Applying for an exemption

Find out how vessel owners, operators and surveyors can apply for exemptions from complying with a maritime or marine protection rule or other operational requirements under certain special circumstances.

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An exemption is the legal permission to not comply with a particular piece of New Zealand law.

It is important to understand that Maritime NZ can only grant an exemption if the application meets specific criteria.

How to apply

Vessel owners and operators should always contact their surveyor or local Maritime Officer to get advice about what they need to do before applying for an exemption.

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Rule exemptions

Find out the specific criteria and how you can apply for an exemption from a maritime or marine protection rule(s).

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Exemptions from MOSS

In some circumstances, operators may need to apply for an exemption from entering MOSS (Maritime Operator Safety System), to allow further time for them to develop their operator plan.

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Chartering superyachts in NZ waters

If your superyacht is being used in New Zealand waters for charter services, it may need exemptions from Maritime Rules Part 19 and Marine Protection Rules Part 190.

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Getting help

Contact a Maritime Officer for help with your operational and health and safety requirements.

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Contact us

If you need further information about exemptions, please contact our Exemptions Officer.