Safe Seas Clean Seas
Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 41, September 2012
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The Fishing Sector Action Plan was jointly launched in August by the Minister of Labour, the Hon Kate Wilkinson, and the Associate Transport Minister, the Hon Simon Bridges at Queens Wharf, in Wellington.
Amendments to Maritime Rule Part 40D covering the design and construction of fishing boats, and the equipment used on them, will improve safety, compliance and the needs of the fishing industry.
Public consultation on the maritime rules giving effect to the new Qualifications and Operational Limits (QOL) framework is planned to take place during October and November.
The Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) programme team is on track to get Maritime Rule Parts 19 and 44 to the Ministry of Transport in October to enable sign-off by the Minister by the end of the year and implementation in mid-2013.
A major aerial survey of the Bay of Plenty coast has been carried out to assess the lasting impact from Rena debris. The five-hour flight also took in offshore islands such as Mayor and Motiti.
Environmental clean-up specialists have been busy cleaning a New Zealand dotterel habitat site, with the breeding season under way. Recent priority has been put on getting the dotterel breeding site.
Two double-hulled waka on a 10,800 nautical mile round trip to Rapanui (Easter Island) will be navigated using traditional methods – by the sun, stars, tides, and movement of birds and marine life – but no chances are being taken when it comes to safety.
Support for the introduction of driver licences for commercial jet boats operating on rivers reflects the consultative approach to developing Maritime Rule Part 82: Commercial Jet Boat Operations – River.
MNZ’s “Don’t be a clown” campaign focuses on the importance of skippers taking responsibility, ensuring that everyone on board wears a lifejacket. It aims to encourage skippers to take the lifejacket challenge.
Before heading out onto the water this summer, be sure to check over your equipment, communication devices, fuel, boat and lifejacket.
Increasing numbers of commercial operators hire out PWC (often called jet skis) for river, harbour and offshore touring, either to individuals riding independently or to people in escorted groups.
The Director of MNZ has identified the national and international standards for lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs) that substantially comply with the types of device described in New Zealand Standards series NZS 5823.
Two years after the Titanic disaster of 1912, maritime nations gathered in London adopt the International Convention, taking into account lessons learned from the Titanic, where 1,503 people lost their lives.
MNZ is committed to implementing a number of significant changes over the next 12 months.