Safe Seas Clean Seas
Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 39, March 2012
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Steering MNZ on a course that sees it regarded as “an intelligent, modern regulator” is the tack new Director Keith Manch intends to take over the next five years.
Searches in remote locations, tragic accidents and a dramatic grounding and oil spill were among the maritime and search and rescue events that dominated headlines in 2011, capping another busy year for MNZ staff. Here are some of the stories from last year.
After balancing precariously on the Astrolabe Reef for three months, Rena finally submitted to heavy seas, splitting into two sections. The break-up immediately triggered an intensive response on land and at sea.
Specialist teams from across MNZ sprang into action with the news of Rena’s grounding last year.
Braemar Howells joined the Rena recovery operation after the vessel grounded off Tauranga last October. The British-based company has been responsible for recovering damaged containers, cargo and salvaging.
A major rescue effort was launched in the Ross Sea in early January when the 51 metre Korean fishing vessel Jeong Woo 2 caught fire. It was the second major incident in Antarctic waters in as many months.
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) headed an international search and rescue mission to save the crew of a stricken Russian fishing vessel deep in the Southern Ocean.
As the summer boating season comes to an end, water safety agencies are reporting positive signs that safety messages are sinking in – but more work lies ahead.
MNZ staff got their feet wet in Tasman and Golden Bay recently, helping to spread the safe boating message among water users.
Information about the transition to qualifications on the proposed new Qualifications and Operational Limits (QOL) framework is now available
Re-consultation on the maritime rules that underpin MOSS (Maritime Operator Safety System) will take place during April and May, and will include a number of public meetings around the country.
Recent developments in the maritime sector have certainly made for an interesting introduction to the transport portfolio.