Fees and levies

View all our fees and levies for providing services and activities in the maritime sector.

Information on levy waivers and refunds or the impact of COVID-19 on levies is now available.

Read more

All fees and levies listed below are:

  • in New Zealand currency
  • include goods and services tax (GST) except the Maritime Levy and Oil Pollution Levy (OPL), which are GST exclusive

 

Maritime Levies rates

These rates exclude goods and services tax (GST)

For 2024/25 to 2026/27

Payment
frequency
Vessel category Factor Rates
GT or Length rate PAX Cap rate DWT
rate
Annual New Zealand non-SOLAS under 24 metres $19.5347 (Length) $22.3834 $0.00
Annual New Zealand non-SOLAS 24 metres and over $10.4870 (GT) $22.3834 $0.00
Annual New Zealand SOLAS $9.9449 (GT) $59.6072 $0.5879
Per Port Foreign Non-Passenger $0.1504 (GT) $0.0000 $0.0121
Per Port Foreign Passenger $0.1282 (GT) $2.5839 $0.0105

For 2022/23 to 2024/25

Payment
frequency
Vessel category Factor Rates
GT or Length rate PAX Cap rate DWT
rate
Annual New Zealand non-SOLAS under 24 metres $15.1746 (Length) $17.5403 $0.00
Annual New Zealand non-SOLAS 24 metres and over $8.2197 (GT) $17.5403 $0.00
Annual New Zealand SOLAS $7.7931 (GT) $46.7100 $0.4607
Per Port Foreign Non-Passenger $0.1178 (GT) $0.0000 $0.0095
Per Port Foreign Passenger $0.1004 (GT) $2.0248 $0.0082

Notes:

  • ‘Pax Cap’ is passenger capacity, ‘GT’ is gross tonnage, ‘Length’ is overall length in metres, ‘DWT’ is dead weight tonnage
  • Your Certificate of Survey should have Length or GT and Pax Cap recorded (if yours is a passenger vessel).  DWT may also be recorded if your vessel carries freight. If your vessel is under 45 metres then you don’t need a DWT for levying purposes.
  • If you don’t have a Certificate of Survey, you could look at your Certificate of Compliance, Safe Operational Plan or other similar document
  • Pax Cap is the maximum passengers the vessel can carry and does not include crew or staff on board
  • Staff and crew are accounted for in the Length and GT rates
  • If your vessel has more than one Pax Cap you must use the highest one
  • The New Zealand non-SOLAS under 24 metres vessel category has a rate for Length rather than GT. All other vessel categories have a rate for GT
  • For passenger vessels, your vessel operating part-time/seasonally and not being full has already been assumed in the Pax Cap rate
  • ‘SOLAS’ means Safety of Life at Sea convention
  • A ‘New Zealand’ vessel is a vessel that is registered under the Ship Registration Act 1992 and includes vessels that are not registered but are required or entitled to be registered under that Act or are foreign flagged but on demise charter in New Zealand.
  • A foreign vessel is a vessel that is not a New Zealand vessel.
  • Where a factor rate is $0.00 this means the rate is zero

 

Oil Pollution Levy rates

These rates exclude goods and services tax (GST)

For 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2026

New Zealand vessels and oil sites

Vessel or oil site type Base levy Basis of calculation Payment frequency
NZ vessels      
Passenger and cargo ships, harbour tugs and oil tankers bunker fuel 173.95 cents Per gross ton of the vessel Annually
Fishing vessels 30.86 cents Per gross ton of the vessel Annually
Oil tankers carrying oil as cargo 12.85 cents Per tonne of persistent oil 1 carried as cargo Annually
  7.56 cents Per tonne of non-persistent oil 2 carried as cargo Annually
NZ oil sites 2024/25 2025/26 2026/27 Basis of calculation Payment frequency
Floating vessel used in production, storage and offloading of oil (FPSO) $41,457 $82,055.19 $82,055.19 Fixed fee Annually

