Maritime Rules Part 91
Current version of Part 91
This rule applies:
- Everywhere in New Zealand waters.
Part 91 continues the basic navigation safety rules contained in the Water Recreation Regulations, 1974, with some modifications and additions to bring the requirements up-to-date with modern boating conditions and safety expectations.
Part 91 requires carriage of personal flotation devices (buoyancy aids designed to be worn on the body) on board recreational craft. This includes pleasure craft and manually powered craft used in commercial operations eg: sea kayak rentals.
Wearing of devices on board recreational craft is required in circumstances of heightened danger or risk.
Certain recreational craft don’t have to carry personal flotation devices eg: sailboard where the sailor wears a wet suit, and persons training or participating in a sporting event where there’s a support vessel handy.
The rules incorporate standard for personal floatation devices, including specialist devices used in paddle craft applications.
History of Part 91
This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 in November 2016.Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 [PDF: 286kB, 15 pages]
This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2015.Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2015 [PDF: 406kB, 15 pages]
This Part was amended by Maritime Transport Amendment Act 2013, in October 2013.Maritime Transport Amendment Act 2013 [legislation.govt.nz]
This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Part 91: Amendment 2010.Part 91: Amendment 2010 [PDF: 103kB, 19 pages]
This part was amended by Maritime (Various Amendments) Rules in Parts 20-91 in 2008.Maritime (Various Amendments) Rules 2008 [PDF: 466kB, 69 pages]
This part was amended by Maritime Rules Part 91 Amendment No. 2, in December 2007.Part 91 Amendment No.2 2007 [PDF: 186kB, 11 pages]
This part was amended by Maritime Rules Part 91 Amendment Rules in May 2007.Part 91 Amendment Rules 2007 [PDF: 106kB, 7 pages]
An advisory circular was published describing Part 91. (SUPERCEDED 1/11/2016).
New part comes into force
Part 91 entered into force on 21 March 2001, replacing Water Recreation Regulations 1974.
New part signed
Part 91 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 27 January 2003.Part 91: Original rule [PDF: 8.99Mb, 82 pages]