Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has signed into law the maritime rules giving effect to SeaCert – a major overhaul of the certification process for New Zealand seafarers.
Please note thess rules do not enter into force until 1 April 2014.
Maritime Rule Part 20 - Operating Limits
Part 20 defines operating limits for the purpose of all maritime rules. Its other main purpose is to require ships to be defined operating limits and to provide for an obligation to keep within the lesser of the assigned operating limits, or the operating limits that apply to the Master, subject to exceptions.
Maritime Rules Part 20: Operating Limits [PDF: 454Kb, 22 pages]
Maritime Rule Part 31 - Crewing and Watchkeeping
The objective of this Part is to provide for requirements relating to the minimum crew numbers and crew certificates and qualifications for New Zealand passenger and non-passenger commercial ships and fishing vessels, subject to some exceptions. It also provides for a process for the issue of Minimum Safe Crewing Documents, as well as requirements relating to fitness for duty, prescribed hours of rest, and watchkeeping that relate to some ships in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Crewing and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
Maritime Rules Part 31: Crewing and Watchkeeping [PDF: 955Kb, 42 pages]
Maritime Rule Part 32 - Seafarer Certification
Part 32 sets out the requirements for seafarer certificates. It provides for national certificates, as well as certificates that correspond to those provided for in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Crewing and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978, as amended (STCW).
Maritime Rules Part 32: Seafarer Certification [PDF: 656Kb, 78 pages]
Maritime Rule Part 34 - Medical Standards
Subpart A of Part 34 requires all seafarers under the age of 18 to undergo a medical examination prior to their employment on a ship. The requirement applies to seafarers employed on New Zealand ships, other than restricted limit ships, and to seafarers engaged on a foreign ship in New Zealand.
Subpart B of Part 34 applies to seafarers who seek a medical certificate for the purposes of holding or applying for the issue or renewal of national, STCW, or STCW-F aligned certificates issued under Part 32.
Maritime Rules Part 34: Medical Standards [PDF: 398Kb, 15 pages]
Maritime Rule Part 35 - Approval of Training for purposes of Part 32, Assessments and Examinations, and Industry-Specific Certificates
Subparts A to C of Part 35 relate to approval of training for the purposes of Part 32, approval of assessors and examiners, and examination procedures for examinations conducted for the purposes of Part 32.
Subpart D provides for approval of industry persons or bodies to issue industry specific certificates of competency for certain small craft.
Maritime Rule Parts 20, 31, 32, 34 and 35: Consequential Amendments
The objective of these consequential amendments is to amend the maritime rules affected by new Parts 20, 31, 32, 34 and 35.
Maritime Rules Parts 20, 31, 32, 34 and 35: Consequential Amendments [PDF: 378Kb, 14 pages]