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Marine Protection Rules Part 180: Dumping of Waste or Other Matter

The update of Part 180 is one of several amendments to maritime transport legislation consequential to the amendments of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012.

The changes are detailed at the bottom of this link:

The regulations can be found at:


New Marine Protection Rules Part 131: Offshore Installations – Oil Spill Contingency Plans and Oil Pollution Prevention Certification

This rule has been recently signed by the Minister and will come into force on the 31st October 2015.

The purpose of Part 131 is to ensure that offshore installations operating in New Zealand continental waters and in the internal waters of New Zealand have marine oil spill contingency plans (OSCP) that will support an efficient and effective response to an oil spill.

Part 131 also ensures that certain pollution prevention equipment and arrangements on board installations meet international performance standards and in-service maintenance requirements.

Part 131 in conjunction with the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects—Discharge and Dumping) Regulations 2015 gives effect to the provisions of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973/78 (MARPOL) and the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation 1990 (OPRC) in respect of offshore installations.

The Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act (EEZ Act) and the Maritime Transport Act amendments passed in 2013 will transfer responsibility for regulating discharges from offshore installations in this area from Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on 31 October 2015. Therefore as at the 31st October 2015, Part 200 will be revoked and Part 131 will enter into force.

You can find a link to the signed goatskin of the rule here:


Maritime Rules Various SOLAS-related Amendments 2015

Amendments to Maritime Rules Parts 23, 24C, 40B and 42A will enter into force on 1 June 2015.

The purpose of the amendments is to ensure that the Maritime Rules reflect changes to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) adopted via the tacit acceptance procedure. Under the tacit acceptance procedure, amendments to SOLAS enter into force at an agreed date after being accepted by the Maritime Safety Committee.

The amendments are straightforward, technical in nature, remove redundant provisions, and incorporate existing international requirements.

The amendments will eliminate the confusion that currently exists for users, for example, where the rules refer to outdated requirements in SOLAS while omitting current requirements, many of which have been in force internationally for some time. The amendments will apply to foreign flagged commercial ships visiting New Zealand and New Zealand flagged vessels holding SOLAS or New Zealand Ship Safety Certificates.

The amendments to Part 23.49 will, however, apply to all New Zealand ships, (as defined by Part 23), and foreign ships while in New Zealand, including fishing vessels.