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Issue 38

December 2016

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

In this issue

Raft of prosecutions

Maritime NZ has successfully prosecuted a range of commercial operators recently, for lack of safety that resulted in the deaths of two kayakers, an exploding fuel tank, and serious injuries to passengers on a charter vessel.

A kayak hire operator was sentenced to 200 hours community service and ordered to pay $324,500 last week, after neglecting his safety obligations with tragic consequences.

Maritime NZ reminded charter and ferry operators that passenger safety is paramount, following the conviction of Explore Group on Monday under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.

The Nelson District Court heard that it was “by good luck rather than good management” that the outcome was not worse, when a fuel tank on a tourist launch exploded during a welding repair.

Lifejackets for Christmas

Coastguard NZ has a successful Old4New promotion of life jackets, and a nation-wide retailer has doubled its sales before Christmas  in two initiatives designed to get boaties wearing the right-sized, effective life jackets this summer.

Submissions sought on Clear Heads Bill

Submissions are sought on an amendment Bill that proposes random drug and alcohol tests for safety sensitive maritime jobs.

The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee invites public submissions on the Maritime Transport Act Amendment Bill that will introduce new requirements for commercial maritime operators to have drug and alcohol management plans (DAMPs) in place.

Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code resources

Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code partners sign up to the new Code earlier this year. In the forefront: Greg Campbell, the Chief Executive of Greater Wellington Regional Council; Keith Manch, the Director of Maritime NZ, and Working Group chairperson; Tony Phipps, the Customer Service/Community Resilience  Manager for Northland Regional Council.

At rear: Hans Versteegh, the Manager of Regulatory Services at Marlborough District Council; Demetra Kennedy, Secretariat; Harry Hawthorn, General Manager Compliance, Maritime NZ; Tere Scotney, Manager Information Research and Ministerial Servicing, Maritime NZ; and Eddie Grogan, General Manager of Regulatory Services for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Absent: Garth Cowie, CE Port of Napier.
The refreshed Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code can now be viewed on the website.

In addition to the Code and guidelines, documents related to SMS (safety management system) self- assessments and review procedures are available on a new  resource page.

Get onboard with LOOKOUT!

The need to properly manage rope replacements in a purse seining operation, and to ventilate portable generators when out at sea, are among the lessons to be learned in the latest issue of LOOKOUT!

Now available in print and on-line.

Seafarers sign up to ‘ring-fence’

More than 3300 seafarers have so far taken up the option to ring-fence their existing tickets. Ring-fencing enables seafarers to keep their old legacy tickets, and means they don’t have to transition into the new SeaCert certification system.

Seafarers must register to ring-fence these tickets by 30 September 2017. Those who miss the cut-off will have to transition to SeaCert, as their tickets will expire.

You can register your tickets here: 

Safe Seas Clean Seas out now

Maritime NZ’s support for the Kaikoura earthquake response, along with our Safer Boating campaign, and a compliance patrol to the Marlborough Sounds, are among the issues and events captured in the latest Safe Seas Clean Seas – out now.

Now available in print and on-line.

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