Half Moon Shoal

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Half Moon Shoal (Chinese: 半月礁; pinyin: Banyue Jiao ; Tagalog: Hasa Hasa Shoal) is a shoal in Spratly Islands of South China Sea. China and the Philippines have competing claims over the shoal. It is located 100 km from Palawan, Philippines.

Notable incidents[edit]

A Chinese frigate, Type 053 560, ran aground on the shoal on 11 July 2012.[1][2] The base of the frigate is in Mischief Reef, located 76 nautical miles away.[2]

On 6 May 2014, Philippine police seized 11 Chinese fishermen allegedly poaching sea turtles on board the fishing boat, Qiongqionghai, near the Half Moon Shoal.[3]


  1. ^ Austin Ramzy (2012-07-24). "China's Newest City Raises Threat of Conflict in South China Sea". time.com. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b Jaime Laude (2012-07-14). "China ship runs aground near Phl". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  3. ^ Mogato, Manuel; Blanchard, Ben (7 May 2014). "Tensions surge in S. China Sea as Philippines seizes Chinese boat". Reuters. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 

Coordinates: 8°52′N 116°16′E / 8.867°N 116.267°E / 8.867; 116.267