Foreign vessels

Vessel type Base levy Basis of calculation Payment frequency
Passenger and cargo ships, harbour tugs, and oil tanker bunker fuel 2.63 cents Per gross ton of the vessel Per voyage, per port
Oil tankers carrying oil as cargo 35.46 cents Per tonne of persistent oil 1 carried as cargo Per voyage, per port
   20.86 cents Per tonne of non-persistent oil 2 carried as cargo Per voyage, per port

For 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024

New Zealand vessels and oil sites

Vessel or oil site type Base levy Basis of calculation Payment frequency
NZ vessels      
Passenger and cargo ships, harbour tugs and oil tankers 414.69 cents Per gross ton of the vessel Annually
Fishing vessels 73.56 cents Per gross ton of the vessel Annually
Oil tankers carrying oil as cargo 29.96 cents Per tonne of persistent oil 1 carried as cargo Annually
  26.76 cents Per tonne of non-persistent oil 2 carried as cargo Annually
NZ oil sites      
Floating vessel used in production, storage and offloading of oil (FPSO) $858.66 Fixed fee Annually
Other offshore installation $10.73 Fixed fee Annually
Oil pipeline     Annually
Oil exploration well     Annually

Foreign vessels

Vessel type Base levy Basis of calculation Payment frequency
Passenger and cargo ships and oil tankers 0.54 cents Per gross ton of the vessel Per voyage, per port
Oil tankers carrying oil as cargo 36.14 cents Per tonne of persistent oil 1 carried as cargo Per voyage, per port
  7.60 cents Per tonne of non-persistent oil 2 carried as cargo Per voyage, per port

1 Persistent oils
Crude oil, fuel oil, lubricating oil, heavy diesel oil or any other persistent oil.

2 Non-persistent oils
Includes refined products such as automotive diesel oil and any oil lighter than automotive diesel (highly refined petroleum products such as petrol, aviation fuels, and so on).

 

Safety system fees

MOSS fees

Service provided Fixed fee Hourly rate $245
MOSS operations    
Maritime transport operator certificate $814  
Maritime safety audits and inspections
[follow-up visits, offshore installations, overseas]
   
Operational updates    
Change of full name of maritime transport operator $245  
Change in person exercising privileges and responsibilities under MTOP    
Addition of primary port or harbour from which operation is conducted under MTOP $368  
Removal of primary port or harbour from which operation is conducted under MTOP $245  
Addition of category or activities in MTOP $368  
Removal of category or activities in MTOP $245  
Replacement certificates and licences $368  

Maritime safety audits and inspections
There are no fees for routine maritime safety audits and inspections of domestic operators.
Follow-up visits for routine maritime safety audits or inspections are charged at the hourly rate.
Travel time and costs are only charged for activities in relation to offshore installations or that are undertaken outside of New Zealand.

Other safety system fees

Service provided Fixed fee Hourly rate $245
Safety Case approval    
Specified limits permit    
Passenger ship safety certificate    
Cargo ship safety certificate    
NZ barge safety certificate $245  
Commercial jet boat operator certificate $368  
Commercial rafting compliance certificate $368  
Fishing compliance certificate $368  
Diving compliance certificate $368  
High-speed craft safety certificate    
Permit to operate high-speed craft    
Light craft compliance certificate    

 

Seafarer certification fees

Certificates of proficiency or competency and all endorsements

Applying for certificates / endorsements Fixed fee
$368
All national Certificates of proficiency  
This includes the following:
  • Qualified Deck Crew
 
All national Certificates of competency  
This includes the following:
  • Skipper Restricted Limits
  • Skipper Coastal / Offshore
  • Master Yacht less than 24 metres
  • Marine Engineer Class 6
  • Marine Engineer Class 5
  • Marine Engineer Class 5 steam
  • Marine Engineer Class 5 motor and steam
  • Marine Engineer Class 4
 
All STCW (including STCW-F) certificates of proficiency  
This includes the following:
  • Deck Watch Rating
  • Engine Room Watch Rating
  • Able Seafarer Deck
  • Able Seafarer Engine
  • Electro-Technical Rating
  • Integrated Rating
  • Advanced Deckhand - Fishing
 
