Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said the crossing on the route from Ketapang, Banyuwangi to Lembar, West Lombok, will be open from December 25, 2020.
According to Budi Karya, the new ferry route will effectively reduce traffic congestion on the island of Bali, which often disrupts tourism activities.
“The opening of the crossing from Ketapang to Lembar, means that those who want to go to Lombok do not need to go by land. It will begin to run on December 25,” he said in a video conference on Monday (14/12).
Director General of Land Transportation Budi Setiyadi said that there are seven companies that have declared that they are ready to operate ships on this route.
The ferry companies are scheduled to socialize their crossing routes on December 17th.
The travel time for the crossing from Banyuwangi to Lombok ranges from 12 to 13 hours stated Sumadi.
“The ships to be operated are large ships with gross tonnage (GT) of 1,500-2,000, but it is more about carrying capacity,” he said.
PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry Director of Commercial and Services Yusuf Hadi explained that in terms of tariffs, the Ketapang-Lembar direct crossing will be much cheaper than using Ketapang-Gilimanuk then Padangbai-Lembar routes.
The reason for this is, direct crossings only require one loading and unloading or handling. Cheaper rates are also planned so that large vehicles are encouraged to use direct crossings and reduce trafffic density on the island of Bali.