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Ahoy! Get Ready for the Exciting GOFUEL NZMTA Conference 2023 in Wellington

Updated: Jan 19

The New Zealand Marine Transport Association (NZMTA) is hosting its annual conference and AGM in Wellington, inviting members and non-members of the maritime industry to attend.

Parliament House, NZ
Parliament House, Wellington NZ

The conference, held at Parliament House, is open to seafarers, business operators, and individuals within the maritime sector.

The conference will begin with a welcome from NZMTA President Andrew Somers, followed by an opening address by Kirstie Hewlett, the Chief Executive and Director of Maritime New Zealand. Mike Horne, CEO for Fullers Group, will provide updates on the company's new ferry builds, including foiling and hydrogen projects.

The conference's morning session will conclude with a presentation and Q&A by the Minister of Transport, Hon Michael Woods, who will set the scene for the mid-morning session where transport spokespersons from National, Act, and Greens parties will address members. With the upcoming elections, attendees will hear about the parties' ambitions for the maritime transport sector.

NZMTA has invited Samantha NcNaughton from Hanga Aro Rau to give an overview of the changes to the polytechnic structure and Workforce Development Councils and how they work for the maritime sector. Maritime New Zealand will cover MARPOL Annex VI and its impact on the commercial sector, a 40 series rule update, seafarer certification, and new Watchkeeping guidelines.

The afternoon session includes an insight from a workboat operator, Chris Musgrave from Southern Express. The Ministry for Primary Industries will provide an update on biosecurity and hull fouling for domestic and international ships. The afternoon will conclude with a presentation from Charlotte Robertson from Hesketh Henry about contracting and risk management.

The NZMTA conference offers a great opportunity for individuals and businesses in the maritime industry to stay informed about industry changes, network with like-minded professionals, and learn about upcoming projects and initiatives. Attendees can also participate in the AGM and conference dinner, making it an excellent opportunity to connect and socialize with industry peers. The conference covers a diverse range of topics and provides ample opportunities for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback. Don't miss out on this chance to stay up-to-date and connected in the maritime industry.

Here's a pic from our conference last year, in 2022:

Look forward to seeing you there!

More information, please check out (website is currently being updated).



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