€300m superyacht Kaos attacked by climate change protestors

Eco protesters spray paint on a superyacht in Spain.

Eco protesters sprayed paint on a superyacht in Spain.

The superyacht Kaos, said to be worth €300m ($337M), has been attacked with paint sprayed by fire extinguishers in Ibiza Port by the Spanish climate change protest group Futuro Vegetal.

The 110m (360ft) Oceanco vessel is reportedly owned by Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie. After spraying the white yacht’s stern with red and black paint, protestors held up a sign claiming “You consume, others suffer.” Two protestors were arrested at the scene yesterday (July 16th)

The attack follows a similar action against a private jet at Ibiza Airport on Friday (July 14th). A statement on the protest group’s website admitted: “We spray paint using fire extinguishers against the 300 million euro mega-yacht of Nancy Walton, heiress to Walmart and one of the richest women in the world with a fortune of 8.7 billion dollars.”

The yacht protest marked the end of its current campaign, said the group. “The action puts the finishing touch to the “Jets and Yachts, the party is over” campaign, convened by @XRIbiz /Extinction Rebellion Ibiza, who demand a ban on private jets and an end to luxury emissions,” according to its website. (Image courtesy of Futuro Vegetal).

The attack on the yacht and the private jet before it sparked a range of comment on social media platforms such as Twitter. (See below).

Superyachts are no stranger to paint-based protest action. In February this year, protestors painted the words Pandemic Profiteer on the 40m (131ft) sailing yacht Lady M belonging to the Scottish entrepreneur and baroness Michelle Mone. The action, in a harbour near Barcelona, Spain by the protest group Led by Donkeys, followed allegations that the Conservative peer may have made undue profits linked to the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the global pandemic. Mone has consistently denied any wrong doing.

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