Changes for owners or operators of commercial vessels
Revised Maritime Levy rates and fees take effect from 1 July 2019.
The Maritime Levy funds the maritime regulatory system and fees are charged for specific services provided to operators and seafarers. The changes ensure that appropriate funding is in place for the next six years.
The changes are as follows:
- a revised allocation methodology for the Maritime Levy
- no fees for routine maritime safety audits and inspections for domestic operators (non-SOLAS* vessels) from 1 July. These will be funded instead from the Maritime Levy.
- a single hourly rate of $245 for all activities that are charged on actual time taken (and the basis for fixed fees)
- no charge for travel time and costs (except where an activity is carried out overseas or at an offshore installation)
- a single reduced fee of $368 for seafarer certificates and endorsements
- a reduction in most ship registration fees.
*‘SOLAS’ is the Safety of Life at Sea Convention
Fees and Levy changes
Changes to fees and the levy come into effect on 1 July.
If you are a fee payer visit the fees list
If you are a domestic or foreign Maritime Levy payer, you can estimate your levy below.
What does it mean for you?
Agents for foreign vessels
We are updating guidance and will be in touch in due course.
Ship registration vessel certification
Frequently asked questions
Which Maritime Levy rate applies if a foreign vessel arrives in New Zealand before 1 July 2019?
If a voyage starts before 1 July and ends after 1 July, the levy for the voyage will be based on the pre-1 July 2019 rate.
What are routine maritime safety audits and inspections?
They are safety audits and inspections of domestic operators under the Maritime Transport Act 1994, Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) and International Safety Management Code (ISM). They are currently recovered through fees.
- MOSS routine maritime safety audits
- New Zealand other non-MOSS maritime safety audits
- New Zealand SOLAS maritime safety inspection and audits
They do not include assessments undertaken as part of entry into the system (which some people currently call audits).
What’s not included in the Maritime Levy from 1 July 2019?
Follow-up visits required as part of a routine maritime safety audit or inspection remain fee-able. They will be charged at the hourly rate of $245 (GST inclusive). The travel time and costs of these follow-up visits will not be charged and will be funded from the Maritime Levy.
Entering into MOSS for example, is also still a fee-able activity. The initial fixed application fee and hourly rate of $245 (GST inclusive) for assessment effort required over and above what the initial fee covers, will still apply. The travel time and costs (where the assessment occurs away from an MNZ office) will not be charged but funded from the Maritime Levy.
When do I have to pay?
As the funding source for routine maritime safety audits and inspections from 1 July 2019 shifts from fees to the Maritime Levy, the cost of these audits and inspections is Maritime Levy funded.
My audit is due in June 2019. What should I do?
You will be contacted by a Maritime Officer advising you when your routine maritime safety audit is due. If your audit is due in June 2019 then fees will still apply. If your audit is due after 1 July 2019, the cost will be funded from the Maritime Levy.
Can I delay my June 2019 routine maritime safety audit or inspection to July 2019 so the cost is included in the Maritime Levy? i.e. I don’t want to pay a routine maritime safety audit or inspection fee in June 2019.
You will be contacted by a Maritime Officer advising you when your routine maritime safety audit or inspection is due. If the audit or inspection is due in June 2019 then fees still apply. You cannot move the audit or inspection to a date after 30 June 2019.
Will there be a charge for routine maritime safety audits and inspections, or follow-up visits?
There will be no charge for routine maritime safety audits and inspections, or follow-up visits, under the Maritime Transport Act 1994, Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) and International Safety Management Code (ISM). If you are an offshore installation or Maritime New Zealand is requested or required to travel internationally, then charges apply.
Funding review consultation
Maritime NZ’s consultation on proposed changes to the Maritime Levy and fees closed on 18 January 2019. This was referred to as the Funding Review. Visit the consultation page to read the summary of submissions and analysis document.