Mid-Point Review of the Oil Pollution Levy - Invitation to comment

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is undertaking a mid-point review of the Oil Pollution Levy (the Levy) 2016/2022.


The Levy is collected from industry to run New Zealand’s marine oil pollution preparedness and response system, which MNZ’s Marine Pollution Response Service delivers. The Levy applies to all commercial vessels over 100 gross tons and 24 metres or more in length (except those operating in fresh water) that use oil as fuel or carry oil as cargo, offshore oil installations, exploration wells and oil pipelines.

About the consultation document

The consultation document provides background information about the Levy and the preparedness and response system, explains the amount of revenue sought under the options, how this amount is spread between contributing parties and what the possible options might be for the Levy in the second half of the current six-year plan.

MNZ is seeking feedback on three options for the second-half of the six year Levy period covering the amount of revenue sought and how the levy is applied.

Interested parties are invited to make a submission on the proposal, with consultation closing on 5.00pm Friday 18 January 2019.

Download Invitation to comment[PDF: 1.07MB, 33 pages]

Several pieces of work have provided input into this review of the Levy. These include:

  • A refresh of the New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Readiness and Response Strategy to the 2018 – 2022 version (the Strategy)
  • A refresh of the Marine Oil Spill Risk Assessment (MOSRA 18) incorporating the latest data and improvements in modelling capabilities to re-assess risk matters and consequently sector shares of risk
  • A review of the Capability Plan, to ensure it remains valid and appropriate
  • A re-forecast of expected activity levels (projecting forward the latest data available) for the period from July 2019 to June 2022.

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How to make a submission

You can give us feedback on this consultation by:

  • e-mail to oilpollution@maritimenz.govt.nz
  • ordinary post to PO Box 25620, Wellington 6140
  • fax to (04) 494 8901
  • delivery to Maritime New Zealand, level 11, 1 Grey Street, Wellington.

The deadline for making a submission is 5.00pm Friday 18 January 2019.