Entering into MOSS
New operations require a Maritime Transport Operator Certificate (MTOC).
Operators must prepare a Maritime Transport Operator Plan (operator plan) and apply for a Maritime Transport Operator Certificate (MTOC).
The process (step by step)
Ideally you need to start the entry process six months before your new operations begin.
1. Talk to your local Maritime Officer
Their free advice could save you valuable time and money.
2. Ensure vessel safety
Make sure all vessels in your operation have a current Certificate of Survey completed by a recognised surveyor.
Check all safety certificates are up to date.
3. Develop your operator plan
Review your safety system and develop a Maritime Transport Operator Plan (operator plan).
View the information, help and resources on how to develop your own operator plan.
Begin these next steps three months before your new operations begin.
4. Apply for your certificate
If you have not done so already, download and read Applying for a Maritime Transport Operator Certificate (MTOC) for guidance on how to apply.Applying for a Maritime Transport Operator Certificate (MTOC) [PDF: 261kB, 15 pages]
Then apply for an MTOC by completing the following application documents:
- MTOC application form
- operator plan
- fit and proper person form
5. Send us your application
There are several options for you to send your application documents to MNZ, by email, courier or post:
- Email your application to:
- Courier your application to:
Maritime New Zealand
1 Grey Street
- Post your application to:
Maritime New Zealand
PO Box 25620
6. Confirmation your application is received
You will be invoiced once we have checked your application for completeness and formally received your application. A reference number and instructions explaining how to pay will be sent with the invoice.
7. Pay the application fee
Indicate your preferred payment method on the MTOC application form and pay the fee. We must receive payment before we can finalise your application.
8. Application assessment
For MNZ to assess your application, you need to be available for a site visit to your operation and vessel(s).
You may be asked to provide further information, or to make changes to your operator plan as part of the application process.
9. Issue of MTOC
If you are successful, MNZ will issue you an MTOC and you can start operating straight away.
Contact a Maritime Officer for help with your operational and health and safety requirements.Maritime Officers