Media releases 2016
- December(8 releases)show media releases for december 2016
‘No excuses’ fines for no lifejackets and speeding start
Thursday, 22 December 2016A trial “no excuses” policy for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets and those who speed on the water is getting underway.
French yacht heading for Bluff
Tuesday, 20 December 2016The skipper of a French racing yacht, that collided with a floating object on Sunday afternoon during the Vendee Globe race, is making good progress toward Bluff.
Damaged yacht nears landfall
Tuesday, 20 December 2016The skipper of a French racing yacht, that collided with a floating object on Sunday afternoon during the Vendee Globe race, is close to making landfall in New Zealand.
Passenger safety paramount - Maritime NZ
Tuesday, 13 December 2016The prosecution of a passenger vessel operator and skipper, in relation to three women injured while on board the vessel, sends a reminder to everyone that the safety of those onboard is paramount, says Maritime NZ.
Big increase in lifejacket sales a good sign for summer
Thursday, 8 December 2016Nation-wide retailer, Rebel Sport, has doubled its sales of lifejackets in the first week of the month, and Coastguard sold 300 lifejackets in the first weekend of its “Old4New” promotion.
$324,500 reparation after Tekapo kayak business neglected safety obligations
Monday, 5 December 2016Maritime NZ says the kayak hire operator sentenced to 200 hours community service and ordered to pay $324,500 over the deaths of two kayakers, on Lake Tekapo in September last year, neglected his safety obligations with tragic consequences.
Maritime NZ provides $75,000 in funding for Coastguard New Zealand’s Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade Campaign
Friday, 2 December 2016Coastguard New Zealand’s Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade initiative kicks off tomorrow, Saturday 3 December, at 8.00am at the Half Moon Bay boat ramp in Auckland.
Maritime NZ promotes lifejackets with national retailer
Thursday, 1 December 2016Maritime NZ has launched a national lifejacket promotion “Nobody’s faster than disaster”, with national retailer Rebel Sport, to get more Kiwi boaties into the “best survival gear you can wear on a boat - your lifejacket,” said Director Keith Manch today.
- November(3 releases)show media releases for november 2016
Firm prosecuted after tank explosion
25 November 2016A Tasman Bay engineering operator has been convicted, and ordered to undertake 100 hours community work and pay $12,000 reparation to an employee who was seriously injured, after the fuel tank on a tourist launch exploded during a welding repair.
Kaikoura earthquake: All lighthouses and maritime radio functioning well
18 November 2016Maritime NZ has confirmed that all six lighthouses and the maritime radio network on the earthquake affected areas of the North and South Island coasts are functioning normally.
- October(13 releases)show media releases for october 2016
Helicopter crash north of Whangarei
Monday, 31 October 2016The wreckage of a commercial helicopter has been located in Glenbervie Forest, north of Whangarei.
Four advertising effectiveness awards for safer boating campaign
Wednesday, 26 October 2016Maritime NZ’s innovative safer boating campaign has picked up four more New Zealand Effie advertising awards for its “Get it on or it’s no good” lifejacket campaign.
Mother and sons rescued from Tararuas
Saturday, 22 October 2016A mother and her two sons, aged 10 and 12, have been rescued after spending the night in the open in cold, wet conditions in the Tararua Ranges.
Recreational boating about to start - prepare and take care
Friday, 21 October 2016Safer Boating Week (October 14-21) ends today but Safer Boating Forum Chair, Maritime NZ Deputy Director Lindsay Sturt, is urging boaties to “Prep, Check and Know” before getting to the boat ramp at the long weekend.
‘No excuses’ fines for no lifejackets and speeding boats
Thursday, 20 October 2016As part of Safer Boating Week (October 14-21), Maritime NZ and Regional Councils have announced eight councils will be trialing a “no excuses” policy for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets and those who speed on the water.
Big spike in boating numbers brings important safety message
Wednesday, 19 October 2016New research released today (Wednesday) during Safer Boating Week (October 14-21) suggests 51 percent of New Zealanders might have taken to the water in recreational boats last summer (2015-16).
Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you - or at least the MetService Marine app
Tuesday, 18 October 2016Bob Dylan may have just won a Nobel Prize for Literature but when it comes to safer boating advice, you’re far better off with Kiwi music legend Neil Finn.
Maritime NZ announces $470,000 for safer boating grants
Monday, 17 October 2016As part of Safer Boating Week (October 14-21) Maritime NZ has announced $470,000 dollars in grants – a major increase in national funding for recreational boating programmes.
New boating safety videos and guide
Saturday, 15 October 2016As part of Safer Boating Week (October 14-21) the first of three new safer boating videos and a new safety guide were launched today (Saturday October 15).
Safer Boating Week launched with a splash and a difference
Friday, 14 October 2016Safer Boating Week begins today (Friday, October 14) with a bit of fun underlining a serious message.
