We woke and took a leisurely breakfast before heading out staying parallel to the traffic separation scheme until it was time to cross. The current was heaving and not in our favour as we struggled to make four knots at times. When it came to cross we decided to radio the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) to let them know our intentions which got us a friendly “Ok, please be safe. It is busy.”
Luckily as we crossed the current was behind us and we fired Adina along. One ship was borderline so we slowed and then radioed them to let them know we would wait and then pass to their stern. A minute later VTIS also radioed the ship ‘Sir, there is a small craft on your bow and to starboard – have you seen them?” “Yes, they have radioed us and let us know we can pass them and they will come to our stern”. All very orderly, it had paid to communicate!
After that it all flowed. The second TSS had no traffic, immigration came out to us and we handed our documents over to them in a net. Susie seemed disappointed it was a very standard net used to haul fish out not something more fancy.
We are now in One Degree Fifteen Marina, it’s hot and humid and the air conditioning is working.
We’ll be here until 26th November; a few days of TLC for Adina, then it’s time for the family visits.