Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS)

Our staff are working to provide services for you under the current COVID Alert Levels. Thank you for your patience.

COVID-19 response information

New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.

Vessel surveys and inspections

We have alternate options to meet requirements for vessels in MOSS that are due for a survey or inspection before 30 June 2020.

See if this applies to your vessel

If your vessel is in MOSS and requires one of the following surveys or inspections before 30 June 2020, download these guidelines to find out how this will apply:

  • Out-of-water survey
  • a Certificate of Survey (CoS)
  • load line surveys
  • IOPP annual/intermediate surveys
  • annual thorough examinations of lifting appliances (including cargo or vehicle lifts and vehicle ramps) and loose cargo gear
  • MLC intermediate inspections

MOSS surveys and inspection due during COVID19[PDF: 198kB, 2 pages]

Processing your applications

Although our staff are now working from home, we have made changes so we can continue to provide services for you.

Read about the changes

We recommend that you only send your applications and documents to us electronically by email:

  • The two forms of ID you send in must be certified by the person completing page 9 (Trusted Referee Confirmation of Identity) of the Fit and Proper Person Form. If you are directly affected by COVID-19 and cannot provide these certified items, please contact us on or 0508 732 237.
  • All other documents do not need to be certified or countersigned.
  • Please do not send original documents, only electronic copies.
  • If you are renewing a certificate, we do not need you to send the original expiring certificate.

When providing us with electronic copies of documents, please make sure the scanned copies are legible and of a good quality.

If you are unable to provide your application documents to us electronically, we recommend you contact us so we can make alternative arrangements for you.

Contact us

Find out how to 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 vessel related safety and certification 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

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Getting help

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