Jakarta. State-owned ferry operator ASDP Indonesia Ferry on Thursday afternoon (30/11) suspended operations in the Sunda Strait from Merak, Banten, on the northwestern tip of Java, to Bakauheni in Lampung, due to adverse weather conditions.
The company announced the suspension of service on its Twitter and Facebook accounts, saying that the Merak-Bakauheni route will be closed temporarily from 5:45 p.m. local time, due to bad weather conditions at the Merak port.
Diinformasikan bahwa Penyeberangan dari Merak ke Bakauheni dan sebaliknya ditutup sementara terhitung dari pukul... https://t.co/oUqaAIsBO1— ASDP Indonesia Ferry (@asdp191) November 30, 2017
Waves in the port have reached five meters.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned about Cyclone Dahlia, which was spotted on Wednesday night in the Indian Ocean.
The Ministry of Transportation on Thursday issued a notice to mariners concerning rogue waves on the ocean, as heavy rains are unlikely to stop in the next few days, especially in the southern regions of Banten, Central Java and East Java.
The ministry ordered all ports to monitor the weather and share information.
"If weather conditions pose danger to ship safety, sailing permits [SPBs] must be suspended until the waters can be sailed again," director general of sea transportation at the ministry, Agus Purnomo, said in a statement.
Ship operators and captains have to monitor weather conditions at least six hour prior to departure.
Coast guards were ordered to have rescue boats ready in case of emergency.