14 September 2011

Kusu pilgrimage season: 27 Sep to 26 Oct 2011

Traditionally happening on the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, 100,000 devotees and visitors are expected to visit tiny Kusu Island for the annual pilgrimage season.It is said that 80% of the pilgrims are women. Many come to pray for good husbands, healthy babies and obedient children.

Besides the temple, Kusu Island is also the resting place of three Malay kramats. More about Kusu Island on the wildsingapore website.

Access to Marina South Pier during Kusu Pilgrimage Season (27 Sep to 26 Oct 2011)
from Port Marine Notice No. 118 of 2011 dated 13 Sep 2011

Applicable to: The Shipping Community getting to Marina South Pier

1 Every year during the ninth lunar month, tens of thousands of devotees make their way to Marina South Pier to take the ferries to Kusu Island for their annual Kusu Pilgrimage. This year’s Kusu Pilgrimage period is from 27 Sep to 26 Oct 2011.

2 In view of the expected congestion and limited parking space at Marina South Pier, the shipping community is encouraged to take the public transport and not to drive to Marina South Pier. Please take note of the following:

Road Closure (On Weekends and Public Holidays)

3 Marina Coastal Drive, between Marina Mall and Marina South Pier, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6.00am to 5.00pm on weekends and public holidays during the Kusu Pilgrimage period from 27 Sep to 26 Oct. Only authorised vehicles with parking labels will be allowed to enter and park at Marina South Pier.

4 During the road closure period, motorists could park at the following car parks (please refer to the map in Appendix 1) and make use of the free shuttle service from Bestway Building Car Park to Marina South Pier:
i) Bestway Building Car Park (EPS parking)
ii) Prince Edward Link URA Car Park (coupon parking)

Free Shuttle Service

5 A free shuttle service will run between the Bestway Building Car Park and Marina South Pier from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm on weekends and public holidays during the Kusu Pilgrimage period. The frequency of the shuttle service is approximately every 15 minutes.

Free Shuttle Service & Road Closure Dates
Saturday 1 Oct
Sunday 2 Oct
Saturday 8 Oct
Sunday 9 Oct
Saturday 15 Oct
Sunday 16 Oct
Saturday 22 Oct
Sunday 23 Oct
Wednesday 26 Oct

Authorised Access

6 Motorists who need to drive to Marina South Pier during the road closure period can apply for authorised access to Marina South Pier. The MPA will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis.

Application for authorised access to Marina South Pier should be sent to:
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Attn: Mr Quek Swee Huat)
460 Alexandra Road
#18-00 PSA Building
Singapore 119963
Fax: 62759247
Email: swee_huat_QUEK@mpa.gov.sg
Email: ngee_ai_SIM@mpa.gov.sg

7 The application should reach MPA at least one working day in advance. Please include the following information in the application:
(i) Date(s) of access required
(ii) Purpose
(iii) Vehicle no(s).
(iv) Contact details (i.e. telephone / fax / email)
For urgent applications, please call 63253182 / 96507478

8 Successful applicants will receive a letter with an enclosed car label, which must be displayed on the vehicle’s wind screen for access to Marina South Pier.

9 Please call Capt Andy Chew at Tel: 6325 2472 (or Fax: 6325 2430) for clarification of this Port Marine Notice.

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