SPECIAL EXPEDITIONS

Many of the vessels participating in The Traditional Fleet head off into some of the most remote parts of the Indonesian Archipelago. Often these expeditions are organized by conservation organizations that only market within there own memberships. Always feel free to check with us, for full details on any special expeditions planned during your visit to Indonesia.

POSITIONING OF NEWLY CONSTRUCTED VESSEL FROM

INDONESIA TO CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF ST.VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

THE VOYAGE OF THE PEARL 2010


OUR PLANNED ROUTE

In 2007, SongLine Yachts was awarded a contract to construct a Period Replica of a Caribbean Pirate vessel for the Buccament Bay Beach Resort presently under construction on the island of St Vincent & the Grenadines. This unique vessel will be launched in early October of 2007 and after final fit out and sea trials she will make her way to the Northern Coast of Sumatra to start her first run across the Indian Ocean, into the Arabian Gulf, through the Mediterranean Sea. After some promotional calls in the Med, she will clear the straits of Gibraltar run down to the Canary Islands and effect the last leg of this epic adventure to her new home at the pier of the Buccament Bay Beach Resort in St Vincent & the Grenadines.

http://www.harlequinproperty.co.uk/includes/stvincent/buccament/overview_070504.php

This project is worth watching, from its now 80% completion construction phase to her launching and for sure regular visits to this site during her positioning voyage will make you part of this Pirate Adventure of a life time.

HERE WE GO, BOOK MARK THIS PAGE & FOLLOW THIS EXPEDITION OVER THE YEAR 2009

May 2010
Well it has been a long time sence our last updated this project.............but be assured that a few things have happened and yes we have moved a long way. The following photo was taken in Singapore in early October 2009 as our lovely KLM Pearl was being hoisted to her 45 day berth aboard a cargo
ship.

liftL 2

We placed her in a cradle and sent her off into the night headed for New Orleans, LA where she presently is awaiting
her next movement which will be shortly to her new home at the
Buccament Bay Beach Resort, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines her09

SEPTEMBER 2009 ril 24, 2009, Jakarta, Batavia Marina & The Ancol Fuel Dock
Today we arrived in Jakarta. Our targeted berth at the new Batavia Marina was scratched as KLM Pearl required more draft than was available. We move her promptly to our alternative berth at the Ancol Marina, fuel dock. The crew is getting a little edgey due to the lack of a green light to get this expedition underway. We are awaiting final instructions on weather this passage with be made under KLM Pearl's own hull or if we are going to be asked to load her to a large vessel carrier and move her to the Caribbean is a comfortable cradle.

The new Batavia Marina is an impressive facility, comfortabley decorated in classic old world charm, but anything needing more than
3 meters of Draft simply will not fit !

So here we sit "temporaraly" at the Ancol Marina Fuel dock, somewhat exposed, but based on weather conditions
safe for the next few days !

JANUARY 2009

January 2 , 2009, Semerang, Central Java, Indonesia
Today January 2, 2009 KLM Pearl arrived in the North Javanese Port of Semerang after about 8 days of smooth sailing from Makassar. We made a quick stop in Surabaya to have our GENSETS looked over and to load a little fuel to insure when we enter the dock her in Semerang we will be as light as possible. In the photo below KLM Peal is number 3 to enter the docking process and the crew is busy painting and sanding.

Our main reason for this port call is to Caulk and Anti Foul the bottom of KLM Pearl, while this location is not the most attractive spot of Beautiful Indonesia, but the quality of work in this yard is excellent. The Pearl has not been caulked since she was launched and the hull has now had time to settle and find her life long shape, the standard process is to caulk her. We are using a fiber, derived from bamboo, to insure long lasting a firm seal in her below waterline planks. We will anti-foul her with a local product produced by Nippon Paint and she will be ready for the next leg to Batam where she will leave her home waters of Indonesia for Thailand.

The Semerang yard PT Tanjung Mas Wiguna Agung, is a team of some 40 men of which most are from our Sulawesi village of Bira, where KLM Pearl was constructed. I was pleased to know that apparently they all already knew of KLM Pearl when one of the workers had returned to Bira during the recent Ramadan Holidays and explained to all his co-workers where this fine vessel was going, I was invited into the pit of this yard where all the men explained to me that we do not need to worry about this caulking process as they all want to follow the voyage to St Vincent and they plan to do a special job on this special boat from Bira.

 

DECEMBER 2008

December 2 , 2008, Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Today KLM Pearl was treated to a sunny morning, as we moved her from her anchorage to a point near the Pantai Gapura Hotel on the water front of the city of Makassar. This mornings event was conviened to wish our vessel KLM Pearl a safe voyage to her new home in the Caribbean Islands. This event had been rescheduled a few times to accommodate the city Mayor’s (H.A. Herry Iskandar) busy schedule, but in as much as he had followed the progress of this project since its start he preferred to attend the event personally, rather than just sending his staff.

With considerable print and broadcast media in attendance and a healthy breakfast provided, the participants gathered on the water front dock for a flurry of diverse conversations and promptly boarded KLM Pearl via a local boat. The first boat with the VIP guests listed slightly as everyone wanted to be first to board. The Mayor’s brave character showed as he instructed everyone to sit down and those few who could be classed as overweight to move to the stern of the small launch. On arrival at KLM Pearl he continued to control the situation, by instructing his entourage to stand up one at a time to ascend KLM Pearl’s boarding ladder. As each person arrived at deck level, the smiling crew welcomed each aboard their immaculately cleaned and new home for the next year.

Along with the Mayor was the head of Makassar’s Tourism office, the local Tourism Police and various other local dignitaries. The Metro TV team and other journalists were well represented and the Public Relations objectives of this project are considered underway. The key media message, was to encourage the local population to follow this year long expedition through our updated internet portal.

