MOSS education assists fisherman

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 48, June 2015

Bluff crayfisherman Jayce Fisher is putting his new maritime diploma to good use coming to grips with the MOSS process.
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The new skipper of Hellfire Enterprises is readying for the crayfishing season.

Jayce completed a diploma at Nelson Maritime School recently: Master of a Deep Sea Fishing Vessel. This diploma is among the requirements for a Skipper Fishing Vessel – Limited Certificate, issued under the new seafarer qualification framework, SeaCert. The certificate is one of the replacements for the former New Zealand Offshore Master ticket, with the school’s curriculum now covering the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS), instead of SSM training.

Jayce has recently taken over as skipper of his family’s Hellfire Enterprises fishing vessel X-S, and is readying it for the crayfishing season starting in August.

His recent learning helped in working out what was needed under his deemed Maritime Transport Operator Certificate (MTOC); when Maritime NZ contacted him about a scheduled audit.

Having looked into the process, Jayce says that, with the assistance of Maritime Officer (MO) Matt Owen-Eales, he has decided to push on for full transition into MOSS.

“I want to get into MOSS earlier than I need to – to save on the cost of another deemed MTOC audit conducted by Maritime NZ prior to entering MOSS in 2017.”

Maritime operators need to apply to enter MOSS at least three months before the expiry of their deemed MTOCs. All operators are required to be in MOSS by 2018. In the meantime those who have not transitioned, and held a valid SSM Certificate on 1 July 2014, are “deemed MTOC holders”, and have entered MOSS under transitional provisions until their certificate expires. Their vessels will be subject to the audits previously scheduled under SSM, which are now undertaken by Maritime NZ maritime officers; usually at the two-year mid-point of their deemed MTOCs.

Jayce says that gathering together what is needed under MOSS has been “pretty straight-forward”. While it may have been more daunting if he was not freshly out of ‘school’, Jayce acknowledges there has been a lot of “scaremongering” about MOSS.

He attributes the work of MO Matt in reassuring local fishing operators, and helping them with planning and paperwork, to a changing perception about MOSS.

“A lot of people are generally feeling a lot more relaxed, and much of it has to do with having somebody like Matt out and about talking to fishing operators.”

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