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SEBANA COVE MARINA, MALAYSIA … 18th MAY 2009

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* THIS IS A RESEARCH STATION FOR FRUITS AND OTHER THINGS ... JUST NORTH OF `SEBANA COVE', MALAYSIA ... A VERY INTERESTING VISIT! *

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* A MAGNIFICENT DISPLAY OF `COY' GOLD FISH? AT THE RESEARCH STATION! *

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* I DEEPLY APPRECIATE WHAT NATURE CAN PRODUCE IN THE WAY OF FLORA! DON'T ASK ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE PRETTY THINGS THOUGH! *

A visit organized by Sazli and Hardeep, to a: Fruit Farm … Home Stays area … Fishing Museum and a Hotel … made a very good days outing.

LEAVING SEBANNA COVE … VISIT BACK TO JOHOR BAHRU, MALYASIA

It was time to leave Sebana Cove for the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsular … however; I had to return to Danga Bay Marina to pickup a handheld GPS mailed to me from Perth. In company with Patrick and Elizabeth of `Labarque’ (UK) we made our way across the northern straits between Singapore and Malaysia … to the causeway joining the two countries. In sailing/motoring this leg (through a severe thunder storm) we had completed a circumnavigation of Singapore … which is an experience worth storing in your memory banks!

Anchored adjacent to Malaysian Police wharf (Lat: 01° 27.46 … Long: 103° 46.33)

PEOPLE CAN BE GREAT!

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* The Johor-Singapore Causeway, viewed from Singapore, facing Malaysia. (Image compliments of Google Images) *

The Johor-Singapore Causeway, viewed from Singapore, facing Malaysia.

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* A VERY GOOD SCHEMATIC SHOWING THE LAYOUT OF THE NORTHERN SHORELINE OF SINGAPORE! *

With the five-score-and-ten plastic bags unloaded it was time to transfer them to the dinghy. Actually, this `landing’ defies description … as the floating pontoon was actually a bunch of planks somehow tied together and strategically located at the base of a vertical, stainless steel ladder … and it was three metres up the ladder to the landing. NOW, the tide had gone out and it was five (5) metres down to the plank landing! I was standing, a little stunned, and trying to work out how I could lower this heap of plastic bags down to the dinghy. Nothings impossible I keep saying … but this came close! Up walked a group of Police Cadets, who had taken in the scenario in a flash … suggested I climb down to the planks and they would form a human chain from the heap at the top, down the ladder to me at the base. In three (3) minutes it was done, they accepted my humble thanks and were gone! What a miracle of help and cooperation!

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* PATRICK AND ELIZABETH OF `SV LABARQUE' ... THEY HAVE BEEN CRUISING FOR 20 YEARS OVER A DISTANCE OF 100,000 NMILES! *

I left `Labarque’ to their business and retraced my path back to the Straits of Johor. The area around Changi (an in-famous area as a result of the Japanese jail created there during WW2) … is under heavy, heavy reclamation development by the Singapore Government. They are literally creating land by filling in a huge area of sea and mangrove. I would guess most of the barges plying the waters of the Straits of Malacca and Johor … up from Indonesia and down from Malaysia … are carrying sand/rock to use at these reclamations. It’s rumoured a complete Indonesian Island has disappeared as a result of this transfer of earth! Makes for a good rumour if not absolutely true?

Chapter 2-MECR-4

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PASSAGE SOUTH OF SINGAPORE TO SEBANA COVE MARINA … 18th MAY 2009

  

* THERE ARE SUPER TANKERS/FREIGHTERS BY THE HUNDREDS! *

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The fleet’s next port-of-call was Sebana Cove Marina … a 45 nmile journey across the southern border of Singapore, the Straits of Johor … through part of the 60 nmiles of anchored and mobile shipping!  On entering the melee I took a count of the shipping in my area: …

(1) Super-tanker …

(2) Singaporean Warships …

(1) Passenger Cruiser …

(2) Floating Oil Platforms …

(1) Drive on/Drive off Car Carrier …

(1) Tug towing a barge and they were traveling faster than Déjà vu. 

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* CRUISE LINERS ARE IN THE MINORITY IN `SINGAPORE' WATERS ... THIS PRIMARILY A COMMERCIAL PORT! *

  

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* CAN YOU BELEIVE THERE ARE MANY (5/6 THAT I SAW) ANCHORED IN SOUTHERN SINGAPORE WATERS. MAYBE THEY'RE THERE FOR MAINTENANCE? *

 

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* ENCLOSED CONTAINER SHIPS ... DRIVE-ON/DRIVE-OFF ... VERY GOOD FOR VEHICLE TRANSPORT AS WELL! *

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* I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF BARGES ... BUT, THEY'LL ALWAYS BE THERE. THE MAIN CARGO TO SINGAPORE SEEMS TO BE SAND/ROCK FOR RECLAIMATION OF THE SEA. `SINGAPORE' WANTS TO BE `BIGGER'! *

On the radar I had targeted ten ships … travelling between three to twenty-one knots.

Just to add additional flavour to the experience … God organized a gale from Sumatra, Indonesia. These storms are infamous all along the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsular … because they come fast and very hard. Sixty knot bursts of wind are common enough … but our `blast’ seemed to max-out at 40 knots, with visually impenetrable, sheet rain.

Visibility was less than 100 metres … and out of this curtain came flying ferries, from Indonesia and other places, I guess … and ships large enough to cut Déjà vu in half and not even know we had made contact! Could their radar see me … I doubt it … mine couldn’t see them. All you see on the screen in heavy rain, is a white-out … which comes from the radar microwave beams bouncing back off the rain! This was very scary.

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* SINGAPORE SHIPPING AT ANCHOR ... 750 SHIPS REPORTED AT THIS TIME! *

When entering Singapore waters from the northern Straits of Malacca … you cannot ignore the shipping-at-anchor. There seem to be thousands of ships, many of them moving! We were told by a yachty who may have known … there were 750 ships at anchor … 70% of whom did not have any work! This flotilla of ships stretched across the Straits of Johor … across the bottom of Singapore (and Malaysia) for 60 nmiles!The Singaporean Harbour Control people should get a medal every week for handling this volume of shipping without obvious collision and disaster.

Chapter 2-MECR-3

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* A GREAT PHOTO OF SHIPPING AT ANCHOR, SOUTH SINGAPORE WATERS (Photo compliments Google Images) *

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