SeaChange issue 28, October 2015
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Issue 28

October 2015

WELCOME to SeaChange – highlighting what's new and what's changing at Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and in the maritime sector.

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In this issue

Safer Boating Week October 16-23

Safer Boating Week will start on Friday, October 16, with 27 safer boating leaders jumping off Queen’s Wharf into Wellington harbour – one for each of the 27 people who died in recreational boating accidents last year.

The wharf jump will reinforce one of the campaign’s key messages: Lifejackets save lives. Research shows that two thirds of people who die when boating could have survived by wearing a lifejacket.

This year “Bag Your Cell” is a key theme of the Week, with 10,000 cellphone bags to be distributed, along with a new-style Safer Boating miniguide.  The cellphone bags are intended to be a tangible reminder to boaties to take two forms of communication with them out on the water.  Hundreds will be handed out initially to boaties heading out over Labour Weekend at boat ramps, and new skippers taking Coastguard Boating Education courses will receive one throughout summer.

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SeaCert Transition Project

Seafarers transitioning into SeaCert over the next few months are urged to check our website.  MNZ will provide a more formal update in November as we look at ways to ease the transition process and remove unnecessary costs .  See if you may be affected.

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Video competition runs to December

The Big Angry Fish lifejacket video competition will now run until December 11.
Throw on your lifejacket, then make an awesome video and you and a friend could be on your way to a surprise fishing location with Milan and Nathan from TV3's Big Angry Fish.
The video, of up to one minute, must show you and your mates out on the water fishing, with everyone on board wearing a properly-fitted lifejacket.  You must say on the video why you “always wear a lifejacket”, and include Maritime NZ’s catch-phrase “Get it on, or it’s no good”.

Take a look at the entries so far, and check out the competition details: 

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Promoting careers at sea

Maritime NZ joined forces with Careers NZ, industry members and college advisers to promote education and training for World Maritime Day during September.

The campaign #NZcareersatsea is designed to encourage school leavers and other young New Zealanders to consider a maritime career.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Maritime School leaders spoke at a function, attended by around 100 people from throughout the sector, about the global shortage of mariners, and the wide range of career choices available.

Careers advisers were also hosted on ship visits; and a photowall, showcasing mariners and their work experience, is being hosted by Maritime NZ:

Head to our Maritime NZ Facebook page to check out photos from the event.
Guest speakers Paul Harper, the Executive Dean of NZ Maritime School, (part of the Manukau Institute of Technology), and Captain Katherine Walker, the Manager of the International Maritime Institute of New Zealand (part of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology), with Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

New satellite station well underway

Work is progressing well on a new satellite receiving station being built mid-way between Taupo and Rotorua - part of a joint project by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to boost search and rescue (SAR) in the region.

The receiving station is being constructed by US firm McMurdo, which is also building a similar site in Western Australia, along with a new mission control centre in Canberra - to pick up signals from Medium-Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellites.

These 50 new satellites will increase the speed at which signals from distress beacons – PLBs, EPIRBs, ELTs – are detected and located. 

Construction at the NZ site is to be completed by the end of the year, with the receiving station to be commissioned towards the end of 2016, and the MEOSAR system operational globally by 2017.

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Quick thinking saves quad bike rider

The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand was quick off the mark, as always, when receiving an alert from a personal locator beacon registered to a Christchurch quad biker.

The signal was coming from the Waimakariri River and contact with Ambulance Control confirmed that a 111 call was made from that general location, for a person that fell off a quad bike.  Although an ambulance was on its way by road, the RCCNZ called Garden City Rescue helicopter as it was en-route back from another Ambulance job.

The chopper crew agreed to overfly the quad bike accident to check the situation.  A paramedic was dropped off and assisted the patient, and the helicopter came back after delivering the original patient to hospital.

The pilot later confirmed the rider’s injury was serious, and that a vehicle would not have been able to reach him.

Consultation on MLC related rule amendments

Consultation is open until October 30 on draft amendments to our Maritime Rules that will enable New Zealand to become a party to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC).

The MLC is an international treaty adopted by the International Labour Organisation that sets minimum standards for the health, safety and welfare of seafarers. It applies to New Zealand ships over 200 gross tonnage operating outside the inshore limits and all foreign commercial ships entering New Zealand ports. It does not apply to fishing vessels.

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Container weight verification

Maritime New Zealand invites feedback on the preferred options for the implementation of SOLAS amendments to require shippers to provide verified weights for containers.

The deadline for feedback  is 5pm on October 30.

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Ballast water rule change

Maritime New Zealand also invites comment on draft new Marine Protection Rules Part 300: Ballast Water Management 2015.

Part 300 is required to reflect and implement the technical and procedural requirements contained in the international convention for the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments 2004. This rule along with part 2 of the Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 will enable New Zealand to become party to the convention.

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