Fees and levies

View all our fees and levies for providing services and activities in the maritime sector.

All fees and levies listed below are:

  • effective from 1 July 2019
  • in New Zealand currency
  • include goods and services tax (GST) except the Maritime Levy and Oil Pollution Levy (OPL), which are GST exclusive

Find fees and rates for:

Maritime Levies rates

These rates exclude goods and services tax (GST)

For 2019/20 to 2021/2022

Payment
frequency
Vessel category Factor Rates
GT or Length rate PAX Cap rate DWT
rate
Annual New Zealand non-SOLAS under 24 metres $13.8886 (Length) $16.0538 $0.00
Annual New Zealand non-SOLAS 24 metres and over $7.5215 (GT) $16.0538 $0.00
Annual New Zealand SOLAS $7.1327 (GT) $42.7515 $0.4216
Per Port Foreign Non-Passenger $0.1078 (GT) $0.0000 $0.0087
Per Port Foreign Passenger $0.0836 (GT) $1.6848 $0.0075

Notes:

  • ‘Pax Cap’ is passenger capacity, ‘GT’ is gross tonnage, ‘Length’ is overall length in metres, ‘DWT’ is dead weight tonnage
  • Your Certificate of Survey should have Length or GT and Pax Cap recorded (if yours is a passenger vessel).  DWT may also be recorded if your vessel carries freight. If your vessel is under 45 metres then you don’t need a DWT for levying purposes.
  • If you don’t have a Certificate of Survey, you could look at your Certificate of Compliance, Safe Operational Plan or other similar document
  • Pax Cap is the maximum passengers the vessel can carry and does not include crew or staff on board
  • Staff and crew are accounted for in the Length and GT rates
  • If your vessel has more than one Pax Cap you must use the highest one
  • The New Zealand non-SOLAS under 24 metres vessel category has a rate for Length rather than GT. All other vessel categories have a rate for GT
  • For passenger vessels, your vessel operating part-time/seasonally and not being full has already been assumed in the Pax Cap rate
  • ‘SOLAS’ means Safety of Life at Sea convention
  • A ‘New Zealand’ vessel is a vessel that is registered under the Ship Registration Act 1992 and includes vessels that are not registered but are required or entitled to be registered under that Act or are foreign flagged but on demise charter in New Zealand.
  • A foreign vessel is a vessel that is not a New Zealand vessel.
  • Where a factor rate is $0.00 this means the rate is zero

Oil Pollution Levy rates

These rates exclude goods and services tax (GST)

For 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022

New Zealand vessels and oil sites

Vessel or oil site type Base levy Capability levy Basis of calculation Payment frequency
NZ vessels      
Passenger and cargo ships, harbour tugs and oil tankers 414.69 cents 230.88 cents Per gross ton of the vessel Annually
Fishing vessels 73.56 cents 40.95 cents Per gross ton of the vessel Annually
Oil tankers carrying oil as cargo 29.96 cents 16.68 cents Per tonne of persistent oil 1 carried as cargo Annually
  26.76 cents 14.89 cents Per tonne of non-persistent oil 2 carried as cargo Annually
NZ oil sites      
Floating vessel used in production, storage and offloading of oil (FPSO) $858.66 $478.07 Fixed fee Annually
Other offshore installation $10.73 $5.98 Fixed fee Annually
Oil pipeline Annually
Oil exploration well Annually

Foreign vessels

Vessel type Base levy Capability levy Basis of calculation Payment frequency
Passenger and cargo ships and oil tankers 0.54 cents 0.30 cents Per gross ton of the vessel Per voyage, per port
Oil tankers carrying oil as cargo 36.14 cents 20.13 cents Per tonne of persistent oil 1 carried as cargo Per voyage, per port
  7.60 cents 4.23 cents Per tonne of non-persistent oil 2 carried as cargo Per voyage, per port

1 Persistent oils
Crude oil, fuel oil, lubricating oil, heavy diesel oil or any other persistent oil.

2 Non-persistent oils
Includes refined products such as automotive diesel oil and any oil lighter than automotive diesel (highly refined petroleum products such as petrol, aviation fuels, and so on).

Safety system fees

MOSS fees

Service provided Fixed fee Hourly rate $245
MOSS operations
Maritime transport operator certificate $814
Maritime safety audits and inspections
[follow-up visits, offshore installations, overseas]
Operational updates
Change of full name of maritime transport operator $245
Change in person exercising privileges and responsibilities under MTOP
Addition of primary port or harbour from which operation is conducted under MTOP $368
Removal of primary port or harbour from which operation is conducted under MTOP $245
Addition of category or activities in MTOP $368
Removal of category or activities in MTOP $245
Replacement certificates and licences $368

Maritime safety audits and inspections
There are no fees for routine maritime safety audits and inspections of domestic operators.
Follow-up visits for routine maritime safety audits or inspections are charged at the hourly rate.
Travel time and costs are only charged for activities in relation to offshore installations or that are undertaken outside of New Zealand.

