NZ maritime security praised by US

7 July 2005

A report by United States authorities says port and ship security in New Zealand has met new international requirements and that many security measures are world best practice.

The report praises Maritime New Zealand for the implementation of security measures nationwide, and commends ports in Wellington, Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch for initiatives they have taken.

Acting Director of Maritime NZ Cath Taylor says this endorsement is fantastic news for New Zealand.

“These security measures are essential to ensure we minimise and are prepared for any security threat – even though that threat remains low at present. It’s essential we continue to improve our security standards to ensure economic viability on the international maritime trading scene.

“Ninety-nine percent of our international trade is by sea. If we don’t meet international requirements, overseas governments could refuse entry to ships carrying our exports, or refuse to send their ships to New Zealand,” she said.

The United States Department of Homeland Security is auditing maritime security worldwide.Inspectors from the US Department of Homeland Security visited New Zealand ports late last year to check New Zealand’s compliance with the International Ship and Port Security Code which came into force last July.

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