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How to comply with new requirements

You'll be able to meet the biofouling requirements by doing one of the following (and having documentation to prove it):

Doing continual hull maintenance using best practices (recommended for short-stay vessels).Cleaning the vessel hull less than 30 days before arrival in New Zealand (recommended for long-stay vessels).Booking an appointment for the vessel to be hauled out and cleaned by an MPI-approved treatment supplier within 24 hours of arrival (recommended for vessels coming to New Zealand for refit or repair).

If your vessel can't meet the standard using one of the above measures, you may develop a Craft Risk Management Plan that details alternate but equivalent measures to manage biofouling.

Read about Craft Risk Management Plans

Providing evidence of compliance

Before you arrive, MPI will ask to see evidence that you've followed one of the above measures. Evidence must be verifiable and may include:

your Biofouling Management Plan and record bookdates and reports of dry dockingcurrent antifouling certificatesvessel operational historyevidence of independent inspections and ongoing maintenance (such as cleaning or treatment) by suitably qualified people.

If you plan to submit a dive inspection report as evidence of hull maintenance, check MPI's guidelines for diving service providers. These outline what should be in a hull inspection report and allowed biofouling (for short-stay vessels)

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