Recommendation Date:21 May 2009
Date Closed:25 August 2011
Address the safety issue whereby large commercial vessels above the internationally accepted size for the carriage of AIS are operating into and around busy New Zealand ports without AIS fitted, potentially compromising the effectiveness of traffic management systems and other measures to prevent collisions between vessels.
Maritime NZ accepts the recommendation but notes that such vessels are not currently required to carry AIS. However, Maritime NZ accepts there is safety issue, and will ensure that such vessels are aware of this recommendation and will strongly recommend that AIS is fitted pending consideration of an amendment to the maritime rule.