Other safety system fees

Service provided Fixed fee Hourly rate $245
Safety Case approval
Specified limits permit
Passenger ship safety certificate
Cargo ship safety certificate
NZ barge safety certificate $245
Commercial jet boat operator certificate $368
Commercial rafting compliance certificate $368
Fishing compliance certificate $368
Diving compliance certificate $368
High-speed craft safety certificate
Permit to operate high-speed craft
Light craft compliance certificate

Seafarer certification fees

Certificates of proficiency or competency and all endorsements

Applying for certificates / endorsements Fixed fee
$368
All national Certificates of proficiency
This includes the following:
  • Qualified Deck Crew
 
All national Certificates of competency
This includes the following:
  • Skipper Restricted Limits
  • Skipper Coastal / Offshore
  • Master Yacht less than 24 metres
  • Marine Engineer Class 6
  • Marine Engineer Class 5
  • Marine Engineer Class 5 steam
  • Marine Engineer Class 5 motor and steam
  • Marine Engineer Class 4
 
All STCW (including STCW-F) certificates of proficiency
This includes the following:
  • Deck Watch Rating
  • Engine Room Watch Rating
  • Able Seafarer Deck
  • Able Seafarer Engine
  • Electro-Technical Rating
  • Integrated Rating
  • Advanced Deckhand - Fishing
 
All STCW (including STCW-F) certificates of competency

This includes the following:

  • Watchkeeper Deck
  • Watchkeeper Deck of ships less than 500 gross tonnage in near-coastal area
  • Chief Mate on ships less than 3000 gross tonnage
  • Chief Mate
  • Master on Ships less than 500 gross tonnage in the near coastal area
  • Master on Ships less than 500 gross tonnage
  • Master on Ships less than 3000 gross tonnage
  • Master
  • Chief Mate Yacht
  • Master Yacht less than 500 gross tonnage
  • Master Yacht
  • Electro-technical Officer
  • Marine Engineer Class 3
  • Marine Engineer Class 2 on ships less than 3000KW
  • Marine Engineer Class 2
  • Marine engineer class 2 endorsed chief engineer
  • Marine Engineer Class 1
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio operator
  • Radio Officer
  • Mate Fishing Vessel – limited
  • Mate Fishing Vessel – unlimited
  • Skipper Fishing Vessel –limited
  • Skipper Fishing Vessel – unlimited
 

Endorsements on certificates of proficiency or competency

Applying for certificates / endorsements Fixed fee
$368
All national endorsements
This includes the following:
  • Passenger endorsement
  • Cook Strait endorsement
  • Less than 24m endorsement
  • Less than 500 gross tonnage endorsement
  • 500 – 3 000 gross tonnage endorsement
  • Square-rigged endorsement
  • High-speed vessel endorsement
  • Steam endorsement
  • Specified Activity endorsement
All STCW endorsements
This includes the following:
  • Basic Tanker
  • Advanced Tanker
  • Basic Polar Water Code
  • Advanced Polar Water Code
  • Advanced IGF Ship
  • Basic IGF Ship
Other certificates 
Pilot  licence
Pilotage exemption certificate
Other services Fixed fee Hourly rate
$245
Recognition of foreign certificates
Foreign certificate recognition (under MOU) $368
Foreign certificate recognition (outside MOU) $368
Recognition of non-New Zealand certification/qualification not otherwise provided for
Ships Cooks Letter of Confirmation $245
Transitions
National certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency transition $368
STCW or STCW-F certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency transition $368
Renewal or Replacement
National certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency renewal $368
STCW certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency renewal $368
STCW-F certificate of competency or certificate of proficiency renewal $368
STCW or STCW-F endorsement renewal $368
National endorsement renewal $368
Replacement certificates and licences - Seafarer $245

