Maritime Rules Part 130A

Shipboard Marine Oil Spill Contingency Plans

Current version of Part 130A

This rule applies:

  • oil tankers of 150 tonnes gross tonnage or more.
  • other ships of 400 tonnes gross tonnage or more.

Download Maritime Rules Part 130A[PDF: 97kB, 16 pages]

Part 130A requires ships to have an oil spill contingency plan to assist personnel to deal with an unexpected discharge of oil. This includes:

  • procedures for the notification of authorities,
  • securing salvage services and
  • obtaining technical advice on appropriate operational measures, such as moving cargo and ballast around the ship, to mitigate the discharge.

Part 130A gives effect to Regulation 37 of Annex I of MARPOL 73/78.

Part 130A forms one part of our “Tier 1” marine oil spill preparedness and response arrangements, and supports New Zealand’s participation in the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation, 1990 (OPRC Convention).

Advisory circulars

Advisory circulars describe a rule, its purpose and how to comply
Part 130A advisory circular

[PDF: 88kB, 6 pages]


Material incorporated by reference

Standards and codes referenced in this rule can be found here

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History of Part 130A



This Part was amended by Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments (Changes Related to Conventions) 2017, in February 2018.

Maritne Protection Rules Various Amendments 2017 [PDF: 2.23MB, 23 pages]



This Part was amended by Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments 2015.

Marine Protection Rules Various Amendments 2015 [PDF: 352kB, 10 pages]


Advisory Circular

An advisory Circular was published describing Part 130A.

Part 130A: Advisory Circular 1998 [PDF: 1.92MB, 10 pages]

New part comes into force

Part 130A entered into force on 20 August 1998.

New part signed

Part 130A was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 20 May 1998.

Part 130: Original rule [PDF: 2.74MB, 30 pages]