SeaChange issue 29, November 2015
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Issue 29

November 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

Consultation on Maritime Levy

Maritime NZ is consulting on proposed changes to fees and the Maritime Levy, identified as part of a review of funding of the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) and Seafarer Certification system (SeaCert).

Director Keith Manch says the mid-point funding review has identified a need to adjust fee and levy levels set in 2012.

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DOC largest operator in MOSS

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has become the single largest vessel operator in the new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) introduced last year by Maritime New Zealand, with 84 vessels covered by its new MOSS operator certificate.

MOSS requires operators to develop a safety system that covers not only the seaworthiness of vessels, but their safe operation, including identifying hazards and how they are managed.

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SeaCert Transition Project

Seafarers with older and legacy certificates are asked to register with Maritime NZ to help us identify options as part of the SeaCert transition project.

Maritime NZ is looking at ways to ease the transition process and remove unnecessary costs.  By registering seafarers will help us develop a database, and enable us to keep individuals informed about changes. Seafarers are urged to check our website over the next few months for updates about the project to transition all certificate holders on to the new Seafarers Certification framework over the next few years.

See if you may be affected:

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Temporary maritime events

A new application process has been developed for clubs and organisations seeking speed upliftings and reserved areas under the Maritime Rules, to hold temporary events such as power boat and paddle craft races.

The new application form, guidance, and internal process aims to make it more efficient for all involved.

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New guidelines for inflatables

New national guidelines have been developed for the safer use of inflatable lifejackets.

The guidelines follow on from concerns that boaties have been getting unclear information, and that some inflatable lifejackets have failed due to lack of servicing.

For more information:

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Contingency plans for offshore installations

A new Part 131 of the Marine Protection Rule, under the Maritime Transport Act 1994,  ensures offshore installations operating in New Zealand waters have oil spill contingency plans that support an efficient and effective response to a spill at sea.

Part 131 replaces an existing regulatory regime (Part 200) that makes the operator responsible for responding to small oil spills, and ensures that their response activities integrate with those of other lead responders, such as regional councils and Maritime NZ, in the event of larger oil spills.

Part 131 entered into force on October 31, while Part 200 was revoked to enable the transfer of the regulation of operational discharges to the Environment Protection Authority.

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Safe Seas Clean Seas and LOOKOUT! available

The latest issue of Maritime NZ’s flagship publication Safe Seas and LOOKOUT! is available to read, including a detailed account of a bulk carrier grounding on the west coast after dragging its anchor last year.  To register for an-line or print copy, if you are not already on our mailing list:

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Exemption for NBDP

A form of radio telex, Narrow-Band Direct Printing (NBDP), has been exempted for the owners and masters of fishing ships proceeding beyond off-shore limits, and within the Navigational areas where an HF NBDP MSI broadcast service is not operational - as long as they do not proceed into the IMO defined Sea Area “A4”.

NBDP has in most cases been overtaken by other preferred technologies, and an exemption for these fishing vessels has been made for the requirements in Maritime Rule 40D.68, Appendix 3.3 and 43.15, pursuant to Section 47 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

Annual report on website

The 2014-15 annual report for Maritime NZ is now available to read on the website.
Our vision in how we approach our regulatory, compliance and response activities is ‘a maritime community that works and plays safely and securely on clean waters’.

To read more about our objectives and the current work programme:

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