Johor Bahru

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Johor Bahru
Port of Entry
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Map of Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, Malaysia is the country's second largest city. The term Johor Bahru can be used to refer to the city itself, or the region of Iskandar Malaysia in which it is located -- including the nearby satellite cities and towns of Nusajaya, Permas Jaya, Pasir Gudang and Pengerang. One of the main attractions of Johor Bahru is its proximity to the city of Singapore, while providing much cheaper prices for berthing and other services.

Charts

The causeway that links Johor Bahru with Singapore effectively divides the Johor Strait into 2 parts, the eastern part and the western part. Obstructing the western part is a bridge with a MLWS clearance of 25m.

Admiralty
4044 -- Johor Strait Eastern Part
4043 -- Kuala Johor and Sungai Johor
4038 -- Johor Strait Western Part

The NGA charts of this region are inaccurate and have been withdrawn.

The Navionics charts provide some coverage but are inaccurate and out of date in places, especially in the region of the new developments around Senibong Cove and the former Danga Bay marina.

Weather

Johor Bahru has a hot and humid equatorial climate with rainfall throughout the year.

Sources for weather forecasts

  • Malaysian Meteorological Service - navigate to the Marine section to find forecasts for the next 7 days.
  • SGNEA Forecasts - The Singapore Government's National Environment Agency provides routine weather forecasts and storm warnings for shipping in the region. As a member of the World Meteorological Organisation, MSD participates actively in its Marine Meteorology Programme to enhance safety at sea and fufill our regional responsibility with WMO and the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS, 1989 and 1974) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). National Environment Agency's Meteorological Service Division, produces one of the very best websites for marine weather forecasts covering the majority of South East Asia.

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Communication

The popular South East Asian Maritime Mobile Net on 14.323.00 mgh starts at 00.25 UTC (0825 local) and weather is given at 00.55 (0855). Net controller, Richard, invites you to give your position and generally ask any questions related to cruising. As the name implies, it's a net specifically for yachts/ships at sea and calls using either your HAM call sign, or if you prefer, just your boat name will also be welcomed.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

If approaching from the eastern side, see the approach notes for Tanjung Pengelih.

If approaching from the western side, see the approach notes for Puteri Harbour.

Entrance

Although there is a customs and immigration facility in Johor Bahru, visiting yachts are best advised to clear customs and immigration at the nearby Tanjung Pengelih facility in Pengerang.

Immigration

To depart Malaysia and cross into Singapore by bus, go to level one of the bus station building as above. Get stamped out and return to bus departure area. The first waiting line is for the Express bus,

The next for the #170 or #160, then further along is the yellow bus Causeway Link waiting area. Keep your bus ticket handy and when you cross over the causeway get off at the Singapore checkpoint, fill in the arrival card and go to the "Foreign Passport" check-in line at the far right as you enter. Get stamped in, go through security area and return to the bus and show your ticket. Upon returning to JB you do the same all over again. The bus stops at the Malaysian checkpoint near where you started. Don't forget to take all belongings with you out of the bus at each checkpoint. A good idea is to take a bundle of extra Malaysian/Singapore arrival/departure cards with you for your next visit to Singapore to speed up the check-in/out procedure by completing the cards beforehand.

Berthing

See each of the marinas below for details.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

With the closure of the Danga Bay Marina and the free anchoring area, there are 3 marinas to choose from in Johor Bahru.

  • Puteri Harbour is on the west side of the causeway, 30 minutes by car away from Johor Bahru, in the satellite town of Nusajaya.
  • Senibong Cove is on the eastern side of the causeway, about 15 minutes away just past Permas Jaya.
  • Sebana Cove is much further from Johor Bahru, near the town of Pengerang at the eastern end of the Johor Strait.

Anchorages

No anchoring is allowed anywhere in the Johor Straits, except for short duration stops in the vicinity of Tanjung Pengelih or while waiting for tides near the various marinas. Even for short duration stops, be careful to anchor on the Malaysian side of the Johor Strait, as there are heavy fines for anchoring on the Singapore side.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

There are none in Johor Bahru, to find one check the listings for Singapore.

Anchor and Chain

An expert job of re-galvanising anchors and/or chain can be done at very competitive rates of RM3.00 per kg at a factory 30 km from town. Speak to Faisal from AZ Danga Marine, 013-7714411, who will arrange to remove the anchor and/or chain only and take care of delivery and return within 48 hours. The average 60 meter chain is around 120 kg, (or 2kg per meter), plus the anchor if applicable, but you will receive a computer read out of the actual weight from the weighbridge at the factory. I've just had mine done and the quality looks really good.

Repairs/Yards

The best and most recommended nearby boatyard is the Dalac Boatyard. Entry there is only possible at high tide.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel
Available at service stations, take your own jerry cans, or from Dalac Marine.
Water
All of the marinas in Johor Bahru have water on the dock. Water in Johor Bahru is drinkable, mostly it is sourced from Singapore.
Electricity
All of the marinas carry 240V at the dock.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

List places of interest, tours, etc.

Grocery & Supply Stores

City Square, Plaza Kota Raya and Komtar are the main malls in central JB. Other large malls about 2 - 3 km's out of town by bus or taxi are City Plaza, Pacific Mall, Pelangi Leisure Mall, Plaza Pelangi, which are all within a few miles of each other. Buses leave only in front of the other side of City Square in Jalan Tun Abdul Rajak, opposite the JB Railway Station.

Eateries

Internet/WiFi

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Laundry

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

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Transportation

Buses stop for getting on/off at designated bus stops and you need to wave them down or they will not stop.

There are many taxis, but many do not have meters and try to up the price with foreigners.

Transportation to Singapore

By bus: Choice of three services, all departing from the JB - Singapore causeway bus station in Jalan Tun Abdul Rajak, next to the JB Raiway Station. The first choice is the Express bus JB to Queen Street depot, for RM2.40, but firstly ticket must be purchased from only one company, Sin Thai Mah Travel on the ground level raised walkway of the Merlin Tower building opposite the JB - Singapore bus depot and facing the Mobil Service Station You cannot pay for a ticket on the bus. Express return from Queen Street depot to JB is Sing$2.40

Second choice are the regular buses # 170 or # 160, which stop at various locations en-route to Queen Street Bus Depot, Singapore, which is the destination for both above bus services and one block from Slim Lim Tower and Slim Lim Square, the favorite haunt of yachties looking to get the very latest and best in marine and home electronics. Fare from JB to Singapore on #170 & #160 is RM1.80 Exact fare needed to pay directly to driver. Return fare to JB is Sing$1.80. Change is given when ticket bought at Queen Street depot.

Third choice is the yellow "Causeway Link" bus from JB to Kranji MRT station for RM0.80 cents, then train to destination of your choice. At some stage most people go to Orchard MRT to visit the big malls in Orchard Rd.

You can also walk about 1km, or catch a bus down Bencoolen St to Orchard Road from the Slim Lim Buildings.

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References

See Malaysia

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