Recommendation Date
Recipient Name
Maritime New Zealand
On 30 April 2023, the Commission recommended that Maritime New Zealand require KiwiRail to provide evidence to Maritime New Zealand’s satisfaction that safety-critical rubber expansion joints onboard all vessels within KiwiRail’s Interislander fleet are fit for purpose taking into account the manufacturer’s guidance, namely:
• they should be no older than eight months from the date of manufacture when installed
• they are inspected annually including visual, tactile and hardness measurements
• regardless of inspection findings, safety-critical REJs should be replaced after five years.
Reply Text
On 3 May 2023, Maritime New Zealand replied:
We write to you in response to the Final recommendation MO-2023-201: Passenger Vessel, Kaitaki loss of power, Cook Strait, New Zealand 28 January 2023 notifying Maritime New Zealand of the final shape of recommendation’s 008/23 and 009/23 to be included in your report.
Maritime New Zealand accepts the final recommendation 008/23 and 009/23; as outlined in your letter.
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