Sea has become a precious place for mankind. It is use for trade, transportation and also provide resources to sustain human life. Thus, many nations strive to control sea in order to gain its benefit for their own interest. Looking at the current conditions in which world seaborne trade has dramatically increased in line with growth in the global trade of merchandise over the last two decades, this strategic condition requires a strategic step to ensure the stability in the region.
Good order at sea, therefore, an important, yet deceptively complicated concept. Initially, good order at sea is common and has been run by our predecessors. Hence, any major change, such as the rise of new sea power, the discovery of oil field, will be new polemics and change the strategic environment of a country. On the other hand, the good order at sea can be challenged by disorderliness such as increased territorial disputes, maritime transnational crime, maritime environmental destruction, maritime terrorism and piracy. This situation needs a cooperation among states and navies in order to maintain good order at sea.
Good order at sea will be the theme of the third International Maritime Security Symposium (IMSS) that will be conducted by The Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) in Bali and is again expected to contribute to the improvement in maritime security and also to explore the rich culture of Indonesia. As additional information, the first IMSS was also initiated by TNI AL in 2013 in Jakarta, which was attended by 25 countries. It was a great success as it provided a forum whereby TNI AL and participating Navies could address important maritime issues. Since then, IMSS has been scheduled biennially. The second IMSS was held in Jakarta in 2015, continuing the success of the first IMSS, the second was attended by 40 participating navies. The event has further demonstrated The Indonesian Navy’s commitment to diplomacy and has strengthened Indonesia’s role in that process.