Full steam ahead on MOSS

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 45, December 2013

Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) is the new system to improve safety in maritime transport operations.

The MOSS rules parts 19 and 44 were signed by the Minister of Transport, Gerry Brownlee, on 3 October, marking the most significant change to the New Zealand domestic commercial shipping framework in 15 years.

MOSS makes it clear that an entire maritime operation, rather than just a vessel, needs to be examined to ensure all safety risks are identified and managed. Operators will need to comply with the new MOSS rules from 1 July 2014.

MOSS operator briefings held

In November, MNZ’s team of Maritime Officers traversed the country, talking to more than 300 industry representatives who will come into the MOSS system from 1 July 2014.

Thirty-one sessions were held over three weeks, in locations ranging from Mangonui (near Kaitaia) to Stewart Island, and including a visit to the Chathams. The sessions were aimed at giving an overview of MOSS and how it affects operators, including changes to survey standards. The sessions outlined the entry process and what happens once operators are in MOSS, and helped people get to grips with the terminology used in MOSS.

MNZ’s National Advisor Industry Support, Baz Kirk, said the sessions were a chance for robust discussion. “This was often as much about dispelling rumour and waterfront scuttlebutt as anything else. However, the overwhelming feedback we had from operators was that they appreciated the chance to come and find out more about MOSS, and were looking forward to thinking more about how to develop a safety system for themselves, specifically for their operation.”

The sessions were well received by operators, who said:

  • “It was good to come and hear the real story from the real people.”„„
  • “Thanks for a worthwhile session – I’ve got some work to do!”
  • “It was informative and the presenters were able to answer my questions.”
  • “Before I came down it sounded like a big change – but I’m much more relaxed now.”

The Maritime Officers were asked a large number of questions during the sessions – some of which were ‘parked’ and answers to these have since been incorporated either into the main MOSS website, or included in website FAQs according to subject (survey, entry, audit and so on).

In early 2014, MNZ will be holding another round of interactive workshops aimed at going into more detail about operators’ plans. It will be a chance for operators to sit down with Maritime Officers, talk specifically about their operation, and get help with tailoring a plan to their requirements.

MOSS surveyor briefings

As well as briefings for operators, MNZ held a series of briefings for surveyors, because the new Maritime Rule Part 44 relates directly to survey standards under MOSS. As with the operator briefings, surveyors appreciated the chance to get their views heard, as well as hearing directly from MNZ what MOSS means for them.

MNZ Principal Maritime Advisor – MOSS Arthur Jobard said the sessions enabled MNZ to go into more detail about part 44, which until recently had not been possible. “We’ve had a very positive reception from surveyors – they have said giving this level of detail makes their life a lot easier.”

MOSS fees, charges and levies consultation concluded

MNZ held a consultation period for the proposed MOSS fees over four weeks, from 14 October to 11 November. The process attracted significant interest, and there is now a period of analysis, before a final set of recommendations is passed to the Ministry of Transport, at which point the government process begins.

The intention is that the MOSS fees and regulations will be in place by 1 April 2014. In due course, a summary of submissions and analysis will be posted on the MNZ website.

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