Information and resources for surveyors on gaining recognition, conducting surveys, and events and changes occurring in the industry.

Certificate Application Processing delays

Maritime New Zealand is currently experiencing high volumes of applications for licensing and certification. Please be aware this has extended our usual response and processing times. Where possible, please take the extended timeframes into account when submitting your application.

Be assured, we are doing the hard mahi(work) to get back to you, and your manawanuitanga (patience) and mahi tahi (cooperation) makes a huge difference and are greatly appreciated. If you need to get in touch with us, see our Contact us information below.

Ways you can help us minimise delays on your application:

  • make sure applications are complete* using the checklists provided on our website
  • where possible, submit applications well before they are needed

* A complete application means all the required supporting information for your application type is received, where applicable payment has been made and your application has been referred to an Advisor for assessment.


Contact us

The best way of contacting us is by email

We are monitoring our email and will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Please use the following email addresses: for all seafarer enquiries for vessel related safety and certification for Part A and Part B registrations for all exemptions for all other general enquiries

Alternatively you can use our online enquiry form.

Contact us online

If you don’t have email

We are still answering the phones but there may be a delay in our response times.

New Zealand (toll free): 0508 22 55 22
Calling from outside New Zealand: +64 4 473 0111


Surveyor wellbeing

Surveyors are responsible for their own health and safety and should not put themselves or crew at risk.

Surveyors are a vital cog in the maritime regulatory system and their work is very important to ensuring that ships remain safe, for the crew, passengers and general public. However, surveyors also need to look after themselves and not put themselves or crew at risk.

Maritime NZ has considered how the surveying industry can continue to operate without compromising the health and safety of the surveyors, while also ensuring a pragmatic system that confirms that ships that are still operating remain safe and that our marine environment is preserved.

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Maritime Rules

Part 44

Surveyor responsibilities and survey, certification, and maintenance for ships in maritime transport operations.

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Interim Technical Notes

Supporting information on specific technical issues or areas related to maritime rules.

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Position statements

Position statements are a form of guidance intended to assist surveyors and operators.

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