Please select your home edition
Edition
Bailey Insurance

Maritime NZ Regulation changes effective mid-March

by Compiled by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz 14 Feb 09:17 NZDT 14 February 2018

‘Float-free’ distress beacons will soon become compulsory for commercial fishing vessels to improve safety in the sector.

Operators will need to install float-free EPIRBs on all applicable commercial fishing vessels by 1 January 2019, as one of five maritime rule changes to the Maritime Rules made recently by the Minister of Transport.

The new requirement was prompted by recommendations from Coroners and the Transport Accident and Investigation Commission, following the deaths of 24 people over the last 11 years on inshore fishing boats that sank. Float-free EPIRBs will automatically deploy and activate when submerged in water.

Maritime NZ General Manager Maritime Standards Sharyn Forsyth says crews in these incidents had manual EPIRBs on board, but were unable to activate them.

“We want to give people plenty of warning of the new requirement in the lead up to next January - we hope this notice period will assist operators who are replacing their old EPIRBs over the coming months. This new measure will save lives.”

The new rule was introduced following consultation, and applies to fishing vessels of between 7.5 metres and 24 metres operating outside enclosed waters (i.e. outside harbours, estuaries and other inland or sheltered waters).

New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen President Doug Saunders-Loder supports making float-free EPIRBs compulsory.

“This is a practical change that will make commercial fishing safer and help save lives - a core business and priority for our organisation,” he says.

Other changes to the Maritime Rules, that come into effect on 15 March 2018, remove outdated requirements, allow for new technology, and reduce compliance costs:

• Tugs - allow the use of current international stability criteria set by “classification societies” for towing operations. • Fishing boats - allow more modern satellite search and rescue technology as an alternative to radar transponders on fishing vessels operating beyond 200 nautical miles from the coast. • Fishing boats - remove the requirement for fishing boats operating in some areas to carry a radio with narrow-band direct printing. This is an old technology which has been replaced by modern radio systems in many countries, including New Zealand. • Sailing vessels - allowing for modern design, and removing the requirement that manual bilge pumps must be operable from above the deck.

Related Articles

NZ report has common factors with other incidents
Double death investigation exposes common factors with several other deaths and two near-misses Maritime New Zealand's release of its report after an investigation into a double fatality aboard the 20metre yacht Platino, shows several similarities with several other deaths and a couple of near-misses over the past two years in ocean races. Posted on 28 Jul
Report findings on Platino double death
Maritime NZ makes changes following an inquiry into the double death aboard SV Platino Maritime NZ is making changes to safety requirements for recreational vessels leaving New Zealand. The changes come from recommendations in a detailed report into a fatal accident in which two crew members of the yacht Platino died on 13 June 2016. Posted on 26 Jul
Diver unable to work for 12 months after hit
A rookie RIB driver has been ordered to pay $17,500 in reparations for hiting diver - no fine. An Auckland boatie, Carl Allan Whiteman, has been ordered to pay $17,500 in reparation after seriously injuring a diver who he ran over in the water. Mr Whiteman pleaded guilty to one charge under the Maritime Transport Act of causing unnecessary dange Posted on 23 Jul
Report on Kaipara Bar sinking and eight deaths
Boat capsized on second attempt to cross bar - only three of 11 wearing lifejackets The sinking of the Francie, provides a tragic illustration of the importance of lifejackets and the crucial decisions a skipper has to make. Maritime NZ Director, Keith Manch, said seven passengers and the skipper drowned when Francie sank. Posted on 29 Jun
Second skipper fined for not keeping a lookout
In a second, unrelated, case less than a week apart, another skipper has admitted not keeping proper In a second, unrelated, case less than a week apart, another skipper has admitted not keeping proper look-out and has been fined. Posted on 20 May
Fishing boat skipper fined $2000 after loss
Mr Jarman pleaded guilty to the charge under the Maritime Transport Act, and was today fined $2,000 The fishing boat Lady Sarah ran aground on Kaitorete Spit near the entrance to Lake Ellesmere because no one was keeping proper look-out and no one was in the wheelhouse. Posted on 20 May
Intoxication cost boaties $5625 in fines
Maritime NZ has welcomed Marlborough District Council's prosecution of two intoxicated boaties. Maritime NZ has welcomed Marlborough District Council's prosecution of two intoxicated boaties. Posted on 20 May
Maritime NZ prosecutes Wellington sailor
A boatie who sailed a yacht in an unsafe condition from Wellington to Westport appears in Court A boatie who sailed a yacht in an unsafe condition from Wellington to Westport has been sentenced to community detention, after ignoring conditions imposed by Maritime NZ that the vessel could not be operated outside Wellington Harbour. Posted on 24 Apr
Richard Macaclister takes over MIA Presidency
NZ Marine Industry has announced that Richard Macalister has been elected President NZ Marine Industry has announced that Richard Macalister (Kiwi Yachting Consultants) has been elected President. Two new Vice Presidents on his "ticket" were also elected at the Annual General Meeting on April 18, 2018 Posted on 20 Apr
Cup bases row spurs Presidential candidate
Kiwi Yachting's Richard Macalister stands a part of ticket for Marine Industries Association A crew member from Peter Blake's Whitbread racer, Cermaco New Zealand is standing for the Presidency of the Marine Industries Association, at its Annual Meeting tonight. Richard Macalister is now running a series of successful marine companies. Posted on 17 Apr
HellaMarine-Navigation-660x82pxBailey InsuranceSouthern Spars - 100