Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Government drags chain on ship insurance problem

Government drags chain on ship insurance problem

Nick Smith - National Environment Spokesperson

Taxpayers and ratepayers are carrying huge financial risks for pollution and clean-up costs of stranded ships because of delays by Government in passing new laws requiring insurance, says National’s Environment spokesperson Nick Smith.

“The potential liabilities of a stranded vessel like the Jody F Millennium or Tai Ping can amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. These costs must not fall on the taxpayer or ratepayer.

“New Zealand must follow Australia and the United States by requiring all vessels entering New Zealand waters to have insurance for any clean-up costs or liabilities arising from a stranding or sinking.”

In May last year, Dr Smith tabled the Ocean and Coastal Protection (Compulsory Third Party Insurance) Bill.

“The Government in May, and this week, has blocked the Bill’s introduction saying the change can be made within regulations under the existing Maritime Transport Act.

“The Government said in February, at the time of the Jody F Millennium stranding, it would make this change as quickly as possible but nothing has happened. It now says the change will not be put into effect until the end of next year. This is pathetic. Every month’s delay is another month the taxpayer and ratepayer face the risk.

“This change has the strong support of port companies, the fishing and the shipping industries and environmentalists. National will be pressuring the Minister to get on and do this by Christmas,” says Dr Smith.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news