in the year (via Bloomberg ).

Spielberg first commissioned the 282-foot yacht in 2010. The superyacht was designed by Oceanco, a luxury shipbuilding company from the Netherlands. If the name sounds familiar, this company has also recently built a superyacht for Amazon founder  Jeff Bezos . The Seven Seas was custom-made for the award-winning film director and has lots of amenities and high-end features. It's a powerful ship that can hit a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. The yacht also has two MTU engines, which provide a walloping 4,680 horsepower each, according to Robb Report .

In the past, this yacht has been sailing all over and has been seen cruising off the coast of France during the Cannes Film Festival, and in the Caribbean near the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.

It's decked out inside

The Seven Seas has four spacious decks and plenty of room for relaxing and entertaining guests. It features nine cabins that can accommodate up to 20 people, plus 28 crew members. The owner's suite for Spielberg is gorgeous and has a deck with a jacuzzi, office, and private terrace. It also has a full-beam VIP stateroom on the main deck with several other cabins on the lower deck (via Robb Report and Superyacht Times ).

Designers Nuvolari Lenard and Molly Isaksen collaborated to create the boat's lush wooden-themed interior (via Architectural Digest ). As would be expected, a yacht as opulent as the Seven Seas is jam-packed with amenities for Spielberg and his guests to enjoy. Published photos of the Seven Seas show jumbo screens in every room and a home cinema onboard. You can also find a sauna, steam room, gym, massage room, lounge areas, bars, and a swimming pool. This yacht is so large it can even accommodate a helipad. Like other superyachts, it comes with the standard garage where you can fit speedboats, water toys, and diving gear.

Now that Steven Spielberg has sold his yacht, fans just have to wait and see if another mega yacht is coming in the future.

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Dutch yard Oceanco has delivered its 109-metre superyacht Seven Seas , formerly known as project Y720.

Seven Seas is the fourth largest project delivered by the shipyard to date and was seen for the first time in March 2022 when she was rolled out of the construction shed in Zwijndrecht .

Her sharp lines and tapered decks are from the boards of Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design , marking the first exterior collaboration between the Dutch shipyard and studio. According to the yard, the owner has played an integral role in the design of the yacht.

The interior, which remains under wraps, is also by Sinot in collaboration with American designer Molly Isaksen.

"Setting Seven Seas apart is her beautifully proportioned profile and the exquisite use of natural materials and glass on board, offering guests an unparalleled outward-looking experience," the shipyard said. "Under the unique expertise and guidance of Lateral Naval Architects , the project underwent an extensive optimisation process, resulting in outstanding performance and exceptional seakeeping ability."

She is also the first LY3-compliant yacht to feature a marine evacuation system.

Seven Seas marks the second delivery of 2023 for the shipyard with its largest construction to date, 127-metre Koru , handed over to her owner earlier this year. There are three yachts that remain under construction at Oceanco, all of which are over 100 metres in length, known as Oceanco Y723, Oceanco Y722 and Oceanco Y726.

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Oceanco is proud to announce the delivery of Seven Seas , a remarkable 109-meter motoryacht that showcases the extraordinary collaboration between Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design and Molly Isakse n Interior s . 

Setting Seven Seas apart is her beautifully proportioned profile and the exquisite use of natural materials and glass onboard, offering guests an unparalleled outward-looking experience.

Under the unique expertise and guidance of Lateral Naval Architects, the project underwent an extensive optimization process, resulting in outstanding performance and seakeeping ability. She is also the first LY3-compliant yacht to feature a Marine Evacuation System.

Oceanco is proud to deliver Seven Seas . We wish her f air winds for unforgettable adventures throughout a lifetime .  

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Length 109m / 357ft Beam 16m / 52ft Speed 20 knots Interior & Exterior Design Sinot Yacht Architecture and Design Interior Design Molly Isaksen Interiors Naval Architecture Lateral Naval Architects Owner’s representative Y.CO

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Oceanco claims Seven Seas also offers “outstanding performance and seakeeping ability.” The folks at Lateral Naval Architects carried out an extensive optimization process to ensure the 4,444 GT cruiser excels in all areas, and even partnered with Oceanco to develop the propulsion system. Seven Seas is powered by twin MTU 20V 4000 M73L diesel engines that can produce 4,813 hp each and propel the vessel to 20 knots. She is also the first LY3-compliant yacht (the British government’s classification for big commercial craft), to feature a marine evacuation system, according to Oceanco. Such systems make it easy and quick for you to slide into a lifeboat should an emergency situation arise.

