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Singapore Cruise Centre

Singapore Cruise Centre
Arrival hall
Passport stamps from the cruiseship centre and ferry terminal.

The Singapore Cruise Centre (abbrev: SCC; Chinese: 新加坡邮轮中心) is a cruise terminal located in the south of Singapore next to HarbourFront Centre in the vicinity of HarbourFront and in Keppel Harbour, near HarbourFront MRT station. Built in 1991 by the then Port of Singapore Authority and upgraded in 1998 by Port of Singapore Authority, it comprises two terminals, namely the International Passenger Terminal (IPT), and the Regional Ferry Terminal (RFT). The Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd took over management of the centre on 1 April 2003 when PSA Corporation divested its non-core businesses.

Additional, SCC manages 2 other ferry terminals; Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) and Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal (PPFT).[1] In total, SCC handles a throughput of over 7 million cruise and ferry passengers a year, of which about 950,000 are cruise passengers.

In 2013, SATS planned to buy over SCC for S$110 million. The acquisition terminated in 2014.[1]

In 2016, fully owned subsidiary SCC Travel Services Pte Ltd (STS) was formed to inspire travel to the destinations connected to its terminal network. STS is a B2C online travel agent retailing travel products from Bintan, Batam, Karimun and Singapore through its portal WOW Getaways.

Facilities

The regional terminal at HarbourFront has six berths for ferries to various ports on the island of Batam, Indonesia, as well as Tanjung Balai on the Karimun Islands.

The terminal at Tanah Merah has four berths for ferries to the island of Bintan, Indonesia, and the secondary Batam port of Nongsapura.

The terminal at Pasir Panjang has 4 berths for ferries that give passage to Singapore's industrial islands of Bukom and Semakau.

The IPT handles international cruise ships, and has two berths of 310 metres and 270 metres with a height limit of 52 metres. It has a draft of 12 metres. It underwent an upgrade in 2005 to improve its passenger handling facilities.

Expansion

The existing terminals at HarbourFront were renovated in 2008 to optimize the use of available space. The entire level 2 is a restricted area, for the exclusive use of cruise and ferry passengers who have cleared immigration and security. Within this area, there are new and more exciting retail and F&B outlets. There are ample seats within this restricted area and features to please the five senses (i.e. calming water, music, greenery/landscape, cooler airflow etc.) for greater passenger comfort. The re-configuration enabled a smoother processes and passengers have a more stress-free and seamless travel.

Awards

  • Travel Weekly Asia - Best Cruise Port - 2016, 2017[2]

References

  1. ^ a b "SATS will not proceed with acquiring Singapore Cruise Centre". Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Singapore Cruise Centre wins top Asia media 'best' award". Retrieved 8 March 2019.

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