12 April 2011

Massive Tuas reclamation continues

Natural shores at Tuas in Singapore and at Sungai Pulai and other Ramsar sites in Johor are near massive reclamation of the hockey-shaped portion of the Tuas reclamation project.
Photo from Dredging Today.

Reclamation Work at Tuas View Extension
from Port Marine Notice NO. 42 of 2011 dated 08 Apr 2011
Applicable to: Mariners operating at the western part of Singapore waters
This is a revision of Port Marine Notice No. 132 of 2010. The working period has been extended.

With effect from 14 Apr 2011 to 13 Oct 2011. 24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays. Western part of Singapore (see attached plan):

The reclamation works will involve dredging by cutter suction dredger ( CSD ), trailer-suction-hopper-dredger (TSHD) and hopper barges. Shore protection works will be carried out by crane barges and the dredging of sand-key trench by grab dredger.
Construction of the cofferdam will be carried out by the crane barges within the working area. Piling works will be carried out by piling barge within the working
area. Further general enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Mr T Watanabe, the construction manager at Tel No: 9668 1523 (email: t.watanabe@mypenta.net ).

What natural shores are nearby?

The beautiful shores of Tuas are up the Johor Straits. This is one of the sites monitored by TeamSeagrass. More photos of marinelife at Tuas are on wildsingapore flickr.

Across the Johor Straits are the Sungai Pulai estuary "possibly the richest marine bio-diversity spot in Malaysia" and gazetted a Wetland of International Importance in 2003. The area is already going to be impacted by plans to develop a massive petrochemical installation there. Recently, volunteers in Malaysia have started surveying for dugongs using a blimp in this area. Sungai Pulai is one of the three Ramsar sites in Malaysia, that lies just across from Tuas. Thus reclamation at Tuas and plans for major developments at Tuas may also impact this huge wetland. Hopefully, greater awareness of Sungai Pulai will be raised among Singaporeans with plans to develop a cross-border tourist attraction involving Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and three Johor Ramsar sites of Sungai Pulai, Pulau Kukup and Tanjong Piai.
The team at Save our Seahorses have been working hard to raise awareness and protect Sungai Pulai. Read more about their work in their report for 2008-2009.

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