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Maritime Rules (International Omnibus) Amendments 2020

The Maritime Rules (International Omnibus) Various Amendments 2020 were signed by the Minister on 30 January 2021 and come into force on 31 March 2021.

The objective of the Maritime Rules (International Omnibus) Various Amendments 2020 is to update Maritime Rules Parts 21, 22, 23, 24A, 24C, 42A, 46, 48, and 52 to address recent changes to international conventions, codes and other mandatory instruments. There are also amendments to correct existing rules relating to international instruments.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2020[PDF: 424kB, 9 pages]

Marine Protection Rules (International Omnibus) Amendments 2020

The Marine Protection Rules (International Omnibus) Various Amendments 2020 were signed by the Minister on 30 January 2021 and come into force on 31 March 2021.

The objective of the Marine Protection Rules (International Omnibus) Various Amendments 2020 is to update Marine Protection Rules Parts 100, 122, 131, 143, and 170 to address recent changes to international conventions, codes, and other mandatory instruments. There are also amendments to correct minor errors in existing rules relating to international instruments.

Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments 2020[PDF: 390kB, 8 pages]

Maritime Rules (Part 90) Amendments 2020

The Maritime (Part 90) Amendment Rules 2020 were signed by the Associate Minister on 9 September 2020 and come into force on 16 October 2020.

The objective of the amendment Rules is to improve efficiency of port operations, and remove barriers to economic growth and economic recovery, while not compromising existing safety requirements.

The amendments concern two aspects of pilotage, and are minor changes designed to improve the operation of specific parts of Maritime Rules Part 90.

Bunker barges

Bunker barges are used in ports around the world to deliver bunker (fuel) to ships. However, under New Zealand’s rules, the operation of some types of bunker barges commonly used overseas was impractical in New Zealand ports.

Previously, bunker barges could not be exempted from pilotage requirements unless they have a cargo capacity of no more than 5000 tonnes. The 5000 tonne limit has been removed, which enables pilotage exemption certificates (PECs) to be granted to Masters of bunker barges of any cargo capacity.

Changes for specific pilotage areas

Changes were made to update a number of pilotage areas and limits set out in Appendix 1 of the Rule.

These changes were proposed to reflect a more risk-based approach to which vessels need pilots in particular harbours, and in doing so improve efficiency of port operations. The changes will have the effect of removing barriers to economic growth and economic recovery, while not compromising existing safety requirements.

Maritime Rules (Part 90) Amendments 2020[PDF: 8.2Mb, 13 pages]

Marine Protection (Parts 102 and 131) Amendment Rules 2020

The Marine Protection (Parts 102 and 131) Amendment Rules 2020 were signed by the Associate Minister on 21 April 2020 and come into force on 27 May 2020.

The objective of the Marine Protection (Parts 102 and 131) Amendment Rules 2020 is to:

  1. clarify and strengthen the requirements on owners of regulated offshore installations to hold insurance or other financial security in relation to the clean-up and compensation aspects of their liabilities towards property damage resulting from a significant oil spill:
  2. clarify and strengthen the requirements on owners of regulated offshore installations to be in a financial position (usually by holding insurance or other financial security) to implement the marine oil spill contingency plan (OSCP) approved by the Director of Maritime New Zealand (the Director).

Marine Protection (Parts 102 and 131)
Amendment Rules 2020[PDF: 404kB, 23 pages]

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