Able Ships Ltd – Complete Technical Service
All of our Marine Surveyors, Naval Architects and Specialist Surveyors from Able Ships Ltd are recognized by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ). We are available to carry out a wide range of surveys, inspections and approval work, for all vessels that operate within the New Zealand Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS). We also provide high level technical support for many vessels that operate outside the MOSS system.
Some of the Marine Surveyors, Naval Architects and Specialist Surveyors from Able Ships Ltd are also recognized by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), and are available to carry out a wide range of approval work and survey work.
Able Ships is also recognised by MNZ as a National Inspection Agency, and can carry out approval, inspection and testing of all ships’ lifting appliances and loose cargo gear.
One of our surveyors is IMCI (International Marine Certification Institute) accredited to inspect and accredit boats and boat components for CE certification for export to the European community and CA for the UK. Here are some examples of our services:
We review and approve designs and plans for new construction, modifications and repairs, and approvals of existing vessels. This can include lifting equipment and electrical systems (undertaken by Specialist Surveyors).
Our surveyors carry out a wide range of different surveys. In addition to the standard periodic surveys, there are load line surveys, lifting equipment inspections, barge safety surveys, and special surveys after repairs and modifications. For new vessels, there are new construction surveys and initial surveys when entering service. Surveyors prepare reports of their work, and where required Certificates of Survey are issued by the Able Ships office.
Our naval architects carry out inclining experiments and prepare and issue new stability books. We also assess existing stability books, measure hull lines, and carry swamp test calculations and heeling tests. For some vessels we assess safe stability while using lifting equipment and provide stability information for the loading of barges.
We assess vessels for the load line requirements in accordance with Maritime Rule 47, and the International Load Line Regulations, and determine the exact load line locations. The surveyors carry out conditions of assignment surveys, for items such as ventilators and hatches.
For ships that requiring Tonnage Certificates, our naval architects carry out measurement and calculation in accordance with Maritime Rule 48, and the International Tonnage Convention. We submit the documents to MNZ who issue the certificates.
National Inspection Agency for Lifting Appliances
Able Ships is also an approved National Inspection Agency, and can carry out approval, inspection and testing of all ships’ lifting appliances and loose cargo gear, as required by Rule 49 and other standards.
Maritime Labour Convention
For ships that requiring MCL Certificates, our surveyors carry out surveys in accordance with Maritime Rule 52, and we submit the documents to MNZ who issue the certificates.
Maritime Transport Operators Plan (MTOP)
Able Ships provides a service to assist vessel operators to produce their MTOP (Maritime Transport Operators Plan), this can be from as little as a review of your own MTOP before submitting, or gathering information and providing the complete manuals and other documents. Able Ships can also provide ongoing support service, including auditing vessel operators to ensure ongoing compliance.
We also offer a complete consultancy service. This includes new vessel design, alterations to existing vessels, propulsion analysis, accident investigation and much more. On occasions we work closely with Class Societies, insurers, and maritime law experts as required.
Who to Contact
To discuss the specific requirements for your vessel please contact our administration office, or you may contact your preferred surveyor from the details below. Our surveyors are based at different locations throughout New Zealand, but regularly travel to vessels throughout the country.
Juliette Matthews +64 (0) 3 539 0203
Andrew Candler (Based in Nelson) 027 458 6041
Robert Browne (Based in Nelson) 027 347 5696
Gary Levy (based in Nelson) 027 539 0399
Steve Bates (based in Auckland) 021 034 6637
Gavin Aikman (Based in Whitianga) 021 450 579
Alistair Colman (Based in Tauranga) 027 449 0921
Ken Wyatt (Based in Napier) 021 0279 1253
Greg Marsden (based in Wellington) 021 420 984
Paul Hudson (based in Blenheim) 022 356 006
Cory Ward (based in Riverton) 027 304 3787
Harry Stronach (Based in Akaroa) 03 304 8780
Mike Hudson (Based in Motueka) 021 156 7271
Nigel Hay-Smith (based in Nelson) 027 254 3598
Dave Potter (Based in Cust - Electrical Design Approval and Inspection)
021 655 738
Able Ships Limited
PO Box 5116
Terms and Conditions
Please follow the link below for our standard Terms and Conditions of trade.