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The Straits Times, 31 Dec 04
New ferry terminal to open

THE new ferry terminal that replaces the two existing jetties at Changi Point will open next Wednesday. And when it does, the area surrounding the two jetties will be converted into a waterfront park and a walkway overlooking Changi Creek. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), which is developing the site, is still studying the plans, and no decision has been made on the size of the area to be re-developed or the time frame for its completion.

A spokesman for the URA was only able to say that the old jetties will be demolished and dredging will be carried out 'so that the unsightly seabed will not be exposed during low tide'.

The new terminal, located next to the jetties, will have seven berths for boats sailing to islands in Singapore waters and another for vessels sailing to Pengerang in Johor, as well as a lounge for passengers, and its own customs, immigration and quarantine facilities. Pengerang, a fishing town and eco-tourist destination, is located at the eastern tip of Peninsula Malaysia, 10km from Desaru.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), which will manage the terminal, said in a statement that the new premises will be able to handle more than the 450 or so travellers who use it daily. People travelling to Pulau Ubin or Pengerang make up the bulk of these passengers.

The Straits Times, 5 Jan 05
$8m Changi ferry terminal opens

A NEW $8 million ferry terminal at Changi Point opens today, making it safer and faster for travellers to board a boat to Pulau Ubin or Pengerang town in Johor. Its sheltered gangways and floating pontoons can move up to 2.5m with the rising tide, allowing passengers to climb on and off the bumboats safely.

In addition, passengers coming from Pengerang can expect to clear Customs faster with improved immigration and quarantine facilities. 'What is even better is we don't have to pay to use this new terminal,' said boat operator Ah Heng, who is in his 40s.

The new terminal includes a 1.5km jogging and cycling track from Changi Beach Club to Changi Village and a 2.2km coastal walkway that hugs the scenic coastline from Changi Beach Club to the terminal.

Bigger, with more berths
THE terminal is split into areas: one for bumboats that ferry people within Singapore waters and the other for vessels that take people across international borders. The domestic terminal operates 24 hours daily, while the international terminal operates from 7am to 7pm every day. With a built-in area of almost 2,000 sq m and 14 berths, the new terminal can handle far more passengers than the 440 handled daily at the four berths of the old terminal.


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