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Maritime Policy

Yachting New Zealand maintains a strong working relationship with Maritime New Zealand; they are the policy makers and it is important to have a good relationship with them.

Benefits include:

  • ‚ÄčYNZ has a delegation from MNZ to carry out inspections for all vessels departing NZ (MNZ12409). YNZ use its Category 1 criteria as the basis for this inspection (keeping the cost low to boat owners compared to if a commercial surveyor was to carry this out).
  • Gaining exemptions from Maritime Rules, including Part 92: Speed of Vessels. This allows club safety boats to legally exceed 5knots within 50 metres of another vessel, raft, or person in the water.
  • Exemptions from club safety boats needing to be in Safe Ship Management.
  • Input in to the Safety Regulations
  • Ensuring that the rule makers are familiar with how yacht clubs operate and limiting unintended consequences of rule changes
  • Direct consultation around changes to rules and policy, essentially they listen to us

Yachting New Zealand sits on the National Pleasure Boat Safety Forum, a group that includes Maritime New Zealand, the NZ Police, various Harbourmasters, Coastguard and various other people with a stake in maritime activity. Here issue are raised around all sorts of issues, including compulsory Skipper Licensing and Vessel Registration. Yachting New Zealand have been successfully advocating against implementing this.

If YNZ does not advocate in this area, there is a much higher likelihood that there will be laws, requirements and significantly more cost place on boaties to keep enjoying our sport in the current manner.