Overview of maritime and marine protection rules

Maritime and marine protection rules contain detailed technical standards and procedures and form part of New Zealand’s maritime law.

Maritime rules

Maritime rules relate to the safety of ships and people. The rules prescribe requirements for ship design, construction, equipment, crewing, operation and tonnage measurement, and for the carriage of passengers and cargoes. Many of the standards are based on international ship safety conventions.


Marine protection rules

Marine protection rules aim to prevent the disposal of waste and marine pollution from ships. Marine protection rules implement international conventions and standards. These rules regulate:

  • dumping of waste at sea
  • oil spill contingency plans
  • controls in relation to harmful substances