Southeast Asia Pilot by Bill O’Leary & Andy Dowden

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Southeast Asia Pilot by Bill O’Leary & Andy Dowden

Johor Bahru, Singapore & Batam

Singapore

Singapore is the large island (50km east-west x 25km north-south) at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Its geographical position has made it the key port in Southeast Asia and a cross-roads for major east-west shipping routes.

It is by far the busiest transhipment port in the world and a close second only to Shanghai in total containers shipped each year. As such, the waters around Singapore are well patrolled and the movement of all vessels is closely monitored.

Johor Bahru, Singapore & Batam

The island state is the most developed in the region, with excellent facilities, communications, public transport, recreational activities and international travel connections.

Embassies or consulates of all nations can be found in the city, which is a modern vibrant multi-cultural nation state with all the facilities a westerner would expect – including the price.

All kinds of yacht equipment and spare parts are readily found and good shipyard facilities exist in the western, Jurong, Tuas areas.

 

Anchorages in Singapore
Below, we list the main anchorage locations for Singapore that are featured in the book. For a complete list of all 533 anchorage locations, go to Southeast Asia Pilot index
Marina at Keppel Bay Photo by Bill O’Leary
  • RAFFLES MARINA
  • REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE YACHT CLUB
  • MARINA AT KEPPEL BAY
  • ONE°15 MARINA CLUB
  • CHANGI SAILING CLUB & LOYANG
  • MARINA COUNTRY CLUB

Entry procedures and visas

Ships documents and a valid passport for all crew members must be on board. Most international visitors will automatically get a two week visa on entry. The initial visa is renewable for a further two weeks and it is possible to obtain extensions for up to 90 days.

Private vessels may be moored in Singapore for long periods as entry visas apply to individuals only.

For full details of entry procedures, go to: www.southeastasiapilot.com/singapore_regs.htm

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru (abbreviated to JB) is the capital city of southernmost Malaysian state Johor. The sprawling city is separated from the island nation of Singapore by the Johor Straits east and west of the first linking road, ‘The Causeway’ at Woodlands.

The Malaysian government has earmarked the entire south coast of Johor (renamed Iskandar) into five economic zones for infrastructure development.

For visiting yachts the western side of the Johor Straits offers shelter at Puteri Harbour Marina and further up the Straits, closer to JB city is The Dangar Bay Marina.

East of The Causeway are Tanjung Belunkor and Tanjung Pengileh, both CIQ ferry ports with small marina facilities.

Around the corner and north up the east coast is Desaru Coast with theme parks, golf courses, luxury brand hotels, convention centre, marinas and breakwaters planned as part of the government’s economic drive to rebrand this area as the new holiday centre and ‘Playground of the Wealthy’.

The new Senai Airport is connected by superhighways from The Causeway, Singapore’s 2nd Link and JB city. The recently completed Senai Desaru Expressway (SDE) gives fast toll-road access to Desaru Coast developments and Iskandar’s Puteri Harbour theme parks. With the continued fast-tracked economic development of JB, expect more features and facilities for cruising yachts to come on line within the next two decades.

Anchorages in Johor Bahru
Below, we list the main anchorage locations for Johor Bahru that are featured in the book. For a complete list of all 533 anchorage locations, go to Southeast Asia Pilot index
Changi Sailing Club (left) and Sebana Cove Marina Photo by Bill O’Leary
  • PUTERI HARBOUR
  • DANGA BAY MARINA
  • TANJUNG BELANKOR
  • SEBANA COVE MARINA
  • PENGILEH FERRY DOCK & MARINA

Batam

Across the Singapore Straits on the Indonesian island of Batam (about 12 miles) there are two marinas which are often used by cruising yachts as a cheaper alternative to Singapore. Regular ferry services operate between Batam and Singapore from Harbour Front and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminals.

Anchorages in Batam
Below, we list the main anchorage locations for Batam that are featured in the book. For a complete list of all 533 anchorage locations, go to Southeast Asia Pilot index
  • NONGSA POINT
  • MARINA MARINA COVE
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While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.

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