The ship's departure to Semarang City, Central Java Province, and Surabaya City, East Java Province, was witnessed by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, President Director of PT Pelni Tri Andayani, board of directors of the corporation, as well as the port's stakeholders.
Andayani noted in a statement on Saturday that MV Ciremai was the second ship to have been dispatched under the program. It brought 1,628 travelers and 703 motorbikes.
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Out of the figure, 649 motorcycles and 1,481 travelers were transported to Tanjung Emas Port, Semarang City, while 54 motorcycles and 147 travelers were shipped to Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya City.
Earlier, the corporation had also transported 216 motorbikes and 470 travelers on the same route aboard MV Dobonsolo on April 26, 2022.
The vessel brought 197 motorcycles and 413 travelers to the Tanjung Emas Port as well as 19 motorcycles and 57 travelers to the Tanjung Perak Port.
"Hence, amid the 2022 Eid al-Fitr homecoming period, the two ships have carried a total of 2,098 travelers and 919 motorbikes," the president director noted.
Andayani noted that MV Dobonsolo and MV Ciremai had also been readied to serve participants of the 2022 free Eid al-Fitr exodus program amid the returning traffic period later.
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MV Ciremai will depart for the return trip from Tanjung Perak Port on May 9, 2022, while MV Dobonsolo will sail on May 11, 2022.
Currently, 4,787 travelers with 2,195 motorcycles have registered for the return trip.
"Prospective participants can check the availability of the free exodus program quota on the website of mudikgratis.dephub.go.id,” Andayani stated.
The PT Pelni President Director remarked that each of the two ships had a capability of carrying up to 2,500 travelers and 1,250 motorcycles.
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