Safe Seas Clean Seas
Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 52, August 2017
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Westport fisherman Stu and his son Russell are the ‘faces’ of a new safety campaign reminding the operators and crews of small to medium size commercial fishing vessels to fish safely.
A flooded fish hold, which may have been caused by a hose left running overnight, is the possible cause of the sinking of fishing vessel, Jubilee, with the loss of three crew members off Banks Peninsula, a Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) report says.
Search and Rescue response vessels for Niue and Tokelau are part of a second phase of the Pacific Maritime Safety Programme, along with equipment such as rescue beacons and training for local fishers.
Risk assessment best practice – for the safe navigation of large vessels – was a key subject discussed at the first national forum of the refreshed Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code recently.
“Taupo Maritime Radio” is the catch-cry of many mariners if they get into difficulty on the seas in New Zealand’s vast Search and Rescue (SAR) region.
Maritime NZ has taken over responsibility for issuing maritime navigational warnings to countries and vessels in the wider south west Pacific.
The new chairperson of the Maritime NZ Authority, Blair O’Keeffe, says the regulation and response agency plays a critical role in safeguarding New Zealand’s seas and waterways.
Maritime NZ teamed with the Maritime Police to conduct health and safety inspections of the high-risk mussel barge sector in the Coromandel and Firth of Thames earlier this year.
As part of this year’s Safer Boating Week (October 13–20), Maritime NZ has announced $493,000 dollars in grants to improve safe boating behaviour for the 1.4 million Kiwis who get out on the water each year.
Auckland ferry company, Fullers Group, was fined $40,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $90,000, after passengers were injured when the Auckland ferry Kea collided with Victoria Wharf at Devonport on 17 February, 2015.
perators of ships that undertake international voyages to or from New Zealand waters – and have systems installed for the carriage of non-permanent ballast water – will need to comply with new regulations to manage their ballast water from next month.
More than 100 Pacific search and rescue experts from 26 countries met in Auckland in May for the 7th Pacific Search and Rescue Conference (PACSAR), with the aim to strengthen SAR across the region.
Bar crossings are hazardous for vessels and all those on board. One of the most dangerous in New Zealand is the expansive bar at the entrance to the country’s largest enclosed harbour – Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland.
Whakatane tramper John Sherriff was just beginning his four-day tramp on the Hollyford Track, in Fiordland, when he slipped on a boulder and landed badly on his hip earlier this year.