FAQs for other service providers

We have put together the following service provider related questions and answers to guide you through the Maritime Levy and fees process.

What has changed?

The following changes came into effect on 1 July 2019:

  • a revised allocation methodology for the Maritime Levy
  • a single reduced fee of $368 for seafarer certificates and endorsements
  • no charge for routine maritime safety audits and inspections. These costs are now recovered through the Maritime Levy
  • a single hourly rate of $245 for all activities that are charged on actual time taken (and the basis for fixed fees)
  • a reduction in most ship registration fees.

What Maritime Levy changes came into effect on 1 July 2019?

All Maritime Levy payers are now charged according to three factors; Gross Tonnage, Dead Weight Tonnage, and Passenger Capacity. Passenger capacity is now an important factor for all passenger vessels when calculating the Maritime Levy. This means that if a vessel has a recorded passenger capacity that is much higher than the number of passengers it normally carries, then the Maritime Levy may be higher than what the operator is expecting.

What do the changes mean for authorised persons?

There is now only one hourly rate ($245 GST incl) applied to all fee-able activities. There are no longer different rates for office based and offsite activities. This is the hourly rate for applying for recognition as an authorised person.

What do the changes mean for Approved Medical Practitioners?

The application fee for approval medical practitioner has reduced and is now $490 (GST inclusive).

What do the changes for examiners?

Changes to the Maritime Levy and fees came into effect on 1 July 2019. The application fee for approval as an examiner is now $490 (GST inclusive) under Maritime Rule Part 35.4(2).

What do the changes mean for surveyors?

The application fees and hourly rates for surveyor recognition have changed from 1 July 2019. For example, the initial application fee for a certificate of surveyor recognition has increased slightly to a fixed fee of $968 (GST inclusive) and the hourly rate for further time has changed to a single rate of $245 (GST inclusive).

What does the Maritime Levy fund?

The Maritime Levy funds key elements of the maritime safety regulatory and response system and fees are charged for specific activities provided to individual operators and seafarers. The changes ensure that appropriate funding is in place for the next six years.


Related information

Funding review consultation

Maritime NZ consulted on proposed changes to Maritime Levies and Oil Pollution Levies over July - August 2023.

Funding review 2023

Previous funding review 2018


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