Marine Protection Rules Part 200

Offshore Installations – Discharges

Part 200 was revoked after being superseded by Part 131 in 2015.

The information included here is for background information ONLY.

Current version of Part 200

This rule applies to:

every offshore installation operating within:

  • the internal waters of New Zealand; or
  • New Zealand continental waters.

Download Marine Protection Rules Part 200[PDF: 180kB, 27 pages]

Part 200 provides rules for offshore installations to prevent pollution of the marine environment by substances used or produced in offshore mineral exploration and exploitation. This part is concerned with discharges of oil, other harmful substances and garbage. It requires operators to develop a discharge management plan — a form of environmental management plan — which must be approved for all offshore installations and promotes the application of “best practicable option” to prevent or minimise adverse effects on the environment arising from discharges.

The rules provide, where appropriate, for different requirements for installations in the territorial sea (which are subject to the Resource Management Act 1991) from the requirements for offshore installations within the exclusive economic zone or beyond the exclusive economic zone but above the continental shelf of New Zealand.

Part 200 gives effect to applicable provisions of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973/78 (MARPOL) and the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation 1990 (OPRC).

Material incorporated by reference

Standards and codes referenced in some rules can be found here

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History of Part 200



This Part was amended by Part 200: Amendment 2012, in 2013.

Part 200: Amendment 2012 [PDF: 61kB, 10 pages]



This Part was amended by Marine Protection Various Amendments 2010, in 2011.

Marine Protection Various Amendments 2010 [PDF: 97kB, 27 pages]


New Part comes into force

Part 200 2010 came into force on 1 April 2010, superseding the 2006 rules. The 2006 rules continue to apply to some existing offshore installations under transitional arrangements for an interim period.

Part 200: Offshore Installations - Discharges 2010 [PDF: 19kB, 1 pages]

Implementation Arrangements

Implementation arrangements for Part 200 were published in 2010.

Part 200: Implementation Arrangements 2010 [PDF: 19kB, 1 pages]

Advisory Circular

An advisory circular was published describing Part 200.

Part 200: Advisory Circular 2010 [PDF: 170kB, 24 pages]



This Part was amended by Marine Protection Amendment Rules (Parts 120, 121A, 121B, 123A, 170 and 200) in 2009.

Marine Protection Amendment Rules 2009 [PDF: 327kB, 50 pages]


Advisory Circular

An advisory circular was published describing Part 200.

Part 200: Advisory Circular 2007 [PDF: 714kB, 31 pages]


New part comes into force

Part 200 entered into force on 14 December 2006, superseding Part 124.

New part signed

Part 200 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 17 October 2006.

Part 200: Original rule [PDF: 309kB, 39 pages]