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Foreign-flagged Fishing Vessels Must Re-flag to Fish in NZ Waters

The New Zealand government announce that foreign-flagged fishing boats must be reflagged as New Zealand vessels, if they want to operate in New Zealand waters The move, to take place over a four-year transition period, would send a clear message that New Zealand was serious about the fair treatment of fishing crews, the safety of vessels and its international reputation for ethical and sustainable fishing practices, Primary Industries Minister David Carter and Labor Minister Kate Wilkinson stated. The announcement followed the release in March of a report by the Ministerial Inquiry into Foreign Charter Vessels (FCVs), which was ordered after widely publicized cases of mainly Indonesian fishing crews jumping ship with claims of unpaid wages and physical abuse when their Korean-owned vessels docked in New Zealand. "Reflagging will further strengthen compliance with New Zealand laws and provide more transparency around the operation of foreign- owned vessels," said Carter. "We are already moving to strengthen monitoring and enforcement of FCVs, including placing an observer on all FCVs fishing in New Zealand waters," he said in the statement. "The government continues to welcome foreign charter fishing vessels operating in New Zealand waters, but they must meet our requirements and our standards."


New Container Liner Services from Shipping Company

A new liner service from shipping company CMA CGM The French Line is connecting Hamburg with Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Lyttelton, Melbourne, Adelaide, Jakarta, Port Kelang, Chennai, Colombo, Djibouti, Jeddah, Damietta, Malta, La Spezia, Tilbury, Hamburg. On the return leg the service's 13 ships of 2,500 to 2,800 TEU container capacity also call at the port of Chennai, previously Madras


Iceberg Alert Off of New Zealand

Maritime officials say they will rely on shipping in the southern ocean to keep tabs on the flotilla of icebergs drifting slowly towards New Zealand. About 100 icebergs, some of them massive, were spotted on Friday by an Air Force crew looking out for illegal fishing. They are about 260 km off the southern coast. Maritime New Zealand says they are often spotted in southern waters at this time of year, but have not been seen this far north in decades.


Hamburg Süd Christens Ship in New Zealand

For the first time in its more than 135-year history, Hamburg Süd christened a container ship in Tauranga on Sunday, 3 February 2008. Tauranga is the largest port in New Zealand. The "Cap Palliser" is one of a series of five identical 1,819 TEU charter vessels owned by the Claus-Peter Offen shipping company that are to be deployed in the Hamburg Süd Group's liner service between Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Sponsor of the "Cap Palliser" was Mary Goff


Hamburg Süd Restructures Trident Service

Hamburg Süd announced today that it is restructuring its Trident Service in response to changing market conditions. The changes are designed to bring reduced network costs. Cargo to and from Europe - Australia/New Zealand will be served through the well established hub port in Cartagena (Colombia), with tailor-made transhipment connections to/from three weekly North Europe services. Apart from the increased frequency and fast transit times


Maritime NZ Oil Spill Response Review: Submissions

Oil spill response: Photo credit LOSCO

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it invites submissions on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy 2014 (the draft Strategy). The draft Strategy, (available at http://bit.ly/1pe6p46) is based on the current version but substantially updated to include lessons learned nationally and internationally in recent years and follows discussion with regional councils, the community and iwi, and industry at a series of public held earlier this year.


New Zealand Oil Companies To Buy Tanker From Union Shipping

The four oil majors who own New Zealand's Coastal Tankers Limited are reportedly buying the 30,000 dwt oil products tanker Taiko from Union Shipping Company after having it on charter since delivery 15 years ago.


Diverse Projects’ Latest Vessel

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Build Project 08 is currently under construction at Profab Central Engineering Ltd in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The hull was successfully rolled over in October, and the superstructure is now taking shape. Stage two of the program, interior, paintwork and finishing details will later take place in Whangarei, New Zealand. BP08’s sleek lines were designed by Craig Loomes Design Group. The 103.3 ft passagemaker is being built to Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 class and New Zealand MSA


Royal New Zealand Navy Upgrades Software

SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software for unmanned maritime systems, is pleased to announce that the Royal New Zealand Navy has chosen to purchase three upgraded seats of SeeTrack Military. The Royal New Zealand Navy, one of SeeByte’s longest-standing customers, first purchased three seats of SeeTrack Military in 2006. The software is now used globally by 16 of the world’s navies. Ron Tyson of New Zealand Offshore Technology (NZOT), who managed the acquisition