International convention will make fishing safer and increase recognition for Kiwis
Monday, 10 October 2016New Zealand is adopting international rules on certification for commercial fishermen, aimed at making fishing safer and ensuring New Zealand fishers will have their tickets recognised internationally.
- September(6 releases)show media releases for September 2016
Ring-fencing goes live
Friday, 30 September 2016Seafarers can now ring-fence most old and legacy tickets - for free - keeping them valid for life without the cost of moving into the new seafarer certification framework, SeaCert.
Maritime VHF radio delivered to yacht Luna
Thursday, 22 September 2016The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is delivering a maritime VHF radio to the skipper of the yacht Luna, which had been the subject of a search and rescue operation.
Missing yacht Luna found
Thursday, 22 September 2016The 22-foot yacht Luna missing off the east coast of the North Island has been found by a Royal New Zealand Air Force helicopter.
Have you seen the missing yacht Luna?
Thursday, 22 September 2016The Rescue Coordination Centre (RCCNZ) is asking the public for information about an overdue 22-foot yacht, Luna.
Small maritime businesses getting bigger
Thursday, 15 September 2016The first report of its kind shows New Zealand’s small businesses (0-19 employees) engaged in fishing, off-shore aquaculture, and water transport are small but starting to get bigger.
- August(4 releases)show media releases for August 2016
Maritime NZ patrol educates operators
Monday, 29 August 2016Maritime New Zealand inspected 16 vessels during a Health and Safety at Work (HSWA) patrol in the Marlborough Sounds last month, to provide education and support for commercial operators.
Seafarers can ring-fence old domestic tickets
Monday, 29 August 2016It is now easier for seafarers with most old and legacy domestic tickets to continue working.
CEs commit to code for safer shipping in ports and harbours
Wednesday, 17 August 2016Chief executives of New Zealand’s port companies, councils and Maritime New Zealand will tomorrow (August 18) commit to a revised, national port and harbour marine code to make shipping in commercial harbours safer.
- July(0 releases)
- June(10 releases)show media releases for June 2016
97 percent of NZ trade is transported by ship, and going up
Thursday, 23 June 2016“The maritime industry is indispensable to New Zealand,” Director of Maritime New Zealand, Keith Manch said today.”
Ring-fencing option supported as SeaCert submissions flow in
Thursday, 23 June 2016Maritime NZ has received around 350 submissions on proposed changes to rules on seafarer certification that would allow holders of many older certificates to continue working without transitioning to the new SeaCert system.
New health and safety guide for mariners
Thursday, 23 June 2016Maritime NZ has developed two new publications aimed at increasing maritime operator’s understanding of their health and safety obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 2015.
Ports of Auckland fined after stevedore injured in fall
Monday, 20 June 2016Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) has been fined $49,980 and ordered to pay $12,000 in reparations after a stevedore employed by the company fell nearly 3m off the unguarded edge of a hatch lid, leaving him temporarily unconscious and fracturing his elbow.
Search for missing sailor suspended
Wednesday, 15 June 2016The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has suspended the search for the sailor lost overboard from the yacht Platino on Monday morning, 550km north of New Zealand.
Remaining crew rescued from stricken yacht
Tuesday, 14 June 2016Two men and a woman have been rescued from their battered yacht, Platino, around 550 kilometres north of New Zealand by the crew of the container ship Southern Lily.
Container ship joins rescue effort
Tuesday, 14 June 2016A container ship is re-routing to assist three people aboard the battered yacht, Platino, 550 kilometres north of New Zealand - after a crewman was lost overboard and another died when hit by rigging yesterday morning.
Search for sailor lost overboard 550km north of NZ
Monday, 13 June 2016A search is underway for a sailor lost overboard from a yacht 550km (300 nautical miles) north of New Zealand.
Talley’s ordered to pay $94,520 after death of crew member
Thursday, 9 June 2016Nelson-based fishing company Talley’s Group Ltd has been fined $73,520 and ordered to pay $21,000 in reparations to the family of a crew member decapitated when a broken rope snapped back while hauling in a net full of tuna.
- May(8 releases)show media releases for May 2016
One more week to have your say on SeaCert
Monday, 30 May 2016Nearly 250 seafarers around the country have so far attended public meetings to discuss proposals for changes to SeaCert certification rules.
Delays in calling for help cost lives at sea
Monday, 30 May 2016Maritime New Zealand is warning professional seafarers and recreational boaties – if in trouble don’t delay, activate your distress beacon or call for help!
New harbourmaster appointed for Port of Taharoa
Wednesday, 25 May 2016Maritime New Zealand has appointed Captain Jon Jon Peters as harbourmaster for the Port of Taharoa.
Six minute search saves two lost fishermen 480km from land
Wednesday, 18 May 2016Two Kiribati fishermen missing for five days in a 4.5m open boat have been found just six minutes into the search of more than 43000 square kilometers of ocean.
