14 January 2016

Coastal works near Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal continue

This artificial shore is teeming with marine life. The seawalls at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal is encrusted with living reefs full of corals and reef life. Seagrasses have settled naturally on the artificial sandy shores behind the seawalls.

An amazing coral reef has settled naturally
on the seawalls at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Jun 2013.
We no longer regularly survey these sites because the shores near Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal are now off limits and trespassers will be arrested, such as this incident in Nov 2013. We require a permit to do our surveys so these are done only once a year now. The works started in Oct 2015 and there were signs in Mar 2015 that this shore might be impacted by coastal works. There are also signs that the area near the SAF Yacht Club may be affected by development.



CONSTRUCTION OF JETTIES AT TANAH MERAH STAGING GROUND
from PORT MARINE NOTICE NO. 04 OF 2016 dated 04 Jan 2016

This is a revision of Port Marine Notice No. 115 of 2015 (below). The working period has been extended and the list of craft has been revised.

Date : With effect from 01 Feb 2016 to 01 Aug 2016.
Location : At Tanah Merah Staging Ground, within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (see attached chartlet):
24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays. The construction of jetties will include reclamation work, installation of concrete blocks, laying of geotextile, sand bedding and leveling works. Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the work. Further enquires relating to the project can be directed to Mr Kim Joong Hyun, Senior Planning Engineer at Tel: 9729-3457 (email: kimjh10@hdec.co.kr).


CONSTRUCTION OF JETTIES AND DEPLOYMENT OF ACOUSTIC DOPPLER CURRENT PROFILER (ADCP) AT TANAH MERAH STAGING GROUND
from PORT MARINE NOTICE NO. 115 OF 2015 dated 23 Sep 2015

Date : With effect from 12 Oct 2015 to 31 Jan 2016.
Location : At Tanah Merah Staging Ground, within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (see attached chartlet):
24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays. The construction of jetties will include reclamation work, installation of concrete blocks, laying of geotextile, sand bedding and leveling works. The deployment of ADCP will be carried out by divers. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the work. Further enquires relating to the project can be directed to Mr Kim Joong Hyun, Senior Planning Engineer at Tel: 9729-3457 (email: kimjh10@hdec.co.kr).


SOIL INVESTIGATION WORK OFF CHANGI EAST
from PORT MARINE NOTICE NO. 148 OF 2015 dated 22 Dec 2015

Date : With effect from 23 Dec 2015 to 23 Apr 2016.
Location : Off Changi East, within the working areas at following co-ordinates (see attached chartlet):

24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays.  Soil investigation work will be carried out by drilling and sampling using jack-up barges. Tug boats will be used to move the jack-up barges. The safety zone is a circular area of 30m radius centred at the borehole. Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the work. Further enquires relating to the project can be directed to Mr Aneesh Kulakkunath, Project Manager at Tel: 8268-8171 (email: aneesh@soilinvestigation.com.sg).

What marine life can be found at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal shores?

A coral reef has settled naturally on the seawalls at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. The reef has a good variety of species and survived the massive 2010 oil spill. More about this reef and other reef life that have settled on artificial structures in Singapore.
A rich reef growing naturally at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Jun 2013
Seagrass meadows have settled naturally inside the Tanah Merah artificial lagoon including seagrass species so far found only at Chek Jawa and Cyrene Reef. Seagrass were also seen on artificial shores at East Coast Park. More about these seagrasses and other seagrasses that have settled on artificial shores in Singapore.
Lush seagrasses with Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
on the horizon. May 2013.
A view of the large seagrass patch in May 2014.
Otters have also been sighted at Tanah Merah's artificial shores.
Otters seen at Tanah Merah, Jun 2013.
Photo by Koh Kwan Siong on facebook.
Construction for regeneration?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if coastal construction can be done so as to allow natural regeneration? Here's more about my wacky ideas for a Singapore Great Barrier Reef.

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