New Zealand Maritime Certification Overhaul

New Zealand Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has signed into law the Maritime Rules giving effect to SeaCert – a major overhaul of the certification process for New Zealand seafarers. SeaCert is the new Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) seafarer licensing framework for domestic and international Certificates of Competency and Proficiency. It also sets out where seafarers can operate in local and international waters and will replace the old Qualifications and Operational Limits (QOL)


Trans-Tasman Sea Kayaker Airlifted to Safety

A sea kayaker: File photo

Trans-Tasman kayaker Scott Donaldson has been successfully rescued from his kayak 83 kilometres off the Taranaki Coast, south-west of New Plymouth, says Maritime NZ. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand organised for the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter to fly to Scott’s location and


FURUNO and Electronic Navigation Join Forces

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Electronic Navigation Ltd (ENL), New Zealand’s largest marine electronics company and the developer of the WASSP sonar, and FURUNO Electric Co., Ltd of Japan, a manufacturer in the global marine electronics industry, are joining forces


RCCNZ Praised for Missing Schooner Search Effort

Lost schooner Nina: Image courtesy of Maritime NZ

The search for the missing schooner 'Nina' by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) in June-July 2013 went beyond what many overseas authorities would have conducted, an independent reviewer has found. RCCNZ explain that David Baird


USCG, Agencies Search for Downed Plane Near American Samoa

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Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a plane crash near Pago Pago International Airport after a single-engine plane crashed into the water Tuesday night. Coast Guard watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the Regional Command


Ship's Master Fined After Failure to Report Grounding

The master of the 177m Singapore-flagged cargo vessel Lake Triview has been fined $2000 (plus $130 court costs) after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to notify Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) that the vessel had grounded off New Plymouth after dragging its anchor on Saturday, 24 May, 2014.


New Zealand Mulls Ocean Floor Mining Proposal

Ocean Floor: Image credit Pixabay CCL

New Zealand decides this week whether to approve an underwater iron-ore operation that would likely become the world's first commercial metals mine at the bottom of the sea. A green light to allow New Zealand's Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to start iron-ore dredging off the country's west coast


Obama Urges China, Neighbors to Avoid Escalating Maritime Dispute

U.S. President Barack Obama (White House photo)

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday urged China and its neighbors to peacefully resolve a dispute over oil drilling in the South China Sea and avoid escalating tensions. "It is important for us to be able to resolve disputes like maritime disputes in accordance with international law


Kongsberg Delivers Unique Rig Training Model

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Kongsberg Maritime recently delivered a new rig simulator model at Simsea, based on the Floatel Superior accommodation unit, which is currently in operation in the North Sea. Developed as a part of the Kongsberg K-Sim Offshore simulators already installed at Simsea


Port of Tauranga Signs Freight Deal with Kotahi

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New Zealand's Port of Tauranga on Thursday said it had signed a 10-year agreement with domestic freight logistics company Kotahi to facilitate more large freight visits to the country's largest port. Under the agreement, Kotahi will provide export cargo containers to the Port of Tauranga and


Australian Defence Force in Key RIMPAC 14 Role

Sailor in RIMPAC RAN Ship: Photo ADF

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) says it is playing a key role in the world’s largest maritime exercise taking place in and around the islands of Hawaii. Hosted by the United States Pacific Fleet, Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 (RIMPAC 14) will see 23 nations, 48 ships, six submarines


New Zealand to Review Coastal Navigation Safety

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) announced it is undertaking a review of coastal navigation safety to identify risks and assess current and potential safety measures. MNZ Director Keith Manch said the review, which begins July 2014, is part of a focus on developing an intelligence-led


NZ's New Maritime Safety System: MOSS

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Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it heralds the biggest change to New Zealand’s commercial shipping sector in 15 years by welcoming the first operator into its new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS). Sanford’s Tauranga in-shore fishing operation entered the MOSS system at a


Safe Boats Awarded Big Navy Construction Contract

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U.S. Department of Defense informs that Safe Boats International, LLC, Bremerton, Washington, is being awarded a US$34,518,536 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of four MK VI Patrol Boats. This contract includes options which, if exercised


FUSION-LinkTM Technology Gains Industry-Wide Acceptance

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  Marine Entertainment Leader Reaches Unparalleled Adoption by Boatbuilders and Manufacturers Auckland, New Zealand – FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio, announced today its innovative and award-winning FUSION-LinkTM technology has been adopted by all marine Multi-Function


Coal-burning Steamship Joins NZ's New Safety System

Coal-burning TSS Earnslaw

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) informs it is welcoming Real Journeys’ iconic steamship TSS Earnslaw into the new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) - designed to improve operator and vessel safety. Built in 1912, The Earnslaw  is one of the few remaining commercial passenger-carrying






 
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