Amendments to Maritime Rules Part 90: Pilotage

Maritime NZ invited comment on proposed amendments to Maritime Rules Part 90: Pilotage.

Overview

The proposed amendments are designed to improve efficiency of port operations, and remove barriers to economic growth and economic recovery, while not compromising existing safety requirements.

The proposed amendments relate to two aspects of pilotage, and are minor changes designed to improve the operation of specific parts of Maritime Rules Part 90.

Bunker barges

Bunker barges are used in ports around the world to deliver bunker (fuel) to ships. However, under New Zealand’s rules, the operation of some types of bunker barges commonly used overseas is currently impractical in New Zealand ports.

This is because Maritime Rules Part 90 requires that bunker barges cannot be exempted from pilotage requirements unless they have a cargo capacity of no more than 5000 tonnes. The proposal would remove the 5000 tonne limit and enable pilotage exemption certificates (PECs) to be granted to Masters of bunker barges of any cargo capacity.

Changes for specific pilotage areas

Additional changes were proposed to update a number of pilotage areas and limits set out in Appendix 1 of the Rule.

These changes were proposed to reflect a more risk-based approach to which vessels need pilots in particular harbours, and in doing so improve efficiency of port operations. The changes will have the effect of removing barriers to economic growth and economic recovery, while not compromising existing safety requirements.

Download the invitation to comment document[PDF: 1.2MB, 15 pages]

The deadline for submissions was 5.00pm Friday 24 July 2020.