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A round up of news and views from the maritime industry……


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Maritime Officer Matt Wood (above left) calls for help via VHF marine radio during a Safer Boating Week event in Wellington. Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch treads water while waiting to hear that the call has been picked up by rescue services, or another maritime ‘station’.

Luckily the local harbourmaster crew was on hand in their inflatable boat to ‘rescue’ the pair once their mayday call was received. Around 20 water safety leaders jumped off Wellington Wharf to mark the start of Safer Boating Week – with Matt and Keith swimming off to demonstrate the use of their radio.

This summer the Safer Boating Forum is raising awareness about the need for boaties to ensure they have a VHF radio on their vessel, or on their person, or in a grab-bag nearby. Every vessel with a VHF radio acts as a ‘station’ and can come to the rescue of others if they hear a distress alert on the emergency Channel 16, or a local channel.   Recreational boaties who get into difficulty on a lake or out at sea can get help quicker if they are able alert the crews of nearby craft. While 86% of boaties take lifejackets out with them, only 38% take two waterproof ways of calling for help… and only 30% check the weather before venturing out!

“Lifejackets and waterproof communications work together,” said Mr Manch. “Lifejackets help you float – but if you can’t call, we can’t rescue you.”

The Safer Boating Forum urges everyone to wear their lifejacket and take a VHF radio and rescue beacon out with them this summer.

Source – Maritime NZ.


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NZMS lecturer, Master Foreign Going, and former Pilot, David Wardle is really pleased to report that the LEGO Ideas team have featured his Ideas project as part of their ‘In The Wild’ series.

Earlier in the year, his Queen Victoria LEGO model was seen ‘in the wild’ when it travelled aboard the real Queen Victoria during voyages V707 and 708 as the ship sailed from Auckland to Wellington via Sydney and Melbourne. As a result of this recent promotion, the project has had a major boost in support, with nearly 1000 new supporters in four days. It is trending as the most popular Ideas project this week! Go to https://ideas.lego.com/dashboard

If you like what you see, please go to the Ideas.LEGO.com website.  It is a little involved to pledge support and so David has produced a YouTube video describing the process. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m02NaGMlAQU

For David, the next milestone is 5000 supporters.It took just over nine months to reach 1000 supporters; however, in the last two days it has received over 800 additional supporters. It is trending as the most popular Ideas project this week. He said that as a result of the LEGO Ideas Team posting an article about his Queen Victoria LEGO model being seen ‘in the wild’, the project has had a boost in support: it has now passed the 2000 supporters’ milestone.

The Queen Victoria LEGO model will next be seen ‘in the wild’ at the 2017 Auckland Brick Show.


Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Google to develop intelligent awareness systems for future autonomous ships. Under the agreement Rolls-Royce will start using Google’s cloud-based machine learning software to train an artificial intelligence (AI) based system for detecting and tracking objects at sea.

Rolls-Royce will use the software to create bespoke machine learning models which can be accessed through the cloud and used to interpret its marine data sets. The technology is considered essential for the ongoing development of autonomous ships.

The technology developed through the deal will also be applied to existing vessels, said Karno Tenovuo, Rolls-Royce, SVP Ship Intelligence:

“While intelligent awareness systems will help to facilitate an autonomous future, they can benefit maritime businesses right now making vessels and their crews safer and more efficient,” he claimed.

Such systems can provide crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel’s surroundings by fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems, such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar.

As previously reported by The Engineer, Rolls Royce is leading efforts to make autonomous shipping a reality. The group is heading up the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), a project which brings together a host of industry and academic partners and aims to make autonomous ships a reality.

The company also recently unveiled designs for an autonomous naval vessel. Developed in response to interest from a number of navies, this 60m long concept vessel has range of 3500 nautical miles and has designed to perform a range of single role missions, for example, patrol & surveillance, mine detection or fleet screening. In September Rolls Royce unveiled plans for an autonomous naval vessel

In the meantime, engineers in Norway are making progress on the Yara Birkeland, which is expected to become become the world’s first fully autonomous cargo ship when it launches in 2020. Earlier this month (October 2017) it was revealed that scale model trials of the vessel had begun at test tank facility in Trondheim.

