Maritime Rules Part 19

Maritime transport operator - certification and responsibilities

Current version of Part 19

This rule applies to

  • every person conducting a maritime transport operation that operates in New Zealand waters or on the New Zealand coast
  • For those who operate inside New Zealand waters, Part 19 applies if the ship is registered in New Zealand under the Ship Registration Act 1992; or if the ship is, or is required to be, licensed or registered in New Zealand under any applicable New Zealand fisheries law
  • This Part, excluding rule 19.62(1), (2)(a), (2)(b)(ii), (2)(b)(iii), (2)(c), and (3) and rule 19.66(c)(ii), does not apply to the non-commercial use of a commercial ship during the period of the non-commercial use.
Maritime Rules Part 19 [PDF: 268kB, 19 pages]

The purpose of Part 19 is to require maritime transport operators to develop, and operate in accordance with safety systems that are specific and appropriate to their maritime transport operation.

History of Part 19



This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2023. These amendments come into force on 7 February 2024. 

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2023 [640kB, 11 pages]



This Part was amended by Part 81 Amendment Rules 2019, in 2020.

Maritime Rules Part 81 Amendment 2019 [PDF: 629kB, 11 pages]



This Part was first amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014, in 2014.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014 [PDF: 366kB, 18 pages]

New part comes into force

Part 19 entered into force on 1 April 2014.


New part signed

Part 19 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 3 October 2013

Part 19 Maritime Rule Original [PDF: 125kB, 18 pages]

Related information:

Part 19 advisory circular

Advisory circulars describe a rule, its purpose and how to comply.

[PDF: 134kB, 17 pages]