PT Angkutan Sungai, Danau, dan Penyeberangan (ASDP) – the company providing ferry services across Indonesia have announced that two additional ferries will be positioned on the Bali-Lombok crossing during the coming Lebaran holidays to alleviate anticipated backlogs of waiting passengers and vehicles.
PT ASDP manager in Padangbai, East Bali, Asril Usman, said the employment of the KM Galang Samudra and KM Bahari Utama would bring to 23 the number of ferries plying the route across the Lombok Straits.
Usman said the condition of all 23 ships was “very seaworthy” and he hoped their smooth operation would be sufficient to handle heavy demand during the biggest holiday period in Indonesia.
The PT ASDP manager is anticipating a 10-12% increase in passengers loads during the coming Lebaran period.
In addition to more ships, the ASDP will also set up Command Posts and Medical Clinics at the Padang Bai Port. Additional personnel from the police and military will also be assigned to the port to keep public order and the traffic flowing.
Idul Fitri or Lebaran falls on August 19-20, 2012.
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