SeaChange from Maritime New Zealand - June 2016
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Issue 34

June 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

SeaCert consultation closes on June 7

Stephanie Winson, Maritime NZ general manager legal and policy, addresses seafarers in Auckland late last week.

Hundreds of seafarers have attended roadshow meetings around the country recently to discuss proposals for changes to SeaCert certification rules.

Meetings are still to be held in Gisborne tonight, and Christchurch on Friday, while the closing date for feedback is next Tuesday, June 7. 

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SeaCert transition consultation meetings

  • Gisborne - 6pm, Wednesday June 1 (tonight),  The Whitehouse, 69 Peel Street
  • Christchurch - 8.30am, Friday 3 June, Commercial Fishermen Conference, Rydges Latimer Hotel, 30 Latimer Square
Maritime NZ director Keith Manch explains the proposed changes to SeaCert.
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Out now! LOOKOUT!

Maritime NZ is warning professional seafarers and recreational boaties: If in trouble don’t delay, activate your distress beacon or call for help!

The June issue of LOOKOUT! Lessons learned by accident includes articles about a fishing boat drifting without power for 10 hours before its master activated the vessel’s distress beacon, and the death of a yachtsman after a mayday call was delayed.

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New maritime health and safety inspectors

Some of the members of the ‘Fast Track’ group that trained first as new health and safety inspectors, from left are: Maritime NZ northern assistant regional manager Damian Poi; central manager compliance Pelin Davison; specialist investigator Andy McQueen; acting assistant regional compliance manager M-P Abbott; investigator Ginni Murray; director Keith Manch, southern assistant regional compliance manager Dominic Venz; general manager compliance Harry Hawthorn; maritime officer Kelsey Walker; manager intelligence and planning Paul Fantham; and southern regional compliance manager Dave Billington.

Maritime NZ has trained and warranted 35 health and safety inspectors in preparation for the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) that came into force on April 4.

Maritime officers, who are now also trained health and safety inspectors, will work closely with operators to help them understand their new requirements under the Act.

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HSWA features in Safe Seas Clean Seas

Changes for the maritime sector under the Health and Safety at Work Act are outlined in the latest issue of Safe Seas Clean Seas out now.

This edition includes a scenario for a sole operator, Fred’s Fish, and the various duties and issues a small operator needs to consider.

Other matters covered include the need for containers to have verified weights from July 1, and changes to maritime radio channels from October 1.

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New harbourmaster appointed for Port of Taharoa

Maritime New Zealand has appointed Captain Jon Jon Peters as harbourmaster for the Port of Taharoa. 

Capt. Peters, 51, has more than 25 years’ maritime experience, including working extensively as a cargo superintendent, ship agency manager, ship surveyor and cargo terminal manager. 

He holds an Australian Master Mariners (FG) license and his sea-going experience includes time on oil tankers, container and general cargo ships, reefers and dry bulk carriers. 

Most recently, he was General Manager of a multi-cargo ship terminal in West Africa, handling around 230 ships a year.

He has also worked as Ship Agency Operations Manager and Marine Surveyor in Hong Kong, as well as Cargo Superintendent/West Africa for Conti-lines N.V. Antwerp Belgium.

Capt. Peters replaces Maritime NZ staff member Capt. Richard Lough, who held the role on a temporary basis.

Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch welcomed the appointment of Capt. Peters.

“The Port of Taharoa’s iron sands loading operation makes it unique in New Zealand,” he said.

“I am sure, with his experience of port operations internationally, Capt. Peters will be a valuable asset as the frequency of visits to the Port increases.”

MOU with South Korea

Maritime NZ director Keith Manch signs a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea, that acknowledges the completion of the process for foreign charter fishing (FCV) vessels to reflag to New Zealand.

The memorandum has also being signed by the Assistant Minister of Shipping and Logistics of South Korea, Park Gyeong-cheol. 

Five Korean-owned FCVs were among the 10 that reflagged to New Zealand by the 1 May 2016 deadline.

The process agreed between the maritime jurisdictions of South Korea and New Zealand encompassed a range of requirements relating to the vessels themselves, and crew training and certification.  

It included bridging courses for navigation and engineer watch-keepers to meet New Zealand’s requirements under the Seafarers Certification framework, SeaCert.

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