New MNZ structure in place

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 42, December 2012

A new structure signals a new approach for MNZ as it works towards implementing some of the biggest maritime regulatory changes in recent times.

The planned Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) comes into effect on 1 July 2013. SeaCert (Seafarer Certification), which was formerly known as Qualifications and Operational Limits (QOL), is currently being consulted on.

Together with embedding the Health and Safety in Employment (HSE) Act in the maritime sector, MOSS means that MNZ is putting greater focus on operators developing a safety system that fits their operation (rather than just on vessels), and on outcomes (safe, secure, clean seas).

To facilitate implementation of MOSS and SeaCert, a review of frontline and associated functions has led to two new groups being created within MNZ – Maritime Standards, under General Manager Sharyn Forsyth, and Maritime Compliance, under General Manager Harry Hawthorn. The new groups incorporate the functions previously covered by MNZ’s Maritime Services, and Monitoring and Response divisions.

The Maritime Standards group, based largely in the Wellington head office, includes teams responsible for international and coastal shipping, domestic commercial operations, certification and ship registration, and technical support services.

The domestic commercial operations team is responsible for developing and maintaining a competence framework and guidelines for ship surveyors – part of a quality assurance process to ensure the consistency of surveys under MOSS. The team will also continue to set standards and provide guidance and advice in the wider area of domestic commercial shipping.

The parallel international and coastal shipping team will carry out a similar function for that sector.

Applications for Maritime Transport Operator Certificates (MTOCs), as part of the MOSS process, will be received by the Certification and Ship Registration team, with technical input from Technical Support Services. The team will also continue to deal with other forms of certification.

The Maritime Standards group will also play a key role under SeaCert, with Certification and Ship Registration handling applications for certificates of competency and certificates of proficiency, again with support from Technical Support Services.

The Maritime Compliance group has a regionally based structure made up of maritime officers who can provide advice and education, as well as carrying out audits, surveillance, inspections, and investigations. Maritime officers will also be trained as HSE inspectors.

Previously, these roles were carried out by safety and environmental auditors, investigators, maritime safety inspectors, and industry liaison advisors.

Work is also being done on how information is analysed across all MNZ functions, to ensure actions are intelligenceled and targeted where they will have the most impact.

In the new structure, three regional compliance managers will have New Zealand-wide responsibility for specific portfolios.

Pelin Davison has been appointed the Regional Compliance Manager Central and has national portfolio responsibility for national standards and consistency of audits, including MOSS audits.

The Regional Compliance Manager Northern, to be appointed, has national portfolio responsibility for recreational boating and adventure tourism, and the Regional Compliance Manager Southern, also to be appointed, has national portfolio responsibility for commercial fishing.

Baz Kirk has been appointed to the new position of National Advisor Industry Support and will initially focus on the MOSS implementation, identifying industry needs, and planning education and support. He will also work with the three regional teams to deliver support and education to the industry.

A Planning and Intelligence team will coordinate data analysis and lead complex and large-scale investigations. These will include pro-active investigations initiated as a result of patterns and risks identified by data analysis.

“As we move into 2013, MNZ will be increasingly intelligence-led, with a strong focus on risk and the achievement of safety, security and environmental protection outcomes,” said MNZ Director Keith Manch.

“When it comes to compliance, there is a range of tools available – from liaison to enforcement. Our goal is to ensure that we use the right tool, at the right time, to achieve the best possible compliance outcomes.”

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