Maritime Levy and fees

Revised Maritime Levy and fees take effect from 1 July 2019.

The Maritime Levy funds the maritime regulatory system and fees are charged for specific services provided to operators and seafarers. The changes ensure that appropriate funding is in place for the next six years.

Maritime New Zealand © 2019
A message from our Director, Keith Manch about the revised Maritime Levy and fees

Estimate your levy

Use our online tool

Alternatively, download our infographic to see the rates and how they apply to your vessel.

Estimate your levy[PDF: 126kB, 4 pages]

Key changes

The following changes to the Maritime Levy and fees come into effect on 1 July 2019:

  • a revised allocation methodology for the Maritime Levy
  • a single reduced fee of $368 for seafarer certificates and endorsements
  • not charging fees for routine audits and inspections but recovering the cost of these through the Maritime Levy
  • a single hourly rate of $245 for all activities that are charged on actual time taken (and the basis for fixed fees)
  • a reduction in most ship registration fees.

Fees and Levy Changes

Changes to fees and the levy come into effect on 1 July. Click on the panel below for more information on how these will affect you.

Related information

Maritime Levy Allocation Recommendation
- Castalia Report[PDF: 431kB, 30 pages]

This report sets out Castalia’s review of Maritime New Zealand’s current Maritime Levy allocation methodology and recommends a new method.

Transport regulatory system:
Funding principles September 2018/button[PDF: 129kB, 10 pages]

This paper outlines a set of principles to guide funding reviews and advice on the appropriate funding sources for regulatory activities carried out within the transport regulatory system.

Funding review consultation

Maritime NZ’s consultation on proposed changes to the Maritime Levy and fees closed on 18 January 2019. This was referred to as the Funding Review. Visit the consultation page to read the summary of submissions and analysis document.

Funding review consultation

New Levy Rates

Estimate your Maritime Levy under the new rates

[PDF: 126kB, 4 pages]


New fee lists

New fees effective from 1 July 2019

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