Maritime safety

The following legislative requirements should be followed when operating University watercraft to ensure the safety of all staff and students.

The University owns a number of vessels/boats that are used in some research and educational programmes. These can range from kayaks, zodiacs, and runabout boats to a dedicated research launch. The safety of the vessel’s crew, passengers and the marine environment is paramount in all University maritime operations.

All University watercrafts are considered a commercial operation and must therefore meet the requirements of the Maritime Transport Act 1994 and Maritime Rules administered by Maritime NZ.

Maritime Rule 21 requires all commercial vessels to be entered into the Safe Ship Management Programme which sets out extensive requirements and approvals to be met for the:

  • design, structure and purpose of vessel
  • vessel survey
  • safe operational plan of the vessel
  • emergency procedures and safety equipment
  • skippers and crew qualifications and experience.

This process is quite extensive and comprehensive planning and checking needs to be undertaken prior to starting any maritime operations or purchasing a watercraft.

Kayak & canoeing operations

Commercial kayak and canoeing operations must meet certain safety requirements. It would be considered a commercial operation where staff members or students use such a craft in any University sanctioned work activity.

Skipper qualifications

Maritime NZ has issued a Certificate of Approval to The University of Auckland for a training framework under Part 35 of the Maritime Act to train employees to operate University owned vessels under a certain length and meet a certain criteria.

The Business and Operations Manager at Leigh Marine Research Centre should be contacted on this and related maritime matters.

Arthur Cozens
Business & Operations Manager
Leigh Marine Research Centre
Ext: 86302
Email: a.cozens@auckland.ac.nz