Check before you buy
Each year about 100 commercial vessels are imported into New Zealand that meet Australian and Class requirements but not New Zealand Maritime Rules.
It is recommended that before buying such a vessel, owners and operators understand:
- Vessels that comply with Australia’s and Class requirements might not comply with New Zealand Maritime Rules
- To check vessels comply with New Zealand Maritime Rules before buying them
- What to do to make second-hand vessels comply with New Zealand Maritime Rules.
It is also recommended that owners and operators:
- Pay special attention to the vessels documentation and survey history
- Consult a Maritime NZ recognised surveyor.
Interim Technical Notice
Maritime NZ has published a rule clarification (ITN-08-18) to help owners, operators and surveyors understand some of the requirements of the Maritime Rules (parts 40A, 40C and 40D) that relate to the design, construction and structural strength of the vessel to be imported.
This ITN is an interim notice and does not override Maritime Rules and general exemptions already issued.
ITN-08-18 Rule Clarification - vessels coming from Australia and in Class[PDF: 121kB, 5 pages]
Maritime NZ will consider exemptions and a staged approach to upgrade for electrical requirements if high risk or critical safety matters are first resolved. This would involve three steps:
- assessment by a Maritime NZ recognized electrical design approver or an electrical surveyor
- all high risk or critical safety matters are resolved before the vessel comes into service
- the surveyor writing into the vessel’s survey plan, a clearly identified and staged approach to upgrading.
Contact a surveyor
Contact a Maritime Officer for help with your operational and health and safety requirements.