This morning, Debby Ng of the The Hantu Bloggers tweeted from Pualu Hantu with a photo, “This ship seems anchored scarily close to the reefs at Pulau Hantu…”
I looked up Ship Finder on my iPhone to identify the ship and learnt it is Bold Endurance, a Barbados-registered cargo ship/cable layer:
As I “watched” via Ship Finder, Bold Endurance carefully manoeuvered in the deep waters off Pulau Hantu, clear of the reefs, under Debby’s concerned watch, to a position further away. Hearts in mouth while she watched, I am sure.
Map with fringing reef (orange) and patch reef (green) from
the Coral Reefs of Singapore webpage.
We have a phenomenal amount of ship traffic in Singapore waters. I only realised how much when sailing in from the South China Sea on the Götheborg in 2006. After many nights in the open sea from Hong Kong, the ship officers had furrowed brows as we neared Singapore.
On watch from midnight to dawn, we were spotting ships in every position around us as we approached Singapore! It was certainly impressive. The two Singapore Navy officers on board were glad to lend a hand in familiar territory as we navigated to Marina Bay.
With Ship Finder (also an iPhone app), landlubbers in Singapore can identify and track ships to get a feel of the bustling marine traffic which led to Singapore’s existence. For the environment community, it is a useful tool to understand the activity in our straits, which affect the marine life which has persisted in these waters.
Bold Endurance is an interesting ship Canadian, Filipino, Ukranian and English crew and can stay out at sea for two months. In ?2004, they laid a cable between Manila and Singapore:
“On the job between Manila and Singapore, the crew laid cable out into the South China Sea from Manila to the halfway point. There they marked the location and dropped the cable end to the ocean floor. The ship then went to Singapore and laid cable out from that end. When they arrived back at the halfway point, they recovered the other end of the cable and spliced the two sections together to complete the job.”
Read more at “[Bold Endurance] From heavy lifting to deep-sea plowing,” by Alan Haig-Brown. Ocean Navigator, 19 Jan 2004.