Maritime NZ Releases New Qualifications and Operational Limits Framework

Maritime New Zealand has now completed the 'clean slate' review[i] [/i] of commercial qualifications and operational limits that it began in April 2009. The outcome is a relevant qualifications and appropriate operational limits framework (QOLF) that meets industry needs while ensuring the safety of vessels, their crew, passengers and cargo, and protection of the marine environment. The final framework is now available. The implementation programme for the QOLF also includes implementation of the amendments to the maritime STCW Convention agreed in Manila in June 2010. The STCW Convention sets international standards for seafarer certification, training and fitness for duty of watchkeepers. Maritime New Zealand’s QOL/Manila programme will now:
  • amend existing Maritime Rules to take account of key changes – initially to give effect to the initial Manila ammendments and later to reflect the new QOLF
  • carry out further consultation on the redrafted rules
  • develop new syllabuses
  • develop and implement new systems, processes (including on-line application processes) and documentation to support the new framework
  • ensure Maritime New Zealand staff are ready to support the new framework.
You can download the full QOL Framework in .pdf format by opening the attachment below or you can go to: to access the information.