|Ships in the Strait of Malacca|
Blog Entry #39: Through the Strait of Malacca to Singapore
Monday, October 24, 2011
|Our position 1/2 way through the Strait of Malacca|
|View of the South China Sea|
We left Penang Friday evening, and circled to the north and west of the island to reimmerse ourselves into the sea-lanes, heading south. Our itinerary the past two days took us through the famous Strait of Malacca, the 500-mile long narrow body of ocean between the Indonesian island of Sumatra to the west and the Malay Peninsula to the east.
|Cargo ship alongside the MV Explorer|
|Ships burning fuel in Strait of Malacca|
|Ships ahead of us passing through the Strait of Malacca|
|Breakfast with Ann Brinker in the Strait of Malacca|
The change was immediately obvious: whereas in the stretch of the south Atlantic from Ghana to Capetown we saw very few other ships, now there were usually at least a dozen – and at times several dozen – ships of various sizes accompanying us as we headed south, or passing us on their way north.
After nearly 24 hours of steady travel, we began to see land and islands on both sides of us, as both Indonesia to the west and Malaysia to the south came into view. Our destination was Singapore, where we were scheduled to “bunker” over night for refueling.
|Oilrig platform in Singapore harbor|
|Skyscrapers & ships entering Singapore|
|Singapore skyline from the Strait of Malacca|
|Marina Bay Sands Resort & Casino, Singapore|
Sadly, just as we were passing Singapore, it was time for me to teach class, so I headed inside – but it was difficult to compete with Singapore for attention!
This morning we awoke to stunning clouds over the South China Sea, as we make our way north to Vietnam – our destination tomorrow.