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Various amendments 2017

Maritime Rules Various Amendments (Changes related to conventions) 2017 and Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments (Changes related to conventions) 2017

These rules were signed by the Associate Minister in December 2017 and were notified in the New Zealand Gazette (to see the notice, search for the phrase “various amendments” on

These amendment rules come into force on 1 February 2018, except rules 4 and 5 of the Maritime Rules Various Amendments (Changes related to conventions) 2017, which come into force on 1 July 2018.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2017[PDF: 393kB, 17 pages] Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments 2017[PDF: 324kB, 25 pages]

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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