PORTOFINO, ITALY - JULY 01:  General view of Steven Spielberg's boat 'Seven Seas' on July 1, 2011 in Portofino, Italy.  (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)

The original Seven Seas, now known as Man of Steel , was delivered to Spielberg in 2010. The four-time Academy Award winner, who ranks as the most commercially successful director in history with a net worth of $4 billion, spared no expense when designing his dream machine. He opted for nine generous staterooms, a spa, a gym, a pool, a beach club, a helipad, a tender garage, and a full movie theater, of course. Over the past decade, the OG Seven Seas has lived up to its moniker, sailing the coast of France during the Cannes Film Festival and the waters of Antigua and Barbuda. The high-profile 282-footer will certainly be a tough act to follow, but the new 357-footer could well steal the spotlight.

Rachel Cormack is a digital editor at Robb Report. She cut her teeth writing for HuffPost, Concrete Playground, and several other online publications in Australia, before moving to New York at the…

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Seven Seas Yachts organizes a joint trip in Greece in the period 28.09. – 05.10.2024. The trip starts and ends at the islands Rhodes. Here both singles and couples can sign up. 2 newer yachts have been ordered, 1 Sun Odyssey 490 and 1 catamaran, Lagoon 42. Both yachts have 4 double cabins and 4 heads.

The plan is to visit several beatiful islands, for example Symi, Nissiros and Tilos. There will be 2 Norwegian skippers that double as guides on the trip, which provide a practical course for sailing and navigation, according to the method of ‘learning by doing’, for those who want to participate in this. Price per person in a shared double cabin is NOK 8.400 to NOK 8.900 in the sailing yacht, and kr 9.500 – kr 10.500 in the Lagoon 42. The price is depending on the cabin type. The price includes yacht rental, yacht insurance, fresh water, harbor fees, skipper, bed linen and end-cleaning of the yacht after the rental period.

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Three coast guard vessels, four merchant ships in the area and two smaller private boats took part in the rescue after passengers on the yacht phoned emergency services for assistance.

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64 people missing and many rescued from 2 shipwrecks off Italy. At least 11 have died

Sixty-four people were missing at sea after a shipwreck off the Italian southern coast on Monday, United Nations’ agencies said in a statement. In the shipwreck, which took place about 200 kilometres (125 miles) off Calabria, a boat that had set off from Turkey eight days earlier caught fire and overturned, the U.N. agencies said, citing survivors. The Italian Red Cross said overall 12 people were rescued although one person died. (AP video shot by Valeria Ferraro)

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Some of the 11 migrants saved from the sea after their sailboat sank in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Greece early Monday, June 17, 2024, are assisted in Roccella Ionica, southern Italy where they were brought by the Italian Coast Guard. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)

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This picture taken early Monday, June 17, 2024 by the Italian Coast Guard shows a sail boat used by migrants half sank in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Greece early Monday, June 17, 2024. 12 survivors were brought to the Italian port-city of Roccella Ionica but one died on arrival, while searches for some 60 more occupants are being carried out. (Italian Coast Guard via AP, Ho)

ROME (AP) — Sixty-four people were missing in the Mediterranean Sea and several were rescued after their ship wrecked off Italy’s southern coast Monday, United Nations’ agencies said in a statement.

In a separate shipwreck, rescue workers evacuated dozens of suspected migrants but found 10 bodies trapped below the deck of a wooden boat off Italy’s tiny Lampedusa island, the German aid group Resqship wrote on Monday on the X social media platform.

The boat that wrecked about 200 kilometers (125 miles) off Calabria had set off from Turkey eight days earlier, but caught fire and overturned, the U.N. agencies said, citing survivors.

