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Consultation on new maritime rules begins

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017

Safety on ships and an international code for operating in polar waters will be the subject of Maritime NZ consultation beginning on Thursday.

The International Maritime Organisation has developed the new code and this country needs to meet its obligations, Maritime NZ director Keith Manch says.

"We are contacting the maritime industry asking for its comments about the proposed changes," he said.

"The overall aim is safer ships, safer crew, and less risk to the environment."

Along with an eye on protecting the Antarctic and Arctic environments, ship safety is paramount in the new code, Mr Manch said.

"The code improves ship safety by heightening requirements for ship structure, stability, lifesaving, navigation and other matters."

The consultation will also ask for feedback on the code's new provisions for ships using liquefied natural gas and those carrying dangerous chemicals in bulk.

Submissions close on June 22.

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