Additions to Survey Performance Requirements relating to vessel fuel systems

Maritime NZ is consulting on additions to Survey Performance Requirements (SPRs) and Safe Operational Plan (SOP) inspection checklists relating to vessel fuel systems.


On 6 December 2023, Maritime NZ issued this Safety Update on vessel fuel systems responding to the recommendations made by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) in its preliminary report into the i-Catcher’s incident. In the Safety Update, Maritime NZ gave notice of our intention to consult with recognised surveyors and authorised persons on proposed additions to the SPRs relating to vessel fuel systems.

See the safety update

In its report TAIC recommended that Maritime NZ use an appropriate mechanism that ensures the integrity and safety of fuel systems are being maintained and monitored through the survey system.

We are now consulting on the proposed additions to the following documents:

Survey Performance Requirements for In-construction surveys (MS354) [PDF: 265kB, 7 pages] Survey Performance Requirements for Initial surveys (MS353) [PDF: 247kB, 7 pages] Survey Performance Requirements for Periodic surveys of propulsion and steering systems (MS356) [PDF: 264kB, 7 pages] SOP Inspection checklist for vessels 6 metres or less (MSF282) [PDF: 428kB, 6 pages] SOP Inspection checklist for recreational dive boats (MSF283) [PDF: 613kB, 6 pages]


Consultation document

The proposed additions are marked up in GREEN in the attached document.

Surveyor checklist update consultation document [PDF: 260kB, 10 pages]


Making a submission

Your feedback on the proposed additions is important to us.

Submissions close 19 February 2024.

Please send your feedback by:

  • E-mail to
  • Post to Group Administrator, Technical Advice and Support
    Maritime NZ
    PO Box 25620
    Wellington 6140

If you have any questions about the proposed additions or the submission process, please email us at

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