Maritime Rules Part 103

Notifications – oil & noxious liquid substances

Current version of Part 103

This rule applies to:

  • New Zealand ships, warships and other ships of the New Zealand Defence Force
  • foreign ships
  • anyone intending on an operational or emergency bulk transfer of oil or a noxious liquid substance (chemical) to and from a ship anywhere inside the 12 nautical mile limit.

Download Maritime Rules Part 103[PDF: 312kB, 10 pages]

Part 103 sets out requirements for the notification of shipping operations involving substances harmful to the marine environment. It also provides procedures for notifying the planned arrival in a New Zealand port of a ship carrying oil or noxious liquid substances in bulk as cargo, and operations involving the transfer of oil cargo between oil tankers at sea within New Zealand internal and marine waters.

The rules specify those transfers of oil exempt from the notification requirements, such as those undertaken on the authority of an On-Scene Commander during a marine oil spill response and routine transfers of diesel from a self-service pump for bunkering.

Advisory circulars

Advisory circulars describe a rule, its purpose and how to comply
Part 103 advisory circular

[PDF: 90kB, 7 pages]


Material incorporated by reference

Standards and codes referenced in this rule can be found here

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History of Part 103



This Part was amended by Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments 2016 in November 2016.

Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments 2016 [PDF: 197kB, 7 pages]



This Part was amended by Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments 2014, in 2015.

Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments 2014 [PDF: 411kB, 13 pages]



This Part was amended by Marine Protection Various Amendments 2010, with inforce dates for 1 October 2010 and 1 January 2011.

Marine Protection Various Amendments 2010 [PDF: 86kB, 27 pages]



This part was amended by Marine Protection Amendments Rules, Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk – MARPOL Annex Revised Annex II, in 2008.

Marine Protection Amendments Rules 2008 [PDF: 387kB, 33 pages]


New part comes into force

Part 103 entered into force on 20 August 1998.

New part signed

Part 103 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 29 June 1998.

Part 103: Original rule [PDF: 1.03MB, 14 pages]