Ship registration

Part A of the register

Registration type Fixed fee
Initial registry - new build ship exceeding 24m $2,450
Initial registry - new build ship not exceeding 24m $1,715
Initial registry/re-registry - existing ship exceeding 24m $2,940
Initial registry/re-registry - existing ship not exceeding 24m $2,205
Initial registry - demise charter ship $3,340
Provisional certificate of registry $490
Exemption from Part A registration (s6(3) of Act) $1,470
Temporary pass $245
Transfer of ship or shares in a ship $613
Transmission of ship or share in a ship by operation of law $613
Replacement certificate of registry $245
Caveat $980
Change of ship’s name or port of registry $245
Change of ship’s name and port of registry $368
Alterations to ship $613
Appointment/change of representative person $245
Change of name or nationality of owner, mortgagee, charterer, representative person $490
Endorsement of master’s details on certificate of registry $245
Registration of mortgage $490
Alteration of terms of mortgage by endorsement $368
Variation of priority of mortgages $368
Transfer of mortgage $368
Transmission of mortgage by operation of law $368
Discharge of mortgage $245
Certified transcript of registry $245
Certified copy of document $245
Computer print-out of registry details $245
Inspection of the register $245
Copy of list of ships over 100 gross tons or 24 metres in length $245

Part B of the register

Registration type Fixed fee
Initial registration $368
Provisional certificate of registration $368
Renewal of registration (within 6 months before expiry) $245
Re-registration (within 6 months after expiry) $245
Replacement certificate of registration $245
Change of ship’s name $245
Change of registered owner’s name $368
Certified transcript of registration $245
Certified copy of document $245
Computer print-out of registration details $245
Inspection of the register $245

Maritime security rates

Service provided Hourly rate $245
Approvals under the Act or regulations under the Act
Audits
Inspections
Security assessments
Security plan testing
Ship detentions

Surveyors and inspectors fees

Surveyor recognition (under MOSS)

Service provided Fixed fee Hourly rate $245
Applying for recognition
Certificate of surveyor recognition all DA, IC & P categories $968
Other recognition services
Extension of scope of surveyor recognition
Renewal of certificate of surveyor recognition $710
Replacement certificates and licences $368

Surveyor recognition (other specialist roles)

Service provided Hourly rate $245
Applying for recognition
Compass adjuster
Authorised person certificate
Appointment of overseas surveyor

Other documents and services

Port and flag state control

Document or service provided Hourly rate $245
Flag State Control (New Zealand vessels)
Follow up visits
Vessel detentions and seizure of maritime products
Port State Control (Foreign vessels)
Follow up visits
Vessel detentions and seizure of maritime products
Recognition of foreign vessels on charter or demise charter

Maritime safety audits and inspections
There are no fees for routine maritime safety audits and inspections of domestic operators.
Follow-up visits for routine maritime safety audits or inspections are charged at the hourly rate.
Travel time and costs are only charged for activities in relation to offshore installations or that are undertaken outside of New Zealand.

Environmental protection services

Document or service provided Hourly rate $245
Dump permit
Shipboard marine oil spill contingency plans
Oil transfer site marine oil spill contingency plans
Offshore oil spill contingency plans
International oil pollution prevention certificate (IOPPC)
Certificates of insurance
Exemptions from maritime rules or marine protection rules
Oil spill control agent approval
Approval / acceptance of maritime or marine protection product approval
Vessel detentions and seizure of marine protection products
Marine environment protection audits and inspections
Other marine environment protection work or services

Other maritime documents and certificates

Document or service provided Fixed fee Hourly rate $245
Vessel or craft certificates
Commercial jet boat driver licence $368
Test for commercial jet boat driver licence
International voyage certificate
Continuous synopsis record
Other survey/vessel certificates (SOLAS/non-SOLAS)
Ballast Water Management Certificate
Maritime Labour Convention Certificate
Single voyage permit
Safety equipment
Cargo ship safety radio certificate
New Zealand ship safety certificate and record of equipment $245
Crewing
Muster list approval
Approval of crew accomodation plans
Minimum safe crewing document $245
Tonnage and load line
International tonnage certificate
International load line certificate
International load line exemption certificate
New Zealand load line certificate
New Zealand load line exemption certificate
Exemptions
Exemptions from maritime rules or marine protection rules
Navigation
Erection or alteration of navigational aids
Assessment of applications under Resource Management Act 1991 affecting navigation
Temporary Maritime Event approvals (speed uplifts and reservations) per Rule 91
External service providers
Approval as medical practitioner or assessor or examiner $490
Moderation of examinations by Director
Conduct of examinations and assessments by Director
Inspection of training provider
Approval of training course
Application for approval to issue industry-specific certificates
Life raft service station approval
National/international inspection agency
Radio inspector recognition
Radio surveyor recognition
Approved container inspector
Approving authority for Part 24E approval
International Dangerous Goods Code expert approval
Other
Application for approved continuous examination programme for convention containers
Replacement certificates and licences $368