Maritime Jobs
Monday, June 17, 2019

Maritime Sector Gets on Board with HSWA

Posted by April 4, 2016

With the help of Maritime New Zealand, maritime operators prepare to meet the requirements of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) that came into force April 4, 2016.

“Many maritime operators have a head start because they’ve entered the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS), which covers off a number of the new HSWA requirements. We’ve prepared guidance to help operators understand how MOSS and the HSWA work together,” Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch said.
“We are also training and warranting 35 Maritime Officers and other staff who will carry out inspections. They will be an excellent source of information for operators,” Manch added.
Maritime NZ, the regulator for health and safety on vessels that are workplaces, has released a suite of seven new guidance documents that explain different elements of the HSWA and how maritime operators can comply with new duties on due diligence, worker engagement, overlapping and upstream responsibilities, facilities, and managing asbestos. The guidance is tailored to how these requirements apply in a maritime setting.
More plain English information, specific to industry sectors, will be issued over the coming months and a Health and Safety Guide will be produced by the end of June 2016, Maritime NZ said.
MOSS was introduced on July 1, 2014, and at March 24, 2016, 771 operators and 1,678 vessels were either in MOSS or were completing the application process. Current estimates are that more than 2,600 vessels will be in MOSS when all operators have completed the MOSS entry process, by June 2018.
Maritime Officers plan to align HSWA inspections with MOSS audits. Operators won’t be charged extra for time spent on HSWA. 
“In the early stages of the Act coming into force, we’ll focus on supporting operators and helping them understand how the new requirements impact their operations,” Manch said. “However, we will expect operators to either have plans in place, or be making plans, to meet these new requirements.
“Many of the requirements of the new Act reflect what has been part of the previous legislation and/or is required by MOSS. Overall, we will take a risk-based and proportionate approach. Action taken in any specific situation will depend on the circumstances as set out in our published compliance operating model."
Keith ManchMaritime NZNew Zealand

Featured Jobs

Business Director

San Francisco Bar PilotsSan Francisco, CA, United States

Marine Electrical Engineer

Blount BoatsWarren, Rhode Island, United States


Alduco Engineering ServicesMalabo, Equatorial Guinea

Operations Manager

Concord, California

Electronics Technician

Military Sealift CommandNorfolk, VA, USA

Cook Baker

Military Sealift CommandNorfolk, VA, USA

Refrigeration Engineer

Military Sealift CommandNorfolk, VA, USA

Chief Cook

Military Sealift Command

Featured Employers

Military Sealift Command

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) is a United States Navy organization that controls most of the re

San Francisco Bar Pilots

The San Francisco Bar Pilots (SFBP) have the exclusive authority to pilot vessels from the high seas

Alduco Engineering Services

We provide a range of engineering & asset integrity services to the oil & gas sector in the Gulf of

Blount Boats

Blount Boats, Inc. is a full-service shipyard specializing in design, construction and repair of ste

Golden Isles Cruise Lines, /dba Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess II Casino is a 188 ft 100 ton vessel and cruises outside of Georgia waters so that