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NEW BIOFOULING RULES IN EFFECT
New biofouling rules – under which operators must prove they’ve taken appropriate steps to ensure international vessels arrive with a clean hull – came into effect on May 15. New Zealand is the first country in the world to roll out nationwide biofouling rules and the Minister of Primary Industries notes that Biosecurity New Zealand officers will take a hard line on vessels that can’t provide evidence they meet the rules. Divers will carry out inspections of hulls, and officers will have the power to direct vessels for cleaning and order the vessel to leave New Zealand if the fouling is severe. Announcing the roll out Minister Damien O’Connor said that vessel operators will meet the costs of any compliance order. “The shipping industry has had four years to prepare for the changes and ignorance of the new requirements will not be accepted.” Full details of the mandatory Craft Risk Management System for Biofouling on International Vessels were presented by MPI at the NZSC meeting in February and are available on the MPI website.
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