How MOSS affects you
Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 46, August 2014
A ship’s certification issued by an SSM surveyor (commonly called a ‘fit for purpose’ certificate) will be treated as a certificate of survey under MOSS until the day it expires, or the day its out-of-water inspection is due, whichever comes first after 1 July 2014.
The first part of the transition will be automatic at the time, provided that:
- your operation’s owner or owners remain fit and proper
- all the vessels in the operation have current SSM certificates.
The second part of the transition will be completed when your SSM certificate(s) expires. Before this happens, you will need to have prepared a Maritime Transport Operator Plan (operator plan) and applied for a Maritime Transport Operator Certificate (MTOC).
You should begin developing your operator plan well before applying for your MTOC because you will need to submit a complete and final operator plan as part of your application.
Under MOSS, you should aim to have your documents completed and submitted to MNZ three months before the expiry date on your SSM certificate, so that your MTOC can be issued before your SSM Certificate expires.
If your operation has more than one vessel, you must complete the transition into MOSS before the day your first SSM certificate expires. You may choose to obtain an MTOC for each part of your operation (for example, different regions), or you may have one MTOC for the entire operation.
While SSM companies ceased to have a statutory role under the maritime rules on 1 July 2014, you may choose to maintain a commercial relationship with your SSM company – for example, if it decides to become a survey company.