MNZ returns to New Plymouth

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 46, August 2014

For the first time in five years, MNZ has a permanent presence in New Plymouth. The new office was officially opened on 1 August, with Michael Vredenburg appointed as a full-time maritime officer.
Michael Vredenburg
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Maritime Officer Michael Vredenburg.

Opening the office, MNZ Director Keith Manch said the move reflected the significant role of the port and region in New Zealand’s maritime sector. The previous office closedin July 2009, following the retirement of the sole staff member.

“Port Taranaki is at the centre of New Zealand’s offshore petroleum industry and is also a key import and export port,” he said.

“MNZ’s vision is for a safe, secure and clean maritime environment and it makes good sense to have a permanent maritime officer based in New Plymouth to help deliver on that vision in this area.”

While based at Port Taranaki, new Maritime Officer Michael Vredenburg’s focus will be the wider Taranaki region, ranging north up to Mokau and as far south as Whanganui, for both commercial and recreational water users.

Born in California and raised in Texas, Michael is a former US Marine and US Navy special warfare boat operator, has worked in the offshore oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico, and has experience as a commercial diver and ship’s engineer. Most recently he was flag state inspector and port state control officer for the Marshall Islands.

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