Source – The Engineer


NZMS graduates are cruising into great maritime careers, built of their learnings from the New Zealand Maritime School.

New Zealand Maritime School graduate Matthew Hope-Johnson is a Marine Engineer for Holland America Line.

“Working on a cruise line, we get the opportunity to visit amazing places,” he said. ” I’ve been to Alaska, Canada, down the east and west coasts of America, through the Panama Canal, around Asia. All our travel is paid for, so it’s a great way to see the world.”

Matthew studied a three year diploma in Marine Engineering, and has a Certificate of Competency in large merchant vessels. ”

We’re basically in charge of anything mechanical on the cruise ship. For example, we make sure there’s plenty of fresh water generated, that the propulsion is right, we’re working on an engine the size of a building and maintaining the high voltage levels – there’s so many things we do. As part of our training we have to do six months of sea time, which gives you real world work experience. Our lecturers are all from the industry – we learn subjects like maths and physics, but they make it relevant to marine engineering, so it means you get the knowledge you need for the real world.”

“If you’re looking for a job that lets you travel the world and pays well, definitely consider a career in maritime. It’s not always glamorous, you have to get stuck in and work hard, but it’s an awesome job. I couldn’t think of anything better to do.”

To hear more from Matthew and other NZMS graduate achiever, go to : tp://www.nzmaritime.com/about-us/our-graduates


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This photo of Te Mana o te Moana  – The arrival of the waka fleet to the Festival of Pacific Arts, Solomon Islands, will be similar to what Wellington Harbour could look like.

Wellington harbour will be the stunning setting for the launch of next year’s New Zealand Festival, organisers have revealed. A fleet of waka will glide into the harbour at dusk on February 23, to be greeted by a karanga from actors, choirs, and a thousand-strong haka led by Te Ati Awa to mark the opening of the biennial festival.

A Waka Odyssey will see seven waka hourua (double canoes), eight waka taua (war canoes) and fleet of waka ama from around NZ helping re-tell New Zealand’s origin story, the navigation through the South Pacific to these two islands at the bottom of the ocean. The “theatrical powhiri” will include Trinity Roots musician Warren Maxwell playing a full musical score which will be relayed around the harbour.

The festival’s artistic director, Shelagh Magadza, said she envisages tens of thousands of people congregating at the Wellington waterfront and as the city and harbour play centre stage.

“This captures so many things that are about the best kind of storytelling,” Ms Magadza said. “It goes right back to the story of man, how we discovered the stars, how to tame nature and use its forces to get us where we wanted to (go) but it’s so specifically the Pacific story and it’s tied up so deeply into the cultures of NZ, not only the Maori cultures but the Pacific and the Pakeha cultures.

“It’s got that really epic, heroic story behind it – all the mythologies and stories about how the waka came to NZ and then the different way of migration that came after. What I love about it is that it is still a story happening today, and there’s a real life part of the story that you can touch and feel and experience for yourself,” she said.

A Waka Odyssey runs over five days with a series of events, including a whanau day on February 24 at Petone Beach where families can get close up with the waka and meet the crew, as well as other free education activities on offer in Wellington.

Ms Magadza suggested the best viewing spots to be in front of Te Papa and the boatshed heading down toward Frank Kitts Park.

“By using the waka and turning them literally into a piece of theatre on the harbour and on the land, we can tell a really big story that will, I hope, embrace so many people,” she said.

The creative directors behind the work include master navigator, scholar, and Haunui captain Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, award-winning director Anna Marbrook, and international artist and designer Kasia Pol.

Among other shows announced for next year’s Festival, the last under Ms Magadza’s directorship, are Inua Ellams’ play about the interactions of men in barber shops worldwide – The Barber Shop Chronicles – fresh from a sold-out run at the National Theatre in London, and early music pioneer Jordi Savall’s group Hespèrion XXI crossover collaboration with Mexican/South American group Tembembe Ensamble Continuo. ​The New Zealand Festival runs from February 23 to March 18.

