Alamo leads the way down south

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 48, June 2015

“You just start at the beginning and finish at the end.” That’s the straight-forward advice from Susanne Smith of Alamo Fisheries on putting together a Maritime Transport Operator Plan (MTOP) as part of MOSS.
Te Wai
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Alamo’s boat, Te Wai.

Susanne and husband Craig bought the 14m crayfishing vessel Te Wai in 2005. Craig operates the vessel with a single crewman out of Milford Sound, also taking in Charles and George sounds.

Susanne is Alamo’s shore manager and developed the MTOP after a MOSS workshop and advice from Maritime NZ staff.

Susanne says the key point she has taken from the workshop is that MOSS is designed to be tailored to specific operations.

“It’s about your boat and your operation. Everyone has a different operation and does things a bit differently, and the plan needs to reflect that.”

While the application may initially appear daunting, Susanne says “it’s not the scary process some people expect it to be”.

“It’s been straightforward really; there was just a process to go through and we followed that, using the (Maritime NZ) template as a starting point. We sat down and talked about all the things that are done on board and how they are done. You need to make sure everything you do is in your plan, and you’re doing what you say in the plan.”

Susanne says rather than identifying new issues, the MOSS application process had formalised safety processes that were largely already in place. “We had a good handle on safety and risks before – Craig knows what he is doing – but we now have everything written down.

“We feel like we’ve got to be just a bit more aware of managing records and keeping them up to date. It’s been a good check on how we do things.”

She has appreciated working directly with Maritime NZ: “We’ve had a lot more feedback, which is helpful”.

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