First operations enter MOSS

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 46, August 2014

MNZ has ushered in the biggest change to New Zealand’s commercial shipping sector in 15 years by accepting the first operators into the new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS).
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Sanford’s Tauranga branch manager receives a framed Maritime Transport Operator Certificate.

MOSS replaces the Safe Ship Management (SSM) system, which required operators to engage a third party to develop a safety system for their vessels. Instead, MOSS places the onus on the operator to develop a safety system covering not only their vessels, but their entire operation.

About 2,000 commercial operators will be required to transition to MOSS over the next four years.

The principles guiding MOSS are:

  • improving safety by putting a greater focus on vessel owners and operators operating safely
  • creating clearer lines of responsibility for the day-to-day safe operation of vessels
  • providing effective and efficient regulatory oversight by MNZ
  • making it easier for operators, surveyors and MNZ staff to support safe vessels and safe operating practices.

Sanford’s Tauranga in-shore fishing operation entered the MOSS system at a formal presentation in Tauranga on 1 July, the day the new safety system came into force. Sanford operates four vessels out of Tauranga and has developed a comprehensive safety system covering the entire operation, from emergency procedures to maintenance, crew training and vessel details.

MNZ’s General Manager Maritime Compliance Harry Hawthorn said the event, involving one of the largest fishing operators in the country, marked a significant milestone for the new safety system. “I believe MOSS strikes the right balance between ensuring operators take control of developing and implementing their own safety system, and enabling MNZ to provide the right amount of regulatory oversight for these systems,” said Harry.

MNZ has also welcomed Real Journeys’ iconic steamship TSS Earnslaw into MOSS. The Earnslaw, built in 1912, is the only remaining passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere.

“The Earnslaw is one of the highlights of any trip to Queenstown,” said MNZ Director Keith Manch. “It’s good to see Real Journeys showing its commitment to safety by being among the ‘first off the block’ in transitioning from SSM to MOSS.

“I’m delighted to welcome Earnslaw into MOSS, and look forward to working with the steamship for many more years to come.”

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MNZ Director Keith Manch (left) and Real Journey’s Richard Lauder with the first South Island MTOC for TSS Earnslaw.
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Richard Lauder, the chief executive of Real Journeys, said MOSS represented a positive change. “All industry operators will now take direct ownership of their safe operating practices on a day-to-day basis,” he said.

“By a neat twist of fate, our oldest vessel, the Earnslaw, is the catalyst for Real Journeys to move into the new regulatory environment. She will receive the first certificate of survey in our 23-strong fleet.”

“We have embraced the safety changes and are putting a lot of energy into making the transition to the new system as quickly as possible,” said Richard.

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