Maritime rules changes pending

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 40, June 2012

Changes to Maritime Rules Part 40D, which relate to the design, construction and equipment on fishing ships, are likely to come into effect later this year.

The changes clarify and update the rules, incorporate best practice safety elements, and make them more practical for vessels under 24 metres in length.

Ships less than 24 metres in length make up over 90 percent of the New Zealand fishing fleet, but a targeted investigation revealed some consistent compliance issues, which led to a review of the rule. While many of these issues have been addressed through alternative approaches to regulation (for example marine guidance notices and safety bulletins), changes to Part 40D and an updated advisory circular represent the last stage in this review.

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