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Seastead dismantled and being towed to port

By The Nation 
Phuket

 

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The seastead located at some 14 nautical miles off the coast of Phuket is dragged to the island’s deep-sea port for use as evidence. // Charoon Thongnual

 

A sea home belonging to an American man has been dismantled and is being towed by naval vessels to the Phuket deep sea port.

 

Three royal ships and about 300 Navy officers, led by the Third Naval Area Command, were involved in the operation on Monday to dismantle the seastead off the coast of Phuket and take it ashore.

 

The operation started in the morning and the structure is expected to reach the shore by evening. 

 

The officers started by separating the seastead structure from its pylon and floating pontoon. It will be taken to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa, where it will be kept as evidence for legal cases. 

 

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The floating structure was built by Ocean Builders and was owned by bitcoin investor Chad Andrew Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend, Supranee Thepdet (aka Nadia Summergirl). 

 

It is located to the southeast of Koh Racha Yai, 14 nautical miles from the mainland. 

 

The Royal Thai Navy said it had full authority and duty to protect national interest and marine sovereignty in the area, as the couple’s seastead was located in Thailand’s exclusive economic zone, 200 nautical miles off the mainland.

 

The couple faces charges of threatening the Kingdom’s sovereignty, and could face the death penalty or life in prison.

 

Elwartowski’s visa has been revoked and he has been put on a blacklist by Immigration police. He and Supranee are still on the run.

 

Naval and Phuket Maritime personnel boarded the structure a week ago and said it violated criminal law and posed a navigational hazard.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30368155

 

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Thai navy tows floating home of fugitive U.S. 'seasteader'

By Panu Wongcha-um

 

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A Royal Thai navy ship drags a floating home, lived in by an American man and his Thai partner, in the Andaman Sea, off Phuket Island in Thailand, April 22, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's navy on Monday began towing to shore the floating cabin of a fugitive U.S. citizen and his Thai girlfriend, both prominent members of the "seasteading" movement who face possible death sentences for setting up their offshore home.

 

The cabin set on top of a spar 14 nautical miles off the Thai island of Phuket had been touted as milestone in the movement to build floating communities in international waters as a way to explore alternative societies and governments.

 

Authorities have revoked the visa of bitcoin trader Chad Elwartowski, 46, and charged him and his partner, Supranee Thepdet, with violating Thai sovereignty, punishable by the death penalty or life in prison.

 

The Royal Thai Navy dispatched three boats on Monday to dismantle the structure and bring it back to shore for use as evidence in the government's case against the couple.

 

"The couple announced on social media declaring their autonomy beyond the jurisdiction of any courts or law of any countries, including Thailand," Rear Admiral Vithanarat Kochaseni told reporters, adding they had invited others to join them.

 

"We see such action as deteriorating Thailand's independence," he said.

 

HTMS Mannai, a landing craft utility ship, was expected to return to Phuket with the six-metre (20 ft) wide, hexagon-shaped cabin by late Monday.

 

Elwartowski and Supranee lived in the cabin for two months and left before the Thai navy raided the structure on April 13.

Their whereabouts are unknown, though the government has said the pair is believed to be inThailand.

 

Elwartowski has referred requests for comment to Ocean Builders, which funded and built the cabin, and the Seasteading Institute, which advocates building offshore floating cities and originally received backing from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

 

Ocean Builders said on its website the cabin was in international waters and beyond Thailand's jurisdiction. Thai authorities say the structure is within its 200-mile exclusive economic zone and therefore a violation of its sovereignty.

 

Joe Quirk, president of the Seasteading Institute, said the couple had achieved a milestone for the movement.

 

"They proved a single-family seastead can float stably in international waters for less than the cost of the average American home," Quirk said in a statement.

 

Elwartowski also conducted valuable research on ecosystems over the two months the couple lived in the cabin, he said.

"You can demolish the seastead, but you can't demolish the knowledge that was gained," said Quirk, who is described by his group as a "seavangelist" and an "aquapreneur".

 

(Additional reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat. Editing by Kay Johnson and Darren Schuettler)

 

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So where exactly was it located, in messages I read about 40 plus km and in other messages they write about 14 nautical miles, that is still a big difference in distance, so who was right?

40 km = 21,5 nautical miles.

I only see the living space that they removed, where is the construction on what is was Build?

Did they left it there? I thought is was a danger for the ships at open sea?

16 people in the rubber boats watching 555.

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Ocean Builders said on its website the cabin was in international waters and beyond Thailand's jurisdiction. Thai authorities say the structure is within its 200-mile exclusive economic zone

O let me guess, the entire sea is thailand's

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Biggest thing to happen to the RTN in years.

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8 hours ago, impulse said:

I, on the other hand, wish Thailand had handled it with a little more finesse, simply telling the couple that their innovation violated Thai law, and allowing them to remove it at their own expense.   Or, move it somewhere out of the way of shipping, even within Thai waters- subject to Thai law.

 

Instead, they've stifled innovation, put the fear of God into anyone wanting to try something new in Thailand, and cost the taxpayers a lot of money. 

 

In 20 years, when there are flotillas of zillionaires living off the coast of Malaysia, Myanmar or Cambodia, and entire offshore resorts drawing $$ billions in tourist cash, Thailand will be on the outside looking in. 

 

Perhaps there will be another court case where the Thai Navy gets done for piracy!! 555🙄😏🙄😏🙄😏

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Phuket’s ‘seastead’ is now a sad ‘homestead’ back on shore – VIDEO

By Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

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The Phuket seastead removal operation was a success yesterday, according to the Royal Thai Navy. The controversial seastead structure is now under guard at the Port of Thailand. The Royal Thai Navy says they are confident with the evidence they have for any litigation that may follow the removal of the structure from its offshore home, some 22 kilometres off the coast of Phuket.

 

About 300 navy officers were involved in the process removing the structure from the south east coast of the island yesterday morning.

 

The seastead finally arrived at the Phuket Deep Sea Port in Cape Panwa at about 10pm last night.

 

Full story: https://thethaiger.com/news/phuket/phukets-seastead-is-now-a-sad-homestead-back-on-shore-video

 

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"I only see the living space that they removed, where is the construction on what is was Build?

Did they left it there? I thought is was a danger for the ships at open sea?"

 

It will most likely be towed back to shore by the flogged out wooden boat piloted by the old man and a couple of underage boys that towed it out there.  Then it will be sold for scrap.

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