Section 31 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994 requires the master of any New Zealand ship, or of any foreign ship in New Zealand waters, (or the owner/operator of a ship in some instances) to notify Maritime New Zealand if the ship is involved in a mishap that results in serious harm to a person, or in an accident or incident.
Failing to comply with section 31 without reasonable excuse is an offence under the Maritime Transport Act.
Information collected may be used for improving the safety of maritime operations in New Zealand, and also to assess whether further action needs to be taken by Maritime New Zealand in relation to the mishap, incident or accident. If another agency has a role in considering mishaps, incidents and accidents, Maritime New Zealand may share the information, for example with Regional Council Harbourmasters or New Zealand Police.
Maritime New Zealand is required to maintain a registry of notifications made under section 31. Please be aware that non-identifying information about the notifications may be published on Maritime New Zealand’s website.
Maritime New Zealand will not disclose personal information other than when permitted or required by law. If you wish to access or correct personal information Maritime New Zealand holds about you, please contact the Privacy Officer at PO Box 25620, Wellington 6146 or on (04) 473 0111.