Jakarta (ANTARA) - Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has asked the Mahkamah Pelayaran (Shipping Court) to consistently be at the forefront in enforcing the maritime law in Indonesia.

"The Shipping Court must be committed to enforcing the law in the maritime world. We know that maritime has a very broad range of activities," he said at a forum group discussion (FGD) on "Strengthening the Institution of the Shipping Court as a Current and Future Maritime Court" here on Tuesday.

The minister expressed the hope that the Shipping Court will not focus on the number of sanctions or reprimands issued, but pay more attention to following up on violations until one legal ruling is reached.

Sumadi also requested the Shipping Court to refer to other nations, such as countries in America, Europe, and East Asia, that have enforced the maritime law well.

Currently, he said, shipping regulations have expanded globally under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

"Meanwhile, in Indonesia, the implementation is stated in Law Number 17 of 2008 concerning Shipping," he added.

He then reiterated that law enforcement does not mean that the government will make things difficult for shipping businesses; rather, it means that the government will seek to make shipping operations more conducive, safe, and comfortable.

The Shipping Court has also been urged to deter violators in the shipping sector so that all shipping activities can run smoothly.

"We do not want to impact the ease of business, but rather on how we conduct good law enforcement, and provide a guarantee to those who will do business in Indonesia so they can feel safe and comfortable. Safety and security are still a priority," Sumadi said.

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