Marine Protection Rules Part 199

Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships

Part 199 will come into effect three months after New Zealand has formally acceded to Annex VI of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Accession is expected to be completed in April 2022.

Current version of Part 199

This rule applies to:

  • commercial and recreational New Zealand ships at all times
  • foreign ships while voyaging in New Zealand jurisdiction.

Part 199 does not apply to:

  • warships
  • any ships of the New Zealand Defence Force
  • ships that only voyage in inland waters such as lakes and rivers.

Download Marine Protection Rules Part 199[PDF: 1.54MB, 109 pages]

Part 199 gives effect to the regulations in MARPOL Annex VI. Annex VI of MARPOL seeks to address the impact of air pollution from shipping activities on human health and environments in and around port communities, and the impacts of emissions from shipping activities on climate change and ozone layer depletion.

Part 199 was signed by the Transport Minister, Hon. Michael Wood, on Wednesday, 16 March 2022 and enters into force three months after New Zealand accedes to MARPOL Annex VI. Accession is expected around mid-April 2022.

In July 2021, Maritime NZ conducted public consultation on a draft version of the rule. Twenty three submissions were received. The summary of the submissions is included in the pdf of the final rule from page 97.

MARPOL Annex VI and documents incorporated by reference

Documents referenced in this rule can be found here:
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