Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, on Friday (January 19), received "The Most Supportive Leadership in Indonesia's Maritime" award from PT Pertamina International Shipping during The Voyage Glory awarding ceremony in Jakarta.

Sumadi bagged the award for his remarkable contribution to Indonesia's efforts in advancing its national maritime sector.

"I would like to encourage all shipping firms in Indonesia to forge cooperation and synergy with international players in the hopes of further enhancing the competitiveness of the national shipping industry," he noted in a statement received from the Ministry of Transportation here on Saturday.

In an effort to boost the industry's competitiveness, Sumadi highlighted that the government had been implementing the principles of cabotage that grant exclusive rights to vessels with the Indonesian flag and Indonesian crew members.

"We will continue to maintain the implementation of the principles of cabotage. However, it should be noted that we also need to augment our competitiveness in order to be able to compete with global shipping companies," he remarked.

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He then called on Indonesian shipping companies to produce and prepare resilient young talents that wield the capability of competing with global shipping players.

"We will soon face a demographic bonus and achieve the Golden Indonesia vision. Hence, it is our responsibility to guide our youths to take part in developing the national shipping industry," Setiadi stated.

On the occasion, PT Pertamina International Shipping also presented awards to several companies, including PT Sillo Maritime Perdana, PT Humpuss Maritim International, Vito Asia, and Petronas Trading Labuan Company.

Director General of the Strengthening of Marine and Fishery Products at the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, Budi Sulistyo, and President Director of Pertamina International Shipping, Yoki Firnandi, among others, attended the awarding ceremony.

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