Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act 1996

Part 1 Preliminary provisions

2 Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

anchor includes an anchor chain and an anchor cable

approved maritime surveillance equipment means any maritime surveillance equipment of a kind approved by the Minister under section 35

cable includes works within the meaning of section 2 of the Electricity Act 1992 and a line within the meaning of section 5 of the Telecommunications Act 2001

Director means the person who is for the time being the Director of Maritime New Zealand under section 439 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994

enforcement officer means—

(a)

a constable:

(b)

an officer in command of a ship of the New Zealand Naval Forces:

(c)

an officer of the New Zealand Naval Forces of the rank of Midshipman or above

high seas means all parts of the sea that are not included in the territorial sea or in the internal waters of a country

image, in relation to approved maritime surveillance equipment, includes a photograph, information stored in electronic form, and the display and transmission of pictorial or digital information

internal waters of New Zealand means the internal waters of New Zealand as defined by section 4 of the Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone, and Exclusive Economic Zone Act 1977

master means a person (except a pilot) having command or charge of a ship

Minister means the Minister of the Crown who, under the authority of a warrant or with the authority of the Prime Minister, is for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act

New Zealand ship means a ship that is registered under the Ship Registration Act 1992; and includes a ship that is not registered under that Act but is required or entitled to be registered under that Act

owner,—

(a)

in relation to a ship registered in New Zealand under the Ship Registration Act 1992, means the registered owner of the ship:

(b)

in relation to a ship registered in any place outside New Zealand, means the registered owner of the ship:

(c)

in relation to a fishing ship, other than one to which paragraph (a) or paragraph (b) applies, means the person registered as the owner of the ship under section 57 of the Fisheries Act 1983:

(d)

in relation to a ship to which paragraph (a) or paragraph (b) or paragraph (c) applies, if, by virtue of any charter or demise or for any other reason, the registered owner is not responsible for the management of the ship, means the charterer or other person who is for the time being so responsible:

(e)

in relation to an unregistered ship or a registered ship that does not have a registered owner, means the person who is for the time being responsible for the management of the ship

owner, in relation to a submarine cable or submarine pipeline, includes the person who, if the cable or pipeline has ceased to be used, owned the cable or pipeline at the time it ceased to be used

pipeline means a pipeline used or intended to be used for the conveyance of gas (including natural gas), petroleum, oil, water, or any other mineral, liquid, or substance; and includes all fittings, pumps, tanks, appurtenances, or appliances used in connection with a pipeline

protection officer means a protection officer appointed under section 16

ship means every description of boat or craft used in navigation, whether or not it has any means of propulsion; and includes—

(a)

a barge, lighter, or other like vessel:

(b)

a hovercraft or other thing deriving full or partial support in the atmosphere from the reaction of air against the surface of the water over which it operates:

(c)

a submarine or other submersible

submarine cable means a cable that lies beneath the high seas or the territorial sea of New Zealand or the internal waters of New Zealand

submarine pipeline means a pipeline that lies beneath the high seas or the territorial sea of New Zealand or the internal waters of New Zealand.

Compare: 1966 No 5 s 2; 1977 No 28 s 33; 1977 No 96 s 2; 1987 No 184 s 29(3); 1992 No 122 s 173(2)

Section 2 cable: amended, on 20 December 2001, by section 158 of the Telecommunications Act 2001 (2001 No 103).

Section 2 Director: amended, on 1 July 2005, by section 11(3) of the Maritime Transport Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 98).

Section 2 enforcement officer paragraph (a): amended, on 1 October 2008, pursuant to section 116(a)(ii) of the Policing Act 2008 (2008 No 72).

Section 2 internal waters of New Zealand: amended, on 1 August 1996, pursuant to section 5(4) of the Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone Amendment Act 1996 (1996 No 74).