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    #76
    New Project?

    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    No I have not. I would be surprised if if MPA would allow barges loaded with explosives to anchor at Western Anchorage. There is a special Explosives Anchorage off Pulau Sudong for such purposes.

    There are a number of barges working at Western Anchorage, and have been for quite some time, but I don't know what they are constructing. I have not seen or heard anything official anyhow.

    At first I thought they were building a submerged tunnel to P.Bukom, but the sections doesn't look right for that.
    I am VERY curious. I have asked quite a few that should know, but not got an answer yet.confused:

    Have you seen or heard anything about this project???
    Oh yes, there were...i was there...some of the TNT were also stored in "tongkangs"....

    it could possibly be "an unrecorded activity" of the SAF or the relevant ministries, i dunno...

    And about the new project near the Western Anchorage, I don't have the slightest idea...

    But if you mentioned P. Bukom, could it be a successive project on nearby P. Semakau Landfill?

    From my understanding, the Semakau Landfill is under the purview of The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, along with the National Environment Agency.

    No confirmation though, just my wild guess...

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      #77
      "SHA" as in Singapore Hotel Association...

      Originally posted by pakarang View Post
      Found it, a picture of this wonderful small hotel and hide away in Singapore. As mentioned, it used to be called Regalis Court and according to ombugge, it's now called "The Sha Villa".

      Regalis Court (renamed Sha Villa) currently operated under SHA (Singapore Hotel Association), the umbrella body for hotels in Singapore, the mission of the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) is ... "To be the collective voice of Singapore's hotel industry and promote the interest of members with the common objective of advancing sustainable growth."

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        #78
        Originally posted by pakarang View Post
        Another landmark water fountain in Singapore:

        "Fountain of Fortune". It was originally planned to have a run around this one included in the F1 Circuit, but it was scrapped for some reason. (Safety, I think)

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          #79
          Originally posted by Thyristor View Post
          Oh yes, there were...i was there...some of the TNT were also stored in "tongkangs"....

          it could possibly be "an unrecorded activity" of the SAF or the relevant ministries, i dunno...
          If this was some years ago, I can see the SAF being involved in such activity at what used to be an explosive storage facility in the Southern Island. (More precisely at Pulau Tekurkor) But that has been discontinued for quite some time.

          There are plans to make it into a sanctuary for monkeys, which is now being culled every year to control the population on the main island.
          Here is a link to a website about those plans: http://www.monkeyisland.org.sg/

          And about the new project near the Western Anchorage, I don't have the slightest idea...
          But if you mentioned P. Bukom, could it be a successive project on nearby P. Semakau Landfill?
          From my understanding, the Semakau Landfill is under the purview of The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, along with the National Environment Agency.
          No confirmation though, just my wild guess...
          I don't know if it has anything to do with Pulau Bukom. I only mentioned that the line they are working along is in direction from Pasir Panjang towards P.Bukom, but they are not even half way there, so far

          If it was intended to become a connection from the mainland to P.Bukom it would have to be an underwater tunnel, not a causeway, otherwise it would restrict shipping severely and change the tidal flow in the area dramatically.

          As for Semakau Landfill, I don't think that will warrant a major project like this. It is presently being served by barges from Tuas.

          If you find out something, please post it here. I am VERY curious and a little annoyed that I don't know what is going on there.

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            #80
            Singapore Sky Line

            Here is the latest pics of Singapore sky line as seen from Eastern Working Anchorage two weeks ago.

            The "Classical" view:


            The new view, incl. The Sands Marina integrated casino and resort:

            Actually only the hotel part is seen here, the Casino is in a low raised dome like structure which is too low to show up here.

            To the West; Tg. Pagar Container Terminal:


            To the East; Some new construction going on. (I'm not sure what):


            Here is the "classical" view again:

            Taken three days ago from about the same position, but as the NE Monsoon front came in. (Early this year)

            Finally, view of the skyline, 1990:

            From different angle, but recognizable and comparable.

            and the "Classical" view ca. 1965-66:

            Take a little closer than the above pics, as reclamation in the area had not yet begun. (Sorry about the small size)
            Last edited by ombugge; November 8th, 2009, 07:08.

