Maritime Rules Part 120

Discharge of Oil

Current version of Part 120

This rule applies:

  • New Zealand ships, warships and other ships of the New Zealand Defence Force operating outside the New Zealand coastal marine area and within the internationally recognised “special areas”
  • foreign ships operating within areas of the sea under New Zealand jurisdiction.

Download Maritime Rules Part 120[PDF: 2.04MB, 27 pages]

Part 120 sets out the permitted operational discharges of oil from ships into the sea and provides for reporting of non-operational discharges to the appropriate coastal authorities. The permitted discharges differ according to whether the oil is the residue of a cargo carried by an oil tanker or is drainage from the machinery space of a ship (oily bilge water). The Part incorporates an inclusive list of the various categories of mineral hydrocarbon falling within the definition of oil.

Part 120 gives effect to standards found in Regulations 4, 15 and 34 of Annex I of MARPOL 73/78 and to that instrument's Protocol I.

Material incorporated by reference

Standards and codes referenced in this rule can be found here

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History of Part 120

2009

Amendment

This Part was amended by Marine Protection Amendment Rules 2009.

Marine Protection Amendment Rules 2009 [PDF: 327kB, 50 pages]

2008

Amendment

This Part was amended by Marine Protection Amendment Rules (Parts 120, 121A, 122, 123A and 123B) in 2008.

Marine Protection Amendment Rules 2008 [PDF: 485kB, 49 pages]

2006

Amendment

This Part was amended by Marine Protection Amendment Rules (Parts 120, 121A, 123A and 170), in 2006.

Marine Protection Amendment Rules 2006 [PDF: 324kB, 16 pages]

1998

New part comes into force

Part 120 entered into force on 20 August 1998.

New part signed

Part 120 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 20 May 1998.

Part 120: Original rule [PDF: 2.44MB, 31 pages]