Maritime Rules 21

Safe Ship Management Systems

Part 21 is divided into two sections.

  • Section 1 incorporates the SOLAS 74 Chapter IX requirement that ship owners implement a shore-based and shipboard safe management system in compliance with the International Safety Management Code.
  • Section 2 requires ships be in an approved Safe Ship Management system managed and approved by the Director of Maritime NZ for that purpose.

Changes to Part 21 from 1 July 2014 - Section 2, Appendix 5 and Appendix 6 of Part 21 were revoked on 1 July 2014.

While Maritime Rules Part 21 is partially revoked by Maritime Rules Part 19, section 2 of Part 21 continues to apply to maritime transport operators who are operating under a deemed Maritime Transport Operator Certificate (the Safe Ship Management Certificate held prior to 1 July 2014) after 1 July 2014 (and whose vessels are being operated under a deemed Certificate of Survey) until their deemed Maritime Transport Operator Certificate expires.

If you are a maritime transport operator operating under a deemed Maritime Transport Operator Certificate after 1 July 2014, please refer to this consolidation of Part 21, which includes the revoked sections.

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Current version of Part 21

This rule is made up of:

  • Section 1, which applies to:
    • foreign-going commercial ships which are subject to SOLAS 74, and to ships of 45 metres or more in length (other than fishing ships) which proceed beyond restricted limits
  • Section 2, which applies to:
    • commercial ships which are restricted limit ships, fishing ships and ships of less than 45 metres that go beyond restricted limits but are not SOLAS ships if they are being operated under a deemed Maritime Transport Operator Certificate after 1 July 2014.

Download Maritime Rules Part 21[PDF: 92kB, 15 pages]

Advisory circulars

Advisory circulars describe a rule, its purpose and how to comply
Part 21 advisory circular

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Material incorporated by reference

Standards and codes referenced in this rule can be found here

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History of Part 21

2015

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Part 21 in 2015.

Part 21: Safe Ship Management Systems 2015 [PDF: 154kB, 26 pages]

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various IMO-related Amendments 2015, in 2015.

Maritime Rules Various IMO-related Amendments 2015 [PDF: 393kB, 15 pages]

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2015 in 2015.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2015 [PDF: 403kB, 15 pages]

2014

Amendment

This Part was amended by Parts 19 and 44: Consequential Amendments in July 2014.

Parts 19 and 44: Consequential Amendments 2014 [PDF: 395kB, 22 pages]

Amendment

This Part was amended by Parts 20, 31, 32, 34 and 35: Consequential Amendments in April 2014.

Parts 20, 31, 32, 34 and 35: Consequential Amendments 2014 [PDF: 378kB, 14 pages]

2011

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011, in 2011.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011 [PDF: 948kB, 15 pages]

2010

Amendment

This Part was amended by Part 21: Amendment 2010.

Part 21: Amendment 2010 [PDF: 58kB, 8 pages]

2009

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime (Various Amendments) Rules 2009, Parts 21-80, in 2009.

Maritime (Various Amendments) Rules 2009 [PDF: 104kB, 11 pages]

2008

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime (Various Amendments) Rules Part 20-91 in 2008.

Maritime (Various Amendments) Rules 2008 [PDF: 466Kb, 69 pages]

1998

New section comes into force

Section 2 of Part 21 entered into force on 1 February 1998.

1997

New section comes into force

Section 1 of Part 21 entered into force on 21 August 1997.

New part signed

Part 21 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 14 July 1997.

Part 21: Original rule [PDF: 5.01MB, 51 pages]