IMPERIUMDAILY.COM-KUPANG – Kupang Syahbandar Port Authority (KSOP) Office prohibits livestock transporters from operating temporarily due to bad weather that has affected the waters of East Nusa Tenggara Province and surrounding areas.
“With consideration of the safety of shipping, ships may temporarily not contain cattle such as cows, horses, buffaloes, and other interprovincial distances,” said Head of Sailing, Guarding and Patrol Safety Section, Kupang KSOP, Azwar Anas, in a written statement received in Kupang, Monday 6 January 2020.
He explained the condition of the cargo space or the low deck of the livestock carrier decks, in general, is very risky for water to get into the ship during bad weather.
Besides, the animal load is also very prone to shift when facing high waves so that it can have an impact on losing the ship’s balance.
“On the other hand, the long-distance will also take longer so that it has an impact on the supply of animals due to limited carrying capacity,” he said.
For this reason, he requested that any ship cancellations or captain actions if not continuing the voyage be immediately reported to the KSOP Kupang.
He said that the request for the ship’s departure will be adjusted to the development of sea weather, which refers to the safety of shipping and weather forecasts from BMKG.
The NTT waters are reported to be vulnerable to shipping because based on BMKG Kupang forecasts, wave height reaches 4 meters in the next few days.
“This condition was triggered by low pressure in Western Australia and the existence of a cyclone pattern in the Banda Sea,” said Head of the Meteorological Station Matirim Tenau, Ota Welly J Thalo in Kupang, Sunday (5/1).
Areas of sea waters in the island-based province that have the potential for waves as high as 2.5 to 4 meters are the western Sumba Strait, southern waters of Kupang to Rote Ndao.
“In addition, it is also in the waters of the northern Savu Sea, the Indian Ocean south of Kupang-Rote and the Indian Ocean south of Sumba to Sabu,” he said. (ant / yos)