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Navigation Notes for Brunei

By doina — last modified Sep 08, 2005 10:04 AM

Published: 2005-09-08 10:04:37
Countries: Brunei

(1) One additional set of lateral marks has been added to the entry channel to Muara port. The present charts show three pairs (port and starboard) of lateral marks. An additional (4th) pair has been added either side of the same leading lights bearing, about 0.5 nm further to sea. It's quite safe to enter the channel around the 3rd pair out, as you would have in the past before the additional pair of marks was added.

(2) But do not cut inside of the third set of lateral marks. There is a submerged rock wall extending along the line of the green lateral marks. A catamaran recently lost a rudder on this.

(3) The special mark at 5d 0.3m N 115d 03.85 E (near the RBYC anchorage) does not exist - no post and no light. However, the broken off post is just below water level at low tide. So keep clear of this area and do not anchor near it. Some yachts have touched it.

(4) Barat Bank light ( 5d 9.3m N 115d 5.4m E), in the entry to Brunei Bay, does not exist - no buoy and no light. It has been missing for about five years and still not replaced by Malaysian authorities.

(5) The special mark at 10d 1.0m N 115d 10.0m E, on the route to Labuan, does not exist - no buoy and no light. Recent editions of the Approaches to Brunei Bay chart (BA 1844) no longer show this mark.

Allan Riches, Brunei Bay Radio