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Semarang Phinisi Dock

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SEMARANG

600 miles from Singapore

SEMARANG. 6°57.259S, 110°25.375E

Semarang is the capital of Central Java Province and the Tanjung Emas harbour serves hundreds of commercial freight and passenger ships.

Best protection for yachts is inside the Phinisi Harbour past Tanjung Mas in the square basin, tied alongside one of the dozen traditional vessels. The well-marked channel starts two miles offshore and runs down the elevated north-south pipeline.

Call ‘Port Captain’ on VHF Ch. 16 on entry for helpful directions. Favour the west side to turn into the second bight concrete revetment basin. If you prefer not to tie alongside a Phinisi, anchorage is available in 8-10 metres on a thick oily black mud.

Water, fuel and provisions are readily available and the city centre with daily fresh markets is nearby. This industrial harbour with a ton of character is another home for several dozen traditional Indonesian Phinisi vessels tied with bows toward the docks. Take your camera.

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