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FCVs meet deadline to reflag

Most of the 19 FCVs that needed to reflag to New Zealand by May 1 have successfully achieved it. Ten vessels, originally flagged to Korea, Japan, the Ukraine, and the Commonwealth of Dominica, have reflagged, with the two more very close to finishing the process, says Maritime NZ general manager Maritime Standards, Sharyn Forsyth. She […]

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National exercise protecting New Zealand coastline

Maritime New Zealand will lead a national maritime emergency exercise from May 9-11 that will involve a “collision” between two ships off the coast of Taranaki. The exercise is designed to help New Zealand to better prepare for what may happen in a real event. Whakautu II Exercise Director, Nigel Clifford, said the exercise will […]

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Consultation on changes to seafarer certification

Maritime NZ wants to hear from seafarers and others in the maritime industry about proposed changes to the SeaCert seafarer certification framework that would make it easier for those with some older certificates to continue working. The consultation will run until 7 June, with a series of public meetings planned around the country from mid-May […]

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New satellite system saves the day

A new search and rescue satellite system covering New Zealand has only been operating in test mode for three days, but has already enabled the potentially lifesaving rescue of an injured tramper in the Tararua Ranges. The 53-year-old solo tramper broke his leg in two places yesterday, after tumbling 40 metres in a fall near […]

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The rescue that wasn’t

A helicopter was airborne and a yacht heading to the rescue of a family fishing group in a runabout in trouble on the Firth of Thames this morning – but the group was actually arriving safely back at the boat ramp. The problem was none of their communications equipment – radio or cellphones – had […]

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Fines imposed after charter boat damaged

Fines totalling more than $16,000 have been imposed after the dolphin-watching charter vessel Dreamweaver was hit and damaged by heavy seas on Auckland Harbour in February 2014 and more than 30 passengers had to be transferred to rescue boats. Maritime NZ prosecuted the owner and operator of the vessel, the director of the company providing […]

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Higher tides add to rising seas

King tides are due to hit the Auckland region just as experts discuss the impact of higher tides on sea level rise in New Zealand. Graeme Blick, Land Information New Zealand’s Chief Geodesist, is presenting on the impact of tides as well as earth movement at the Sea Level Rise in New Zealand Conference. He […]

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Maritime sector gets on board with HSWA

Maritime New Zealand is helping maritime operators prepare to meet the requirements of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) that came into force today (4 April 2016). “Many maritime operators have a head start because they’ve entered the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS), which covers off a number of the new […]

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Rena statutory notices withdrawn

The Director of Maritime NZ has withdrawn two statutory notices relating to the wreck of the MV Rena, issued after the vessel grounded on the Astrolabe Reef on 5 October 2011. The notices declared the wreck a hazard to navigation (under section 100A of the Maritime Transport Act) and a hazardous ship (under s248). They […]

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Beacons make for busy Sunday for RCCNZ

An American tramper and an injured hunter have avoided potentially lengthy stays in the bush after activating locator beacons in two separate incidents this afternoon (Sunday, 3 April 2016). In the first incident, a United States spot tracker device was activated by a party of two people on the Te Araroa track in the Richmond […]

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