Source – Stuff

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New Zealand is providing Niue with a $367,000 search and rescue vessel (shown above) as part of the Pacific Maritime Safety Programme. This vessel gives Niue, for the first time, the ability to respond immediately to search and rescue incidents.

Constructed in Christchurch, the 8.3m Icon vessel has completed sea trials on Lyttelton harbour and was inspected by Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee, MNZ officials, and Niue Island representatives.  Following completion of sea trials, the vessel will shipped to Niue for the official handover to the Niue Government on October 18, as part of Constitution celebrations.

The launch of the vessel was attended by Niue High Commissioner to NZ, Fisa Pihigia, as well as representatives of Maritime NZ, which has provided technical advice on the vessel, and Coastguard NZ, which is providing training for Niue crew members.  In addition to the SAR vessel, plans in Niue include a public education programme to encourage better maritime safety in the country, providing equipment for local fishermen, and working with the Government to enhance the regulatory framework for maritime safety.

The Pacific Maritime Safety Programme is providing $8.13 million over three years for maritime safety activities in the Pacific, focusing on Niue, Tokelau, Kiribati, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Tuvalu.

Currently, when a SAR response is required this must be managed using vessels of opportunity. At times, when an EPIRB or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) has been activated, this has required a P3 Orion to fly from NZ to the area. In future, the SAR vessel could be the first responder to such activations.

“The people of Niue have a very close relationship with the sea, and it is important the country has the ability to respond immediately when things go wrong on the water,”  Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch said.   “The vessel not only boosts Niue’s ability to look after its own people, but also provides an asset that can be accessed by the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ, if required.”

Refurbishment work has also been carried out on the derrick at Sir Robert’s Wharf in Niue to enable the 3.5 tonne SAR vessel to be launched. This will also provide a safer means of getting other boats in and out of the water.

Niue has around 60 small boats,  most of less than five metres, used for fishing, and a further 120 fishermen using traditional vaka canoes.  Wider support and training provided by New Zealand across the Pacific region includes oil spill response simulations undertaken by Maritime New Zealand MPRS (Maritime Pollution Response Service) team, and SAR workshops run by the RCCNZ team. New Zealand also hosts Pacific nationals in local courses, such as piloting and SAR officer training. Next year, a vessel for inter-atoll transport, also capable of SAR operations, will be provided to Tokelau.



Traditionally, ships on international voyages took on-board ballast in the coastal waters of one country, after unloading cargo, and then discharged this ballast water at the next port of call when loading more cargo.

Keeping New Zealand waters and ports free of ecological pests and diseases is the purpose of new maritime laws that have come into force. New Zealand acceded to the International Maritime Organisation’s Ballast Water Management Convention last year, and it came into force globally on September 8.

The main purpose of the Convention is to manage and control the risk posed by biological materials leaving, and coming into, New Zealand waters, said Sharyn Forsyth, the General Manager of Maritime Standards for Maritime NZ.

Around 20 or so NZ-flagged ships that travel to overseas ports will be affected by the change in our maritime laws, along with some recreational vessels such as ocean-going yachts that carry non-permanent ballast water. Examples of commercial vessels that may be affected by the changes include large fishing vessels that operate in other countries and inter-island ferries travelling overseas to dry-dock for maintenance.

Foreign flagged vessels travelling to this country, such as those carrying cargo and cruise passengers, are expected to already comply with some of the initial standards in the Convention, as required by overseas jurisdictions and existing Ministry of Primary Industries’ standards.

Ms Forsyth said traditionally ships on international voyages took on-board ballast in the coastal waters of one country, after unloading cargo, and then discharged this ballast water at the next port of call when loading more cargo.

“This is why the requirements relate to ships travelling internationally. Ballast water discharge typically contains a variety of biological materials, which often include non-native, nuisance, exotic species that can cause ecological and economic damage,” she said.

