Shipping in Indonesia

ABNR Counsellors at Law

ABNR Counsellors at Law is singled out for its 'good knowledge of Indonesian laws and regulations and good practical solutions'. It advises on both contentious and non-contentious maritime and shipping matters with notable expertise in cabotage, ship registrations, ship financing and security enforcement, ship mortgages and marine insurance. The team also handles a range of litigation matters, from vessel arrests and cargo claims, through to marine insurance disputes and charterparty disputes. Emir Nurmansyah heads the practice and is supported by Sahat Siahaan who is an 'excellent communicator'.

Practice head(s):

Emir Nurmansyah

Other key lawyers:

Sahat Siahaan; Ulyarta Naibaho; Muhammad Muslim


Sahat Siahaan is a knowledgeable and experienced practitioner who we work with regularly on shipping and commodities matters. He is exceptional – he is a reliable, safe pair of hands, who can work within tight timelines. He also communicates effectively.’

We receive quality and practical advice from the ANBR team. Their knowledge of local shipping practice and contacts with the relevant ministries are very helpful in our engagement with them.’

Good understanding of Indonesian maritime and commercial laws. Well researched and well thought out legal advice presented in a succinct manner. English is one of the best amongst local law firms.’

Sahat Siahaan is knowledgeable in maritime and marine insurance matters.’

Sahat Siahaan is an excellent communicator and knows how to get things done.’

Key clients

NYK Line

PAN Ocean

Mediterranea di Navigazione S.P.A

Meratus Line

Maritime Mutual

British Marine P&I Club

Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd.

Japan P&I Club

Shipowners Asia Pte. Ltd

Spica Services Indonesia

Japan Ship Owners Mutual protection & Indemnity Association

Braemar Technical Services (now AqualisBraemar)

PT Djakarta Lloyd (Persero)

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS

Bollore Logistics

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has a full service maritime and shipping practice that covers ship financing, security enforcement, collisions and maritime casualties, charter parties, cargo claims, natural resources transportation and maritime insurance. The practice is led by seasoned litigator Eri Hertiawan and banking and finance expert Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf.

Practice head(s):

Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf; Chandra Hamzah; Eri Hertiawan

Other key lawyers:

Wildan Lukman Nurmajid

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

PT Alur Biru Maritim

ST International Corporation (Korea)

PT Bank Maybank Indonesia Tbk

PT Trans Maritim Pratama

PT Momentum Indonesia Investama

PT Sukses Graha Samudera

Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers Co., Ltd.

Cheetah Freight Express Pte. Ltd.

Timagenis Law Firm

KUFPEC Indonesia (Anambas) B.V.

ORO Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing PT Meratus Line in submitting the counter memorandum of appeal to the Supreme Court, in relation to the Indonesia Competition Commission’s decision of price-fixing allegation against Meratus and three other shipping companies.
  • Acting for PT Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines in submitting the counter memorandum of appeal to the Supreme Court, in relation to the Indonesia Competition Commission’s decision of price-fixing allegation against SPIL and three other shipping companies.

Budidjaja International Lawyers

Budidjaja International Lawyers has an experienced shipping disputes practice and represents a range of local and international clients including P&I clubs, ship-owners, cargo-owners, charterers and insurers. The team regularly handles disputes involving collisions, unlawful arrests, cargo losses and oil pollution incidents. Tony Budidjaja heads the practice that includes senior associate Stefanny Oktaria Simorangkir who handles a broad range of cross-border shipping disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tony Budidjaja

Other key lawyers:

Stefanny Oktaria Simorangkir


Very helpful advice on enforcement in the jurisdiction.’

Considered the salient points and understood what was required.’

Key clients

Garex c.o Stephenson Harwood LLP

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

ACT Maritime LLC c/o Stephenshon Harwood LLP

The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity

Toda & Co Law Offices

Gard (UK) Limited

North of England P&I Association Limited

SSEK Legal Consultants

SSEK Legal Consultants has a broad maritime and shipping offering with particular expertise in the natural resources and cruise sectors. The practice advises on ship financing, mortgage, sale and purchase of vessels and ship arrests. Michael D Twomey has expertise advising on cabotage issues, ship financing and leasing. Senior associate Stephen Igor Warokka focuses on M&A transactions and foreign investments. Founding partner Dyah Soewito is another key individual to note.

Practice head(s):

Dyah Soewito; Stephen Igor Warokka; Michael D. Twomey

Key clients

McDermott International, Inc.

Coeclerici S.p.A.

Van Oord



BW Offshore

Axxis Geo Solutions

Sele Raya

Total Oil


Work highlights

  • Assisted Van Oord with a joint venture with an Indonesian shipping entity.
  • Assisted a US-based offshore drilling contractor with the successful restructuring of its Indonesian subsidiaries to ensure the cabotage compliance of its business and operations in Indonesia.
  • Assisting an international offshore service provider with its contract as a services provider to a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) contractor.

Mochtar Karuwin Komar

Mochtar Karuwin Komar advises a range of Indonesian and Singaporean clients on the purchase and sale of vessels and ship financing. The practice is led by Craig Heggie.

Practice head(s):

Craig Heggie

Samuel Bonaparte

Samuel Bonaparte Hutapea is a boutique maritime and shipping law firm that specialises in shipping disputes. The practice is led by former captain Samuel Bonaparte who has expertise in handling shipping disputes and arbitration, cargo recoveries, vessel classification and certifications.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Bonaparte