Media releases 2017
- December(5 releases)show media releases for December 2017
Auckland joins “No Excuses” campaign for no lifejackets and speed
Friday, 22 December 2017Auckland Harbourmaster staff have had an already busy start to summer monitoring recreational boating and compliance on the water, and are now enjoying the opportunity to work with Maritime NZ on the “No Excuses” campaign.
RCCNZ and maritime radio service continue 24/7 service
Thursday, 21 December 2017The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) and maritime radio service continue working fully-staffed 24/7 over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
19 recreational boaties die so far in 2017
Wednesday, 20 December 2017So far this year 19 people have died in recreational boating accidents, and Maritime NZ does not want that number to increase over the Christmas holidays.
Close call for father and son boaties
Friday, 8 December 2017Nelson boatie Blair Taylor learnt the hard way recently that you need reliable communications to call for help when in trouble at sea – and even more importantly: If in doubt don’t go out.
Niue leads the way in maritime safety training
Tuesday, 5 December 2017The first Pacific maritime safety training course of its kind has been completed in Niue, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and Maritime New Zealand, working in partnership with Coastguard New Zealand.
- November(7 releases)show media releases for November 2017
‘No excuses’ campaign for no lifejackets and speed
Thursday, 30 November 2017Tomorrow, Maritime NZ and nine councils will be starting a “No excuses” campaign for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets and those who speed on the water.
Maritime Management Services Ltd and uncertified surveyor admit breaches
Wednesday, 29 November 2017After a vessel was surveyed in 2015 by a man who was not a certified surveyor, the Auckland District Court has fined Auckland-based company Maritime Management Services (MMS) $4,000 and imposed $600 costs on a Taupo man who contracted to MMS.
Distress beacons save lives - two yacht rescues completed safely
Sunday, 19 November 2017Both solo-yachtsman whose vessels were badly damaged north of New Zealand at the weekend have been rescued successfully because they had distress beacons.
Second yacht rescue underway
Saturday, 18 November 2017A rescue operation is underway for a second yacht in distress north of New Zealand.
Kiwi yachtsman found in life-raft
Saturday, 18 November 2017A New Zealand yachtsman has been found in a life raft 90 nautical miles east of Norfolk Island.
Light-hearted boating safety video packs a serious message for Kiwis
Friday, 17 November 2017Move over Air New Zealand, the Big Angry Fish Boys Milan and Nathan have made their own ‘BIG’ safety video in time for the busy summer boating season.
New boating research: Summer’s coming - keep on wearing lifejackets, get more VHF radios
Friday, 03 November 2017With summer approaching, research published today confirms that boaties are doing well and heeding messages to wear lifejackets, though more should have waterproof ways to call for help.
- October(8 releases)show media releases for October 2017
Niue gets new SAR boat
Monday, 30 October 2017The NZ Pacific Maritime Safety Programme br>- A new 8.5 metre Search and Rescue (SAR) vessel for Niue took part in Constitution Celebrations recently. The steel vessel was officially presented to the Premier Sir TokeTalagi and the Niue Government by New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Niue, HE Ross Ardern, on October 18.
Stevedore operations inspected for health and safety
Friday, 27 October 2017Maritime NZ is working closely with stevedoring companies to improve safety practices in the log loading industry, following an intensive health and safety inspection campaign earlier this year.
Boating at the long weekend – take care out there
Friday, 20 October 2017Safer Boating Week (October 13-20) ends today, recreational boating fatalities seem to be decreasing, and Maritime NZ Acting Director, Nigel Clifford, is urging boaties to keep up the good work and take care at the long weekend.
Many boaties neglect to check the weather!
Tuesday, 17 October 2017Almost 30 percent of boaties seldom or never check marine weather forecasts before going on the water, and Maritime NZ and MetService want to get that number down.
Grants for 10,000 children and thousands of boaties, hundreds of new lifejackets, and more!
Monday, 16 October 2017This year, up to 10,000 more children will be taught boating safety, and how to sail; thousands of boaties will receive face-to-face training; hundreds of old lifejackets will be replaced as Coastguard’s “Old 4 New” upgrades continue; the popular MarineMate app will be upgraded; and there will be much more!
