014/20

Status
Open
Recommendation Date
Recipient Name
Rakiura Charters
Text
On 18 November 2020 the Commission recommended that Rakiura Charters
Limited ensure that its Maritime Transport Operator Plan assesses all risks
associated with its operations and ensure that adequate guidance is available for
skippers to make decisions on when it is safe to sail.
Reply Text
We (Rakiura Charters Limited) confirm that we have fully implemented the
final recommendation 014/20.

1. Ensure that Rakiura Charters Limited’s MTOP assesses all risks associated
with its operations:
We conducted an internal review of our MTOP in Oct-Apr 2020 which was
followed by a Maritime New Zealand audit in May 2020

2. Ensure that adequate guidance is available for skippers to make decisions
on when it is safe to sail:
We have
a) changed our weather forecasting provider to a more local provider
providing more accurate data
b) included consideration of a live local weather station in our weather
assessment process
c) introduced the option to skippers to utilise another operator’s larger
vessel when needed
d) formalised a Plan B procedure to divert to a sheltered area, once the
decision to sail has already been made, if there is a sudden extreme weather
change, including the option to leave passengers behind if unsafe to
continue trip.
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