Safe Operational Plans for fishing vessels
Registered fishing vessels that are six metres or less in length that operate in enclosed waters, or not more than two miles from the New Zealand coast, are required to have a Safe Operational Plan (SOP) under Maritime Rule Part 40D.
A vessel required to operate under a Safe Operational Plan cannot then be under a Maritime Transport Operator Plan.
How to get a Safe Operational Plan:
To get a Safe Operational Plan, you will need to do the following:
- Contact your nearest commercial fishing Authorised Person/Safety Auditor for an inspection, audit and approval of your operation*
- When your SOP has been approved, you will need a Certificate of Compliance from Maritime New Zealand before you can begin operating.
Each operation must then undergo an annual audit for their Safe Operational Plan Certificate of Compliance to remain valid.
Contact a Maritime Officer for help with your operational and health and safety requirements.