Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sungai Bidut

Sibu is famous for its shipbuilding industry. Most of the shipbuilding industry started off at Sg. Bidut and still going strong.

Sg. Bidut is just located across Sibu town, separated only by the Igan and Rejang River. There are a few ferry points from the town (Tua Pek Kong wharf, Town Square Phase 2 wharf) to Sg. Bidut with the fare of about RM0.20-0.60.

The longer way to get here is to drive more than 10km via Igan Bridge

Most of the ship new building here are of tug boat, support vessel and barge. Somehow the yards here don't have the expertise to construct a bigger and more sophisticated vessel like cargo ship, tanker and etc.

Most of the buyers of these tugboats and support vessels are from Singapore and the middle east

Besides new building, some of the yards here also offer repair service for the existing ships which are still in service

Most of the yards here are still not very advance. There is hardly any sign of modernization.

There is also a sawmill here. Wonder whether the mill is still active or not during this period of uncertain economy.

Houses of the resident of Sg. Bidut. There are more modern and big size houses been built around this area in the last few years. Some of those can even rival those in the town in term of design and size.

Some of the residents here sometime go fishing by the riverside. I had seen in the past some big and small fishes caught by them.

Those who live in Sg. Bidut is rewarded with a nice view of Sibu Town. Some prominent landmarks such as Wisma Sanyan, RH Hotel, Rejang Port Authority, Tua Pek Kong, Paramount Hotel and Town Square Phase II can be seen from here.

Kampung Hilir as seen from across the Igan River.

4 comments:

Asian Traveler said...

I've never heard of Sg. Bidut in Sibu, so this is new to me. Thanks for sharing.

Josephine said...

Hmmm... never been to Sibu...

the donG said...

wow! old boats are my favorite subjects too. i just posted one. hehehe...

jam said...

I planned to go there this weekend for sightseeing. Anything eyecatching there?

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