The search-and-rescue operation started following a mayday call by a French boat, the Italian coast guard said in a statement. The boat was sailing in a border area where Greece and Italy carry out search-and-rescue operations. The survivors and people still missing at sea came from Iran, Syria and Iraq, the U.N. agencies said.

The Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Center immediately diverted two merchant vessels sailing nearby to the scene of the rescue. Assets from the European border and coast guard agency Frontex also helped.

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The survivors were brought to the Calabrian port of Roccella Jonica, where they were disembarked and entrusted to the care of medical personnel. One of the 11 rescued migrants died soon after, the coast guard said.

In the second shipwreck, the crew aboard Resqship’s boat, the Nadir, found 61 people on the wooden boat, which was full of water.

“Our crew was able to evacuate 51 people, two of whom were unconscious,” it added. “The 10 dead were in the flooded lower deck of the boat.”

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High seas, high stakes: American Magic’s thrilling bid for the 37th America’s Cup

O ur chase boat was pushing its limits, bouncing up and down on the water at 20+ knots as we tried to keep up with the Patriot on a beautiful, sunny day in Barcelona. It was a futile attempt; the futuristic sailboat zoomed out of sight in almost an instant.

This was my second day visiting the American Magic team at the bustling Spanish harbour, laden with superyachts and other gigantic vessels, as they were getting ready for the 37th America’s Cup, one of the strangest competitions in the world.

If you don’t know what Amerca’s Cup is, let me tell you, you’re missing out. It’s the oldest international sporting trophy, dating back to 1851. The prestigious sailing competition pits the world's best sailors and most advanced yachts against each other.

Only four nations (United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland) have won the America’s Cup in over 170 years. Emirates Team New Zealand, after defeating Oracle Team USA in 2017 and defending the title in 2021 against Italy, is the most successful team in modern history with four wins.

The 37th edition will be held in Barcelona from August to October 2024, hence why all teams are testing the waters there, literally and figuratively. The current defender is Emirates Team New Zealand, which will face the winner of the Challenger Selection Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup.

One of the challenger teams is the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic, a prominent team with a long and rich history.

Formed in 2018 by Hap Fauth, Roger Penske, and Doug DeVos, New York Yacht Club American Magic aims to reclaim the America's Cup, which the club has held for 132 years since 1851. The team faced a dramatic setback in the 36th America's Cup when their AC75 'Patriot' capsized during a leading semi-final race against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.

For the 37th America's Cup, American Magic signed Tom Slingsby, an Olympic gold medalist and renowned foiling sailor, partnering with Paul Goodison. They introduced AC75 cyclors and refined their systems with SRAM. They also formed 'Quantum Racing powered by American Magic' to develop young and female sailors.

Led by CEO Mike Cazer and Design Coordinator Scott Ferguson, the team launched their new AC75 'Patriot' in May 2024 (see video below) and immediately started testing. This effort represents their best chance in decades to bring the Cup back to New York.

The Patriot is not dissimilar to other boats taking in the competition, which isn’t much of a surprise, as the winning team dictates basically every parameter of the race, including what kind of boats are used, which all challenger teams have to adhere to.

The AC75 racing yachts are very different from the white sailboats you might be accustomed to. They have a monohull construction (unlike the double-hulled catamaran, for example), feature wing-like sailing hydrofoils mounted under the hull, a soft wing sail, and no keel.

“I'm still amazed by how exciting it is to see the AC75s barreling down the racecourse at four times the speed of the wind,” says Aaron Perry, Global Platform Design Lead at American Magic. “If you're on board and raise your head out of the cockpit, you'd be feeling near hurricane-strength wind speeds. A Category One hurricane is 64 knots, and that's just about what you'd be feeling on the boat.”

A sailing hydrofoil is a marvel of nautical engineering that transforms sailboats into high-speed machines by lifting the hull above water and dramatically reducing drag.

Here's the magic (pun intended): as the boat accelerates, water flows over and under hydrofoil wings mounted below the hull. These foils create a pressure difference, generating lift similar to how aeroplane wings work.

