Changes to our funding

Read about current and historic reviews and changes to Maritime NZ funding, that has ensured its capability to work in the domestic and foreign maritime sectors.

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Funding review programme

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) established a funding reviews programme in 2013 for the transport sector.

Reviews are now planned on a 6 yearly cycle with a mid-point review at the 3 year mark.

All funding review information

Background to MOSS fees

MOSS fees are based on the fully allocated hourly cost of MNZ directly chargeable services, established by the MNZ Funding Review in 2011/12, which followed an independent value for money review by Ernst and Young in 2010.

Under the Shipping (Charges) Regulations, MNZ fees for permits, approvals and ship registration services were changed to move progressively onto a full cost recovery basis.

A new version of the Shipping (Charges) Regulations in force from 1 April 2014 incorporates MOSS fees.

Cabinet papers

Read the Cabinet papers for the MOSS fees: Cabinet papers for MOSS fees[Ministry of Transport website]

Fees correspondence with operators

This letter was sent to over 1900 operators around the country on 3 June, to provide accurate, MNZ-modelled numbers on the MOSS fees, the audit process, cost and frequency, and requirements for surveying under MOSS.

Letter to commercial operators - 3 June 2014[PDF: 57Kb, 4 pages]

Background to SeaCert fees

Cabinet agreed to new fees for seafarer certificates and endorsements.

The fees were reviewed to take into account the feedback received during consultation on the draft SeaCert rules in 2012 and 2013.

The review of fees refined the initial analysis of effort and efficiency factors, corrected an error that resulted in a high-volume fee being overstated, and grouped the fees into six rather than five bands.

As a result, the base times for processing most applications have been reassessed and the fees reduced. Adjustments to the fees that were originally consulted on range between nil and reductions of almost 50 percent. The overall fee level is approximately 30 percent lower than was initially proposed.

More detailed analysis of the consultation on fees is provided in the following documents:

Cabinet papers on the proposed SeaCert fees[Ministry of Transport website] Regulatory Impact Statement[Ministry of Transport website]

New fees have also been introduced for:

  • a sea time pre-assessment service
  • the new Maritime Assessor certificate (set at the same rate as the fee for approvals of examiners in Schedule 2 of the Shipping Charges regulations)
  • training course approval and inspection of training providers (based on the hourly rate set in Schedule 1 of the Shipping Charges regulations)
  • the final examination/assessment fee – aligned with the MNZ hourly rate and applying only to final examinations or assessments conducted by MNZ staff (based on the hourly rate set in Schedule 1 of the Shipping Charges regulations)
  • specified limits permits (based on the hourly rate set in Schedule 1 of the Shipping Charges regulations).