Maritime safety law is designed to prevent drowning and near drowning accidents as well as injuries from falls on ships, and accidents from machinery and equipment. Maritime law is relevant to businesses involving water transportation and employees involved in operating craft. Any operator whose business includes boats, rafts etc on marine and/or inland waterways needs to be familiar with the requirements of maritime law.
Maritime Transport Act 1994
Describes the role and functions of Maritime New Zealand [http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/] and sets out the legal framework for maritime safety and protection of the marine environment.Read more
Local Government Act 1974
Deals with local navigational safety matters which aren’t covered under the Maritime Transport Act. Regional councils can make bylaws in relation to navigation within their regional waters, e.g. reserving areas for specified craft in the interests of navigation safety.Read more