Sunday, 24 March 2019 | 20:57 WIB

BMKG Warns Potential 6 Meter High Wave in Arafura Sea in Coming Days

Illustration: High sea wave

AMBON, NNC - The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of Ambon Pattimura Station warned the public to be aware of waves reaching 6 meters high in the eastern Arafura Sea, Maluku Province in the next few days.

Head of the BMKG of Ambon Pattimura Station, Ot Oral Sem Wilar in Ambon Sunday said the high waves were dangerous both for the shipping fleet and traditional fishing activities. Moreover, he said, the Arafura Sea geographically borders with Australia.

According to him, the current weather conditions in Maluku, due to low pressure areas in the Timor Sea, cause wind turns in the southern Maluku region.

This condition can increase the potential for the growth of rain clouds (cumulonimbus) around the regions of Banda Sea, Babar waters, Aru Islands waters, Kai Islands waters, Tanimbar and Sermata-Leti Islands as well as Arafura Sea waters.

This situation can also be accompanied with instantaneous strong winds that can increase wave height in the region, where wind generally blows from the southwest-northwest with the maximum speed of 30 knots (60 km/h).

Meanwhile, temperatures in Maluku vary from 22 to 33 degrees Celsius and humidity is 60-95 percent.

Therefore, fishermen are warned not to force themselves to go to sea if they only rely on traditional fleets.

He considered the traditional fleet in the form of a large hulled boat not strong enough to withstand the onslaught of high waves as it could have fatal consequences for the fishermen.

"The early warning has been forwarded to the Maluku Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), as well as nine regencies and two cities," he said as quoted by Antara.

He also expects the regents and mayors to encourage providers and users of sea transportation services to pay attention to extreme weather changes so they do not force themselves to sail.

In extreme weather conditions, he said, the Head of the Ambon Class 1 Port Authority Office has the authority not to provide sailing permits, and if deemed necessary, to temporarily close shipping activities while awaiting the latest weather reports.

"Users of transportation services should also understand if there are postponements and delays in the scheduled departure of ships due to weather factors because of the need to prioritize safety," said he again.