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Half Moon Shoal (Chinese: 半月礁; pinyin: Banyue Jiao ; Tagalog: Hasa Hasa Shoal) is a shoal at the eastern edge of the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea. China and the Philippines have competing claims over the shoal. It is located close to Northeast Investigator Shoal and 100 km from Palawan, Philippines.[1]

Half Moon Shoal
Disputed island
Native name: Hasa Hasa Shoal
Banyue Jiao 半月礁
Half Moon Shoal is located in South China Sea
Half Moon Shoal
LocationSouth China Sea
Coordinates8°52′N 116°16′E / 8.867°N 116.267°E / 8.867; 116.267 (Half Moon Shoal)Coordinates: 8°52′N 116°16′E / 8.867°N 116.267°E / 8.867; 116.267 (Half Moon Shoal)
ArchipelagoSpratly Islands
Administered by
MunicipalityKalayaan, Palawan
Claimed by
People's Republic of China

Notable incidentsEdit

The Chinese frigate Dongguan ran aground on the shoal on 11 July 2012.[2][3]

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.[4]

On 29 August 2018, BRP Gregorio del Pillar ran aground at the shoal in the West Philippine Sea off Palawan.[5]


  1. ^ Admiralty Sailing Directions - South China Sea. Taunton, UK: UKHO (United Kingdom Hydrographic Office). 1 July 2013.
  2. ^ Austin Ramzy (24 July 2012). "China's Newest City Raises Threat of Conflict in South China Sea". Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  3. ^ Jaime Laude (14 July 2012). "China ship runs aground near Phl". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 25 July 2012.[dead link]
  4. ^ Mogato, Manuel; Blanchard, Ben (7 May 2014). "Tensions surge in S. China Sea as Philippines seizes Chinese boat". Reuters. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  5. ^ "PHL Navy frigate ran aground in West Philippine Sea". GMA News. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.