Safe Seas Clean Seas

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 42, December 2012

Harmful substances from Rena
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In this issue: MNZ welcomed the guilty plea of registered owners of Rena to a charge relating to the discharge of harmful substances.
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A new structure signals a new approach for MNZ as it works towards implementing some of the biggest maritime regulatory changes in recent times. MOSS comes into effect on 1 July 2013.

Public consultation is now open on the maritime rules relating to seafarer certification and operational limits. The consultation period has been extended until 29 March 2013.

Representatives from six Pacific nations gathered at MNZ’s Marine Pollution response Service (MPRS) in Auckland in October for a two-day workshop focusing on oil spill preparedness across the region.

Silcone beads on beach

MNZ welcomed the guilty plea of Daina Shipping Co., the registered owners of Rena, to a charge under the resource Management act relating to the discharge of harmful substances in 2011.

One year on from the grounding of Rena, the last thing intended for the anniversary was a celebration.

Vessel on fire

Fire at sea is one of a seafarer’s worst nightmares but that was the reality for the 43 crew aboard the fishing boat Amaltal Columbia. The boat caught fire off of the coast of Canterbury on 12 September.


Twenty-six people were rescued off Ruapuke Island when the 78-foot fishing vessel Torea ran aground with up to 3,000 litres of diesel on board. The skipper alerted Police then put out a mayday call.

After 17 hours of battling huge 10–12 metre seas, and 40–55 knot winds (more than 75 km/h), the crew of Windigo finally activated their distress beacon. The yacht’s owner and a New Zealander were both knocked unconscious when the yacht rolled in high seas.

New rules restricting the disposal of garbage (or marine debris) from ships, pleasure craft and offshore installations come into force on 1 January 2013, with the aim of cutting the amount of marine pollution.

Consultation on MNZ’s funding review is complete, with 25 submissions received during November. The submissions and a summary of submissions are available on the MNZ website.

Michael-Paul Abbott

Michael-Paul Abbott, known as MP, is based out of Tauranga and will focus on the adventure side of recreational safety and compliance – jet boats, rafting, paddleboards and kayaks.

Notorious for sending keepers ‘rock happy’ because of its isolation, New Zealand’s only rock station was the least popular of all the manned lighthouses.


MNZ will extend its “don’t be a clown” campaign this summer, following its success last year. The campaign, which ran last summer, was recalled by 87% of those surveyed in February this year.

We are changing the format of Safe Seas Clean Seas and LOOKOUT! magazines.

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