04 October 2015

Kusu Pilgrimage Season: 13 Oct - 11 Nov 2015

Expect a parking crunch and boarding delays at Marina South Pier for other Southern Island destinations during this traditional season. And the regular ferry to St. John's Island will be suspended during this period.
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.


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 2015 will fall between October 13th to November 11th.Please take note that during this period, scheduled ferry services to St John’s island would be suspended and will resume on the 12th of November 2015.Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience caused

From PORT MARINE NOTICE NO. 120 OF 2015 dated 28 Sep 2015

ROAD ACCESS TO MARINA SOUTH PIER DURING KUSU PILGRIMAGE SEASON 2015

Applicable to: Shipping/harbour craft communities travelling by road to Marina South Pier

This year’s Kusu Pilgrimage period is from 13 Oct 2015 to 11 Nov 2015. Marina South Pier
(MSP) is the transit point where the Kusu devotees take the ferries to the island.

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 this location, and encouraged to take the public transport instead.

Controlled Entry into MSP Carpark (On Weekends and Public Holiday)

There will be controlled entry into MSP Carpark from 0600hrs to 1700hrs on weekends and
public holiday during the Kusu Pilgrimage period. Only authorised vehicles, with valid parking labels, will be allowed to enter and park at this carpark.

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 use the covered linkway from MBCC to MSP.

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

The table below shows the dates and times when controlled entry to MSP Carpark will be
imposed and the availability of the free shuttle services between MBCC Car Park and MSP .
click on image for larger view

Authorised Access

Motorists who need to drive into MSP Carpark during the controlled entry period can apply for
authorised access into the carpark. The application should be sent to: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Attn: Mr Michael Wong)
460 Alexandra Road
#18-00 PSA Building
Singapore 119963
Fax: 62759247
Email: Michael_Wong@mpa.gov.sg

The application should reach Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) at least three
working days in advance. Please include the following information in the 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 6225-1145/6375-1759

The MPA will look into such requests on a case-by-case basis. Successful applicants will be
informed to collect the car labels from the MSP’s management office. The car label must be displayed on the vehicle’s wind screen for access to MSP car park.

Please call Mr Rahman Kamin, Manager (Facility Management) at Tel: 6375-1538 for clarification on this Port Marine Notice.


Update 12 Oct

From the NParks website: "The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park Public Gallery on St John’s Island will be closed during the weekends on 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 October as well as 1, 7 and 8 November, as the daily scheduled ferry services to St John’s Island will be temporarily stopped during the Kusu Pilgrimage season (13 October to 11 November 2015). Please visit us on weekdays during this period or on weekends from 14 November onwards.”
Footprints leading to the Public Gallery
on St John's Island. More in this old post.

If you would like to visit the Public Gallery on a weekday during this period (13 Oct-11 Nov), you will need to charter your own boat as the public ferry is suspended.

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