Mayday, mayday – VHF radio saves lives
Friday, 13 October 2017Around 20 water safety leaders jumped off Wellington Wharf at 10.30 am to mark the start of Safer Boating Week.
“If you can’t call for help, we can’t rescue you” - Safer Boating Week’s important new message
Wednesday, 11 October 2017New Zealand’s national Safer Boating Week (October 13-20) starts Friday with an important new message for boaties: If you can’t call for help, we can’t rescue you.
- September(5 releases)show media releases for September 2017
Skipper fined for waka capsize
Friday, 15 September 2017The skipper of a ceremonial waka, which capsized on Whakatane River bar in January last year, has been convicted and fined $1,350 for putting his five crew in unnecessary danger.
First search and rescue vessel for Niue
Tuesday, 12 September 2017New Zealand is providing Niue with its first dedicated search and rescue (SAR) vessel, with sea trials underway this week in Lyttelton.
Convention to protect New Zealand ports and waters
Monday, 11 September 2017Keeping New Zealand waters and ports free of ecological pests and diseases is the purpose of new maritime laws that have come into force.
7200 save their seafarer ‘tickets’
Friday, 8 September 2017More than 7200 seafarers opted to save their legacy seafarer certificates, registering by the 1 September cut-off for ring-fencing so they can keep working.
- August(3 releases)show media releases for August 2017
RCCNZ saves family off reef
Monday, 28 August 2017A British family were saved off a reef south-east of Niue overnight when their 15 metre catamaran ran aground in heavy seas.
Captain’s alcohol conviction a strong warning: safety is paramount
Monday, 7 August 2017Maritime NZ’s Northern Regional Manager, Neil Rowarth, said today’s (August 7) alcohol conviction of a cargo ship’s master is a strong warning and reminder to seafarers: “Safety is paramount, if you are over the alcohol limit you will be prosecuted”.
Manslaughter conviction a tragic reminder for boaties
Thursday, 3 August 2017Director of Maritime NZ, Keith Manch, said a manslaughter conviction today sends a strong and tragic reminder to recreational boaties to follow all basic safety practices when out on the water, in particular wearing a lifejacket.
- July(4 releases)show media releases for July 2017
Effort to reduce recreational boating fatalities continues
Wednesday, 26 July 2017While more and more Kiwis take to the water in recreational craft (more than 1.4 million last summer) the number of recreational boating fatalities has not increased.
Rescue beacon saves snow-bound skiers
Thursday, 20 July 2017Two skiers rescued this morning from End Peak, east of Treble Cone ski field near Wanaka, did all the right things when snowed in last night.
New Zealand signs new search and rescue arrangement with Chile
Thursday, 20 July 2017A new arrangement was signed today between New Zealand and the Republic of Chile, which aims to ensure collaboration and assistance between both countries for improved search and rescue coordination in their regions.
- June(3 releases)show media releases for June 2017
Be alert to “dangerous wrecks” and much more!
Friday, 30 June 2017Maritime NZ will take over responsibility for issuing maritime navigational warnings to countries and vessels in the wider south west Pacific from mid-day today (Friday June 30).
Where yachties come from
Thursday, 29 June 2017In a good summer about half of Kiwis take part in recreational boating and while yachties are not the biggest group, they are experienced and the most qualified on the water according to Maritime NZ statistics.
- May(8 releases)show media releases for May 2017
Fullers pays $130,000 after collision with wharf
Monday, 29 May 2017Auckland ferry company, Fullers Group, has been fined $40,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $90,000 after passengers were injured when the Auckland ferry Kea collided with Victoria wharf at Devonport on 17 February 2015.
US Coast Guard saves lives en-route to Honolulu
Friday, 26 May 2017Just a day after taking part in a multi-national rescue drill over Auckland Harbour, the crew of a US Coast Guard C-130 Hercules has helped save six Tongan fishermen while en-route home to Honolulu.
Dramatic search and ‘rescue’ in Auckland Harbour
Tuesday, 23 May 2017A dramatic search and rescue demonstration will take place on Auckland Harbour from 2.30 pm tomorrow (Wednesday), involving a US Coast Guard plane, a rescue helicopter winching people from the water and flares.