What makes for a winning design starts with the takeoff of the boat. The hull is in the water, and the sails provide thrust at low speed. As the boat speeds up, the foils, which are stainless steel slivers in the water, begin to provide lift, and the hull slowly lifts out of the water.

The underbody is shaped like a canoe to reduce wet surface and hydrodynamic drag as you accelerate. Eventually, the hull is completely out of the water, and the hydrofoils alone balance its nearly seven-ton weight.

The most insane thing about the Partiot – and other AC75 racing yachts – is that no engine or motor pushes the vessel forward; its forward motion is powered by wind only. There are eight people on board the boat: four responsible for manoeuvring it and four cyclors (cyclists-sailors) generating power for the hydraulics.

“You do get thrown around a lot, experiencing a couple of Gs through turns,” explains Paul Goodison MBE, one of the helmsmen of the Patriot. “It's almost like driving a go-kart, where you're wobbling around in your seat, and your head gets rocked around.”

The physicality is really different between the different roles. A certain amount of power has to be produced to move all the sails on this boat, and that's primarily down to the four guys who form the power unit, the cyclists on board.

“You can only move [the sails and wings] as fast as the guys can produce the power,” adds Paul. “The cyclists are producing phenomenal amounts of power, averaging between 450-500 watts for 20 minutes, which is mind-blowing.”

As a huge fan of physical fitness and endurance, I was fascinated by the cyclors. It’s almost unfathomable what those guys go through while on the boat.

The current design (it changes from cup to cup) requires American Magic cyclors to face backwards in a recumbent position, not really seeing anything apart from the scenes mounted in front of them.

Although the type of boat the teams are using is the same, only American Magic uses a recumbent bike setup to power the hydraulics. All while wearing full sailing suits designed specifically for them by Helly Hansen.

Helly Hansen worked closely with American Magic to design the outfit for everyone on board, including the cyclors. The Foil X Jacket (retailer link) is a good example of this collaboration; better still, you can buy the jacket and pretend you're a member of the team like I did when I was there.

The brand says the waterproof jacket was inspired by the “X” patterns that carbon reinforcement yarns create on American Magic’s boat sails and features the HELLY TECH Professional 3-layer fabrics that offer the highest levels of waterproof and breathability, as well as next-level flexibility through 4-way stretch performance.

Not all Helly Hansen products designed for the team make their way to the public, but the technology used in the garments will be implemented in the brand's products. After all, Helly Hansen is trusted by thousands of professionals, including RNLI and other emergency service members, and I'm sure they could use high-performance, hard-wearing gear.

“We power the sails. Anytime the guys are trimming the sails, we need to produce more power. It's not a constant all-out effort,” says Ashton Lambie, one of the cyclors. “There are points where we need to produce more power and points where we maintain a steady pace.”

The race is only 20 minutes or so, so cyclors need to be able to generate a lot of power quite quickly. They aren’t your skinny Tour de France riders; cyclors often come from a track cyclist background. Think Chris Hoy and co with their enormous legs.

Cyclors need to pass a test in which they generate 450W for 20 minutes straight to be considered for the American Magic team. After seeing the boat fly in the water on the second day, journalists attending the event, such as myself, jumped on the bikes to see how long they could last; I managed around 60 seconds at 450W before my legs turned to jelly.

To maintain their physiques, American Magic team members have to train a lot. Cyclors like Ashton are in the gym three days a week, sailing three to five days a week and fitting in one or two long rides if they can.

“Some guys enjoy riding outside, but I focus on our recumbent setups to mimic the boat conditions,” Ashton explains. “Platforms like Zwift make it fun. There was a group of three of us on the recumbents yesterday, and we did the Mega Pretzel route on Zwift. It's a big loop, and it’s a good way to pass the time while training.”

Thanks to all the workouts, the cyclors are getting bigger and more muscular by the day – Ashton added 15 kg to his overall mass and increased his bench press by 40 pounds – but since there is a weight limit for each person on the vessel, this means the other four members of the stuff have to lose weight, so the cyclors can get bigger.

