Part 31A sets out the requirements for minimum personnel and watchkeeping (including fitness for duty) on foreign-going and coastal vessels.
It implements the requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping 1978, as amended (STCW) in respect of:
- The validation and revalidation of STCW certificates: and
- Fitness for duty of seafarers including minimum hours of rest.
Part 31A of the maritime rules applies to:
- international passenger ships of 500 tons gross tonnage or more
- international non-passenger ships (other than fishing ships) of 500 tons gross tonnage or more
- ships (other than fishing ships) of 45 metres or more in length that proceed beyond restricted limits.
- non-passenger ships of 15 metres or more in length.
Download Part 31A
Maritime Rules Part 31A: Crewing & Watchkeeping - Unlimited, Offshore & Coastal (Non-Fishing Vessels)
[PDF: 164Kb, 39 pages]
Part 31A supporting documents - any amendments, proposed amendments and advice
Maritime NZ advisory circular on Part 31A, 2001 [PDF: 1.91Mb, 14 pages]
Amendment to Part 31A, 2012 [PDF: 108Kb, 28 pages]
Amendment to Part 31A, 2011 [PDF: 948Kb, 15 pages]
Amendment to Part 31A, 2001 [PDF: 4.64Mb, 57 pages]
Original rule, 1998 [PDF: 828Kb, 12 pages]
History of Part 31A
Part 31A came into force on 1st August 1998.
This part was first amended by Part 31A, Amendment 1, in 2001.
The part was then amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011, in 2011.
This part was most recently amended by Part 31A and Part 31B: Amendment 2012, in 2012.