All STCW (including STCW-F) certificates of competency  

This includes the following:

  • Watchkeeper Deck
  • Watchkeeper Deck of ships less than 500 gross tonnage in near-coastal area
  • Chief Mate on ships less than 3000 gross tonnage
  • Chief Mate
  • Master on Ships less than 500 gross tonnage in the near coastal area
  • Master on Ships less than 500 gross tonnage
  • Master on Ships less than 3000 gross tonnage
  • Master
  • Chief Mate Yacht
  • Master Yacht less than 500 gross tonnage
  • Master Yacht
  • Electro-technical Officer
  • Marine Engineer Class 3
  • Marine Engineer Class 2 on ships less than 3000KW
  • Marine Engineer Class 2
  • Marine engineer class 2 endorsed chief engineer
  • Marine Engineer Class 1
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio operator
  • Radio Officer
  • Mate Fishing Vessel – limited
  • Mate Fishing Vessel – unlimited
  • Skipper Fishing Vessel –limited
  • Skipper Fishing Vessel – unlimited
 

Endorsements on certificates of proficiency or competency

Applying for certificates / endorsements Fixed fee
$368
All national endorsements  
This includes the following:
  • Passenger endorsement
  • Cook Strait endorsement
  • Less than 24m endorsement
  • Less than 500 gross tonnage endorsement
  • 500 – 3000 gross tonnage endorsement
  • Square-rigged endorsement
  • High-speed vessel endorsement
  • Steam endorsement
  • Specified Activity endorsement
All STCW endorsements  
This includes the following:
  • Basic Tanker
  • Advanced Tanker
  • Basic Polar Water Code
  • Advanced Polar Water Code
  • Advanced IGF Ship
  • Basic IGF Ship
Other certificates   
Pilot  licence  
Pilotage exemption certificate  

 

Other services Fixed fee Hourly rate
$245
Recognition of foreign certificates    
Foreign certificate recognition (under MOU) $368  
Foreign certificate recognition (outside MOU) $368  
Recognition of non-New Zealand certification/qualification not otherwise provided for    
Ships Cooks Letter of Confirmation $245  
Transitions    
National certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency transition $368  
STCW or STCW-F certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency transition $368  
Renewal or Replacement    
National certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency renewal $368  
STCW certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency renewal $368  
STCW-F certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency renewal $368  
STCW or STCW-F endorsement renewal $368  
National endorsement renewal $368  
Replacement certificates and licences - Seafarer $245  

The renewal fee does not apply to these endorsements

  • Less than 24m endorsement
  • Less than 500 gross tonnage endorsement
  • Specified Limit Endorsement

 

Ship registration

Part A of the register

Registration type Fixed fee
Initial registry - new build ship exceeding 24m $2,450
Initial registry - new build ship not exceeding 24m $1,715
Initial registry/re-registry - existing ship exceeding 24m $2,940
Initial registry/re-registry - existing ship not exceeding 24m $2,205
Initial registry - demise charter ship $3,340
Provisional certificate of registry $490
Exemption from Part A registration (s6(3) of Act) $1,470
Temporary pass $245
Transfer of ship or shares in a ship $613
Transmission of ship or share in a ship by operation of law $613
Replacement certificate of registry $245
Caveat $980
Change of ship’s name or port of registry $245
Change of ship’s name and port of registry $368
Alterations to ship $613
Appointment/change of representative person $245
Change of name or nationality of owner, mortgagee, charterer, representative person $490
Endorsement of master’s details on certificate of registry $245
Registration of mortgage $490
Alteration of terms of mortgage by endorsement $368
Variation of priority of mortgages $368
Transfer of mortgage $368
Transmission of mortgage by operation of law $368
Discharge of mortgage $245
Certified transcript of registry $245
Certified copy of document $245
Computer print-out of registry details $245
Inspection of the register $245
Copy of list of ships over 100 gross tons or 24 metres in length $245

