The MV Mabua Express the 248-passenger express ferry between Bali's and Lombok ceased operations on January 7, 2003, ostensibly to undergo a regular docking of the ship. Later, due to continuing poor passenger numbers following the October 12th bombing of a Bali nightspot, the owners, P.T. Mabua Intan Express, decided to suspend ferry services until April 4, 2003, in order to avoid incurring undue financial losses while waiting for business to improve.
Ferry Service Suspension Extended until June 01, 2003
With the outbreak of hostilities in Iraq, Mabua have formally announced that ferry service will continue to be suspended until June 01, 2003.
Communication across the Lombok Straits will still be possible during the extended suspension of service by the Mabua Express with fast ferry services available from Bounty Cruises, and on an almost hourly basis on public car ferries sailing from Bali's east coast port at Padang Bai.
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