The weight limit for the eight guys on board averages around 87.5 kg,” explains Paul. “For every kilo I'm below that, one of the cyclists can be above it. It's a trade-off because I don't need to produce power, so I try to get as small as I can so the cyclists can be bigger and stronger.”

All that indoor training comes at a price, though. I was told that some of the cyclors are vitamin D deficient because they spend so much time indoors. Considering that most of them have been living in Barcelona for a year and a half, it’s crazy that they don’t get enough sunshine. 

“It's similar for all of us. We're either in the office or on the water sailing, usually covered with helmets and goggles, so there's limited sun exposure,” Paul explains. “Especially through the winter months, many of us are iron and vitamin D deficient, so we take supplements to stay stocked. Now that the weather is getting better, we need about 15 minutes of sun exposure daily.”

I couldn’t help but notice that both Asthon and Paul wore Garmin watches , so naturally, I had to ask them if they used their smartwatches for training. Ashton says he wears a Garmin every day to maximise sleep and training and monitor overall fatigue. Not surprisingly, Paul says he also uses his Garmin “all the time” for training and to see how much work he's doing.

How will the American Magic team fair at the 37th America’s Cup? Only time will tell. The team seems confident, and the racing yacht is amazing, so there is hope for the New York Yacht Club to reclaim the trophy.

I’m sure they wouldn’t mind lifting the cup above their heads after winning, as the American Magic effort costs upwards of 100 million dollars to execute. Even if that doesn’t happen, there is always the 38th Cup in a few years time…

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China Coast Guard accused of behaving ‘like pirates’ in South China Sea

Philippines says coastguard personnel armed with knives and spears boarded their ships in Second Thomas Shoal confrontation.

Chinese vessels surrounding a Philippines resupply mission in the South China Sea. There are mutiple Coast Guard personnel. One appears to have an axe.

The Philippines has accused the China Coast Guard of acting “like pirates”, saying personnel armed with knives and spears boarded their resupply vessels at Second Thomas Shoal in the latest confrontation in the disputed South China Sea.

Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces General Romeo Brawner said the incident took place on June 17 as Filipino soldiers attempted to resupply sailors stationed on the Sierra Madre, which Manila grounded on the reef in 1999.

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“The Chinese Coast Guard personnel had bladed weapons and our personnel fought with bare hands,” he wrote in a statement on Facebook on Wednesday. “We were outnumbered and their weapons were unexpected but our personnel fought with everything that they had.”

The Philippines said one of their sailors was badly injured, and the boats were damaged.

Brawner said the coastguard had acted like pirates.

“Only pirates do this,” he said. “Only pirates board, steal, and destroy ships, equipment, and belongings.”

The situation at Second Thomas Shoal, which lies within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ)  about 195km (121 miles) from the western Philippine island of Palawan, has become increasingly fraught in recent months with China attempting to disrupt the Philippines’ regular missions to the Sierra Madre.

Beijing denied its personnel acted inappropriately.

“The law enforcement action taken by China Coast Guard on the scene was professional and restrained,” Spokesman Lin Jian said at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ regular news conference on Wednesday, saying they were trying to stop a resupply mission that was “illegal”.

CSAFP: ‘OUR TROOPS FOUGHT BACK’ General Romeo Brawner Jr, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said that soldiers conducting a rotation and resupply mission at the BRP Sierra Madre (LS57) at Ayungin Shoal on June 17 fought back with “everything that they had.” pic.twitter.com/fu6Ep4CPjp — Armed Forces of the Philippines (@TeamAFP) June 19, 2024

Lin accused the Philippines of sending construction material and “even weapons and ammunition” to the rusting ship.

“China urges the Philippines to stop its infringement and provocation at once,” Lin said.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea under its so-called nine-dash line and has continued to build artificial islands and military outposts on outcrops and reefs despite an international tribunal ruling its claim to have “ no legal basis ” in 2016.

Beijing has backed up its claims with ships from its coastguard, maritime militia and fishing fleets, and on Saturday, it began enforcing a 2021 law that China says allows its coastguard to use lethal force against foreign ships in waters that it claims, and to detain alleged foreign “trespassers” without trial.

