The levy has been increased for the first time in 15 years to ensure the country has sufficient resources and equipment to respond to a major oil spill. - Aug 16, 2013
New Zealand's Oil Pollution Levy has been raised for the
first time in more than a decade, with Maritime New Zealand announcing that its
fixed fees, hourly rates, and Marine Safety Charge rose in July based on a
Funding Review conducted in 2011–12. While most of the increase are being
phased in during a six-year transition period to 2018, to give the maritime
sector time to adjust, full fees took effect immediately for environment
The Oil Pollution Levy increase is based on a separate
review by Maritime New Zealand. It funds the cost of equipment and services
associated with oil pollution preparedness and response and applies to all ship
owners and operators of commercial vessels over 100 gross tons and more than 24
meters long (except those operating in fresh water), offshore oil
installations, and oil pipelines in New Zealand waters.
Deputy Director Lindsay Sturt said the levy, last changed 15
years ago, was raised to ensure New Zealand continues to have sufficient
resources and equipment to respond to a major oil spill. "The rates
reflect the proportion of oil spill risk represented by each part of the
maritime industry," he said.
Two temporary levies also are in place to improve response
capability and fund the purchase of new response equipment, according to the
For more information about the changes, visit this site.
Aug 16, 2013