Maritime NZ Chief Executive Keith Manch has provided the following responses as follow up to members’ queries at the recent NZSC Strategy Day:

Implementation of the IMO decision on 2020 marine fuel sulphur requirements:

The MoT policy position in general is that NZ supports the low sulphur fuels plan at IMO. Implementation requires ratification of MARPOL Annex VI. MoT has on its work programme to undertake cost benefit analysis of the benefits of signing up to MARPOL VI and then go back to Cabinet with further advice on whether to progress this. It is not likely to be progressed prior to the election.

 From a Maritime NZ perspective, while NZ hasn’t ratified, we can’t enforce the requirements here for ships that visit, and NZ can’t be required to provide facilities for them.

However, our ships going overseas to countries that have ratified will need to comply with the convention requirements as per the country they’re visiting.  We will do what we’ve done in other cases where this has happened, in that we’ll provide guidance to shippers letting them know that they will need to consider the requirements of the countries they visit. This is also the case at the moment with existing requirements in Marpol and other conventions that we haven’t ratified, when they are visiting countries that have.  If necessary, they achieve certification through commercial arrangements with Recognised Organisations (the class societies – often called “statements of compliance’ with a convention as opposed to the actual certificate required).

Will the requirement to use low sulphur fuels or the approved equivalent methods apply to the entire voyage of a ship, or just when it is in/near port/land? What is the scope of application in respect to ship type?
Subject to the comments above, the requirements apply for the whole voyage, and apply to all ships.

What will the compliance mechanisms be?
Compliance mechanisms will be worked on once it is apparent we are moving towards ratification.  They are likely to revolve around seeking confirmation through documentation that fuel being used meets requirements, or where the solution used is to ‘scrub’ emissions from higher sulphur fuels that the equipment used to do that meets appropriate design etc standards.

Crane Surveyors: Is it possible to have more certified crane surveyors?
At the meeting I indicated that this is a ’market’ issue.  I’m told that the shippers could discuss this with the class societies.  I am not aware of any regulatory barriers (or indeed anything we can do to create more surveyors) but if collectively shippers and class societies think there is more we can do we would be happy to engage.

Verified Gross Mass operation – Will Maritime NZ publish the report of the recent VGM spot check operation/ use it to support some media to ‘get the message out’?  
Yes, Maritime NZ plans to produce a report and publish it. MNZ will engage directly with the shippers relating where we found differences to the VGM.  We have not fully formed a view on what this engagement will look like just yet.

Recent stevedoring operation – will there be a report about this?
Yes, Maritime NZ will produce and release a report about this. Work on follow up/reporting regarding the VGM and Stevedoring operations will occur over the next couple of months.



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