110 miles from Singapore
On the mainland, the port of Mersing has a river entrance to a jetty where fuel and water can be taken onboard. The south bank jetty is the main ferry terminal to Tioman.
The narrow channel is buoyed and has leading markers. The entrance sand bank is about one mile wide and very shallow. The rule of thumb is to effectively assume that the sandbars dry at datum.
There are plenty of ferries to follow in if you are unsure of the access depths. Moor alongside the fishing boats and expect other vessels to tie alongside you. Put out plenty of fenders. If you absolutely must stop here and can put up with the roll, we suggest stay out of the river, drop anchor in 4 metres outside and go ashore by dinghy.
Mersing is a small, crowded, busy river and the main ferry transit point to Tioman and some dozen smaller islands. Offshore but close are Pulaus Tinggi, Rawa, Besar and Seri Buat. All offer reasonable anchorages, depending on prevailing winds.
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