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Boats on Boats on Boats

Nov 15, 2013

Location: Underway to Penang
Author: Sam Butler-Hogg
Today we left Singapore, it was an early start so we could get cleared and head out as the sun same up. The amount of shipping here is fairly crazy, the computer has shutdown twice being overloaded by AIS targets. It turned out to be a pretty easy start, there were a few places where the traffic went every which way but otherwise we stayed on the edge of the lane and made a good pace. We left to the sounds of Fighter jets practicing or playing, I tend to think the latter, and Navy boats patrolling the waters. We now have about 250nm through the Malacca straights full of freighters, tankers, car carriers and unlit fishing boats and traps – it will be a busy night.