Safe Operational Plans for jet boats

Learn about Safe Operational Plans (SOP) for jet boats and how you can get one.

Jet boats that carry passengers at planing speed, on any river, for hire or reward are required to have a Safe Operational Plan (SOP) under Maritime Rule Part 82.

Commercial jetboats require a Safe Operational Plan.

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:

  1. Contact your nearest jet boat Authorised Person/Safety Auditor for an inspection, audit and approval of your operation*
  2. 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.

Download List of Authorised Persons[PDF: 59Kb, 1 page]

* This is on behalf of the Director of Maritime New Zealand.

Queenstown jet boat operators

Jet boating operations in the Queenstown Lakes District Council must be audited by the Authorised Person who is recognised by the Director of Maritime New Zealand.

This situation is being reviewed by the Director and the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

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