One FCV reflagged

March 8th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Simon Bridges announced:

The first reflagging of a foreign charter fishing vessel as New Zealand-registered is good news for foreign crews fishing in our waters, and for New Zealand’s international reputation, say Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Labour Minister Simon Bridges.

The Ukrainian fishing vessel FV Mainstream, chartered by Independent , was today officially reflagged, bringing it under New Zealand labour, and health and safety laws.

The reflagging, carried out by Maritime New Zealand, required Independent Fisheries to ensure the vessel fully complied with New Zealand maritime rules and the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. Reflagging also requires the crew to have appropriate New Zealand-equivalent qualifications.

“The Government is committed to making it compulsory for all foreign charter fishing vessels to be reflagged by 2016, following concerns raised in a Ministerial inquiry last year into safety, labour, and fishing practices,” says Mr Guy.

Mr Bridges says reflagging brings the crew of foreign charter vessels under the protection of New Zealand law in terms of labour conditions and health and safety.

This is a welcome step that one ship has already reflagged.

The conditions on some was akin to . There was physical and sexual abuse as well as multiple breaches of NZ laws (which could not be enforced). It had to end, and I’m proud the Government decide to do so.

Not all FCVs were a problem. In fact as I understand it the Ukranian ones had relatively few problems. It tended to be the Korean ones than used Indonesian labour. What will be interesting is when they reflag – if they do at all.

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9 Responses to “One FCV reflagged”

  1. davidp (3,540 comments) says:

    So if a fishing vessel works in several different EEZs, does it have to be reflagged locally every time it drops nets? Even if it only fishes in NZ waters, it’s going to be a bit strange when a “NZ” vessel crewed by Ukrainians arrives home in the Ukraine. Do NZ transport and law enforcement staff need to be able to inspect the vessels when they’re tied up at their home base?

    Lastly, how does this work if other countries decide that, say, Air NZ aircraft need to be registered in Europe in order to fly there? I presume that their European competitors would be quite happy if Air NZ were forced to pay their flight crews European rates, and the staff were forced to join European trade unions.

    [DPF: There is no comparison to an aircraft flying though a country for a few hours, and a fishing vessel with crew who live on board for months at a time in a country's EEZ.

    The fishing boats are here to fish New Zealand quota, on behalf of NZ companies that own that quota. The vessels tend to spend most of their time in one country.

    Being flagged here mainly means that they are subject to NZ law when in NZ waters. I tend to think being able to stop people getting anally raped on board a ship working for a NZ company fishing NZ quota is a good thing]

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  2. toms (301 comments) says:

    “… if Air NZ were forced to pay their flight crews European rates, and the staff were forced to join European trade unions…”

    Jetstar use Thai based cabin crews to operate their Phuket flights, and pay them about 8k a year. i know plenty of fight attendents who would would LOVE to see Thai crews paid higher pay rates.

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  3. RRM (9,475 comments) says:

    it’s going to be a bit strange when a “NZ” vessel crewed by Ukrainians arrives home in the Ukraine.

    You mean, like when all those container ships go “home” to Monrovia? ;-)

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  4. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    Surely you aren’t suggesting that there is a … rape culture on board these foreign vessels …

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  5. RRM (9,475 comments) says:

    OK I give up – I’ve searched the site for 20 minutes.

    What’s this rape culture thing everyone keeps on about?

    And should it have a # in front of it? ;-)

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  6. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    RRM

    See, you’re in denial. Proof of the rape culture if indeed any more proof were required.

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  7. RRM (9,475 comments) says:

    I hate you.

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  8. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    I hate you more you … you … you rape culture denier.

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  9. Griff (6,825 comments) says:

    Seamen will be seamen.
    Its all ok.
    The stewards and any one from merchant or navy will tell you.

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