BMKG unveils maritime weather information system

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The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has devised a maritime weather information system for sea transportation called the Indonesia Marine Route Forecast (Ina-MaRFest).

The system has been designed to support sea transportation safety so that Eid homecoming trips remain safe from the effects of inclement weather.

“BMKG will soon launch a maritime weather information system for sea transportation, namely Ina-MaRFest to improve marine transportation safety,” head of the BMKG’s Maritime Meteorology Center, Eko Prasetyo, informed here on Monday.

Ina-MaRFest BMKG will allow captains to access impact-based maritime weather information easily and quickly, he said.

Through the Ina-MaRFest, users or captains will be able to access three main features to support shipping safety.

The features comprise Impact-Based Maritime Weather Information System, Shipping Weather Route Documents, and Sailing Recommendations Documents.

Through the Impact-based Maritime Weather Information System feature, users or captains will be able to plan shipping routes automatically as well as find out impact-based maritime weather information such as waves, currents, and winds on shipping routes.

Then, users will also be able to determine the Ship’s Safety Score automatically based on the specifications of the ship, as well as the impact of maritime weather when the ship sails.

Furthermore, through the Shipping Weather Route Document feature, users will be able to obtain a Weather Information Document for the Shipping Route (Route Forecast) in the form of a soft copy automatically through Ina-MaRFest.

The document will contain weather forecasts for the duration of the voyage, weather forecasts for the port of departure, and weather forecasts for the port of arrival.

Meanwhile, through the Sailing Recommendation Document feature, users will be able to automatically map the security potential on the planned shipping route. The information will be obtained based on the impact of maritime weather on shipping routes, as well as the specifications of the user’s ship.

If the planned route is safe (SAFE), then the user will be able to automatically download the Sailing Recommendation Letter via Ina-MaRFest. However, if the planned route is not safe, then a Sailing Recommendation Letter will not be issued.

In addition, users will also receive information that the planned route is not safe for sailing.

“The BMKG Ina-MaRFest information system is expected to be a tool for shipping operators to anticipate bad weather conditions in the waters,” Prasetyo said.

Source: Antara News