Marine Protection Rules Part 199

Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships

The Maritime Protection Rules Part 199: Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships (Part 199) brings the requirements of Annex VI into effect in New Zealand law. Part 199 comes into force progressively from 26 August 2022.

Current version of Part 199

This rule applies to:

  • commercial and recreational New Zealand ships at all times
  • foreign ships while voyaging in New Zealand jurisdiction.

Part 199 does not apply to:

  • warships
  • any ships of the New Zealand Defence Force
  • ships that only voyage in inland waters such as lakes and rivers.

Download Marine Protection Rules Part 199[PDF: 1.54MB, 109 pages]

Part 199 gives effect to the regulations in MARPOL Annex VI. Annex VI of MARPOL seeks to address the impact of air pollution from shipping activities on human health and environments in and around port communities, and the impacts of emissions from shipping activities on climate change and ozone layer depletion.

In July 2021, Maritime NZ conducted public consultation on a draft version of the rule. Twenty three submissions were received. The summary of the submissions is included in the pdf of the final rule from page 97.

MARPOL Annex VI and documents incorporated by reference

Documents referenced in this rule can be found here:
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History of Part 199


New part comes into force

Part 199 entered into force on 26 August 2022.
Note: Some parts of Part 199 are currently suspended and will come into force at a later date.

New part signed

Part 199 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 16 March 2022.

Part 199: Original rule [PDF: 15MB, 110 pages]