Safety case

A safety case applies to the operation of novel craft. Its purpose is to ensure an acceptable level of safety is met for anyone involved in the operation and that steps are taken to protect the marine environment.


A safety case applies to novel craft that operate on the New Zealand coast and/or internal waters of New Zealand.

Novel crafts include, but are not limited to the following:

  • waka
  • powered canoe or kayak
  • powered surf board
  • personal water craft (includes jet skis)
  • amphibious craft
  • submersibles
  • reconfigurable barges

The requirements of a safety case are outlined in Maritime Rules Part 40G.

Get approval for a safety case

To apply for a safety case, you must complete and send the following to Maritime New Zealand:

  • a safety case plan providing an overview of your operation and its safety, such as:
    • the nature of your operation
    • its vessels
    • its crew
    • its safety systems (safety procedures)
    • its ongoing maintenance
  • the safety case application form and
  • the fit and proper person form

Complete this form:

  • To apply for a new certificate of approval for a safety case under Maritime Rules Part 40G
  • to renew an existing certificate of approval
  • if you have added or removed a boat(s) from your operation or made changes to the boats in your operation, or
  • to advise Maritime NZ if you are no longer operating.
Certificate of Compliance or Certificate of Approval application form [PDF: 254kB, 8 pages]

Other guidelines and forms

Safety case application guidelines [PDF: 1.58Mb, 14 pages] Fit and proper person form [PDF: 361kB, 10 pages]

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Contact us

If you require any further information about safety management systems, please contact your local Maritime Officer.

+64 4 473 0111


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