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Jakarta Post

Holidaymakers wary of sea travel

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 27 2018   /  03:02 am

The recent Sunda Strait tsunami that hit the coasts of Banten and Lampung has apparently made locals wary of sea travel despite the holiday season, a government official has said.The Transportation Ministry’s director general of land transportation, Budi Setyadi, said there was a significant decrease in the number of vehicles and people crossing from Merak in Banten to Bakauheni in Lampung after the tsunami struck on Dec. 22. The route is usually popular during the holiday season, when many from Jakarta return to their hometowns to spend time with their families.“The number dropped after Dec. 22. There are many people who are still reluctant to cross from Merak. Many people are also still asking about the safety of sea travel and whether there is a possibility of high waves,” said Budi on Wednesday. State-owned seaport operator ASDP Indonesia Ferry stated after the tsunami that ope...