The Maritime Transport Amendment Bill is now before Parliament’s Transport and Industrial Relations Committee, which has called for public submissions.

Submissions closed on 1 February 2017.

The Bill was introduced to Parliament on 16 November 2016. It amends the Maritime Transport Act 1994, which provides the regulatory framework for New Zealand’s maritime transport sector.

The amendments are intended to update the Act with respect to:

  • international compensation arrangements for maritime incidents causing marine pollution
  • managing the risks of alcohol and drug impairment in the commercial maritime sector (the ‘Clear Heads’(external link) initiative) (external link to media statement and key documents)
  • improving the flexibility of empowering provisions for the making of rules under the Act
  • allowing regional councils to retain fees from infringement offence notices issued for breaches of maritime rules
  • clarifying existing provisions, addressing operational issues and correcting anomalies.


This is one of three bills in the Legislation Programme for the Transport portfolio, the others being the Civil Aviation Reform Bill and the Land Transport Amendment Bill.

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