The Harbourmaster is responsible for Harbour Safety Management of all waters under the jurisdiction of the Northland Regional Council and can be contacted via the NRC Environmental Hotline phone: 0800 – 504-639.
Contractors and visiting ships are “port user” and therefore must be fully conversant with Northport’s “Emergency Procedures” and “Health and Safety Requirements for Marsden Point”.
Pilots will give to each master of a ship arriving in the port, a copy of Northport’s “Instruction to Masters and Emergency Information” and Northland Regional Council’s current booklet “Navigation Safety Bylaws”.
In emergencies contact must be made with Whangarei Harbour Radio VHF Ch 19 or phone 4325018 to obtain assistance. Tugs and Pilots are available on a 24hr/7 day per week basis.
In the event of a fire on a ship other than at Refining NZ Jetties:
- Call WHANGAREI HARBOUR RADIO VHF CH. 19
- Sound 1 or more blasts of 10 second duration on the ship’s whistle.
Oil is not permitted to be discharged into the harbour. Any oil spill must be reported immediately to
Whangarei Harbour Radio – VHF Channel 19 and every effort must be made to minimise or reduce the
effects of a spill. Notify Northland Regional Council’s Environmental Hotline – 0800 504 639.
Medical or Police Emergency
- Call: 111 and ask for service required OR
- Call WHANGAREI HARBOUR RADIO VHF CH 19 or 09 4325018
Vessels must not allow excessive funnel smoke.
The Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Amendment Regulations 2002 and the Regional Coastal
Plan for Northland make it illegal for a vessel to discharge untreated sewage into Northland harbours.
There is a “No Discharge Overboard” policy whilst inside Whangarei Harbour.
Ship’s agents are to ensure that Masters of vessels visiting Northport’s berths complete on arrival the
Northland Regional Council’s Confirmation of Compliance with the Resource Management (Marine
Pollution) Amendment Regulations 2002 Form (Appendix). The agent must retain the completed form
on the ship’s file for presentation to the Northland Regional Council if required.
Northland Regional Council’s Hotline – 0800 504 639.
Wherever possible all noise is to be kept to a minimum during the vessels stay in port.
Testing of ships whistle and alarms are not permitted without prior approval from Northports Gatehouse.
Immobilisation of Ship’s Engines
Whilst alongside Northport’s berths the ship’s engine should be kept in a state of readiness unless authorisation is received from the Harbourmaster to immobilise.
- Ship’s agents should use the NRC Application for Immobilisation of Ship’s Engine at Berth form, to apply for immobilisation. Available from the Northport Gate House or http://www.northport.co.nz/files/Immobilisation%20Form.pdf.
- At the Harbourmaster’s direction or Northport’s request (no dispute) the ship’s agent shall make arrangements with NorthTugz to provide a standby tug at the Agent’s cost.
- The ship must notify Whangarei Harbour Radio at the commencement and completion of immobilisation via VHF channel 19.
Testing of Engines:
- Permission must be obtained from Gatehouse/Whangarei Harbour Radio to carry out any engine testing and must be advised immediately prior to and on completion of testing.