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NZ Company of Master Mariners

New Zealand Company of Master Mariners Incorporated

Company Bulletin - OCTOBER 2021
This Bulletin is published bi-monthly on even-numbered months to keep members updated with items of general company news. A copy is emailed directly from the Company to each member for whom the Company holds an email address. Hard-copies are not distributed by the Company but may be available through Branch Secretaries. 

Detailed items of news are published in the Company Website -

We welcome your contribution - Deadline is 5th of even numbered months. Please forward news to the General Secretary
We regret to record the deaths of Captain Mike Halloran and Captain Gerhard Rechenberg

Membership as at 1 October 2021:
     AUCKLAND                  83
     CHRISTCHURCH         22
     TAURANGA                 20
     WELLINGTON             48
     TOTAL                      173

Please ensure that any changes of contact details (address, email etc) are advised to your Branch Secretary - preferably by email with CC to the General Secretary. 
Chartered Master Mariner.
We offer sincere congratulations to Auckland Branch Member, Captain Cornelius (Kees) Buckens FNI  who has been awarded the distinction of Chartered Master Mariner. Kees joins the Warden of the Wellington Branch, Captain John Mansell, who was presented with his CMMar certificate at a meeting of the Branch last year.

Thanks to Captain Raminder Anand who has reinvigorated the NZCMM Linkedin Page.


WARSASH ASSOCIATION (NZ). The WANZ AGM is planned for Sunday 7 November in Auckland. Due to Covid limitations, arrangements have not yet been finalised and a meeting by Zoom may be held if Covid restrictions require.

All WANZ members, any former Warsash Students at any level, and their partners are very welcome to attend.

Contact the Hon. Secretary Tony Peacock 027 923 1280  

The OFFICERS’ CLUB of Auckland
extends a cordial invitation to members and guests of the combined Maritime Societies to a FORMAL MESS DINNER in celebration of
To be held at the Northern Club
on Friday 3rd December 2021, 1830 for 1900
Guest of Honour: The Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, RNZN

Contact Cdr Mark Longstaff, Auckland Branch Secretary


Members are welcome at all Branch and Company meetings.
Note that due to Covid Lockdowns, the situation is flexible! 
Please contact the Branch Secretary for details and to RSVP.

Auckland Branch - Meets at the Remuera Club, Ohinerau St, Remuera Auckland, Lunch meetings 1200, Evenings 1830.  Planned meetings: December tbc, 10 February 2022   Evening, 14 April Lunch, 23 June Evening (AGM), 20 August Lunch (Ladies), 13 October Lunch.
For details of all Auckland meetings and events please contact the Branch Secretary.

Christchurch Branch - For details of planned activities in Christchurch please contact the Branch Secretary.    August 2022 - Company AGM, date to be advised.

Tauranga Branch - Meets at the Mt Maunganui RSA. For details etc please contact the Branch Secretary 

Wellington Branch - Meets at the Bolton Hotel, just off The Terrace in the CBD at Noon on the second Wednesday of each month (except January) but will hold its Christmas lunch for members guests and partners on  24 November. 

For details of Wellington meetings and to RSVP please contact the Branch Secretary

Branch Meeting. The Branch met on 13 October. Guests Roger Blake, Master Mariner and President at New Zealand Shipping Company Association, and Lesley Slieker, Regional Manager NZ Coastguard, responsible for the nine units in her portfolio were welcomed by Warden, John Mansell. Emphasising the importance NZ Coastguard plays in protecting life and property across the NZ coast, John presented a letter regarding the donation amount we had promised during the year. 

The Speaker of the day was Nigel Clifford. He has a fascinating background includingflying Aermacchi and SkyHawk aircraft with the RNZAF over NZ and across the South Pacific and Asia as a Pilot. Nigel joined Maritime NZ in 2008 as the manager of the Rescue Coordination Centre in New Zealand, his responsibilities including critical units like the rescue centre, marine pollution response service and the security and intelligence team.

The first part of his presentation revolved around readiness and response to face any maritime emergency. As its name suggests, the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand “coordinates”; it does not typically have 'boots on the ground'. NZ Coastguard, land search and rescue teams, passing commercial ships, police and NZ military are the stakeholders in executing operations. NZ's area of responsibility spans 30 million square kilometres, one of the largest search and rescue areas in the world. 

Nigel’s team is also responsible for the maintenance of 23 Lighthouses across NZ and radio communication systems.  The marine pollution response service team is well-equipped with $20 million worth of equipment and adequate training to prepare for the worst.
MV Rena, the country’s worst maritime environmental disaster took years to clean up. Nigel recollected, receiving a call at 02:30 hrs in the morning to learn about this disaster, ten years ago almost to the day. Salvage operations were very challenging and very expensive, about 400-450 million US dollars in total for the salvage. 
It is in the National interest to prepare for something classified as rare but once in a generation disaster. 'Scalability, adaptability and flexibility' is the key to deal with such an emergency. Extensive arrangements with people in New Zealand and overseas enables scalability. The government has contracts with Enviro-waste, offshore consultancies for specialist services, salvagers, shipping companies, and the aviation industry to integrate for scale-up and adapt to the changing situation.  However, as Simon Murdoch says, “the real challenge is about how you stitch together the alliance to do the work”. Maritime NZ has built an “institutional memory” system to retain the existing knowledge and skills within the organisation to embrace any such disaster through continuous training of the internal staff.   

Finally, COVID-19 has impacted the maritime world, and Maritime NZ is working hard to be the 'oil in the machine' that helps to join up people who need to be joined up about maritime matters. We were introduced to a Lean Tool, “A3 Canvas”, a powerful tool that captures the current big picture from a maritime perspective to deal in these unprecedented times. 

(Report by Raminder Pal Singh Anand)

(Below) Master of the Company, Eric Good, thanked Nigel for his outstanding presentation and insight into the Search and Rescue division.

Officers of the Company:
MASTER              - Captain Eric Good RNZN (Rtd)
Warden Auckland        - Captain Chris Barradale    
Warden Christchurch  - Captain Phillip Sweetman   
Warden Tauranga        - Captain Ken Camp             
Warden Wellington      - Captain John Mansell        
Hon General Secretary - Cdr Larry Robbins RNZN (Rtd)

Branch Secretaries:
Auckland                       - Cdr Mark Longstaff RNZN (Rtd)
Christchurch                 - Captain Geoff Swallow         
                      - Captain Gordon Rutherford  
Wellington                     - Captain Raminder Anand   

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