Scheduled to return to regular service on June 4, 2002, following its annual docking in Surabaya, the Mabua Express was already delayed when it ran aground at the entrance to the Benoa Harbor early on the morning of June 7, during its return voyage from Surabaya.
Damage to the ship's hull resulted from the mishap and while temporary repairs have been made surveyors have been called in to asses the true extent of injury to the vessel. It is now expected that the ship will have to return to the Surabaya dockyards before it can resume regular service.
Subject to further information from the operators, the earliest service is expected to resume is June 24, 2002.
The Mabua Express operates a daily fast ferry service between Benoa Harbor in Bali and Lembar Harbor in Lombok. When the ship returns to service The Mabua Express schedules departures every morning at 08.30 a.m. from its Bali base, crossing the straits in 2.5 hours. A return journey leaves Lombok's Lembar Harbor at 2.00 p.m. arriving in Bali at 4.30 p.m..
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