MOSS benefits small operator
Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 46, August 2014
“It was all very easy once you got going,” said Darryl, the owner-operator of Mussel Barge Snapper Safaris, which launched 17 years ago.
His firm is one of the first small operators in the country to enter MOSS and receive an MTOC.
Mussel Barge Snapper Safaris employs three full-time skippers, including Darryl. It operates three vessels for snapper fishing charters in local mussel farms, averaging 800 trips and about 10,000 customers a year.
Darryl said the process of applying to MNZ to enter MOSS ended up benefiting his business as a whole, as well as individual skippers.
“It made us be proactive about it,” he said. “We sat down as a team and discussed our business requirements. It made our skippers aware of every issue in the health and safety plan.
“Our staff are more aware and more responsible for the plan, which now fits our business to a T.
The operator plan operators must prepare to receive their MOSS certificate outlines a complete safety system – or complete set of processes, procedures and actions for identifying and managing hazards and safety risks. Darryl said previously his operation’s manual was prepared by an Auckland SSM company and tended to sit on the shelf.
As president of the Thames/Coromandel Charter Boat Association, he encourages other operators to make the change sooner rather than later, describing the website application process as “fairly straightforward”, with handy templates provided. Darryl consulted a maritime officer by phone to help with details to finalise the application.
The process also involves vessel inspections by MNZ, and Darryl suggests operators be well prepared for these, so that they do not incur additional expense for any repeat inspections.