Seasteaders made fatal mistake in measuring distance

your say April 22, 2019 01:00

Oh dear, Thai authorities got their knickers in a twist over a couple who want to live in a floating bathtub, ridiculous!



Nigel Joey Leggett

Tell me what would happen if this occurred off the US shoreline.

Raitiam Atjivanantha

As I am not an American I wouldn’t know but people have been living off the coast of England for decades.

Nigel Joey Leggett

It’s a hazard to navigation. A large ship travelling through the Malacca Strait heading to Phuket might not even see the structure until she collided with it. This would be especially true in poor weather conditions.

Daniel Hill

We are Thai people and we don’t want them in our motherland.

Lertnapa Maowong

They ARE NOT IN Thailand. They are outside of its territorial limits. That means International waters. They ARE NOT threatening Thai 

sovereignty at all. Are they aiming missiles at the mainland? 

There are plenty of these types of seasteads off the coasts of Britain, Australia and even the US. Nobody really bothers them at all. Thailand is the bully here. Not the American.

Mark Joseph Jochim

It’s now clear that he was under Thailand jurisdiction, because Thailand jurisdiction and law apply 24 nautical miles (12nm of Territorial Waters + 12nm of Contiguous Zone) from the shore, as defined by the UN.

He claimed that he was 25.92km away from the nearest shore, which should be in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and is further away from the “24-zone” right? Wrong!

Look again, he claimed he was “25.92km” away, but the UN uses nautical miles as the unit of measurement. So the seastead is only 13.996nm offshore – nowhere near the EEZ. It’s merely in the Contiguous Zone. 

So he’s doomed now.

Jason R Hofer 

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