SeaChange from Maritime New Zealand - March 2016
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Issue 32

April 2016
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

Getting on board with HSWA

Maritime guidance is now available for the new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA), that came into force this week.

Maritime NZ is the regulator for health and safety on vessels that are workplaces. It has released a suite of seven new guidance documents that explain different elements of the HSWA, and how maritime operators can comply with new duties on due diligence, worker engagement, overlapping and upstream responsibilities, facilities, and managing asbestos.

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Rena statutory notices withdrawn


The withdrawal of Maritime NZ’s two statutory notices relating to the wreck of the MV Rena is a significant milestone in the overall response efforts after the 2011 grounding on Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga.
Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch says the salvage and clean-up work undertaken since the grounding meant there is now no proper basis for the notices under the Maritime Transport Act.

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Maritime NZ to administer Maritime Labour Convention

New Zealand’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva, Vangelis Vitalis, deposits New Zealand’s instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention at the International Labour Organization (ILO). He is pictured here at the signing with ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

Maritime NZ will be administering the Maritime Labour Convention - and enforcing it on New Zealand-flagged ships and on foreign ships visiting New Zealand ports – from March next year.

Ratifying the Convention gives New Zealand the power to inspect and verify that crew on foreign ships carrying New Zealand’s goods are treated fairly and within internationally accepted standards. It will also protect the reputation of New Zealand exports.

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Sectors to be surveyed

Maritime NZ is to survey individual sectors to seek feedback on the quality of services it delivers.

The Commercial Fishing Sector and the Ports and Harbour Sector are the first two that will be surveyed in the next few weeks. Almost 1000 commercial fishing operators are to be contacted about the on-line survey, and around 60 from the Ports and Harbour sector.

The sector surveys are aimed at gauging how Maritime NZ is performing against its Statement of Intent measures and indicators. We will be surveying other sectors over time.

Yachtie aids his own rescue

Northland yachtsman Steve White did 'all the right things' when his 15-metre vessel began taking on water 185 kilometres west of Kaitaia last month.

He put out a mayday call on maritime radio, then activated his EPIRB to alert the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand of his rapidly deteriorating situation, and evacuated his sinking yacht for his dinghy.

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Working on a commercial vessel?

Maritime NZ is changing how some seafarers will move to the new Seafarer Certification Framework (SeaCert).
Whether you work on a fishing, passenger, workboat or cargo vessel – any commercial vessel – we want you to register your old or legacy ticket so that we can keep you informed of options.
To find out if a ticket you have is one of these, visit:

Holders of older and legacy certificates are asked to register with Maritime NZ as soon as possible.
You can register:

Bouyant among top five agencies

Maritime NZ has been rated amongst the top five for public sector reputation, in the most comprehensive research of its kind in New Zealand. 

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Verified weight for containers

All export containers will be required to have a verified container weight from mid-year.

Amendments to Chapter VI of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) enter into force internationally on July 1,  2016.

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Did you know Maritime NZ is on Facebook, twice?

Yes, we have two Facebook pages.

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On Safer Boating NZ one of our most viewed recent stories was about three fishermen whose boat capsized when they crossed Tairua bar.
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Meanwhile, on Maritime NZ “MNZ in top five in public sector reputation survey” was our most viewed story in about the last three months.
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