Fee changes for other service providers

Key changes

Revised Maritime Levy rates 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.

The changes are as follows:

  • 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.

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Fees and Levy changes

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

Fees list

What does it mean for authorised persons?

All hourly rates are now $245 per hour (GST inclusive). There are no longer different rates for office based and offsite activities. This is the hourly rate for applying for recognition as an authorised person.

What does it mean for Approved Medical Practitioners?

The application fee for approval medical practitioner has reduced and is now $490 (GST inclusive).

What does it mean for assessors and examiners?

The application fee for approval as an examiner or an assessor has reduced and is now $490 (GST inclusive).

What does it mean for surveyors?

The application fees and hourly rates for surveyor recognition are changing from 1 July 2019. For example, the initial application fee for a certificate of surveyor recognition has increased slightly to a fixed fee of $968 (GST inclusive) and the hourly rate for further time has changed to a single rate of $245 (GST inclusive).

Maritime Levy
From 1 July 2019 all Maritime Levy payers will be charged according to three factors; Gross Tonnage, Dead Weight Tonnage, and Passenger Capacity. The passenger capacity is now an important factor for all vessels when calculating the Maritime Levy. This means that if a vessel has a recorded passenger capacity that is much higher than the number of passengers it normally carries, then the Maritime Levy may be higher than what the operator is expecting.

Related information

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


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