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Dawson & Associates Ltd - Dawson & Associates, maritime and fisheries law specialists, Nelson New Zealand

Maritime Health and Safety

Dawson & Associates is focused on helping you identify and manage your business' maritime health and safety risks.

The interface between the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and a vessel operator’s obligations under the Maritime Transport Act 1994 is complex and poorly understood.

Investigations after accidents or incidents are complex and fast moving, encompassing multiple interactions with different regulatory bodies, including Maritime New Zealand, WorkSafe, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, and the New Zealand Police.

The Dawson & Associates team have extensive experience at dealing with the legal aspects of maritime health and safety.  We have a network of experienced health and safety professionals that we deploy in the event of an incident, to assist us manage these investigations.


Our maritime health and safety service

We advise clients on:

  • The implications of New Zealand health and safety legislation on maritime operators and operations.
  • The health and safety implications of the interface between ship and shore.
  • The health and safety obligations of marine companies, their boards, senior management and skippers.
  • Health and safety policies and plans, including Maritime Transport Operator Plans (MTOP) for restricted limits operators, and ISM for larger operators.
  • Investigations after accidents (maritime crisis management).


Where an investigation results in a prosecution, we have significant experience in managing litigation, and have an established network of experienced barristers in New Zealand and the South Pacific.

We have represented many clients in high-profile matters involving accidents, and prosecutions, defending clients under the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, and its predecessor the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

We are also regular presenters on maritime health and safety issues to the Marine Transport Association, the New Zealand Maritime Pilots Association and the Federation of Commercial Fishermen.



Related insights

How to manage an investigation under the HSWA

Some practical guidelines for maritime pilots on managing a health and safety investigation under the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

14 December 2016

Failure to provide safe work systems results in fatality, and sentencing for shipping company

In Australia, a shipping company has been sentenced for failing to ensure the safety of an employee.

7 September 2016

Snapback caused by mooring lines and anchor chains

The Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands has released a shipping notice outlining the investigation, to date, into a fatality during anchoring.

15 June 2016

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