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Foreign Charter Vessels update

From 1 May 2016 all foreign owned vessels operating in New Zealand waters are required to be flagged to New Zealand. 

The reflagging aims to protect the health and wellbeing of all crews by ensuring that all FCVs comply fully with a range of New Zealand legislation around employment and maritime safety requirements. 

This is a significant change to how FCVs operate, involving not only MPI, but also MBIE – through the Labour Inspectorate and Immigration NZ and Maritime NZ.

The Government is committed to ensuring a strong, reliable and effective fisheries management regime and takes seriously its responsibility to ensure safe workplaces and fair employment practices.

The table linked below illustrates the scope of multi-agency work that has been undertaken to implement the recommendations from the 2012 report of the Ministerial Inquiry into the use and operation of FCVs or show current progress.

Additionally, the letters from MPI and MNZ clearly state the responsibilities for FCV owners and what they have been required to do in preparation for 1 May 2016.

A lot of these changes will ensure that FCVs are wholly governed across all areas by New Zealand law.

New functions for MPI observers

Maritime rules

Ministerial Inquiry into Foreign Charter Vessels

The Ministerial Inquiry into the use and operation of foreign charter vessels fishing in New Zealand waters concluded in February 2012. The Report of the Ministerial Inquiry and supporting documentation can be found at the links below:

Press Releases (Beehive website)

Further information regarding the development of the FCV Amendment Bill can be found here:
NZ Parliament site: Search

Updated : 27 June 2016