25 August 2009

Reclamation at Jurong Island may affect natural sites

The reclamation area is very close to what seems to be two natural submerged reef: Terumbu Pidara and Terumbu Chawan, as well as a natural island called Pulau Buaya. Here's a view of Pulau Buaya from Google Earth. Looks like it has mangroves!
These natural sites obviously survived the massive reclamation to form Jurong Island. It's a pity that they are now being subjected to effects of reclamation nearby.

I have not visited these locations and do not know what is there and thus what we might have lost. This is why we need to visit as many shores as we can, while we can.

Reclamation at Ayer Chawan Basin, Jurong Island
from Port Marine Notice No. 117 of 2009 dated 24 Aug 09.

With effect from 25 Aug 09 to 31 Dec 09. 12 hours daily (0630hrs to 1830hrs) including Sundays and Public Holidays. At Ayer Chawan Basin and its vicinity (see attached chartlet):

Deposition works will entail sand filling by hopper barges with bottom opening method. There will be occasional survey work carried out by DHI survey vessel as required. Proper precautions will be in place and keeping a safe working distance from all vessels when such operations are carried out. A safety boat will be deployed to advise all craft to keep clear of the working area. Further general enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Mr Tan Cheong Chye, the project manager at Tel: 9725 8184 (email: cheongchye@jtc.gov.sg).

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