Anticipating the Impact of Extreme Weather on Crossings from Bali

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The relevant authorities and travellers are strongly advised to prepare for the potential impact of severe weather on crossings from Java to Bali. With the approaching Eid al-Fitr, all parties are urged to exercise caution due to the potential effects of extreme weather on travel, particularly concerning crossings from Bali to Java or vice versa via the Bali Strait.

In a press conference held following an inspection of the mass exodus at Pelabuhan Gilimanuk in Jembrana, Bali, on Thursday, April 4, 2024, Police General (Pol) Listyo Sigit Prabowo, the Chief of the Indonesian National Police, emphasized the importance of vigilance. Listyo was accompanied by Armed Forces (TNI) Commander General Agus Subiyanto, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, and President Director of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) Ira Puspadewi.

Listyo emphasized that severe weather could pose a risk to the safety of crossings, including those from Bali to Java or vice versa through the Bali Strait. Therefore, travellers and relevant authorities must be prepared for the potential occurrence of severe weather.

Additionally, he stated that the Indonesian National Police, with the assistance of various parties, has ensured the readiness of services and security during the mass exodus and return journey for Eid al-Fitr 2024. Listyo also expressed appreciation for the support received from various parties, including the TNI and ASDP, in facilitating public mobility.

In collaboration with the TNI and relevant parties, the police are also taking precautions against security threats and ensuring the safety of the community during the mass exodus. “We have also established service posts to enhance security so that individuals facing security issues can report them to the nearest police station,” Listyo remarked.

TNI General Agus Subiyanto affirmed that the TNI is prepared to support the organization of the mass exodus and return journey for Eid al-Fitr 2024. He mentioned that the TNI has prepared transportation equipment as a mitigation measure in case of disruptions due to natural disasters during the mass exodus. TNI personnel are also deployed to support the police in handling the Eid al-Fitr mass exodus.

Meanwhile, Budi Karya Sumadi, the Minister of Transportation, explained that the Ministry of Transportation, along with relevant parties such as the police and TNI, has observed and mapped the mobility of the public during the Eid al-Fitr mass exodus in 2024. He noted that the mobility of individuals crossing the Bali Strait through the Gilimanuk and Ketapang harbours is high. “We have also coordinated with the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) regarding severe weather, as the Bali Strait is prone to extreme weather,” Budi said.

Aminudin Al Roniri, the Head of the Bali Climatology Station, stated that the BMKG consistently provides the latest information on general weather forecasts. He mentioned that the BMKG has equipped Bali with radar equipment and an Automatic Weather System (AWS), including installing two weather radars in Ketapang, Banyuwangi, to monitor weather conditions along the sea crossing route between Bali and Java.

He explained that in ever-changing situations, severe weather can occur. The Bali Strait is known to experience strong winds at any moment due to its narrowness. However, he noted that weather predictions from April 4 to 7, 2024, indicate that the weather and waves are still safe. “We will continue to update BMKG information so that the public can receive the latest weather forecasts,” Aminudin added.

Additionally, Ria Fran Dharma Yudha, the Supervisor of the Class I Gilimanuk Crossing Port Service Unit, stated that the arrangement of crossings at the port follows a packed schedule with eight trips. Yudha also mentioned that the port management continues to monitor weather conditions and coordinate with all relevant parties to ensure the safety of crossings. “Concerning the peak of the mass exodus, it is expected to begin on Friday, April 5, 2024,” Yudha said.


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