Shipping in Indonesia

ABNR Counsellors at Law

ABNR Counsellors at Law  is instructed on a range of shipping work, which includes both contentious and non-contentious matters. For advisory work, the team advises on the registration and financing of major vessels, as well as marine insurance and cabotage issues. On the disputes side, the group acts on vessel arrests, cargo claims and liability issues. Most mandates are handled by banking and finance partner Emir Nurmansyah and litigator Sahat Siahaan.

Practice head(s):

Emir Nurmansyah

Other key lawyers:

Sahat Siahaan


‘ABNR has an experienced and knowledgeable shipping law team.’

‘Sahat Siahaan and Muhammad Muslim are both helpful and thorough in their approach, with excellent English language skills.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a Japanese shipping line as defendant in the District Court and Appellate Court against a tort claim brought by PT Asuransi Recapital in connection with the sinking of a container ship in the Indian Ocean.
  • Counsel to an Italian shipping line for the enforcement of 2 arbitration awards totaling USD 22.2-million against an Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder.
  • Acting for an Indonesian cement producer in its USD 25 million tort claim against a shipping company arising out of damage to client’s jetty

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners  has expertise in contentious and non-contentious shipping issues through its experienced banking and finance partner Chandra Hamzah and renowned litigator Eri Hertiawan. Its shipping disputes work primarily involves financing and competition related issues as well as casualties. Other areas of interest include advising on charter parties, cargo claims and securitisation.

Practice head(s):

Chandra Hamzah; Eri Hertiawan

Key clients

PT OOCL Logistics Indonesia

PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero)

PT Pelabuhan Indonesia IV (Persero)

PT Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines

PT Meratus Line

Saipem SpA

PT Sinarmas LDA Maritime

PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk

Work highlights

  • Advised SLM  in its acquisition of  of two Indonesian liquid bulk logistics companies Sumber Surya Kencana Inhu (shipping) and PT Sumber Kencana Inhu (trucking and storage tanks).
  • Advised Saipem on its proposed transaction of purchasing a Panamanian flagged vessel from NorCE Offshore Pte. Ltd.
  • Represented both Meratus and SPIL in its appeal to the District Court in relation to a price fixing decision of the Indonesian Competition Authority against Meratus, SPIL and two other shipping companies.

Budidjaja International Lawyers

Budidjaja International Lawyers is very active in advising on major collisions involving other vessels, cargo loss and oil pollution issues. Managing partner Tony Budidjaja leads the practice and has acted on litigation, mediation and arbitration, and most notably is a member of the Singapore Chamber for Maritime Arbitration. The team also assists clients with general advisory issues.

Key clients

Java Star Rig, PT

Garex c/o Stephenson Harwood LLP

Foremost Maritime Pte. Ltd. c/o Wikborg Rein LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Axis Managing Agency Ltd c/o Stephenson Harwood LLP

North of England P&I Association Limited

The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity

Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association c/o Wikborg Rein LLP

Toda & Co Law Offices

PT Meratus Line (Indonesia) c/o SPICA Services

Work highlights

  • Advised on insurance issues surrounding the detainment of a vessel by the Indonesian Navy within the Indonesian territorial sea.
  • Represented Java Star Rig, PT and Atlantic Oilfield Services on an alleged wrongful termination related to an offshore incident.
  • Advised North of England P&I Association in a cargo claim dispute.

SSEK Legal Consultants

SSEK Legal Consultants is adept in the financing, purchasing and selling of major vessels as well as advising on an maritime issues surrounding the oil and gas sector. The team is led by Michael D Twomey who is an expert in ship financing and cabotage matters. Transactional work is handled by Stephen Igor Warokka.

Practice head(s):

Michael Twomey

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Igor Warokka

Mochtar Karuwin Komar

Mochtar Karuwin Komar operates under the leadership of Craig Heggie, who is an expert in the financing as well as the purchase and sale of major vessels. Recent transactions have involved both Indonesian and Singaporean law.

Samuel Bonaparte

A uniquely specialist maritime and shipping law firm, Samuel Bonaparte Hutapea is highly experienced in shipping disputes, cargo recoveries, as well as vessel classification and certifications. Former captain Samuel Bonaparte leads the team and is adept in handling shipping litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Bonaparte