Shipping in Indonesia

ABNR Counsellors at Law

Counting The Shipowners Asia, Maritime Mutual and Meratus Line among its key roster of clients, ABNR Counsellors at Law advises on a broad range of maritime and shipping matters concerning cabotage, ship financing, charges and securitisation, and marine insurance. The team’s contentious offering is one of the largest of its ilk in Indonesia, with experience across a range of disputes, from vessel arrests, cargo claims and charterparty disputes to vessel collisions and salvage issues, marine insurance disputes and oil spills. Emir Nurmansyah leads the practice group, while Sahat Siahaan is noted for his expertise in high-value shipping disputes. Other key contacts in the team include Ulyarta Naibaho and associate Muhammad Muslim.

Practice head(s):

Emir Nurmansyah

Other key lawyers:

Sahat Siahaan; Muhammad Muslim

Key clients

NYK Line

PAN Ocean

Mediterranea di Navigazione S.P.A

Mertaus 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 Willhelmsen Logistics AS

Bollore Logistics

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Praised for its ‘in-depth knowledge and experience’, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners offers the full suite of services, encompassing all shipping-related matters, from contentious and non-contentious shipping financing, marine casualties and cargo claims to natural resources transportation and maritime insurance. The practice has also seen an increase of M&A transactions in the shipping sector. Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf, who focuses on shipping finance matters, leads the team alongside Chandra Hamzah and seasoned litigator Eri Hertiawan, who is noted for his expertise in high-value shipping disputes. Yanu Wiriasmoko advises on M&As and banking and finance transactions in the shipping sector and is another key member of the group.

Practice head(s):

Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf; Chandra Hamzah; Eri Hertiawan

Other key lawyers:

Yanu Wiriasmoko; Wildan Lukman Nurmajid


‘The team has in-depth knowledge and experience that helped us. Additionally, I appreciated the good communication and professionalism that the team has shown.’

‘The team members were excellent at communicating and have an extensive network that helped serve our specific/niche situations and concerns.’

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 Ptd. Ltd.

Timagenis Law Firm

KUFPEC Indonesia (Anambas) B.V.

ORO Holdings Pte. Ltd.

PT Sumber Surya Kencana Inhu

PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero)

Watiga Trust Ltd.

DB International (Singapore) Trust Limited

Global Kapital Group

PT Sinarmas LDA Usaha Pelabuhan


Work highlights

  • Represented PT Sinarmas LDA Usaha Pelabuhan as Buyer for the acquisition of 8 Indonesian flagged vessels from several sellers.
  • Represented PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero) as one of the syndicated lenders in the proposed granting of syariah syndicated facilities to PT Armada Gema Nusantara as borrower (“AGN”).
  • Represented PT Meratus Line in its appeal to the District Court in relation to the Indonesia Competition Commission (“KPPU”)’s decision of price-fixing allegation against Meratus and three other shipping companies.

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners – Dentons HPRP

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners – Dentons HPRP advises its roster of clients on a broad range of matters, from financing, repossession and asset transfers to sale purchases, leasing arrangements, payment suspensions and shipping disputes. As part of Dentons’ network, the team is well-placed to leverage the firm’s global footprint to handle cross-border mandates, in Asia, Europe and the US. Andre Rahadian, who acts for domestic and foreign clients on corporate transactions in the shipping sector, leads the practice alongside Hendra Ong, Danny Bonar Sinaga and Michael Kaihatu, while senior associate Dinda Triwijanarko is another key member of the group.

Practice head(s):

Andre Rahadian; Hendra Ong; Danny Bonar Sinaga; Michael Kaihatu

Other key lawyers:

Dinda Triwijanarko

Key clients

Swire Shipping Pte. Ltd.

PT Citra Pertiwi Nusantara/PT Jembayan Muarabara

PT Amas Iscindo Utama


PT Pengembang Pelabuhan Indonesia

Work highlights

  • Advised Swire Shipping Pte. Ltd. on the divestment of $20.6m worth of shares in exercise of tag, alongside rights in a share sale and purchase.
  • Advised PT Amas Iscindo Utama  on the sale of vessels to a foreign buyer for $6.075m.
  • Advised PT Citra Pertiwi Nusantara/PT Jembayan Muarabara on the transfer of assets.

Hutabarat Halim & Rekan

Hutabarat Halim & Rekan’s practice acts for domestic and international shipping companies on matters concerning sales and purchases of vessels, acquisitions and corporate restructurings, licensing arrangements and compliance issues, as well as shipping-related disputes. The team is led by founding partners Pheo M. Hutabarat and Nini N. Halim, who advises on M&As and corporate restructurings in the shipping sector, with the support of Rosna Chung, Asido M. Panjaitan, Peter G. Fanning, Milanti T. Kirana and Yuris A. Hakim.

Practice head(s):

Pheo M. Hutabarat; Nini N. Halim; Rosna Chung; Asido M. Panjaitan; Peter G. Fanning; Milanti T. Kirana; Yuris A. Hakim

Key clients

Winning Logistics Services ptd Ltd

PT Winning Logistik

PT Winning Shpping Indonesia

PT Winning Logistics Ship Management

Keppel Smit Towage Private Limited (Singapore)

Marine Construct International B.V.

Micyln Express Offshore

Mochtar Karuwin Komar

Mochtar Karuwin Komar acts for domestic clients on ship financing matters, in addition to the sale and purchase of vessels. Craig Heggie, who has demonstrable experience advising on lending and debt financing transactions in the shipping sector, leads the practice. Key clients include state-owned and private enterprises.

Practice head(s):

Craig Heggie

Key clients

Citibank (Jakarta)

Lei Shing Hong Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Citibank on a loan facility made available to an Indonesian joint venture shipping company.
  • Advised Lei Shing Hong Capital (Singapore) on the preparation of Indonesian law security documents following transfer of vessel to Indonesian flag.