The Global Times, a Chinese state-run tabloid, on Wednesday published photos that it said showed the China Coast Guard’s “interception, boarding, inspection and expelling of Philippine vessels” at Second Thomas Shoal in a manoeuvre that appeared to involve four boats.

One picture, taken from the air, showed three Chinese vessels – two of them black-hulled inflatables – chasing down a Philippine boat, which appeared to be sandwiched between a coastguard ship and one of the inflatables.

Philippine military chief General Romeo Brawner pins a medal on sailor who was taken to hospital after a confrontation with the Chinese Coast Guard. The sailor is lying on a hospital bed in a sky blue hospital pyjamas. His right hand and wrist is bandaged.

The Philippines military, meanwhile, shared its own video of the incident. It appeared to show two Chinese vessels approaching a smaller Philippine ship from either side. A third Chinese boat was visible close behind with Chinese coastguard personnel in orange life jackets then boarding the encircled vessel. One appeared to be carrying an axe.

The Philippines’ Foreign Ministry condemned China’s “illegal and aggressive” behaviour in the latest incident, noting in a statement efforts were being made “to rebuild a conducive environment for dialogue and consultation with China on the South China Sea”.

It said no progress would be made if “China’s words do not match their actions on the waters” and urged Beijing to “act sincerely and responsibly”.

The ministry urged China to respect international law and the 2016 ruling, in particular, which Manila filed after Beijing seized Scarborough Shoal following a months-long standoff.

Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), each country has an EEZ extending 200 nautical miles (around 370km) from their coast over which it has sovereign rights.

Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam also claim parts of the South China Sea.

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Philippine officials say Chinese forces seized 2 navy boats in disputed shoal, injuring sailors

Philippine security officials say Chinese forces have seized two Philippine rubber boats that were delivering food and other supplies to a military ship outpost in a disputed South China Sea shoal in a tense confrontation in which some Filipino navy personnel were injured

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese forces seized two Philippine rubber boats that were delivering food and other supplies to a military outpost in a disputed South China Sea shoal in a tense confrontation in which some Filipino navy personnel were injured, Philippine security officials said Tuesday.

The United States renewed a warning Tuesday that it is obligated to defend the Philippines, a treaty ally, a day after the hourslong hostilities in Second Thomas Shoal . The shoal has been occupied by a small Philippine navy contingent aboard a long-grounded warship that has been closely monitored by China’s coast guard and navy in a yearslong territorial standoff.

There is fear that territorial disputes in the South China Sea, long regarded as an Asian flashpoint, could escalate and pit the United States and China in a larger conflict. China and the Philippines blamed each other for Monday’s hostilities, the most serious in recent months, but provided few details.

A Philippine government task force overseeing the territorial disputes condemned what it said were “dangerous maneuvers, including ramming and towing” which disrupted an effort to transport food, water and other supplies to the Filipinos manning the territorial outpost on the grounded ship, the BRP Sierra Madre, at the shoal. It did not elaborate.

Two Philippine security officials, who had knowledge of the supply mission at the shoal, separately told The Associated Press that two rubber boats manned by Filipino navy personnel had approached the BRP Sierra Madre at the shoal to deliver fresh supplies when several Chinese coast guard personnel on speedboats arrived to disrupt the mission, sparking a scuffle and collisions.

At least eight of the Filipinos were injured, including one who lost a thumb, in the scuffle, said one of the two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were under orders not to discuss the high-seas confrontation publicly.

Five of the injured sailors were rescued by one of two Philippine coast guard patrol ships that were waiting at a distance to back up the navy’s supply mission at the shoal. The two rubber supply boats were towed away by Chinese coast guard personnel and then abandoned after being damaged and emptied of their contents, including an unspecified number of rifles, the two officials said. They were later recovered by the Filipino navy, they said.

The Chinese coast guard gave a different version of the hostilities and said the Philippines “is entirely responsible for this.” It said a Philippine vessel “ignored China’s repeated solemn warnings … and dangerously approached a Chinese vessel in normal navigation in an unprofessional manner, resulting in a collision.”

