What you need to do with your old tickets

Options for seafarers with old or legacy ticket(s).

You can now “ring-fence” some tickets.

Ring-fencing means you do not need to renew an existing ticket or move (transition) to a new SeaCert ticket.

You can continue working using a ring-fenced ticket, with the same privileges you have now, but you must have a current medical certificate issued by any GP.

Ring-fencing is free and you can also choose to transition at a later date.

You must choose to ring-fence by 1 September 2017.

There is no cost to ring-fencing but you must tell Maritime NZ by 1 September 2017 what tickets you want to ring-fence or they will cease to be valid.

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A 60 second guide to ring-fencing

You can choose to transition a ticket instead of ring-fencing, but you must also tell Maritime NZ if you want to do this.

If you do nothing, your ticket(s) will expire.

If your ticket cannot be ring-fenced you must transition. Deadlines for transition vary for different tickets.

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Guide to ring-fencing

  • Seafarers can now ring-fence most old and legacy tickets - for free - keeping them valid for life without the cost of moving into the new seafarer certification framework, SeaCert.
  • Seafarers have until 1 September 2017 to make a decision on ring-fencing. They can also choose to transition tickets to SeaCert – but must also notify Maritime NZ of this choice by 1 September 2017.
  • It will not be possible to ring-fence tickets after this date. If seafarers take no action, their tickets will expire on 2 September 2017.
  • Seafarers are able to ring-fence all eligible old or legacy certificates they hold.
  • Even if a ticket has previously expired, a seafarer can revive the ticket by requesting it be ring-fenced.
  • After seafarers have made their choices, Maritime NZ will send them a Verification of Status card confirming what tickets they have ring-fenced. This process will take 6-12 weeks.
  • Seafarers can continue using their old or legacy tickets until 1 September 2017 but must either ring-fence, or tell Maritime NZ they plan to transition, by this date or the tickets will expire on 2 September 2017.

Medical certificates

  • Seafarers will be able to continue using ring-fenced tickets to work, for life, but need to have a medical certificate from any GP if they are using their ring-fenced tickets.
  • They will have two years from the date of issue of their Verification of Status card to get their first medical if they are actively working.
  • Seafarers who want to start using their ring-fenced ticket more than two years after ring-fencing will need to get a medical certificate before they start work.
  • Medical certificates must be renewed every two years if a seafarer is continuing to work. If they are not working, seafarers do not need a medical certificate.

Transitioning after ring-fencing

  • If seafarers have ring-fenced a ticket, they can also choose to move to a new SeaCert ticket at any time in the future.

Ring-fencing after transitioning

  • If seafarers have transitioned an eligible ticket before 30 September 2016, they can now also choose to ring-fence the original legacy ticket.

Find out your options now

We have an online tool available which allows seafarers to find out what options are available for all the old or legacy tickets they hold.

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If you have any questions about seafarer certification, please contact our Personnel Certification team.


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