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              #81
              Originally posted by ombugge View Post
              The new view, incl. The Sands Marina integrated casino and resort:

              Actually only the hotel part is seen here, the Casino is in a low raised dome like structure which is too low to show up here.
              Is this the buildings which looks like a couple of cards raised up and leaning towards each other? I think this building was recently awarded a very prestigious design award for clever design.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                #82
                Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                Is this the buildings which looks like a couple of cards raised up and leaning towards each other? I think this building was recently awarded a very prestigious design award for clever design.
                That's the ones. I posted pictures of them some months ago on some other thread, but can't remember where. (Probably OT)

                Here goes again: (Same pics)

                How do they operate the Elevators in the "fallen" half???

                From a different angle:

                The building site in front of the towers here is going to be the Casino and Entertainment/Shopping section.

                Artist's impression of the completed towers and "Top Deck":

                Do you notice something funny with this rendering??? (Artistic liberty maybe??)

                Now they are installing the "Deck" that connects the towers at 50th Floor, which is expected to be done by the end of this year.

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                  #83
                  Singapore Lion City in 1957.... a wonderful look back at Singapore back then:

                  Singapore - The Lion City, 1957

                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                  Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                    #84
                    Thank you for that link.
                    That was a walk down memory lane for me. Singapore as it was when I first got here in 1959 and not much different from when I started to call Singapore home, in 1967.

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                      #85
                      Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                      Thank you for that link.
                      That was a walk down memory lane for me. Singapore as it was when I first got here in 1959 and not much different from when I started to call Singapore home, in 1967.
                      Just an additional tip: check out some of the other travel videos by that member name on youtube: there are MANY goodies there!
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                        #86
                        Lockheed Constellation

                        The video clip featured the American Lockheed "Constellation"...a powerful aircraft during those days...

                        That same aircraft type crash landed in Singapore's Kallang airport on 13 March 1954. It was a Qantas - BOAC, carrying mail. It crashed at that airport while en route to London from Sydney.

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                          #87
                          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                          There are a number of barges working at Western Anchorage, and have been for quite some time, but I don't know what they are constructing. I have not seen or heard anything official anyhow.

                          Here is a pics. showing some of the barges working there in April / May this year:

                          They are working on a line from Pasir Panjang (near the old Power Station) towards Pulau Bukom, but only half way there.

                          Here is a Semi-submersible Barge, which is used to transport large concrete sections from a building site at Pasir Panjang to the Anchorage and launch them into the water:

                          One section is held between the hulls here. Several other sections were seen nearly submerged and anchored in the vicinity.

                          At first I thought they were building a submerged tunnel to P.Bukom, but the sections doesn't look right for that.
                          I am VERY curious. I have asked quite a few that should know, but not got an answer yet.confused:

                          Have you seen or heard anything about this project???
                          A few days ago I took some more pics of the ongoing construction work at Western Anchorage while under way by ferry to Batam. Unfortunately too far away to get any clear pics with my simple camera, but it is obvious that the construction is NOT a tunnel, or at least not at this end:


                          Here is the Pasir Panjang end, with the "Building Halls" where the sections get constructed, before being transported and launched by the barge shown in the earlier posting. above:

                          (The two arches at the centre of the picture)

                          I STILL haven't been able to find out what this is all about, which irritates me no end.

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                            #88
                            I visited one of the medium size shipyard in Tuas the other day. Here is the ships and barges seen there.

                            First a mid-size Suction Dredger:


                            The suction head:


                            A view along Stbd side with the suction arm:


                            A couple of AHTS:



                            The outside one is the Lady Cynthia, belonging to Farstad in Australia, while the inside one is a Swire boat. UT 780 design, known as a "UT 704 replacement"

                            On the opposite side of the pier was the Construction Barge " Java Constructor", belonging to Clough Marine, Australia:


                            Fancy bow. Originally built to work in the Canadian Arctic:


                            Next along was the Saipem barge Castoro 10:





                            She is fitted out to bury pipe lines by jetting.

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                              #89
                              Across on the other side of North Tuas Basin was a new rig waiting on her first assignment:


                              And some familiar barges and boats belonging to Swiber:

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                                #90
                                A couple more ships pics from the same shipyard.

                                Not only offshore vessels. here is a Container Feeder and a Tanker:

                                The Tanker waiting her turn in the dry docks.

                                Another Farstad boat, Lady Christina, in one of the Floating Docks:


                                From another yard;"Of legs a forest, of hull a wall" :

                                Four jack up rigs in near complete condition, being prepared for delivery in the nearest 3 months.

                                A new Offshore Construction Vessel nearing completion at yet another yard:

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