Maritime Rules Part 34

Medical Standards

Current version of Part 34

This rule is made up of:

  • Section 1, which applies to:
    • all seafarers under the age of 18 years on New Zealand ships other than restricted limit ships.
  • Section 2, which applies to:
    • seafarers employed on ships that are required to comply with SOLAS 74 and to all holders of STCW certificates.
  • Section 3, which applies to:
    • seafarers on foreign ships in New Zealand ports.

Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) changes to Part 34 as at March 2017

Part 34 will extend requirements in relation to medical fitness for duty to a wider class of seafarer.

The amendments to Rule 34.20 will have the effect of applying Rule 34.28 to a broader class of seafarer as required by the MLC.

The MLC provides that seafarers must not work on a ship unless they have been certified as medically fit to perform their duties.

STCW medical certificates meet the MLC standard and are an acceptable alternative.

Download Maritime Rules Part 34[PDF: 224kB, 20 pages]

Part 34 sets standards of medical fitness for seafarers, including eyesight and colour vision, and prescribes requirements for the conduct of examinations for the issue of certificates of medical fitness.

Part 34 is divided into three sections:

  • Section 1 requires all seafarers under the age of 18 years on New Zealand ships, other than restricted limit ships, to undergo a medical examination prior to their employment at sea. This requirement implements New Zealand’s obligations under the International Labour Organisation Medical Examination of Young Persons (Sea) Convention 1921.
  • Section 2 requires all seafarers that are employed on ships that are required to comply with SOLAS 74 to pass a medical examination by an approved medical practitioner for issue of a certificate of medical fitness. This section implements the requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978, as amended (STCW).
  • Section 3 requires seafarers in foreign ships in New Zealand ports engaged on international voyages to hold a certificate of medical fitness.

Maritime NZ is currently amending the Advisory Circulars for Maritime Rules Part 34.

Material incorporated by reference

Standards and codes referenced in this rule can be found here

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History of Part 34

2016

Amendment

The amendments are to prescribe medical fitness standards for holders of certificates that are ring-fenced under Part 32.

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: 406kB, 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

The new Part 34 entered into force on 1 April 2014.

Amendment

The original Part 34, as amended, was revoked and replaced by a new Part 34, made on 27 January 2014.

Part 34: Medical Standards 2014 [PDF: 396kB, 15 pages]

2012

Advisory circular

An advisory circular was published describing Part 34.

Part 34: Advisory Circular 2012, 2 [PDF: 124kB, 16 pages]

Advisory circular

An advisory circular was published describing Part 34.

Part 34: Advisory Circular 2012, 1 [PDF: 89kB, 15 pages]

Amendment

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

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

Amendment

This part was amended by Part 34: Amendment 2011, with entry into force dates of 1 April 2011 and 1 January 2012.

Part 34: Amendment 2011 [PDF: 1.12Mb, 28 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]

2004

Amendment

This part was first amended by Maritime Rules Part 20–90 in 2004.

Maritime Rules Part 20–90 2004 [PDF: 224kB, 44 pages]

1998

Advisory circular

An advisory circular was published describing Part 34.

Part 34: Advisory Circular 1998 [PDF: 1.61MB, 10 pages]

New part comes into force

Part 34 entered into force on 1 August 1998.

New part signed

Part 34 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 28 June 1998.

Part 34: Original Rule [PDF: 3.80MB, 37 pages]