Taking your boat overseas
About overseas travel
All New Zealand boats going overseas must:
- be registered as a New Zealand ship with the Registrar of Ships at Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and
- undergo a safety inspection prior to departure
For a safe voyage, the:
- design and construction of the boat must be suitable
- safety and communication equipment must be inspected
- skipper and crew must be capable of undertaking the proposed voyage safely.
Registration provides nationality, giving you the protection of the New Zealand Government, and the registration papers provide proof of identity like a passport does for a person.
The main purpose of the safety inspection is to ensure those departing are as safe as possible, and that they can get help if anything goes seriously wrong.
In order to do a thorough inspection, the vessel must be out of the water.
Who inspects vessels?
The inspections are conducted by inspectors approved by Yachting New Zealand under delegation from Director of Maritime NZ. There is a nationwide network of inspectors who are available for advice and assistance with any aspects of sailing or power vessel safety.
By contacting an inspector as early as possible before the planned departure date, last-minute problems can be avoided.
Get a safety inspection
Ballast water management
If your vessel can carry non-permanent ballast water, and will be going overseas, you may have to ensure that the ballast water management systems onboard meet international standards.