Skipper failed responsibilities after crew member’s fingertips severed

19 January 2022

Maritime New Zealand is reminding skippers they are required to report incidents on-board vessels.

This comes after a skipper was fined for failing to notify Maritime New Zealand of a serious injury on board a ship.

On 10 January 2021 a crew member had two fingertips severed in a pulley while working aboard the FV Remus.

Under maritime law, skippers have a responsibility to report all accidents.
Maritime NZ Deputy Compliance Manager South, John Drury, says reporting of incidents is important.

“It means we have a more accurate understanding of what’s occurred and are aware of common risks and hazards,” he says.

As a regulator, Maritime NZ uses this information to help educate the sector, minimise harm and keep people safe.

Reginald Stephens has been fined $1,500 by the Nelson District Court for failing to notify Maritime NZ of serious injury on board a ship.  He was also ordered to pay court costs of $130.

Mr Stephens was convicted of failure to comply with the Maritime Transport Act, which makes it an obligation to notify all accidents (sections 31 & 71).

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