SeaChange from Maritime New Zealand - May 2016
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Issue 33

May 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

Best in Show – digital adverts


A world-first in digital advertising  -  that reminds boaties as they hit the water to wear lifejackets– has won “Best in Show” and “Best Use of Mobile” at advertising industry awards last night.


Almost 22 million messages were sent out via mobile devices over the summer campaign, using GPS and a “Virtual Coastguard” to identify mobiles within a mapped area.  Once mobile device users, including boaties, reached the coast the lifejacket ads were automatically received via Facebook, Instagram, Google and 24 different advert networks.

Coastal visitors only needed to be using any of these networks to see the lifejacket advert flash on their screen. 

Maritime NZ Education and Communications Manager Pania Shingleton says “I am very proud of this ground-breaking initiative, which has been a new and effective way of spreading our Jo Bro lifejacket promotion”.  

“We are well aware that mobile devices are recreational boaties’ most commonly-used communications tool, both on and off the water.” 

Have your say about changes to SeaCert 


Consultation is now open on proposed changes to the SeaCert framework to make it easier and cheaper for some seafarers with older certificates to continue working.



Other proposed rule changes include removing the need for seafarers with Able Seaman certificates to transition to SeaCert, and no longer requiring ratings to renew certificates every five years. Changes are also proposed to the passenger endorsement requirement. 

Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch says the proposed changes would make life easier for most seafarers with older tickets, and avoid delays processing a sudden influx of transition applications to meet the current 31 December 2016 deadline.

“We have listened to the industry and our view is that there is no safety issue in allowing ring-fencing of many older or legacy certificates. This will reduce costs and avoid a last-minute rush of applications to transition by the end of the year - that could result in a delay for seafarers being able to operate.” 

Reflagged and ready to go


Chief officer Aleksandr Dolmatov, and the crew of Ukranian vessel Aleksey Slobodchikov – now reflagged to New Zealand – practice a man-overboard safety drill while docked in Wellington recently. 



More than half the Foreign Chartered Vessels (FCVs) that needed to reflag to New Zealand had done so by the May 1 deadline.

Ten of the 19 FCVs that fished New Zealand waters have successfully reflagged, while two more are close to doing so.  

A further seven have elected to no longer fish in our exclusive economic zone  (EEZ).

New satellites save day (light)



A solo tramper with a badly broken leg was fortunate that New Zealand’s new search and rescue satellite system helped enable a helicopter rescue from the Tararuas, before daylight ran out. 

The extra time created by receiving the beacon signal faster was potentially life-saving, says Mike Hill, the manager of the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand.

Verified weights needed from July 1


All shipping containers for export from New Zealand will need verified weights before they can be loaded on a ship from July 1 this year.



An amendment to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) means that verified weights will be needed for containers on all ships carrying international cargo that are subject to the Convention.

Shippers will be responsible for providing the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the container on the shipping documents. The ship’s Master cannot allow it to be loaded without this information.

Spreading the HSWA message

Maritime Officer Andy Cox has kindly modelled for the latest Health and Safety at Work advertisements put out by Maritime NZ. He is pictured here with Wellington fisherman Johnny Persico of the San Raffaele.

The next issue of Safe Seas, Clean Seas, due out shortly, also features Andy and Johnny; and a raft of HSWA articles on our guidance, our warranted staff, Sanford as early adopters, and a small operator scenario.

Meanwhile, check out:

HSWA guidance documents

Safe Seas, Clean Seas

Register, update, de-register your beacon


The new MEOSAR satellite system means that any activation from a rescue beacon, even a brief on-off of the signal, will get picked up more quickly and clearly.  

This means it is vitally important for owners and users of distress beacons to ensure they register, update, and de-register as needed the emergency contact details for their beacon with RCCNZ. 

If our Search and Rescue Officers (Saros) cannot communicate with the emergency contacts listed - such as family, friends or colleagues who know the movements of the affected party - then the Saros cannot check whether or not there is a genuine need for helicopter teams and other personnel to be directed to the location from which the beacon is transmitting.

To register your beacon, or update your contact details visit Beacons.org.nz.

Exercising a national response

Maritime New Zealand will lead a national maritime emergency exercise next week, that will involve a “collision” between two ships off the coast of Taranaki.

The exercise is designed to help New Zealand to better prepare for what may happen in a real event.  

Refresh for Marine Safety Code


Port companies, regional councils, and Maritime NZ have collaborated on a revised New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code, which establishes a new governance structure with expert panels to assess performance against the national standard.

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