Singapore to Langkawi Day 4 - Through Penang Harbour to Straits Quay Marina

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Wed 9 Dec 2015 12:45

Position           05:27.46 N 100:18.83 E

Date                1245 (UTC+8) Wednesday 9 December 2015

Distance run    In 3 hrs 05 minutes 16.9nm over the ground, 18.4nm though the water

Trip total         387nm over the ground, 366nm through the water


Penang Island is quite large and that is proved by motoring up the long side of it.  An interesting experience which included two bridges with a clearance of about 4 to 6 metres but which from deck level looking up appears more like 4 to 6 millimetres.


The southern, “New” bridge stretches 9.5nm (17.5km).  An amazing piece of engineering


26 metres clearance and then someone leaves wires hanging at antenna height



Victoria and Swettenham Quays host cruise ships and is where you find the customs office


Passing the older part of Georgetown provided great views of colonial era buildings and a replica of the London cenotaph


Entry to the Straits Quay Marina is advisable HW +/- 1 hour as the approach is rather shallow.  We arrived on time and saw no less than 3.5 metres of depth.  We are told the mud is very soft.  The instructions about the approach issued by the marina are good.  As you travel down the track of the leading marks you take a 90 degree turn to starboard to round close to the breakwater on your starboard side.


Straits Quay Marina looking down the pontoon towards the entrance.  The tower is on the port hand side as you enter