Security in ports

Port facility security is considered to be a risk management activity; assessing, then addressing, the risks for each port facility.

The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities. Like many countries, New Zealand has adopted this code.


Security at New Zealand’s port facilities

New Zealand has 21 port facilities which operate under the ISPS Code. Each of these port facilities has been audited by Maritime New Zealand to ensure best practice. Every vessel berthing at a New Zealand ISPS port facility is required to abide by that port's security provisions.

Any queries regarding port security requirements should be directed to the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) of the relevant port.

International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code [PDF: 294kB, 2 pages]


Advanced notice of arrival form

The New Zealand border agencies advance notice of arrival form (NZCS 344) includes a section on maritime security as required by the Maritime Security Act 2004. This form, including supporting documentation, must be provided not less than 48 hours before the estimated time of arrival of the ship in New Zealand.

Advance notice of arrival for commercial vessels [] Maritime Security Act 2004 [New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office]


Security update: 6 December 2005

Additions to port security identification

From 6 December 2005, Maritime New Zealand will accept the following identification documents for port security identification:

  • a credit card with photo
  • overseas driver's licences (but not International Drivers' Licences) providing they have been issued by a state or central government authority
  • a valid 18+ Identification Card 'Evidence of Age Document'.

Both documents must still conform with the requirements of s79(2) and (3) of the Maritime Security Regulations 2004.

Maritime Security Regulations 2004 [New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office]