Maritime Transport Instrument MTI-404.181-1

Maritime Transport (Bulwarks, rails, and guards) Instrument (also referred to as MTI-404.181-1)

Overview of Maritime Transport Instrument MTI-404.181-1

What this maritime transport instrument does

Transport Instrument MTI-404.181-1 sets out further requirements in relation to the standards for bulwarks, rails, and guards on vessels.


This maritime transport instrument comes into force on the same date that Maritime Rules Part 404 Design, Construction, and Equipment – New Zealand Cape Town Vessels and Foreign Cape Town Vessels comes into force.

Section 5 required standards to meet compliance

Section 5 of MTI-404.181-1 allows for alternatives for bulwarks, rails, or guards if a bulwark or guardrail will impede the safe navigation of a particular vessel.

Section 6 - Performance standards for life saving appliances

Section 6 sets out the performance standards for life saving appliances for vessels of 45 metres in length or more.

Download MTI 404.181-1 [PDF: 263kB, 5 pages]


Materials incorporated by reference in Maritime Transport Instrument MTI-404.181-1

The following items are incorporated by Reference in Maritime Transport Instrument MTI 404.181-1

The Cape Town Agreement 2012

Getting copies of material incorporated by reference

Some materials can be accessed and viewed free online, other material is subject to copyright and can either be purchased from the original source or viewed as an electronic copy at Maritime New Zealand.

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History of Part 404.181-1


MTI suspended

This MTI comes into force on the same date that Part 404 comes into force.

New MTI signed

MTI 404.181-1 was signed on 17 March 2023.

MTI 404.181-1 Original [PDF: 430kB, 3 pages]