Proposed changes to Maritime and Marine Protection Rules (Domestic Omnibus 2023)

The Ministry of Transport and Maritime NZ are seeking input on proposed changes to the Maritime Rules and Marine Protection Rules.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Tuesday, 19 September 2023.


There are a number of proposed amendments under a number of Maritime and Marine Protection rule Parts. This package of work (called the ‘domestic omnibus 2023’) will help ensure that these rules are fit for purpose and work as they are intended.

There are four rule parts being consulted on summarised in the table below:

  Changes relate to… What is being proposed? Who do the proposals largely apply to?
1 Maritime Transport Operator Certificate (MTOC) renewals. - Maritime Rules Part 19 Adding provisions focused on renewing an existing MTOC as Part 19 does not currently set out requirements for MTOC renewals All operators seeking to renew an MTOC
2 Marine Engineer Class (MEC) 4 and 5 certificate renewals. - Maritime Rules Part 32 Fishing privileges are being clarified for MEC 4 and 5 engineers working on fishing vessels that don’t need to meet STCW-F requirements Marine engineers working on fishing vessels seeking to renew their MEC 4 or 5 certificate
3 Portable foam-based fire extinguisher performance standards - Maritime Rules Part 42B, Maritime Rules Part 40A Updating standards for foam-based portable fire extinguishers on board ships and houseboats to align with upcoming changes introduced by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Operators of ships 12 metres or longer, and owners of house boats up to 20 metres long, that carry portable foam based fire extinguishers
4 MARPOL Annex VI (air pollution from ships), and surveyor recognition. - Marine Protection Rules Part 199 Clarifying surveyor recognition for issuing an Annex VI endorsement

Simplifying how the Annex VI endorsement is being referenced on a Certificate of Survey

Clarifying the compliance date for Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) engine requirements for existing New Zealand ships that hold international certificates

Operators of ships subject to relevant MARPOL Annex VI requirements

Consultation document

The Invitation to Comment document provides background and insights into the proposed changes. Questions are posed throughout the document to help you formulate your submission.

Invitation to Comment [PDF: 1.27Mb, 77 pages]


Online Information Session for the proposals

To help answer any questions you may have around the proposals, Maritime New Zealand will consider holding an online information session during the week of 4-8 September.

This session would be based on expressions of interest. Please email to let us know if you would like to attend an information session, and which proposals or Rule Parts you are interested in, so that we can look to organise a day and time.


Make a submission

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Tuesday, 19 September 2023.

You can make a submission to Maritime NZ and Te Manatu Waka by:

Completing the online submission form

Using the print based submission template [DOCX: 151kB, 13 pages]

Emailing: or

Posting a letter to:

Omnibus Consultation Review Team
Regulatory Policy Design Unit
Maritime NZ
PO Box 25620
Wellington 6140