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Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 50, June 2016

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Maritime operators and the people who work for them have new health and safety responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) that came into force on April 4.

Maritime operators, large and small, are preparing to meet the requirements of the new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) that came into force last month.

Maritime NZ has trained and warranted 35 health and safety inspectors in preparation for the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA), that is now in force.

Maritime NZ has published guidance to help maritime operators understand their new obligations in preparation for the new Health and Safety at Work Act.

A scenario: Fred is a sole operator who has his own fishing boat trading as Fred’s Fish. Fred and his wife Kiri are both directors of ‘Fred’s Fish’, which makes them ‘officers’.

Maritime NZ’s review of coastal navigation safety found New Zealand has in place a sound framework to manage the movement of ships around the New Zealand coast.

Maritime NZ wants to make it easier and cheaper for seafarers with older certificates to continue working now that SeaCert has been introduced.

Seafarers affected by proposed changes to SeaCert rules should delay transition – but keep their ancillary training up-to-date.

Maritime NZ has agreed to big increases in funding for regional initiatives aimed at lowering the annual recreational boating toll.

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Cape Campbell lighthouse has a starring role, along with Michael Fassbender, in the film version of the book The Light Between Oceans which will reach our screens later this year.

Fines totalling more than $16,000 have been imposed after the dolphin-watching charter vessel Dreamweaver was damaged by heavy seas on Auckland Harbour in February 2014, and more than 30 passengers had to be transferred to rescue boats.

All shipping containers for export from New Zealand will need a verified weight before they can be loaded on a ship from July 1 this year.

Maritime NZ will be administering the Maritime Labour Convention – and enforcing it on New Zealand-flagged ships and on foreign ships visiting New Zealand ports – from March next year.

A potentially disastrous diesel drought on the Chatham Islands has been averted through a cooperative effort by transport industry operators and Maritime NZ.

This year’s Safer Boating digital advertising campaign won the Communication Agencies’ Association of NZ Beacon awards for “Best in Show”, as well as “Best Use of Mobile”.

With more than one million New Zealanders taking to the water in around 960,000 recreational boats each summer, it is heartening to see that more boaties seem to be wearing lifejackets, and death rates are declining.

This summer the Safer Boating Forum urged boaties to check their inflatable lifejackets with the line “Check it inflates, mate!”

Some maritime radio channels will change from October 1 – but the international distress channel 16 will remain the same.

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The director of Maritime NZ has withdrawn two statutory notices relating to the wreck of the MV Rena, issued after the vessel grounded on the Astrolabe Reef in October, 2011.

Port companies, regional councils and Maritime NZ have collaborated on a revised New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code (2004), which establishes a new governance structure with new expert panels to assess performance against the national standard

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