|Our welcoming committee - The Navy making their presence felt as we motored towards Tanjung Penang.|
At TP we anchored at 00 56.20N & 104 26.56E, in about 6.6 meters of water, with a mud bottom and as it turned out very good holding. The anchorage is well protected but very exposed to the west. All our guide books all said the same thing and as it turned out every single squall we had all came from the west.
We stayed 4 days at TP and left the morning of the 5th day bound for Palau Nongsa to anchor prior to crossing the Singapore Strait into Malaysia. Whilst some yachties will claim it is the busiest strait in the world to cross, that accolade actually goes to the Strait of Dover. Singapore Strait is the worlds 3rd busiest strait. However, do not under estimate your crossing of the strait.
Here are few pointers:
- You can only cross in day light hours
- We crossed at the second allocated section located at: 01 10.17N & 103 50.44E to 01 11.50N & 103 49.68E. this is the narrowest section and it only took us 12 minutes to cross at 6 knots. Once crossed over we ran along the westbound shipping lane towards the strait to Puteri Harbour Marina
- do not hesitate
- be calm
- wait for a clear and wide gap from both lanes, these giants move very fast
- a lot of the ships are anchored both sides of the strait making it look worse than what it is
- understand you can not cross into Singapore waters unless you are staying in Singapore waters. The minute your cross over and enter their waters you will be called on the radio by either the coast guard, police and or the Singapore Navy and you will be asked your intentions.
- AIS. We all found it difficult to establish if it is illegal to cross without a transmitter, some websites say yes, some say no its not law. However, the shipping lane is busy and it is your to benefit and safety for these ships to be able to see you just as much for you to see them on AIS
- At the time of our crossing (November 2016), it was not compulsory to announce ourselves on channel 18
|Matilda is the red boat - center of screen. Screen shot taken just prior to crossing.|
|We had to give way to this massive barge as we entered the narrow channel.|
|Our dingy dock. The little hut with the pointy roof to the right of screen was the dangerous one.|
|Our dinner venue. You can hardly see the chairs way, way up the back behind the tables where we all had to sit.|
|A ferry terminal.|
A day spent walking the streets was a highlight to see TP in its raw state.
|Yep - dried Seahorses.|
|The rubbish 'bin' at the market. Kids playing in it. The smell was atrocious.|
A dingy ride the day before we left we got to see some of the harbour. Its very different to anything we have ever seen, and quite beautiful in some regards.
|This hill was jam packed with buildings.|