What you need to do with your old tickets
Save your old or legacy tickets by “ring-fencing” before Sept 1st or they’re a goner.
Ring-fencing means you do not need to renew an existing ticket or move (transition) to a new SeaCert ticket.
You can continue working using a ring-fenced ticket with the same privileges you have now. You will need a medical certificate from any GP, but you’ll have two years to get it.
Maritime NZ won’t charge you for ring-fencing and you can choose to transition to SeaCert at a later date.
Register to ring-fence by 1 September 2017 – to save your ticket(s).
You can also choose to transition to a SeaCert ticket instead of ring-fencing, but you need to let Maritime NZ know you’re planning to do this.
If you do nothing, your ticket(s) will be a goner.
If your tickets can’t be ring-fenced, you’ll need to transition anyway. Deadlines for transition vary for different tickets.
Ring-fencing to the rescue
- You can now ring-fence most old and legacy tickets – with no charge from Maritime NZ – keeping them valid for life without the cost of moving into the new seafarer certification framework, SeaCert.
- You have until 1 September 2017 to make a decision on ring-fencing. You can also choose to transition tickets to SeaCert – but you also need to register it with Maritime NZ for this by 1 September 2017.
- You can ring-fence all eligible old or legacy certificates you hold.
- Even if a ticket has previously expired, you can revive the ticket by ring-fencing it.
- After you’ve made your choices, Maritime NZ will send you a Verification of Status card confirming what tickets you’ve ring-fenced. This process will take 6-12 weeks.
- You can continue using your old or legacy tickets until 1 September 2017 but you must either ring-fence, or tell Maritime NZ you plan to transition, by this date or the tickets will expire on 2 September 2017.
- You’ll be able to continue using ring-fenced tickets to work, for life, but you need to have a medical certificate from any GP.
- You’ll have two years from the date of issue of your Verification of Status card to get your first medical if you’re actively working.
- If you want to start using your ring-fenced ticket more than two years after ring-fencing, you’ll need to get a medical certificate before you start work.
- Medical certificates must be renewed every two years if you’re continuing to work. If you’re not working, you don’t need a medical certificate.
Transitioning after ring-fencing
If you have ring-fenced a ticket, you can also choose to transition to a new SeaCert ticket at any time in the future.
Ring-fencing after transitioning
If you have transitioned an eligible ticket before 30 September 2016, you can now also choose to ring-fence the original legacy ticket.