Maritime Rules Part 53

Pilot Transfer Arrangements and Ship - Helicopter Pilot Transfers

Current version of Part 53

This rule applies to:

  • New Zealand ships engaged on any voyage into pilotage waters worldwide where the applicable law requires a pilot to be engaged, or where it is likely that the master will choose to engage a pilot
  • foreign ships while within, approaching or leaving any port in New Zealand where New Zealand law requires a pilot to be engaged, or where it is likely that the master will choose to engage a pilot.

Download Maritime Rules Part 53[PDF: 332kB, 15 pages]

Part 53 sets out requirements for the provision, design, construction, securing, testing and operation of transfer arrangements fit for the purpose of enabling pilots to embark and disembark safely on either side of a ship at sea.

Material incorporated by reference

Standards and codes referenced in some rules can be found here

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History of Part 53

2022

Amendment

This part was amended by the Maritime Rules (Parts 23 and 53) Amendment 2022 on 18 November 2022. These amendments come into force on 22 December 2022.

Maritime Rules Parts 23 and 53 Amendment 2022 [PDF:853kB, 10 pages]

2016

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 in November 2016.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 [PDF: 286kB, 15 pages]

Amendment

This Part was amended by Various SOLAS-relared Amendments 2016, in 2016.

Various SOLAS-related Amendments 2016 [PDF: 338kB, 29 pages]

2015

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various IMO-related Amendments 2015, in 2015.

Maritime Rules Various IMO-related Amendments 2015 [PDF: 393kB, 15 pages]

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2015.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2015 [PDF: 406kB, 15 pages]

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014, in 2015.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014 [PDF: 366kB, 18 pages]

2014

Amendment

This part was amended by Parts 19 and 44: Consequential Amendments in July 2014.

Parts 19 and 44: Consequential Amendments 2014 [PDF: 395kB, 22 pages]

2011

Amendment

This part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011, in 2011.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011 [PDF: 948kB, 15 pages]

2001

Advisory Circular

First Advisory Circular describing Part 53.

Part 53: Advisory Circular 2001 [PDF: 1.08MB, 6 pages]

New part comes into force

Part 53 entered into force on 1 February 2001 (Part 53 replaced the Shipping (Pilot Ladders) Rules 1974).

2000

New part signed

Part 53 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 6 December 2000.

Part 53: Original rule [PDF: 5.2MB, 43 pages]