Consultation and development

We engage with the community and general public on a range of maritime matters through consultations and engagement.

Current consultations and development

40 Series Reform Project

The ‘40 series’ of rules are being reviewed, with the focus on the domestic design, construction and equipment rules.


Closed consultations

Follow up consultation on Maritime Rules to implement the Cape Town Agreement

Maritime NZ asked for feedback on the use of transport instruments to finalise proposed Part 404 Rules.

Guidance on Watchkeeping for Fishers

Maritime NZ is developing guidance on watchkeeping for fishers to help them stay safe and meet their obligations under the law.

Amendments to Marine Protection Rules Part 199: Air pollution from Ships

Maritime NZ asked for feedback on proposed changes to the Part 199 Rules to make the nitrogen oxides (NOx) requirements more workable for operators of New Zealand ships that only voyage within New Zealand’s jurisdiction (domestic voyaging ships).

Amendments to Maritime Rules to improve safety and consistency with the international maritime framework

Maritime NZ proposed to amend the Maritime Rules 53 and 23 to improve safety and to be more consistent with the international maritime framework.

New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy

In accordance with section 283 of the Maritime Transport Act, the New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy is undergoing its five-yearly review.

MARPOL Annex VI - Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships

Public consultation for the proposed Marine Protection Rule Part 199: Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships (the proposed rules).

Amendments to maritime rules to implement the Cape Town Agreement

Maritime NZ invited comment on the proposed maritime rules Part 404 and consequential rule amendments to implement a global treaty on fishing vessel safety.

Amendments to Maritime Rules and Marine Protection Rules: International Conventions

Maritime NZ invited comment on proposed amendments to Maritime Rules and Marine Protection Rules.


How to have your say

The details of how to make a submission and other opportunities to engage (eg by coming to a public meeting) are included in our consultation documents.

For each consultation we include:

  • the submission deadline
  • where to send your feedback
  • who to address your feedback to
  • who to contact for help
  • our process for considering submissions and the timing of this.

In general, any individual, group or organisation can provide feedback on our public consultations. Your submissions must be in writing and sent to us by email, post, courier or fax.

We need to receive your feedback before the deadline, for it to be included. After we get your submission, we will let you know within three business days that we have received it.

You need to include whether your submission comes from you as an individual, or if you are representing a company or other organisation. Remember to name the company or organisation you represent and include your contact details.

Your opinion is important to us, so please make sure that your views are clearly explained, you are as brief as possible and that your writing is easy to read – if hand written.


How we use your feedback

How we use your feedback depends on what we are consulting on. Refer to the consultation documents for these details.


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