While today was the targeted departure date, for our next destination, a few paper work delays have surfaced, which are being dealt with, combined with the fact that Mr. Mayor has asked if he can invite another group of Indonesian dignitaries on a short sunset cruise around Makassar Harbor on 5 December when the city of Makassar will host a major Mayoral Congress attended by Mayor’s form all the Eastern Indonesian cities. He promised to show each of them a Proud Product of South Sulawesi that is about to embark on a historical voyage to the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Major also promised to come to the new Buccrament Bay Resort personally when the KLM Pearl arrives there in late 2009.

October 31, 2008, Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
With the trade winds of the Indonesian Archipelago making their annual shift to the East and with Harlequin’s Properties “KLM Pearl” ready to get underway on this epic voyage to her new home at the Buccrament Bay Resort on the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, the first barrier to cross was simply clearing the narrow passage of Bira, Harbor, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Located at the most southern tip of the orchid shaped island of Sulawesi, the entrance of Bira harbor faces East and sea conditions over the past three days have created 2-3 meter swells, crossing the Gulf of Bone, in to the mouth of this home port of the KLM Pearl. With the cost of good ballast priced at something like 12usd per KG and cheaper options such as river rock considered not acceptable, the pearl is covering this first sector of her long voyage to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, very light and without much needed weight in her massive hull.

Rather than chance the swelling sea, KLM Pearl waited till October 23, 2008, when the sea had calmed to an early morning glass like finish and she quietly slipped out of her berth place, rounded the most southern tip of Sulawesi, Tungung Bira and headed Northwest up the coast for a short 12 hour run to the historic spice trading port of Makassar, in the Province of South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

We have moved KLM Pearl to Makassar to do some final outfitting, load some bulky items that we preferred not to truck the 4 hour drive to Bira. In addition we have elected to implement her registration process in the provincial capital to avoid assured small village administration delays. KLM Pearl will proudly fly the red and white flag of The Republic of Indonesia on her trek from Indonesia, across the Indian Ocean, through the Arabian Gulf, into the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic and ultimately to her new home with Harlequin Hotels at the new Buccrement Bay Resort.

Today, KLM Pearls crew are busy installing the vessels sails and checking various systems before she makes her next planned move West to the island of Java and the port of Semarang, where she will under go docking for the first time since her launching. This process with call for re-caulking her hull, with fine bamboo fiber and re-antifouling before headed North to Singapore, out of Indonesia and one to the Kingdom of Thailand.

We have targeted taking the Northern route across the great Indian Ocean in January when prevailing winds should be directly on the stern of KLM Pearl as we set a westerly track to Sri Lanka and India.

As we all follow this epic voyage of Harlequin’s KLM Pearl, please keep in mind that interested parties are welcome to join this Adventure of a life time, from the screen of your computer or even aboard the Pearl as long as you are prepared to participate in the operation of this traditional vessel and to be responsible for your own costs and safety. Boarding points can be confirmed, by contacted the Expeditionary Administration at info@songlinecruises.com or following the vessels progress at:

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JULY 2008

I think this one is about ready, just ready to put the masts in place !

JUNE 2008

What do pirates do for thier interior decor ?

APRIL 2008

Now that the previaling winds have shifted and come from the East, KLM Pearl has started her launch process. On April 20, 2008, the traditional Launching Ceremony was held in Tanah Beru, South Sulawesi with 40 Cadets from the PIP Makassar, numerous local government officials and the Expedition Management in attendence KLM Pearl has sprong to life.

Part of any Pirate's inventory of needed accessories, has to include an impressive Maiden Head, we recall the day we select a block of Papuan Iron Wood 45x40 here in Sulawesi and sailed it off to Bali aboard another SongLine's vessels KLM Atasita. On arrival this massive chunk of wood was rushed up to the village of Ubud and proudly turned over to Pak Rai, who over a period of 2 months created a true master piece capable of dealing the heavy seas of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans that are in the future of KLM Pearl.

As the ceremony drew to a conclusion and all the workers had consumed the two sacrificial goats that made up this lunch time meal, the chains hoists started working and KLM Pearl started her estimated 2 to 3 week journey from her construction position to the sea and ultimately to a floating profile to start her voyage to St. Vicente & The Grenadines and her new home at the Harlequin Properties new Buccament Bay Beach Resort.

JANUARY 2008

NOVEMBER 2007

In as much as KLM Pearl, is to be beach launched and her present positon is facing West, the prevailing winds of the Indonesian Archipelago have now changed and we have been forced to delay her launch till March, 2008. Our carpentry team and tech team have plenty of additional work to do, so lime will not be lost. As you can see below the below deck space is shaping up to be quite a space and as you can now understand quite a stong vessel.

The main deck area has now taken shape as the photo below, looks aft through the Captain's Cabin.

JULY 2007

The vessel KLM Pearl is starting to take shape, the traditional builders construct the hull first and then apply the ribs to the outer hull.

While the itinerary has not yet been finalized, parties interested in participating in this voyage as working crew, should contact us and provide full details on your sailing experience. It is proposed that interested parties would be able to join sectors in this program of a minimum of 3-4 weeks duration. Special considerations will be given to Media Groups and Photo Journalists

for inforation contact: songnyc@hotmail.com

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HOT NEWS FOR YACHTS IN 2008

GAHAWISRI (THE INDONESIAN MARINE TOURISM ASSOCIATION)
&
POLASI (THE INDONESIAN SAILING AND RACING ASSOCIATION)

Will join forces in 2008, to create a comprehensive extention to the annual darwin-kupang race. Events at various ports and cruising permit assistance are to be arranged.

for inforation contact: songnyc@hotmail.com

 

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