Media releases 2020
- December 2020(7 releases)show media releases for December 2020
Two climbers rescued after rock slide in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Thursday, 31 December 2020Maritime NZ’s Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has coordinated the rescue of two climbers – one badly injured – caught by a rock slide in steep terrain in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
Don’t let summer be your undoing - top tips to stay safe on the water this summer
Tuesday, 22 December 2020As the weather warms up and work winds down, most of us are itching to get to the beach, the lake or the river.
Maritime NZ is looking out for you on the water and outdoors over the holidays
Monday, 21 December 2020Maritime NZ is reminding New Zealanders to stay safe these holidays.
Yellow and pink flags showing the way for America›s Cup spectators
Thursday, 17 December 2020The distinctive yellow and pink flag is giving confidence to on-the-water spectators that they are travelling with a safe commercial operator as they watch the America’s Cup yachts this week.
RCCNZ coordinating Mahia Peninsula helicopter rescue
Wednesday, 16 December 2020Rescue Coordination Centre NZ is coordinating the response to a crashed Robinson 44 helicopter with one person on board on the Mahia Peninsula.
Maritime NZ calls for Boaties to put Safety First as Boat Sales Skyrocket
Wednesday, 16 December 2020With boat sales skyrocketing as Kiwis stay home this summer, Maritime NZ is urging boaties to get to grips with safety before heading out on the water.
Maritime Officers Checking Boat Ramps During Pre-Christmas America’s Cup Racing
Monday, 14 December 2020Auckland’s recreational boaties going out to watch the America’s Cup yachts racing this week are likely to encounter Maritime Officers making sure they are taking the right safety precautions and know the difference between being a recreational and commercial operator.
- November(2 releases)show media releases for November 2020
Maritime NZ clarifies which operators can carry passengers during the America’s Cup
Tuesday, 24 November 2020Maritime NZ is advising operators intending to carry fare paying passengers to watch the America’s Cup they need to be in a recognised safety system.
North Island Mussels fined $150K for hand crushing
Tuesday, 10 November 2020North Island Mussels Limited has been fined $150,000 and ordered to pay $31,000 in reparation after an 18-year-old crew member’s hand was crushed in a pulley on mussel farming vessel Waikawau on 9 January 2019 off the Coromandel Peninsula.
- October(4 releases)show media releases for October 2020
Maritime NZ welcomes report to MPI
Friday, 23 October 2020Director of Maritime NZ, Keith Manch, says Maritime NZ welcomes the independent report into livestock shipments by Mike Heron QC and retired Rear Admiral Tony Parr released today, and will be working with the relevant agencies to implement its recommendations.
Stevedoring company spends $425,000 in first-ever maritime Enforceable Undertaking
Tuesday, 20 October 2020Maritime NZ has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) from one of New Zealand's biggest stevedoring companies, ISO Limited, after a near-fatal incident involving one of their workers in December 2017.
More kiwis taking to recreational boating
Monday, 19 October 2020New research released today highlights the changing face of recreational boating in New Zealand, with 1.7 million kiwi adults now out on the water and using an increasingly diverse array of water craft.
- September(4 releases)show media releases for September 2020
$783k Jubilee penalty highlights operator health and safety responsibilities
Wednesday, 16 September 2020Maritime NZ says the prosecution of Ocean Fisheries Limited, operators of the Jubilee, sends a message to vessels’ owners and operators that health and safety is as much their responsibility as it is that of skippers and crew.
Master and Chief Engineer plead guilty in MV Funing case
Tuesday, 15 September 2020The Master and Chief Engineer of the log-carrier MV Funing, have today been sentenced and fined after admitting charges relating to the grounding of the ship at the Port of Tauranga in July.
Maritime NZ supporting agencies in Gulf Livestock 1 incident
Friday, 11 September 2020In response to the loss of the Gulf Livestock 1 in international waters south of Japan on September 2, Maritime New Zealand is continuing to work with a number of agencies in New Zealand and overseas on all aspects of the incident.
- August(2 releases)show media releases for August 2020
Some recreational water-based activities prohibited under Alert Levels 3 and 2
Thursday, 13 August 2020Due to the recent change in COVID Alert Levels in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand, Maritime NZ and Sport New Zealand have updated their advice around recreational water-based activities under Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2.
Fuller’s skipper fined $2,500 after colliding with navigation light
Monday, 10 August 2020The skipper of Auckland-based Fullers Group ferry, Torea, has been fined $2,500 for causing unnecessary danger by failing to maintain a proper lookout, and colliding with a lit navigation buoy in the Waitematā Harbour.
- July(9 releases)show media releases for July 2020
Ports of Auckland and ship’s master fined $432,400 for excessive speed
Friday, 24 July 2020Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) and one of its ship’s masters have been fined a total of $432,400 after they admitted exposing people to risk of death or serious injury because pilot boats travelled at excessive speed in the Waitemata Harbour over a period of time involving thousands of voyages.
Skipper to pay $8,500 in fines and reparation after grounding mussel barge
Tuesday, 14 July 2020The mussel barge, Falcon, ran aground on Motuokino Island off the Coromandel coast because no one on board was keeping proper look out.
Funing to be towed into Port of Tauranga for repairs
Tuesday, 14 July 2020The log carrier involved in an incident at Port of Tauranga last week, Funing, will complete a towage trial this morning before being towed into the port later today to begin repairs.