Emergency details needed for rescue beacons
Monday, 22 May 2017Search and rescue helicopter crews had only a signal location for each incident when responding to two separate rescue beacon alerts from South Island mountains yesterday afternoon.
Preparation saves lives, say Pacific search and rescue experts
Monday, 22 May 2017‘Prep, check, know’ to save your life if you’re heading out on the world’s biggest ocean, say experts attending the Pacific Search and Rescue (SAR) conference in Auckland (22-26 May).
Pacific leaders strengthen search and rescue
Sunday, 21 May 2017Pacific search and rescue leaders are meeting in Auckland (May 22-26) to strengthen search and rescue (SAR) across the region and save lives.
Consultation: Ships in polar waters and other maritime and marine protection rules
Thursday, 17 May 2017The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed a new code for ships in polar waters, and made other changes to improve safety of ships, crew, and the environment.
Consultation closes Sunday: Compulsory “float-free” distress beacons for commercial fishing boats?
Thursday, 11 May 2017Consultation closes Sunday (June 11) on changes to six maritime rules, including one that would make automatic “float-free” emergency position- indicating radio beacons, EPIRB distress beacons, compulsory for more commercial fishing boats.
- April(6 releases)show media releases for April 2017
Fisherman waving his paddles from life-raft
Tuesday, 25 April 2017A man has been found in the middle of the Pacific Ocean waving his paddles from a life-raft, in a search coordinated by the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand.
Health and safety patrol visits mussel barges
Tuesday, 18 April 2017Maritime NZ teamed with the Maritime Police to conduct health and safety inspections of the high-risk mussel barge sector in the Coromandel and Firth of Thames recently.
Polish yachtie rescued by cargo ship
Sunday, 16 April 2017The Polish round-the-world yachtsman whose yacht Regina R suffered steering failure on Thursday 2,700 kms east of New Zealand has been rescued by cargo ship the Key Opus and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in an operation overseen by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).
Straitsman first vessel certified under MLC
Thursday, 13 April 2017Cook Strait passenger ferry the Straitsman is the first New Zealand ship to be certified under the international Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)
Excellent lifejacket compliance – keep it up at Easter
Thursday, 13 April 2017Initial results from a new national on-the-water survey show 96 percent of boaties are following the lifejacket rules, and the Director of Maritime NZ, Keith Manch, is urging boaties to keep up the good work at Easter.
Consultation: Compulsory “float-free” distress beacons for commercial fishing boats?
Wednesday, 12 April 2017Consultation begins tomorrow (April 13) on changes to six maritime rules, including one that would make automatic “float-free” emergency position indicating radio beacons, EPIRB distress beacons, compulsory for more commercial fishing boats.
- Febuary(2 releases)show media releases for February 2017
NZ to protect seafarers’ safety and wellbeing
Friday, 17 February 2017New Zealand will start enforcing the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) on 9 March – a move that will protect domestic and international seafarers and improve their safety and wellbeing onboard foreign-flagged and New Zealand ships.
- January(6 releases)show media releases for January 2017
Antarctic medical evacuation underway
Tuesday, 31 January 2017Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is co-ordinating the urgent medevac of a 66-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffered a suspected stroke on the cruise vessel, MV Ortelius, in Antarctic waters early on Monday morning.
New education resource – learning from the Rena grounding
Thursday, 26 January 2017School students this year can learn from New Zealand’s most significant maritime pollution emergency, the grounding of MV Rena.
Laugh, but out on the water ‘Nobody’s faster than disaster’
Friday, 20 January 2017Maritime NZ launches the first of three quirky videos tomorrow aimed at getting ‘bullet-proof’ young men, who have never had an accident and reckon they never will to realize “Nobody’s faster than disaster” and actually plan for the worst.
Sea lion wound prompts medevac from Auckland Islands
Friday, 13 January 2017A rescue helicopter is flying 400 km to the Auckland Islands on an urgent mission to medevac a woman injured by a sea lion pup.
Rescue beacon alerts top 450
Wednesday, 11 January 2017A woman climber sustaining severe head injuries on Christmas Day, and a motor boat stuck on a sandbar off Foxton Beach, were among the more than 450 rescue beacon incidents for 2016.