Working towards consistency in surveying

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 53, July 2018

Maritime surveyors from around New Zealand and Australia attended a two-day workshop facilitated by Maritime NZ in Wellington this May.
Conference attendees sitting down
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Surveyors from around New Zealand and Australia at the recent seminar hosted by Maritime NZ.

The more than 55 attendees included Maritime NZ staff, New Zealand-recognised surveyors, surveyors from Australia recognised under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement and colleagues from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Annual surveyors seminars provide an opportunity for the regulatory survey industry to come together to discuss current and future issues and changes, including advances in surveying technology. This year’s theme was achieving consistency in surveying across New Zealand.

“The workshop aimed to help develop further consistency and provided surveyors with an opportunity to get together and be ‘on the same page’,” says Maritime NZ Principal Technical Advisor, Clayton Dias. “It was also a chance to hear about 3D scanning and other exciting developments that can help the industry move forward.”

AMSA’s Head of Technical for the Vessel Safety Unit, Bob Maher, and Principal Naval Architect, Steve McCoombe, gave overviews of the Grandfather clause and changes to the National Standard of Commercial Vessels.

Maritime NZ General Manager Maritime Standards, Sharyn Forsyth, outlined the review of the “40 series”

Maritime Rules Maritime NZ is currently working on with the Ministry of Transport.

Clayton says Maritime NZ is continuing to work closely with and support New Zealand Recognised Marine Surveyors (an organisation recently set up by surveyors), and that the relationship is “instrumental in helping us in our mission to achieve safe, secure and clean outcomes”.

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