$240,000 fine for dropping 15 tonne excavator from ship’s crane
Friday, 10 July 2020Tauranga-based stevedoring company, C3 Limited, was fined $240,000 by the Auckland District Court yesterday after a 15 tonne excavator was dropped from a ship’s crane, narrowly missing five workers on the wharf below.
$844K grants – biggest ever increase in funding to build ‹safer boating culture’
Thursday, 9 July 2020Maritime NZ has announced $844,249 in funding for 22 safer boating initiatives throughout New Zealand – the most ever distributed – with the aim to reduce recreational boating fatalities and injuries.
$54,000 fine and reparation after fall from ship
Thursday, 9 July 2020The Tauranga District Court has fined Singapore-based China Navigation Company PTE Limited $24,000 and ordered it to pay reparations of $30,000 after a stevedore was seriously injured when he fell from one of the company’s ships in Tauranga.
Log carrier to remain in safe anchorage overnight
Monday, 6 July 2020The log carrier involved in an incident at Port of Tauranga this morning, Funing-9690913, will remain at its safe anchorage outside the harbour overnight.
Forward: Port of Tauranga update about log carrier incident
Monday, 6 July 2020The log carrier that lost power at the entrance to Port of Tauranga this morning is now safely anchored in deep water outside Tauranga Harbour.
- June(4 releases)show media releases for June 2020
Up to $1.2 billion insurance cover for marine oil spills
Thursday, 11 June 2020Maritime NZ has published guidelines about a major increase required in insurance cover or other financial security for marine oil spills from offshore installations.
$155,000 reparation and fines, and “project order” imposed after injuries to ferry passengers
Friday, 5 June 2020Auckland company, Fullers Group Limited, has been ordered to pay $68,336 in reparation to two victims after four passengers were injured – one suffering serious head injuries – when the passenger ferry, Kea, collided with the Devonport wharf on 9 November 2017.
Safer Boating Forum welcomes TAIC report linking jet boat crash to alcohol
Thursday, 4 June 2020The Safer Boating Forum welcomes a Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) report into a fatal jet boat crash on the Hollyford River in March 2019.
- May(4 releases)show media releases for May 2020
Outdoors enthusiasts: play it safe this busy Queen’s Birthday
Friday, 29 May 2020Enjoy your Queen’s Birthday weekend, but please put safety first. That’s the message from Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ), Coastguard NZ and Water Safety New Zealand to boaties, hunters, trampers and other outdoors enthusiasts.
New guidelines for Hydrographic Surveying published
Tuesday, 19 May 2020Maritime NZ and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) are pleased to announce the publication of the 2020 Good Practice Guidelines for Hydrographic Surveys in New Zealand Ports and Harbours.
Recreational boaties urged to be responsible skippers when getting back on the water
Wednesday, 13 May 2020Leading up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2, Maritime NZ wants to make sure skippers of all recreational vessels, no matter how big or small, stay safe.
RCCNZ asks recreational water users: consider rescuers before you head out
Friday, 1 May 2020Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is asking people thinking about recreational activities on the water to consider if it›s necessary for them to go out while New Zealand continues its heightened response to COVID-19.
- April(2 releases)show media releases for April 2020
Kiwis urged to stay on course over Easter
Thursday, 9 April 2020Representatives from New Zealands Search and Rescue, Water Safety and Outdoor Recreation sectors are encouraged by positive signs that people are in general following advice to stay at home and save lives.
COVID-19: At Easter, stay out of the water, off the beaches and stay safe
Thursday, 9 April 2020With Easter approaching, the Safer Boating Forum is telling people that by staying home, we are all helping keep our family, friends and other people safe - and doing our bit to get our country through this really difficult time.
- March(6 releases)show media releases for March 2020
Skipper responsibility vital in fight against COVID-19
Tuesday, 27 March 2020Skippers of recreational vessels are urged to play their part in the fight against COVID-19 by staying home as the nation unites to beat the spread of the virus.
COVID-19: Kiwis urged to exercise in low-risk environments
Tuesday, 24 March 2020Stick to simple outdoor exercise, that is the message from the Chair of the Search and Rescue Council Peter Mersi.
New boat for Tokelau
Friday, 13 March 2020Children on the remote atoll of Fakaofo, in Tokelau, will soon be travelling to school in style on a new school boat built in Christchurch with support from the Pacific Maritime Safety Programme (PMSP).
Blessing and launch of new school boat for Tokelau
Monday, 9 March 2020Invitation to media: Blessing and launch of new school boat for Tokelau by the Minister of Broadcasting, Communication and Digital Media Kris Faafoi.
$514,300 fines and reparation after grossly overloaded fishing vessel sinks
Wednesday, 4 March 2020The sinking of a grossly overloaded fishing boat, Victory II, has led to Wellington fishing company Nino’s Limited, its sole director, and the vessel’s master today being fined a total of $449,500, and the company being ordered to pay $64,800 in reparation to the crew for unpaid wages.
- February(1 release)show media releases for February 2020
Company director fined $2,500 for being asleep at the wheel as vessel collides with wharf
Friday, 17 February 2020The sole director of Wellington-based Megisti Sailing Charters, Timothy James Newman, has been fined $2,500 for being asleep at the wheel of the catamaran MV Megisti when it collided with the Port Howard Wharf.
- January(2 releases)show media releases for January 2020
“No Excuses” for recreational boaties on the water in West Coast - Buller District Council this weekend
Friday, 17 January 2020Recreational boaties on the West Coast of the South Island will be safer this summer, thanks to the Buller District Council joining the national compliance “No Excuses” campaign.