Part B of the register

Registration type Fixed fee
Initial registration $368
Provisional certificate of registration $368
Renewal of registration (within 6 months before expiry) $245
Re-registration (within 6 months after expiry) $245
Replacement certificate of registration $245
Change of ship’s name $245
Change of registered owner’s name $368
Certified transcript of registration $245
Certified copy of document $245
Computer print-out of registration details $245
Inspection of the register $245

 

Maritime security rates

Service provided Hourly rate $245
Approvals under the Act or regulations under the Act  
Audits  
Inspections  
Security assessments  
Security plan testing  
Ship detentions  

 

Surveyors and inspectors fees

Surveyor recognition (under MOSS)

Service provided Fixed fee Hourly rate $245
Applying for recognition    
Certificate of surveyor recognition all DA, IC & P categories $968  
Other recognition services    
Extension of scope of surveyor recognition    
Renewal of certificate of surveyor recognition $710  
Replacement certificates and licences $368  

Surveyor recognition (other specialist roles)

Service provided Hourly rate $245
Applying for recognition  
Compass adjuster  
Authorised person certificate  
Appointment of overseas surveyor  

 

Other documents and services

Port and flag state control

Document or service provided Hourly rate $245
Flag State Control (New Zealand vessels)  
Follow up visits  
Vessel detentions and seizure of maritime products  
Port State Control (Foreign vessels)  
Follow up visits  
Vessel detentions and seizure of maritime products  
Recognition of foreign vessels on charter or demise charter  

Maritime safety audits and inspections
There are no fees for routine maritime safety audits and inspections of domestic operators.
Follow-up visits for routine maritime safety audits or inspections are charged at the hourly rate.
Travel time and costs are only charged for activities in relation to offshore installations or that are undertaken outside of New Zealand.

Environmental protection services

Document or service provided Hourly rate $245
Dump permit  
Shipboard marine oil spill contingency plans  
Oil transfer site marine oil spill contingency plans  
Offshore oil spill contingency plans  
International oil pollution prevention certificate (IOPPC)  
Certificates of insurance  
Exemptions from maritime rules or marine protection rules  
Oil spill control agent approval  
Approval / acceptance of maritime or marine protection product approval  
Vessel detentions and seizure of marine protection products  
Marine environment protection audits and inspections  
Other marine environment protection work or services  

Other maritime documents and certificates

Document or service provided Fixed fee Hourly rate $245
Vessel or craft certificates    
Commercial jet boat driver licence $368  
Test for commercial jet boat driver licence    
International voyage certificate $490  
Continuous synopsis record    
Other survey/vessel certificates (SOLAS/non-SOLAS)    
Ballast Water Management Certificate    
Maritime Labour Convention Certificate    
Single voyage permit    
Safety equipment    
Cargo ship safety radio certificate    
New Zealand ship safety certificate and record of equipment $245  
Crewing    
Muster list approval    
Approval of crew accomodation plans    
Minimum safe crewing document $245  
Tonnage and load line    
International tonnage certificate    
International load line certificate    
International load line exemption certificate    
New Zealand load line certificate    
New Zealand load line exemption certificate    
Exemptions    
Exemptions from maritime rules or marine protection rules    
Navigation    
Erection or alteration of navigational aids    
Assessment of applications under Resource Management Act 1991 affecting navigation    
Temporary Maritime Event approvals (speed uplifts and reservations) per Rule 91    
External service providers    
Approval as medical practitioner $490  
Initial approval as an examiner $490  
Re-approval of an expired examiner certificate $200  
Moderation of examinations by Director    
Conduct of examinations and assessments by Director    
Inspection of training provider    
Approval of training course    
Application for approval to issue industry-specific certificates    
Life raft service station approval    
National/international inspection agency    
Radio inspector recognition    
Radio surveyor recognition    
Approved container inspector    
Approving authority for Part 24E approval    
International Dangerous Goods Code expert approval    
Other    
Application for approved continuous examination programme for convention containers    
Replacement certificates and licences $368