Safe Seas Clean Seas
Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 43, April 2013
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As part of MNZ’s strategic shift in approach to become evidence-based, intelligence-led and risk-focused, MNZ underwent a review of its frontline and associated functions in 2012.
Southern Storm Fishing Ltd, owner of the fishing vessel Oyang 75, was fined $10,500 for failure to notify two discharges or escapes of harmful substances into the sea. MNZ says the fine sends a clear message that pollution of New Zealand’s waters will not be tolerated.
Oil pollution levies, which are collected by MNZ from industry to run this country’s maritime oil pollution preparedness and response system, will increase from 1 July this year.
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) had a high-profile start to the year with the coordination in January of the search for three Canadian men missing in the Antarctic.
The centenary of what had become known as the “Holiday Light” was celebrated in Castlepoint in February. As part of the celebrations, Castle Point Lighthouse was opened to the public.
Over summer we extended our “don’t be a clown – wear a lifejacket” campaign to include advertising in more places boaties were likely to see it and as near as possible to ‘the boating moment’.
MNZ, Water Safety New Zealand, Coastguard and ACC are continuing to work together to promote safe boating education in the Pasifika community through the Folau Malu (Journey Safely) programme.
MNZ’s role is to make life at sea safer, protect the maritime environment from pollution, and ensure New Zealand ports and ships are secure.
SeaCert, a new qualifications and operating limits framework for commercial operators, was developed with significant input from the maritime community.
In December, MNZ announced a phased in implementation plan for the new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) for the maritime sector, with operators coming into the new system from 1 July 2014.
The Ukrainian vessel FV Mainstream was the first foreign chartered fishing vessel (FCFV) officially registered as a New Zealand vessel, bringing it under New Zealand labour and health and safety laws.