Authorities from Sanur Port decided to switch their port on Wednesday (26/5) to a different location due to large waves that occurred.
Operations at Sanur Port were disrupted by large waves on Wednesday morning. These waves caused many boats who were scheduled to transport passengers to Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan to move to a safer area to prevent any incidents from happening. The Head of Sanur Port, I Ketut Suratnata Putra confirmed that the waves began to get bigger around 7:00am.
“We were forced to move the port location from Sanur Beach to Le Mayuer Beach near Le Mayuer Museum that is located on the southern part of Sanur.” Suratnata Putra said on Wednesday (26/5). He predicted that this phenomenon was caused by the full moon that affects gravity, causing the waves and the tides to get higher in comparison to normal conditions. As a result, many people were struggling to get into the boats as the waves were reaching up to 2.5 meters high on shore.
The port location was moved after considering the potential dangers for both passengers and boat crews, the area is surrounded by corals that could potentially cause injury. “This situation usually lasts around 2 or 3 hours, so we decided to move the port for safety reasons.” Putra added. He also explained that most of the passengers of the boats were not tourists, but local people who were headed to the Hindu Temple in Nusa Penida for prayer. Rest assured, Suratnata Putra maintained enforcing prevention protocols during operations.
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