Fee changes for seafarers

Key changes

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 single reduced fee of $368 for seafarer certificates and endorsements
  • pre-assessments no longer a chargeable activity however the service is still available. You may need to fill in the application form to provide the information needed for the pre-assessment.
  • not charging fees for routine audits and inspections but recovering the cost of these through 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)
  • a revised allocation methodology for the Maritime Levy
  • a reduction in most ship registration fees.

All seafarer certificates and endorsements have a fixed fee of $368 each (GST inclusive) from 1 July 2019 with the balance funded from the Maritime Levy.

If you need your certificate and/or endorsement to keep working as a seafarer, please apply as normal to ensure these are considered before 1 July 2019.

However, please note that current rates apply if you apply before 1 July 2019.

If your certificate or endorsement expires after 1 July 2019 or you are not going to be working, then you have the option to wait until 1 July 2019 for the new fee.

Estimate your levy[PDF: 126kB, 4 pages]

Related information

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.

Funding review consultation


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