While the requirements of the Convention are mostly managed by exchanging ballast water mid-ocean at present, the intention is that ship owners will eventually need to install ballast water treatment equipment. Such systems are now generally included in the design and construction of new-builds.


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Chatting at the MLC certificate presentation ceremony are, from left,  Sam Nariman, Marine Manager at Bureau Veritas; Stephen Hoedemaeckers, Straitsman Master; and Keith Manch, Director of Maritime NZ.

Cook Strait passenger ferry the Straitsman is the first New Zealand ship to be certified under the international Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).

Maritime New Zealand congratulated Strait Shipping for being the first commercial operator of vessels of 200 gross tonnage or more to comply with MLC, which came into force in New Zealand on March 9 this year. The certificate was presented by Bureau Veritas, the first classification society to issue such a certificate under delegation from Maritime NZ.

The International Labour Organization convention aims to protect international and domestic seafarers and improve their safety and wellbeing onboard foreign-flagged and New Zealand vessels.

“We’re very pleased to see the first New Zealand ship certified under this convention,” says Keith Manch, Director of Maritime NZ. “Today is the culmination of a significant amount of work for Maritime NZ and the commercial maritime sector – in working through changes to the Maritime Rules to reflect the convention and liaising with the commercial sector about what is required to comply.”

“While New Zealand has aligned itself to the MLC convention, NZ labour standards on our vessels are already good. The MLC is aimed at raising standards on vessels where the living and working conditions for seafarers are poor.”

The convention applies to about 890 foreign commercial cargo and cruise ships visiting New Zealand annually. Maritime NZ is expanding its Port State Control functions to include checking that foreign ships visiting New Zealand comply with the applicable provisions.

Meanwhile 22 New Zealand ships – including Cook Strait ferries, coastal tankers and cement vessels – are required to comply if they operate beyond inshore limits. MLC does not apply to fishing vessels.

New Zealand ships that have an MLC certificate can easily demonstrate compliance when operating overseas to foreign authorities party to the convention.

Strait Shipping General Manager of Marine Operations, Clive Glover, said in addition to operating between the North and South Islands, the Straitsman has to travel internationally to Australia for dry-docking requirements.

Clive said MLC is beneficial for all seafarers as it sets a minimum standard for seafarer welfare, everything from the size of their bunks, to conditions of pay, meals, leave and more.

“In New Zealand seafarers enjoy reasonable standards and conditions compared to the conditions some international seafarers have to work under. MLC sets a standard and prompts other countries to meet it.”

Sam Nariman, Marine Manager at Bureau Veritas says New Zealand’s ratification of the MLC is a positive event. “It’s good for the industry and for seafarers,” he says.

New Zealand is among 82 member states that have adopted the ILO convention.

Note: New Zealand’s employment law, along with the Maritime Transport Act, the Health and Safety at Work Act, ACC and other legislation already covers most of the provisions of the MLC for domestic operators.

Source – Maritime New Zealand


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Bo Samuelsson has taken up his appointment as the new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Maritime and Logistics, based at the New Zealand Maritime School in Auckland.

Mr Samuelsson has had a 40 years career in shipping, logistics and port management. He was previously Container Terminal Manager at Lyttelton Container terminal, and previous to that, was contracted general manager for a port development company in Vanuatu, and was terminal manager for Toll Shipping’s roll-on roll-off service in Tasmania. He has also worked as a shipping consultant and as operations manager for Hamburg Sud NZ Ltd. He holds a master foreign going ship certificate.

Mr Samuelsson has had an impressive maritime and logistics career. He holds a Swedish Master Mariner’s qualification as well as business qualifications. Bo has spent 15 years at sea and more than 30 years involved with the operational management of vessels, terminals, and stevedoring operations around the world.

Mr Samuelsson replaces outgoing Dean Paul Harper, who has served at the NZ Maritime School since arriving as a lecturer in 2013.