Wednesday, 18 October 2017

No ferry to St John's Island during Kusu Pilgrimage Season: 20 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

The regular ferry to St. John's Island will be suspended during this traditional season. Limited parking and expect boarding delays at Marina South Pier for other Southern Island destinations during this traditional season.
Kusu Island only minutes from the main business district on the mainland
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.

Update on 21 Oct on the NParks website: "The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park Public Gallery on St John’s Island is closed from 20 October to 17 November 2017, as the daily scheduled ferry services to St John’s Island is temporarily stopped during the Kusu Pilgrimage season. Please visit the Public Gallery from 18 November onwards."

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.

From the website of the ferry provider, Singapore Island Cruise:
Dear Island hoppers, Kusu Pilgrimage Season 2017 will fall between 20th October to 17th November 2017.

Operating hours will start from 7am to 5pm daily and the last ferry back from Kusu will be 7pm. There will be regular trips to Kusu between 7am to 5pm

Please note that during this period, scheduled ferry services to St John's island will be suspended and will resume on 18th November 2017

PORT MARINE NOTICE NO. 143 OF 2017 dated 11 Oct 2017


1 This year’s Kusu Pilgrimage season is from 20 Oct 2017 to 17 Nov 2017. Marina South Pier (MSP) is the transit point where Kusu devotees and visitors shall take the ferries to the island.

2 In view of the expected road traffic congestion and limited parking space at MSP, the shipping and harbour craft communities are requested not to drive to MSP, and are encouraged to take the public transport instead.

Controlled Entry into MSP Carpark (On Weekends)

3 There will be controlled entry into MSP Carpark from 0600hrs to 1800hrs on weekends during the Kusu Pilgrimage period. Only authorised vehicles, with valid parking labels, will be allowed to enter and park at the MSP Carpark.

4 Motorists are advised to park their vehicles at Marina Bay Cruise Centre (MBCC) Carpark (please refer to the map in Appendix 1) and use the free shuttle-bus services plying between MBCC and MSP. Alternatively, they could walk from MBCC to MSP using the covered link-way.

5 A free shuttle-bus service will run between the MBCC Bus Bay and Marina South Pier from 0600hrs to 2000hrs on weekends during the Kusu Pilgrimage period. The interval between shuttle services is approximately 15 minutes.

6 The table below shows the dates and times when controlled entry into MSP Car-park will be imposed; and the availability of free shuttle-bus services plying between MBCC Car Park and MSP.

Authorised Access

7 Motorists who need to drive into MSP Car-park during the controlled entry period can apply for authorised access into the car-park. The application should be sent to:

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Attn: Facilities Management)
460 Alexandra Road
#20-00 PSA Building
Singapore 119963

8 The application for authorised access should reach Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) at least five working days in advance. Please include the following information in your 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 +65 6325-5110/+65 6225-1145

9 The MPA will look into each requests for authorised access on a case-by-case basis. Successful applicants will be informed to collect the car labels from the MSP’s Facilities Management office at 31 Marina Coastal Drive. The car label must be displayed on the vehicle’s wind screen for access into MSP Car-park.

10 Please call Mr Tan Yew Seng, Senior Manager (Facilities Management) at Tel: +65 6375-1538 for clarification on this Port Marine Notice.


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