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Part 102 - Certificate of Insurance

This rule was signed by the Minister on 28 August 2017.

The objective of Marine Protection Rules Part 102 Amendment 2017 is to update the requirements for the operator of an offshore installation obtaining a certificate of insurance under rule 102.8.

Entry into force is suspended until it is applied by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, under section 451(3) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

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Part 300 - Ballast Water Management

Part 300 enters into force on 8 September 2017.

The purpose of Part 300 is to prevent, minimize and ultimately eliminate the risk to the environment, human health, property and resources arising from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens through the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediment.

Part 300 gives effect to the provisions of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments 2004.

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STCW-F related Amendments 2017

These rules were signed by the Associate Minister on the 3 April 2017. The objective of the STCW-F-related Amendments 2017 is to give effect to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel, 1995 (the Convention).

These amendments will enter into force at a later date and Maritime NZ will keep you updated on any developments.

For more information see:

STCW-F-related Amendments 2017[PDF: 297kB, 14 pages]

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Various amendments 2016

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 and Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments 2016

These rules were signed by the Associate Minister on the 20 September 2016 and enter into force on the 1st November 2016.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016[PDF: 286kB, 15 pages] Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments 2016[PDF: 197kB, 7 pages]

The proposed amendments correct minor errors in the following Maritime and Marine Protection Rules.

Maritime Rules Parts: 23, 24C, 31, 32, 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D, 40E, 40F, 40G, 41, 42B, 45, 46, 47, 50, 51, 53, 90, and 91

Marine Protection Rules Parts: 100, 102, 103, 121A, and 150.

Maritime Labour Convention Rule Amendments 2015

Maritime NZ will be administering the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) - and enforcing it on New Zealand-flagged ships and on foreign ships visiting New Zealand ports – from March 2017.

New Zealand ratified the MLC in March 2016 and thus will enter into force in New Zealand on 9 March 2017, the convention gives New Zealand the power to inspect and verify that crew on foreign ships carrying New Zealand’s goods are treated fairly and within internationally accepted standards.

The Convention is an International Labour Organization (ILO) treaty that sets international standards for the provision of crew working and living conditions on commercial ships.

The MLC sets minimum standards for seafarers in relation to: employment conditions; accommodation; recreational facilities; food and catering; health care; medical care; welfare; and social security.

The MLC also contains a “no more favourable treatment” clause. This means that regardless of a ship’s flag, it may be subject to inspection and detention in relation to compliance with the MLC when visiting the ports of member states.

The MLC applies to commercial ships over 200 gross tonnage operating outside the inshore limits. It does not apply to fishing vessels. Ships over 500 gross tonnage engaged on international voyages must hold a Maritime Labour Certificate and a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance.

For more information on the MLC refer to:

Maritime Labour Convention

The subsequence Maritime Rule amendments create a new Part 52 as well as amending Parts 31, 34 and 51 and cover:

  • Requirements for foreign flagged ships;
  • Minimum age for work at night;
  • Seafarer medical standards;
  • Conditions of employment;
  • Crewing and watchkeeping;
  • Minimum age for ships’ cooks;
  • Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering;
  • Burial costs;
  • Maritime Labour Certificates and Declarations of Maritime Labour Compliance; and
  • Inspections.

Part 51 and Part 52 were signed off by the Minister on the 2nd of December 2015.

Refer to Maritime Rules Parts 51 and 52:

Maritime Rule Part 51

Maritime Rule Part 52

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