Maritime Rules Part 31

Crewing and Watchkeeping

Current version of Part 31

This rule applies to:

  • New Zealand passenger and non-passenger commercial ships and fishing vessels
  • any foreign passenger ship or non-passenger ship of 500GT or more that is registered in a state party to STCW or SOLAS and that is operating commercially within New Zealand waters.

Download Maritime Rules Part 31[PDF: 1.17MB, 43 pages]

Part 31 sets out requirements relating to the minimum crew numbers and crew certificates and qualifications for New Zealand passenger and non-passenger commercial ships and fishing vessels, subject to some exceptions. It also provides for a process for the issue of Minimum Safe Crewing Documents.

This Part also sets out requirements relating to fitness for duty, prescribed hours of rest, and watchkeeping that apply in relation to some ships in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

Maritime NZ is currently amending the Advisory Circulars for Maritime Rules Part 31.

Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) changes to Part 31 as at March 2017

Part 31 amended to reflect elements of existing provisions in Part 31 to meet the requirements of the MLC. This includes compliance with minimum crewing and STCW hours of rest, and prerequisites for employment as a ship’s cook.

Part 31.43(1)(c)(i) amended to reflect the replacement of the National Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery) (Level 3) with the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3). The certificates are required for cooks serving on ships over 1,000 gross tonnage operating in the unlimited area.

Material incorporated by reference

Standards and codes referenced in this rule can be found here

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History of Part 31

2016

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 in November 2016.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 [PDF: 286kB, 15 pages]

Amendment

The amendments are to include provisions for holders of ring-fenced certificates and align their transition under this Part with the Part 32 amendments. Amendments are also made to change the crewing requirement threshold from 12 to 19 passengers.

Maritime Rules SeaCert Amendments 2016 [PDF: 403kB, 15 pages]

2015

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Part 52 MLC 2015 which was signed off by the Minister on the 1st of December 2015, however did not enter into force until the 9 March 2017.

Maritime Rules Part 52 MLC 2015 [PDF: 766kB, 20 pages]

Amendment

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

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

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014 in 2015.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014 [PDF: 366kB, 18 pages]

2014

New part comes into force

Part 31 entered into force on 1 April 2014.

Amendment

Parts 31A, 31B and 31C were revoked and replaced by a new, single Part 31, made on 27 January 2014.

Part 31: Original Rule [PDF: 955kB, 42 pages]

2012

Amendment

Part 31A was amended by Part 31A and Part 32: Amendment 2012, in 2012.

Part 31A and Part 32: Amendment 2012 [PDF: 108kB, 28 pages]

2011

Amendment

Part 31A was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011, in 2011.

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

2006

Amendment

Part 31B was amended by Maritime Rule Part 32 (Certificated Deckhand) Amendment Rules in 2006.

Part 32 (Certified Deckhand) Amendment Rules 2006 [PDF: 296kB, 10 pages]

2002

New part comes into force

Part 31B.8(4), Tables 2, 4 & 8, entered into force on 1 February 2002.

2001

Advisory Circular

Advisory circular describing Part 31C.

Part 31C: Advisory Circular 2001 [PDF: 2.84MB, 18 pages]

Advisory Circular

Advisory circular describing Part 31B.

Part 31B: Advisory Circular 2001 [PDF: 4.19MB, 46 pages]

Advisory Circular

Advisory circular describing Part 31A.

Part 31A: Advisory Circular 2001 [PDF: 1.91MB, 14 pages]

New part comes into force

Part 31C entered into force on 1 February 2001.

New part comes into force

Part 31B entered into force on 1 February 2001.

Amendment

Part31A was first amended in 2001.

Part 31A, Amendment 1 2000 [PDF: 4.46MB, 57 pages]

2000

New part signed

Part 31C was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 18 December 2000.

Part 31C: Original Rule [PDF: 4.49MB, 41 pages]

New part signed

Part 31B was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 18 December 2000.

Part 31B: Original Rule [PDF: 8.69MB, 86 pages]

1998

New part comes into force

Part 31A entered into force on 1 August 1998.

New part signed

Part 31A was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 28 June 1998.

Part 31A: Original Rule [PDF: 830kB, 12 pages]