Specialist teams support MOSS and SeaCert
Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 46, August 2014
The Maritime Standards group is responsible for certifying people and operations within the maritime industry, and providing technical and plain English guidance so that people can operate safely and in a way that protects New Zealand’s security and the marine environment. This business unit also provides guidance and support to the Maritime Compliance unit, to ensure standards are applied consistently throughout the country.
Based largely in the Wellington head office, Maritime Standards is a group of teams responsible for navigational, environment and international operations, domestic operations, operator certification, and personnel certification. Among their key responsibilities are SeaCert, the new seafarer certification framework, which came into effect on 1 April, and the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS), which came into effect on 1 July.
The Maritime Standards group was established alongside the Maritime Compliance group, following a review of functions within MNZ. General Manager Maritime Standards Sharyn Forsyth says recent changes to the Maritime Standards group reflect the need to embed the new SeaCert and MOSS systems within MNZ and the maritime community.
She says the revised structure, in place from the start of July, takes account of feedback from the industry about the need for clear points of contact, and to ensure that operators and seafarers can talk to people when they need to.
Maritime Standards now has four specialist teams: two technical or operational teams, and two certification teams.
The new teams (outlined below) draw together staff with a considerable breadth of skills, experience and technical maritime expertise from a range of backgrounds, which Sharyn says will enhance Maritime Standards’ ability to respond to industry needs.
Applications for Maritime Transport Operator Certificates, as part of the MOSS process, will be handled by the Operator Certification team, with technical input from the Domestic Operations team, while Personnel Certification will handle applications for certificates of competency and proficiency, with support from the Navigational, Environment and International Operations team.
Navigation, Environment and International Operations
This team provides support to those working with and within the international sector, and environmental advice. The team also coordinates work relating to ports and harbours, and provides technical advice about seafarer certification.
It is led by Kenny Crawford, who joined MNZ in 2006 from the Gibraltar Maritime Administration.
Originally from Scotland, Kenny was chief engineer on a range of vessels before coming ashore as a classification society surveyor.
Under SeaCert – the seafarer certification framework for MNZ’s national and international certificates of competency and proficiency and endorsements – this team manages certification of people.
These range from seafarers to compass adjustors, and include others who work within the maritime sector.
The team is led by Lou Christensen, who recently joined MNZ from a quality management role at ACC. She has substantial leadership and management experience within the public and private sectors.
This team manages the certification of operations – such as MOSS and Safe Operational Plans (SOPs) – as well as all vessel or product- related certificates.
The team is led by Dougal Shelton, who recently joined MNZ from the Ministry of Justice, where he held a business process design role.
He has an extensive background in leadership and management roles in the justice, trade and aviation sectors.
This team focuses on providing support to the domestic maritime community – ranging from commercial operations of all types (including adventure activities) through to recreational boating.
It provides technical support and oversight to surveyors under MOSS, and to authorised personswithin the SOP framework.
Leading this team is Charles Tortise, who came to MNZ via senior roles with the Royal Navy and Irish Naval Service. Since joining MNZ late last year, Charles has been immersed in the implementation of MOSS and SeaCert and their transition from projects to business as usual.
High-level advisory positions for specific subject areas.
Sharyn says “These changes give a clear indication of the direction that MNZ and Maritime Standards group are heading – providing clear and consistent advice and expectations, and focusing on efficient and effective practices.
“We are all looking forward to establishing productive new relationships and/or continuing our existing relationships within the context of these new roles.”
Principal Advisor Systems Thinking
Adele Whiterod has been appointed as Principal Advisor Systems Thinking. Adele has worked with MNZ since 1991, initially as Registrar of Ships.
She managed the combined certification and ship registration team for several years, before providing support to the MOSS implementation project.
Adele’s role will ensure that MNZ is undertaking its functions in an effective and efficient manner – focusing on innovation, continuous improvement and understanding service delivery within a regulatory context.
Chief Maritime Technical Advisor
Arthur Jobard has moved to the role of Chief Maritime Technical Advisor. Arthur has worked with MNZ since 1996, firstly as a Maritime Safety Inspector and then supporting the Safe Ship Management system. His new role, an exciting development for MNZ, involves ensuring the quality and consistency of maritime technical advice across the organisation.
He will also play a key role in ensuring that technological advances and international best practice in technical matters are, where appropriate, incorporated into MNZ practice.
Senior Operations Advisor
Operations advisors, a relatively new innovation for MNZ, play a vital role in ‘translating’ rules or technical material into plain English guidance material, and making sure ‘clean’ processes and clear advice are provided.
As Senior Operations Advisor, Liam Brennan will ensure that the operations advisors (located within the Domestic Operations team and the Navigation, Environment and International Operations team) are providing consistent and clear advice.