Old salts may have tickets preserved
Wednesday, 11 May 2016Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is proposing to make some changes that will preserve some of the romance of the sea by allowing seafarers to continue to use certificates (tickets) with such names as Master Small Home Trade Ship, Master River Ship, and Second and Third Class Steam Engineer.
FCVs meet deadline to reflag
Friday, 6 May 2016Most of the 19 FCVs that needed to reflag to New Zealand by May 1 have successfully achieved it.
National exercise protecting New Zealand coastline and marine environment from oil and pollution
Friday, 6 May 2016Maritime New Zealand will lead a national maritime emergency exercise from May 9-11 that will involve a “collision” between two ships off the coast of Taranaki.
Consultation on proposed changes to seafarer certification
Monday, 2 May 2016Maritime NZ wants to hear from seafarers and others in the maritime industry about proposed changes to the SeaCert seafarer certification framework that would make it easier for those with some older certificates to continue working.
- April(6 releases)show media releases for April 2016
New satellite system saves the day (light) for injured tramper
Tuesday, 26 April 2016A new search and rescue satellite system covering New Zealand has only been operating in test mode for three days, but has already enabled the potentially lifesaving rescue of an injured tramper in the Tararua Ranges.
The rescue that wasn’t
Wednesday, 20 April 2016A helicopter was airborne and a yacht heading to the rescue of a family fishing group in a runabout in trouble on the Firth of Thames this morning – but the group was actually arriving safely back at the boat ramp.
Fines imposed after charter boat damaged by high seas
Tuesday, 12 April 2016Fines totalling more than $16,000 have been imposed after the dolphin-watching charter vessel Dreamweaver was hit and damaged by heavy seas on Auckland Harbour in February 2014 and more than 30 passengers had to be transferred to rescue boats.
Maritime sector gets on board with HSWA
Monday, 4 April 2016Maritime New Zealand is helping maritime operators prepare to meet the requirements of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) that came into force today (4 April 2016).
Rena statutory notices withdrawn
Monday, 4 April 2016The 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 on 5 October 2011.
- March(5 releases)show media releases for March 2016
Charges laid after kayaking deaths on Lake Tekapo
Tuesday, 23 March 2016Following the investigation of an incident resulting in the deaths of two kayakers on Lake Tekapo on 25 September 2015, Maritime New Zealand has laid charges under the Maritime Transport Act 1994 and the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.
5 knot speed limit to remain on Blue Lake
Friday, 18 March 2016Following consultation with local recreational water users, the Director of Maritime NZ has made permanent a 5 knot speed limit on Blue Lake, near St Bathans, Central Otago.
Yachtie aids his own rescue
Saturday, 12 March 2016Northland yachtsman Steve White did ‘all the right things’ when his 15-metre vessel began taking on water 185 kilometres west of Kaitaia last weekend.
Maritime NZ buoyant among top five public sector agencies
Tuesday, 8 March 2016Maritime New Zealand has been rated amongst the top five for public sector reputation in the most comprehensive research of its kind in New Zealand.
Maritime NZ works with other regulators: One approach for health and safety
Wednesday, 2 March 2016The new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) is intended to ensure there is one system for managing workplace health and safety across the whole of New Zealand, says Maritime NZ General Manager of Maritime Standards, Sharyn Forsyth.
- February(6 releases)show media releases for February 2016
Review finds “sound framework” in place for management of coastal navigation
Thursday, 11 February 2016A review of coastal navigation safety by Maritime NZ has found that there is a sound framework in place to manage the movement of ships around the New Zealand coast, with procedures in place to assess risk and adjust safety measures if required.
Injured woman rescued from Urewera National Park
Tuesday, 9 February 2016A 60-year-old Auckland woman with serious injuries has been flown to Hawkes Bay Hospital after a distress beacon was activated in the southern Urewera National Park at around 11am this morning.
Crashed glider found
Sunday, 7 February 2016Searchers have found the wreckage of the glider that went missing after taking off from Omarama yesterday at 1pm.
Search continues for glider
Sunday, 7 February 2016The search continues for the glider missing after taking off from Omarama yesterday at 1pm. There have been no sightings of the glider since 3.45pm yesterday.
Search for missing glider
Sunday, 7 February 2016Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is coordinating the search for a glider missing from Omarama.
- January(4 releases)show media releases for January 2016
More recreational boaties wearing lifejackets
Tuesday, 12 January 2016In good news for boating safety, more recreational boaties are wearing lifejackets the entire time they are on the water.
Beacons lead to quick rescues for trampers
Monday, 11 January 2016Two trampers have been rescued without delay today thanks to beacons.
Late night rescue for mountaineer
Monday, 11 January 2016A 64-year-old English solo mountaineer was rescued from the western slopes of Mt Mabel, 7km south of Aoraki Mt Cook, at around 11pm last night after slipping on snow and injuring a leg on rocks.