China’s Foreign Ministry said the supply ship was accompanied by two Philippine speedboats that were attempting to deliver construction materials and other supplies to the BRP Sierra Madre. It described the Chinese coast guard’s actions as “professional, restrained, reasonable and lawful.”

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell discussed China’s actions with his Philippine counterpart, Maria Theresa Lazaro, in a telephone call. Both agreed that China’s “dangerous actions threatened regional peace and stability,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said.

Campbell reaffirmed that the 1951 U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty, which obligates Washington and Manila to help defend each other in major conflicts, “extends to armed attacks on Philippine armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft -– including those of its coast guard -– anywhere in the South China Sea,” according to Miller.

Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said Monday night that his country’s armed forces would resist “China’s dangerous and reckless behavior” which “contravenes their statements of good faith and decency.”

“We will exert our utmost in order to fulfill our sworn mandate to protect our territorial integrity, sovereignty, and sovereign rights,” Teodoro said. “It should now be clear to the international community that China’s actions are the true obstacles to peace and stability in the South China Sea.”

Several other incidents have occurred in recent months near Second Thomas Shoal, which is less than 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from the nearest Philippine coast and is where the BRP Sierra Madre, now encrusted with rust, was deliberately grounded in 1999 to create a territorial outpost. The ship remains an actively commissioned military vessel, meaning an attack on it could be considered by the Philippines as an act of war.

China has become increasingly assertive in pressing its claim to virtually the entire South China Sea, which has led to a rising number of direct conflicts with other countries in the region, most notably the Philippines and Vietnam.

A new Chinese law which took effect Saturday authorizes its coast guard to seize foreign ships “that illegally enter China’s territorial waters” and to detain foreign crews for up to 60 days. The law renewed a reference to 2021 legislation that says China’s coast guard can fire upon foreign ships if necessary.

Associated Press journalists Aaron Favila and Joeal Calupitan in Manila contributed to this report.

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  22. A pre-dawn operation has rescued 77 migrants from a crippled yacht off

    A group of 77 migrants were rescued off a crippled sailing yacht after a large overnight operation in the southern Aegean Sea, Greek authorities said Monday.

  23. 64 people missing and many rescued from 2 shipwrecks off Italy. At

    2 of 7 | . This picture taken early Monday, June 17, 2024 by the Italian Coast Guard shows a sail boat used by migrants half sank in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Greece early Monday, June 17, 2024. 12 survivors were brought to the Italian port-city of Roccella Ionica but one died on arrival, while searches for some 60 more occupants are being carried out.

  24. Sailing Yacht First

    As you navigate the waters, you'll experience firsthand the thrill of mastering a high-performance yacht, honing your sailing techniques under the guidance of experienced instructors. Safety is paramount during any sailing course, and the Beneteau First 45F5 Pininfarina excels in this aspect.

  25. Cup Spy: June 7

    Alinghi Red Bull Racing - AC75 - Day 28 - June 7, 2024 - Barcelona. Alinghi Red Bull Racing (ARBR) rolled out their B2 boat at 10:00hrs, mast was stepped and the yacht was launched at 10:20hrs and the usual dock checks commenced. Dock out was scheduled for 13:00hrs for the sparring AC40 and for B2.

  26. High seas, high stakes: American Magic's thrilling bid for the 37th

    Formed in 2018 by Hap Fauth, Roger Penske, and Doug DeVos, New York Yacht Club American Magic aims to reclaim the America's Cup, which the club has held for 132 years since 1851. The team faced a ...

  27. China Coast Guard accused of behaving 'like pirates' in South China Sea

    The Philippines said one of their sailors was badly injured, and the boats were damaged. Brawner said the coastguard had acted like pirates. "Only pirates do this," he said.

  28. About

    About Seven Seas School of Yachting. Founded on a Commitment to Excellence. Since our inception, we have been recognized as a premier RYA Training Centre, offering a comprehensive array of courses and activities for both hobbyists and professionals.

  29. Philippine officials say Chinese forces seized 2 navy boats in disputed

    MANILA, Philippines — Chinese forces seized two Philippine rubber boats that were delivering food and other supplies to a military outpost in a disputed South China Sea shoal in a tense ...