Exemptions from MOSS

Find out how vessel owners and operators can apply for exemptions from entering MOSS.

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MOSS exemptions

Most operators were able to move automatically into MOSS if they had valid SSM certificates in place on 1 July 2014. Under normal circumstances, operators will not have to enter MOSS until their first SSM certificate expires.

In some circumstances, operators may need to apply for an exemption from entering MOSS, to allow further time for them to develop their operator plan.

For some operators, these changes to an operation may require the operator to enter MOSS sooner than the expiry date of their operation’s first SSM certificate. Changes that trigger entry into MOSS include:

  • adding a new vessel to the operation
  • changing operational limits
  • making major modifications or repairs to a vessel
  • increasing passenger-carrying capacity
  • changing the ship’s category (under SSM, this was the ship’s ‘type’) and
  • changing ownership or operator of the vessel.

How to apply

Vessel owners and operators should always contact thier surveyor or local Maritime Officer to get advice about what they need to do before applying for an exemption.

For your application to be approved, it must meet all the specific criteria laid out in the relevant section of the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

Criteria for maritime rules[Maritime Transport Act 1994 section 47]

Criteria for marine protection rules[Maritime Transport Act 1994 section 395]

Vessel owners can apply in writing, giving full details of the ship/operation and the reason the exemption is requested.

  • Your application must provide sufficient ‘technical’ reasons for it to be granted and show that the risk to safety (or the marine environment) is not increased.
  • Your application must state the legal criterion under which you are applying.
  • You must send in any request for an exemption on the correct application form otherwise it will be rejected.

Application form

To apply for an exemption, you will need to complete this form.

Additional documentation

You will also be required to provide additional documents as part of your application.

Use this table to identify the activity your applications falls under and the corresponding documents you must provide:

Activity Additional documents required
Adding a new vessel to the operation Vessels Certificate of Survey (CoS) and survey report.

Copy of the company’s current SSM certificate.
Changing a vessel's operational limits Vessels CoS and survey report.

Recognised surveyor endorsement.

Documented appropriate safety procedures put in places which take in to account the new operating limits. If there is an increase in operating limits, a Design Approval and associated survey by an IC surveyor needs to be conducted.
Major modifications or repairs to a vessel Vessels CoS and survey report.

Recognised surveyor endorsement.

Naval architect approval (if appropriate) and IC surveyor survey following MR 44 Appendix 2.
Increasing a vessel's passenger capacity Vessels CoS and survey report.

Recognised surveyor endorsement.

Documented changes in safety procedures which take in to account the new activities. Might need a DA document and a visit by a surveyor ensuring vessel allowed this increase.
Changing a vessel's category Vessels CoS and survey report.

Recognised surveyor endorsement.

Documented changes in safety procedures which take in to account the new activities Design Approval and associated survey by an IC surveyor needs to be conducted.
Change of a vessel's ownership Vessels CoS and survey report.

Recognised surveyor endorsement.

Copy of the operator plan and or safety procedures they will be operating under until their Maritime Transport Opertaor Certificate (MTOC) is issued.

Additional documentation may be required - this will depend on the circumstances of your application.

Exemption fees

  • These fees are effective from 1 July 2016.
  • All charges are in New Zealand currency and include goods and services tax (GST).
  Hourly rate
[office-based]
Hourly rate
[offsite visit]
Exemptions
Maritime rules $201 $268
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Contact us

If you need further information about exemptions, please contact our Exemptions Officer.

E-mail:

exemptions.officer@maritimenz.govt.nz